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Good Sam Audiobook

Good Sam

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Publisher's Summary

After years covering murders, disasters, and tragedy for Los Angeles TV news, Kate Bradley knows that violence and cruelty are everywhere and that good is hard to find. When she is assigned to cover a story about 10 people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch, Kate is intrigued by the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all. As interest in the extraordinary gifts sweeps across the country, Kate finds the elusive Good Sam and her exclusive interview with him thrusts her into the national spotlight. Even as his message captivates viewers and wins ratings, Kate suspects he may not be all he claims to be and that the real Good Sam is still out there. Searching for answers, Kate unravels the powerful and unexpected reason behind the mysterious cash gifts and the true identity of Good Sam becomes the biggest surprise story of her career, turning her personal and professional life upside down.

©2014 Dete Meserve (P)2015 Dete Meserve

What the Critics Say

"If you are a Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans fan, I'm betting you will like author Meserve's new book GOOD SAM. Uplifting, heart wrenching and a two hankie read, this story is a winner." (Cheryl Stout, Amazon Top Reviewer)

"In her debut novel, Meserve writes a fast-paced mystery/romance that's well grounded in the nitty-gritty details of local TV news...a solid feel-good romance sparked with mystery." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Cyndi Marie
    Michigan
    15/09/16
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    "Good Story, GREAT NARRATION!"

    This is what I call a comfort read, with a twist. I really enjoyed this book. The slight mystery going on put this book into a whole new genre for me. It wasn't just a romance but a great reminder that there are good people in this world. Kate is a great character, she is tough, strong and honest, exactly what a women should be (IMHO). The romance is very light. I think this was more about loss, deceit and strength than it was romance. It really makes my heart smile when the characters in a book get it right without all the drama, just because they are good people and know how people should be.

    The narration on this audiobook was fabulous! This was my 1st Laurel Schroeder but we not be my last. I think she captured Kate perfectly and did a great job on the male characters, so good I really never thought about the narrator being a female when she was reading for the males and I usually do. I'm very picky about female to male and vice versa!

    If you like a book that drags you in from page one and leaves your heart a little lighter, this is a book for you!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cyndi Marie
    Michigan
    13/12/15
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    "A Good Lighthearted Story With Great Narration!"

    This is what I call a comfort read, with a twist. I really enjoyed this book. The slight mystery going on put this book into a whole new genre for me. It wasn't just a romance but a great reminder that there are good people in this world. Kate is a great character, she is tough, strong and honest, exactly what a women should be (IMHO). The romance is very light. I think this was more about loss, deceit and strength than it was romance. It really makes my heart smile when the characters in a book get it right without all the drama, just because they are good people and know how people should be.

    The narration on this audiobook was fabulous! This was my 1st Laurel Schroeder but we not be my last. I think she captured Kate perfectly and did a great job on the male characters, so good I really never thought about the narrator being a female when she was reading for the males and I usually do. I'm very picky about female to male and vice versa!

    If you like a book that drags you in from page one and leaves your heart a little lighter, this is a book for you!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marla
    11/12/15
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    Story
    "Good Read! Who is Good Sam?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. I think it is the kind of book that everyone would enjoy the read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way this story is written and you do not really know until the end who is Good Sam.


    Have you listened to any of Laurel Schroeder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book is well written, has lots of dialogue which I like yet lets you know what the main character is thinking. Great story line and great listen.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did listen to it all in one sitting only stopping once for dinner. A good read.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chrisreads
    17/01/16
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    "A feel good story that will make you smile!"

    GOOD SAM is a light hearted, feel good story that will restore your faith in the goodness of humanity.

    Laurel Schroeder does a fantastic job with the narration and makes the story a real pleasure to listen to.

    If your looking for a story that will leave you with a highly satisfied feeling, give GOOD SAM a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LilMissMolly
    Dublin, OH
    21/12/15
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    "An excellent book that is superbly narrated!"
    Any additional comments?

    Good Sam by Dete Meserve is a wonderful story that words cannot adequately describe. It's a feel good romantic mystery with a very satisfying ending. While I was listening to the Audible version narrated by Laurel Schroeder I kept thinking this book would make a great movie. As I write this review, I just saw that Good Sam is in production as a feature film and I couldn't be happier!

    The story focuses on Kate Bradley who lives in LA and works as a TV news crime beat reporter. She is the daughter of a US Senator who is getting significant pressure from her father to move to Washington, DC to cover the political scene. One morning Kate is assigned to cover a human interest story about a few people who were each given $100,000 in cash by an anonymous donor. Soon after Kate interviews two of the recipients who were both in dire financial straights, she names the mysterious donator the "Good Samaritan" or "Good Sam" for short. Within a few hours the story makes national news and before Kate can uncover the identity of the mysterious donor, the number of $100,000 donations has grown to ten and dozens of people are claiming responsibility, including an ex-boyfriend of hers. The rest of the story is Kate figuring out the true identity of Good Sam and the motivation behind each of the specific donations.

    Laurel Schroeder's narration was excellent. She differentiated between male and female voices and changed the tempo in the performance when warranted. I was totally engrossed into the story imagining different characters speaking. I also felt that her portrayal of the true Good Sam was "swoon-worthy." In summary, an excellent book that is superbly narrated!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Katrina Lerchen
    22/08/16
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    "Sweet story"

    This is a fluffy sweet story, with light intrigue. It's definitely romance. The best part was the flowery language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    Lower King, Australia
    28/03/16
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    "Play me again Sam"

    What a cutie. Not a book that could be turned into a blockbuster but daytime movie to sit back and enjoy with a cup of tea...definitely. The book did follow along a couple of predictable lines but I don't always hate that. It set you up to believe you knew what was going on but then threw a few curve balls at you. Very sweet and reminded me of the movie Pay It Forward in several parts. You wouldn't mind this kind of thing happening in real life.
    The narration was good and I would definitely recommend it to anyone after an easy listen. Would I read another book by Dete Meserve...absolutely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnus
    The Evil Black Hole
    05/03/16
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    "Who IS Good Sam Really?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Sam to be better than the print version?

    Only version I have experienced :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Sam?

    The meeting with "Good Sam"


    What about Laurel Schroeder’s performance did you like?

    Laurel Schroeder’s performance was very evocative and enthralling. She conveyed a wealth of emotion that I would have missed had I just read the book. I loved the way she fleshed out the characters and gave them each their own unique voice. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by this talented voice actress!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who is Good Sam?


    Any additional comments?

    This seems to be a stand alone novel.


    Kate is a reporter and a senator's daughter. This has led her to always look for the truth and motivations behind anything and everything. Covering breaking news is her job... But also her passion. She wants to find the good in people if it is actually there. Unfortunately most of the time what she witnesses and reports on is tragic with no silver lining. When first assigned to the story of "Good Sam" she is annoyed and feels like she is being punished. That quickly turns into curiosity and intrigue as she delves deeper into the story. Why is someone leaving $100k in canvas bags with a sideways 8 staped on the side anonymously on people's porches? What does the 8 signify? How are these people connected? Or is it all random? Will she ever get to the bottom of this story? Will she be sorry if she does?



    ***This book is suitable for adult readers who enjoy modern literary fiction with a chick lit vibe filled with mystery and intrigue as well as plenty of suspense and a little action, adventure and romance tossed in for good measure :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DK
    COLCHESTER, VT, United States
    24/02/16
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    "Book Made For Hallmark TV Movie - Feel Good"


    Kate is working her way up in the Los Angeles TV news arena. She is no longer covering puff pieces but getting into the really gritty, hard news. However, one day her editor pulls her off a particularly gruesome report to work on, what she considers, a puff piece about someone leaving money all around the area without a note and in complete anonymity.

    Kate bites the bullet and jumps in. This good Samaritan or 'Good Sam' is more than anyone gives him/her credit.

    Kate quickly has suspicions as to whom this good Samaritan maybe. However, when she meets him for an exclusive interview she is still a bit unsettled. Is he who he says he is or is another person really the one who should get the credit?

    Kate is taken on, or more accurately, chases every lead until she can be certain that what she is writing is the truth.

    The story was a bit predictable but that's not a bad thing. Sometimes it is nice to listen to something positive and feels good.

    The performance was good and a pleasure to listen to. She was able to capture the spirit of the book, in my opinion.

    Notes: Nothing to warn you about.
    Stars: 4 in each category


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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jan capstick
    Southern CA
    22/02/16
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    "Good Sam"

    I loved the story! The development of the characters, and the story were both insightful, and captivating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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