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.

Best of 2017

    • Get Well Soon

    • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
    • By: Jennifer Wright
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2,719
    • Performance
      2,546
    • Story
      2,533

    Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them....

    • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

    • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17
    • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
    • By: Jennifer Wright
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 02-07-17
    • 2,719 ratings
    • My Favorite Book of 2017
    • Get Well Soon was, pardon the pun, downright contagious among our editorial staff this year. One by one, we fell captive to Jennifer Wright’s infectious wit and fascinating storytelling. Combining history with science and biography, Wright traces the origins and eventual cure (or lack thereof) of seven major plagues throughout history; she presents an otherwise grim and morbid topic with humor, reverence, and style. This is one of those rare gems in the nonfiction genre that has the ability to hook diehard fiction listeners and history buffs alike—which, in our books, is the mark of a truly impressive achievement in narrative nonfiction.

Sam's Recent Reviews

    • Artemis

    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      30,324
    • Performance
      28,374
    • Story
      28,279

    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....

    • Formulaic

    • By Paul Z on 11-19-17
    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 11-14-17
    • 30,324 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
      374
    • Performance
      345
    • Story
      345

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

    • 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
    • 374 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!