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Waking Samuel

Written by: Daniel Coyle
Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins

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This haunting first novel follows the relationship between a hospital patient known as "the tall man" and a nurse. The victim of a gunshot wound who was discovered on a remote beach northwest of Seattle, the tall man lies motionless and nearly mute as Sara Black vigilantly tends his health. As Sara struggles to recover from a loss of her own, the death of her four-year-old son in a car accident, she finds herself spending more and more time with her patient. He, in turn, draws her into a strange and chilling world of his past on an Alaskan island. As Sara begins to face some truths of her own, she discovers that he may not be the man he says he is.
©2003 Daniel Coyle (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the critics say

"An impressive debut." (Booklist)
"Coyle tells Sara's story with graceful eloquence and authority, tracing the subtle trajectory of her return to a state of emotional equilibrium." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • DaBears113
  • 2005-03-17


This book was indeed the most booring book I have ever read or listened to. The reader was unremarkable and frankly there should have been another reader for the male lead because it was hard to tell who was talking at times. I just kept waiting for something to happen because the story was not very compelling and when the curtain rose it was a dud of a conclusion. I thought the book was over at that point but it kept going making me hope and pray that something more was going to happen, maybe a twist or turn, but to no avail because it went back to being boring for another 45 minutes. After the conclusion of the main theme of the story a "and they lived happily ever after" would have done it for me instead of stretching this incredibly lackluster story further to an end that frankly I did not care about.

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