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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel

Escrito por Robert Dugoni

Narrado por Robert Dugoni


The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel

Escrito por Robert Dugoni

Narrado por Robert Dugoni

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (471 valoraciones)
Longitud:
11 horas
Publicado:
Apr 24, 2018
ISBN:
9781543661613
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni's coming-of-age story is, according to Booklist, "a novel that, if it doesn't cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border."

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called "Devil Boy" or Sam "Hell" by his classmates; "God's will" is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother's devout faith, his father's practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.

Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God's idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.

Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he'd always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.

Publicado:
Apr 24, 2018
ISBN:
9781543661613
Formato:
Audiolibro

Sobre el autor

A Seattle7Writers project for literacy, this novel was written by Kathleen Alcalá, Matthew Amster-Burton, Kit Bakke, Erica Bauermeister, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Deb Caletti, Carol Cassella, William Dietrich, Robert Dugoni, Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock, Clyde Ford, Jamie Ford, Elizabeth George, Mary Guterson, Maria Dahvana Headley, Teri Hein, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larson, David Lasky, Stacey Levine, Frances McCue, Jarret Middleton, Peter Mountford, Kevin O'Brien, Julia Quinn, Nancy Rawles, Suzanne Selfors, Jennie Shortridge, Ed Skoog, Garth Stein, Greg Stump, Indu Sundaresan, Craig Welch and Susan Wiggs. Foreword by Nancy Pearl. Introduction by Garth Stein.


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  • (5/5)
    An great well written story. Beautiful and thought provoking
  • (5/5)
    Great story with interesting, believable characters. Very well told.
  • (5/5)
    This book is very well written. I absolutely loved everything about Sam as well as his friends and family. By the end of the book, I was reminiscing things in my own life as well. This is a must read on every list. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • (5/5)
    For anyone searching, aren't we all? "God doesn't always come when we call, but God always comes in time"
  • (5/5)
    Such a good read . Love the way the story was told and the messages it conveys . Thankful my son recommended...
    Ruth
  • (5/5)
    best story I have heard in a very long time.
  • (5/5)
    I listened to the audiobook & loved it so much that I ordered the written book also. I’m going to enjoy reading it again. Usually if a book is predictable I don’t like it, but this book was different. It was written so well & was so full of heart that I had to keep listening & couldn’t put it down.
  • (5/5)
    What an amazing journey. Thank you for writing this! R
  • (5/5)
    Well written and very very touching. I was moved many times.
  • (5/5)
    I’ve never posted a review of a book. I loved the story, but even more I loved the message. As a person of faith who reads voraciously, I rarely encounter a view of faith that is realistic- faced with hardships and questions about Gods faithfulness. This story asks the questions but also finds some real answers. Thanks you.
  • (2/5)
    Pretty ordinary to say the least. Cliched and tedious with some teenage predictable sex thrown in.
  • (5/5)
    Such a beautiful coming of age story of a boy who was diagnosed with ocular albinism. Of what family and friendships truly mean.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely beautiful. Heartwarming, really leaves a mark in your heart.
  • (5/5)
    This story took me back to my Catholic schooling and childhood! Amazing story!
  • (5/5)
    Superbly written and narrated. A moving novel that should be added to the TOP of your list. This is now my all time favorite novel. When the last word is read you'll feel a sense of loss and longing like you've moved away from a close friend from your hometown. Enjoy, learn and be ready to be captivated.
  • (5/5)
    What a wonderful journey through an extraordinary, yet ordinary, life. A coming of age story where the protagonist is struggling to believe in himself when much of the world sees him as unacceptably different. I listened to the audio version and, while many author narrators are marginal, Robert Dugoni did a fabulous job of narrating. This book will especially resonate with those who have felt marginalized, different, bullied.
  • (5/5)
    Truly exceptional, not least because it was read by the author.
  • (4/5)
    I almost gave up reading after the first 5 paragraphs
  • (5/5)
    What a beautiful story and narrated beautifully. Would highly recommend.
  • (2/5)
    There was nothing extraordinary about this book, it was quite a drag
  • (5/5)
    Great voice and storyline, makes all the difference with audiobooks.
  • (4/5)
    I both laughed and cried a number of times ... believable characters you really care about. Sometimes the timeline was a bit jumbled, but not off-putting. Some unexpected plot turns keep the story interesting all the way through.
  • (5/5)
    I felt such empathy with this character, Sam. Thru bullying, isolation, and self-doubt he kept going. He is born with ocular albinism, red eyes, this being different sets home up for ridicule and others fear him. Such an entertaining, insightful, kind of stretching what could happen story, but full of Catholic faith.
  • (5/5)
    An extraordinary book that captivates what every mother wants for their children. I laughed and I cried and I didn’t want it to end. As an educator for students with disabilities, this spoke to my soul. Such a captivating book. I couldn’t wait to finish it but then was sad it was over. Everyone needs to read this. Life changing.
  • (5/5)
    A very well written novel that made me laugh, cry, and stop and think. The book followed the life story of Sam in such an organized manner that I never felt lost or confused as to what was going on. Dugoni is a master story teller.
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed reading about Sam Hell and his life with his parents , friends, and the church. His red eyes where truly his blessing.
  • (5/5)
    I didn’t want the story to end! Terrific tale made all the better by the narrator.
  • (5/5)
    It was a nice, pleasant journey and different from some of Robert's other books. Unlike the other series, this book needs no sequel. You will feel complete and satisfied when you finish this story.
  • (5/5)
    This is a new favorite for me. Please give it a chance; it's extraordinary and delightful in so many ways. You will fall in love with Sam, Mickie, and Ernie, and discover a saint in Maddie Hill who never loses faith. This is a heartrendingly beautiful story that break your heart, but also send you soaring. Quirky, yet incredibly sweet.
  • (4/5)
    "The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" was a nostalgic read of sorts because it reminded me so much of my favorite John Irving novels "Cider House Rules" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany." Robert Dugeoni's characters aren't nearly as quirky and off the wall as Irving's often are, but this episodic coming-of-age novel is every bit as dramatic as either of those Irving novels. The novel starts a little slowly, with Sam Hill's problems being of the kind lots of "different" kids face in the world: bullying, isolation, self-doubt, etc. - but as Sam grows up, his problems become ever-increasingly serious ones. By the end of the novel, the reader is left breathlessly wondering just how much Sam will be asked to endure before things get better, if they ever do.Sam Hill is born with red eyes, pupils so red, in fact, that he startles even the attending nurses at his birth. And, kids being kids, school is pure hell for the boy soon adorned with the nickname that he will wear into adulthood: Sam Hell. Sam's eye color will, however, play a major role in what kind of man he will become, and he would tell you that they made him a better man than he would have been without them. Sam would also be quick to credit his fierce mother, a woman who devoted her life to making sure that her son always got a fair shake in life despite the way he looked. She was not always able to make that happen, but Sam always knew that he could depend on her to go down swinging. Robert Dugoni has created some memorable characters here, and my comparison of "Sam Hell" to a John Irving novel is meant as high praise. I recommend this one.