Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2023) Featured Review of You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Narrated by Soneela Nankani
Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
ISBN: 9781250820822

After the death of her boyfriend, Sam, Julie is left reeling. Then she finds a message from Sam in her yearbook and all she wants to do is hear his voice. Out of desperation, she calls his number, hoping to get his voicemail, but…he picks up. Julie doesn’t understand how it works, but all she knows is that she can speak to Sam again in a connection that extends past the realm of the living. As time goes on, Julie finds it more challenging than ever to let go.

Moving seamlessly between phone calls and narrative, this story is sure to bring tears to the eye and soothe aching souls. Narrator Soneela Nankani expertly expresses a great depth of grief that is well balanced by the overall narrative of healing.

Similar to The Meaning of Birds and The Last Time We Say Goodbye, this heartfelt story of grief, loss, and moving on speaks to anyone who just wants to hear a voice one more time. 

Josie Snow

Other Nominated Titles:

  • You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus; narrated by Rachel L. Jacobs, Anthony Rey Perez, Max Meyers, Malik Rashad (11/30/21)

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.