• You've Reached Sam

  • A Novel
  • By: Dustin Thao
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (298 ratings)

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You've Reached Sam

By: Dustin Thao
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
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Publisher's Summary

An Instant New York Times Best Seller!

Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam is a heartfelt audiobook about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie Clarke has her future all planned out — move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city; spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. 

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his belongings, and tries everything to forget him. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces memories to return. Desperate to hear him one more time, Julie calls Sam's cell phone just to listen to his voice mail recording. And Sam picks up the phone.

The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam's voice makes Julie fall for him all over again and with each call, it becomes harder to let him go.
What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye? 

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

©2021 Dustin Thao (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Dear Listener,

What inspired me to write this story?
"The premise of You've Reached Sam has been with me for a long time. It's something so many of us have thought about at one point in our lives. What if you had a second chance to say goodbye to someone you've loved and lost? What would you say to them? What might they say back? It took me years before I sat down to think about these questions, and I definitely had someone in mind as I wrote it. The world is filled with lost moments. Sometimes we don't get the opportunity to say all the things we needed to. I know I didn't. It's one of the reasons I wrote this story. You've Reached Sam is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. It's a story about a girl named Julie who loses her boyfriend and calls him to hear his voicemail—but he picks up, temporarily reconnecting them. I hope you follow Julie's journey through this strange hole in the universe as she navigates the complexities of grief and moving forward. And I hope it gives a new perspective on love, life, and what it means to say goodbye." – Dustin Thao, writer of You've Reached Sam

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Debut?

It is so hard to believe this is a debut album. i have read a variety of romance , fantasy and YA novels. This was different for me but I couldn't put it down. A tremendously great book. Hoping it becomes a movie.

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I can't get past the narrator

This seems like an interesting story and I looked forward to the premise of it. But the narrator speaks in such "tortured" tones, even when speaking about every day, simple tasks. It's too much, too unnecessary, so I must return this title. I'll have to buy and read the physical book, I guess.

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Best story

I love the story so much, to be honest i downloaded amazon prime for it, its a beautiful love story that made feel in love, made me laugh and made me cry…… aloooooot, to sum it up i loved it

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Great book, horrible reader

The voice of the person reading is not something I think I could sit through again. It was a good story though. If there was a better reader I think it would make it more enjoyable.

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  • 08-11-22

Good book, but hard to listen.

If only I can get a chance to hear my love ones again, and have the chance to talk to them just one more time. This book hits the core of my heart. However, I wish this book was easier to listen to. The reader sounds a little too robotic and too out of character for me. It made it hard for me to relate to the characters. Overall, a good book, but hard to listen to.

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it could have been so great!

LOVE the concept, but the entire book focused on a character, Julie, who whines constantly about how she's the victim. What's worst is the other characters totally allow her to get away with it. the only glimmer of hope was Oliver in the middle of the book, but then his story was crushed.

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Whiny Narrator

This book is highly predictable. Teenage angst reimagined yet again.

The narrator was also so whiny and annoying that I could barely focus on the actual story. I don’t entirely blame the narrator for this, the writing style of the main protagonist reads this way.

Skip it. Only listened to it on a recommendation lol

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awesome

very good story. made me cry!. audio version easy to follow. a must read on my list

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Awesome read. Have tissues handy.

This story is awesome, and the readers did awesomely. It was so well done, that I cried all the way through it. I will definitely listen to this again. But I will need to wait for my sinus to quit runny first.

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Look elsewhere.

I saw a review of this book and read it was really good, so when I got a free credit for an audiobook i decided on this one, what a mistake. The narrator's voice is quite distracting. Even when talking about every day life it sounds so pained and makes me want to cringe. Gives me Kristen Stewart in Twilight vibes. Her voice and manner of reading was so distracting i could NOT get through more than an hour. Just get yourself the physical book and save yourself the trouble.

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  • Melanie Kiely
  • 02-16-22

Struggled to finish it

Really disappointed with this book. Nice concept but followed a very boring and predictable storyline. The characters were one dimensional and it was difficult to feel anything for them. I was waiting for something interesting to happen but it never did.

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  • Yoav Sagi
  • 12-25-21

You have to read this

I cried the whole time, I’m in love with this book. It’s a new favorite❤️❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-22

Disappointing and difficult to finish.

The premise of this book was interesting and in the beginning it seemed like it was going somewhere. However, I found that the storyline wasn't going anywhere (perhaps purposefully, to make us feel that the main character was stuck in her grief). It became quite boring.
I also found the characters to be one dimensional and even annoying at times (especially the main character). This book gave me a constant feeling that it could culminate into something meaningful but it never did. Also, there were some plot points that were either rushed or dropped altogether.
Overall, I was disappointed because I feel like it had a lot of potential. I would definitely check out future works from the author though!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-22

DNF

I didn’t enjoy anything about this book. It just didn’t sit well with me.

I didn’t care for the characters and felt there was plot points missing and inconsistencies.
I also found it hard at times to tell when characters were speaking, the inflections and tones also didn’t match the conversation at times and sounded weird.

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  • 11-24-21

Intriguing

I loved this ! It felt as if I was watching a movie in my head. Its been awhile since a book made me feel like that however, my one annoying issue was the way the reader portrayed the male characters voices. It sounded too much like pre teen, hitting puberty little boys rather than supposedly 17-18 year olds. It was very off putting