Sam Pagan - Audible Editor

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Sam Pagan

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

Sam's Recent Reviews

    • The Poppy War

    • A Novel
    • By: R. F. Kuang
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    When Rin aced the Keju - the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies - it was a shock to everyone....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Opium, War Crimes & Magic!

    • By Sophia Feddersen on 05-07-18
    • A Novel
    • By: R. F. Kuang
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 245 ratings
    • A dark, imaginative debut fantasy
    • Publishing a debut novel alone is impressive—publishing a debut novel while still studying for your BA at Georgetown, as R. F. Kuang did with The Poppy War, makes you a rock star in my eyes. Clearly expertly informed by her studies in Chinese history, the author has created an immersive, fascinating, and realistic setting for this epic military fantasy that was inspired by the conflict of China's 20th century. Part war story, part coming-of-age novel, it's a dark, violent, and totally engrossing adventure. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller offers a dynamic and absorbing performance of Kuang’s myriad cast of characters (especially the strong-willed heroine Rin) and intense action scenes. I’m already eagerly awaiting the next entry in this planned trilogy.
    • 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 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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 40 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 359
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 331

    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 359 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 879
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 802
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796

    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
    • SO MOVED BY THIS STORY! GREAT FICTION!

    • By Ann on 02-28-18
    • By: Robin Benway
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 12-05-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 879 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.