Sam Pagan - Audible Editor

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Sam Pagan

Nerdy. particular. curious. Sam is sci-fi obsessed — but she also enjoys a healthy dose of memoirs, thrillers, and true crime. Audiobooks are her crutch during complicated knitting patterns.

Sam's Recent Reviews

    • Because We Are Bad

    • OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
    • By: Lily Bailey
    • Narrated by: Lily Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    A lyrical, poignant memoir by a young woman about her childhood battle with debilitating obsessive compulsive disorder, and her hard-won journey to recovery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So honest and raw

    • By Amazon shopper on 04-14-18
    • OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
    • By: Lily Bailey
    • Narrated by: Lily Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings
    • An intimate, revealing portrait
    • I’ve been in the mood for a great memoir, and this book happened to catch my eye after I saw it had been compared to Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire, a book I absolutely loved. Because We Are Bad is the story of writer and model Lily Bailey and her lifelong struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Lily’s manifestation of OCD is fascinating in that she actually experienced it as a voice in her head—her “friend” as she describes it. Fittingly, much of the memoir is actually told in the second person: Lily sees herself as not an “I” but a “we.” The result is an incredibly intimate experience wherein you come to know not only Lily herself, but the intrusive personality of her disorder. Adding to this sense of familiarity is the author’s narration. Though at times understated, her cadence perfectly mimics her writing—calm, steady, and matter-of-fact when describing factual situations, and then picking up to the pace to an almost panic-stricken crescendo as she recounts her most anxious moments. I’m so impressed by the author’s candidness and perseverance, as well as her writing chops, and I hope to hear more of her story in the future.
    • The Gone World

    • By: Tom Sweterlitsch
    • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 185

    The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What an amazing find!

    • By Veronica on 03-07-18
    • By: Tom Sweterlitsch
    • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 02-06-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 206 ratings
    • A cinematic, suspenseful sci-fi whodunit
    • When a book is pitched as Inception meets True Detective, honestly, how am I expected to resist listening? True enough, The Gone World is a twisty, gritty blend of sci-fi and mystery with a unique premise. In 1997, a family is murdered, their daughter missing. NCIS agent Shannon Moss is assigned to the case when it’s discovered that one of the victims was an astronaut for a top-secret Navy program researching Deep Time travel, like Moss herself. As Moss travels to the future in search of clues, the case becomes much more than a murder investigation—morphing into a vast conspiracy that may just bring about the end of humanity. Sweterlitsch deftly constructs this high-concept story, raising the stakes as the plot progresses. Brittany Pressley is a new narrator for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance as the tortured hero Shannon Moss—her subtle Southern lilt a perfect complement to the West Virginia setting of the novel.
    • Far from the Tree

    • By: Robin Benway
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470

    Robin Benway's interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms - how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Touching

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-10-18
    • By: Robin Benway
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 12-05-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 529 ratings
    • An ode to beautiful, chaotic siblinghood
    • When I chose this book, I was mainly drawn in by the idea of listening to a YA novel narrated by one of my favorites: Julia Whelan, who performs young voices so well. And then it won the National Book Award, and I knew for sure I’d be in for a good listen. Far From the Tree is the story of three biological siblings getting to know one another for the first time. There’s the middle sibling, Grace, who recently had to give her own infant daughter up for adoption; the youngest, Maya, who feels like the lone sheep in her adoptive family; and the oldest, Joaquin, who has bounced from one foster home to another. Having seven (yes, seven) siblings of my own, I related with this story on such a visceral level. But, it’s about so much more than siblings and biological relationships: it’s about finding your own sense of family and home, in whatever form that may take. This is a gorgeous listen all around, made all the more powerful by Whelan’s warm, authentic performance.
    • Artemis

    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45,724
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42,708
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42,574

    Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A ferrari with no motor

    • By will on 11-18-17
    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 11-14-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 45,724 ratings
    • Rosario Dawson Is Perfectly Cast as the Feisty Heroine
    • Let’s get this out of the way: Artemis is not The Martian. And, in my opinion, that’s a very good thing. A high-stakes sci-fi thriller that takes place in Artemis, the lone city on the Moon, the novel follows Jazz Bashara—26, perpetually broke, and scraping by as a porter . . . when she’s not making a few illicit bucks smuggling goods onto the Moon. Lured in by the promise of fortune, Jazz finds herself in over her head as she is drawn into a scheme that goes much deeper than she could have anticipated. This novel is filled with plenty of the techy detail and sardonic humor that made its predecessor so unique—Weir makes you feel the claustrophobia of a cramped city on the moon with finite levels of oxygen, and Jazz could go head-to-head in a battle of cracking wise with Mark Watney any day—but the story stands on its own two legs. The best part: Rosario Dawson is perfectly cast as the feisty heroine; her performance is lively, witty, and animated, and she clearly brings her experience as an actress who has portrayed so many roles in the sci-fi, fantasy, and action genres.
    • The Butchering Art

    • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 549
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 548

    In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly Accessible Read of Medical History.

    • By Labor Lawyer on 11-13-17
    • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 10-31-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 598 ratings
    • Great Macabre Fun
    • I fear that I might be gaining a reputation around here as the editor most likely to geek out over weird medical history books. But if all the books I listen to are as fascinating as this one, I think I might be okay with that. Sparing no gory detail, Lindsey Fitzharris chronicles the history of surgery in the 19th century—which, at the time, was viewed as a last resort, as it often resulted in infection and even death. That is, until a surgeon named Joseph Lister came along with a discovery that paved the way for the modern, safe surgery we have today. Ralph Lister sets the perfect dramatic tone for this story—and (fun fact) happens to count Joseph Lister among his ancestors!