Sammy's Hill : Sammy

  • by Kristin Gore
  • Narrated by Kathe Mazur
  • Series: Sammy
  • 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Comedy writer and middle daughter of Al Gore, Kristin Gore has written a funny and moving debut novel about life on Capitol Hill as seen through the eyes of Samantha Joyce, a 26-year-old health care analyst to Ohio Junior Senator Robert Gary. Hard working, idealistic, extremely competent, as well as neurotic and prone to daydreaming, Sammy, as she's known to her friends, has little time for anything, much less a relationship. But in the midst of lobbying and late-night dinners at the office, she meets Aaron Driver, who is hot, smart, and sweet, and who, after a night of binge drinking at a bachelor party, proclaims his love for her. But how will Sammy balance her 70-plus hour weeks with her budding romance, while keeping her best friend's slimy boyfriend from hitting on her, and making time for family, who insist her outfits match the centerpiece?

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What the Critics Say

"A fun, fast read, anchored by likable heroine Samantha Joyce....[Samantha's] self-deprecating sense of humor and idealism will keep readers entertained." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bridget Jones in high-wonk Washington mode." (The New York Times)
"An enchanting, downright hilarious debut....Readers will have fun trying to figure out the real political figures represented in Gore's book, but the true joy is the delightful Sammy herself, a quirky, clever, and completely lovable heroine whose charming narration is guaranteed to have readers in stitches." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Not Funny at All!

I was looking forward to listening to what I thought would be an amusing story from a former comedy writer. Instead, after listening for an hour, this became the first book from Audible I could not finish. The author tries much too hard to make her main character, Sammy, quirky and funny, but her efforts fall flat. Sammy is just plain weird and the long winded health care policy lectures served to only slow down the narrative.

In the beginning of the book, the character is rushing to get ready for work when she starts wondering what it would be like to have the use of only one arm. So she ties up one arm so she can't use it. When she arrives at work, one of her co-workers notices that she is wearing one sneaker and one sandal. Apparently she couldn't turn on her closet light with only one arm, so couldn't see her shoes when she was getting dressed. Stop and think - just how did she tie the shoelaces on the shoe and buckle the strap of the sandal with one hand? Could she not feel that these were completely different shoes? And she goes all day without changing shoes! Can you imagine how uncomfortable that would be? This sloppy writing and a totally unappealing main character were enough to make me abandon this one. I suggest that you do the same. The narration was just average as well.
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- Vicki

Enjoyable listen!

No, it's not an intense drama about DC life or the funniest book I've ever read but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Yes, the character pretends she's armless, blind and stricken with various other anomalies but who of us haven't wondered what life would be like if we were stricken? So Sammy plays them out a little. She's a young girl living on her own in a new and fast paced situation and she has a hard time thinking she's worthy of such a position. It's comical and I found myself laughing several times on my way to work - that itself has to be a feat! She does get in some sneaky political statements but they even tend to provoke a smile. It's great for a lighthearted listen.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape