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Sadie

Written by: Courtney Summers
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler,Fred Berman,Dan Bittner,Gabra Zackman,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Odyssey Award
Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Young Adult Audiobook

An innovative audiobook production featuring more than 30 voices, Sadie explores the depth of a sister's love - poised to be the next story listeners won't be able to pause.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray - a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America - overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers' Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep listeners riveted until the last track.

©2018 Courtney Summers (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A haunting, gut-wrenching, and relentlessly compelling read. Sadie grabs you and won't let you go until you've borne witness." (Veronica Roth, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series)

"An electrifying thriller, taut as a bowstring. A coming-of-age tale, both gritty and sensitive. A poignant drama of love and loss. This - all this - is Sadie: a novel for readers of any age, and a character as indelible as a scar. Flat-out dazzling." (A.J. Finn, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)

"Courtney Summers's powerful story of love, neglect, abuse, and revenge is narrated with irresistible urgency by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner, along with an ensemble of supporting narrators...this is a production that will not be forgotten." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner)

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It’s like watching a movie

I literally had goosebumps at the end. This has to be one of the best full cast audiobooks, every voice just got the emotions so right, the writing of this book is so good that made this audiobook a great one, I can’t it recommend this one enough, just go for it.

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Captivating throughout, but an unsatisfying end

Listened to the audio book. And though I haven't read the physical book, I believe the story lends itself well to the audio book format. The podcast chapters make it sound like an actual documentary from real life.

I had read the ending is not for everyone, and I'm one of those "everyone". Still a worthy read (or listen).

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Just fantastic

Best audiobook I've heard. The narration is so engaging. I could visualise everything as the story was being told. I was in tears in the end. Sadie's story maybe hard to hear, but should be heard.

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Wow! Heartbreaking, beautiful. Tremendous narration.

This whole book was a wild ride. First off, the narration is simply phenomenal. With multiple narrators and background sounds, this is a holistic experience. The story too is very well-written, with a touching storyline and wonderful character arcs. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • 28-06-22

You HAVE to listen to this!!

This has to be the best audible production of the year. Absolutely heartbreaking story and what a magnificent performance.

I’m not going to say much else, except that you have to listen to this work of art. You’d be missing out on something really special if you didn’t.

(P.s: Thanks to my sister who recommended this book to me. :D )

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heartbreaking story, brilliant audio narration

Loved the story. The audiobook narrators have done a brilliant job and their performances manage to bring out the heartbreaking nature of this story. Have never been a huge fan of audiobooks until now.

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  • 24-02-22

Great thriller!

Great thriller. This book felt like being in a dark alley and being hit by a new surprise every time you turn the corner.

I listened to this book, but I think reading it in the format of a podcast must have been a great experience too. Rebecca Soler did a brilliant performance with the stutter, and that full cast of narrators was a joy to experience. Several times in the book, Sadie (who stutters) notices people's voices, inflections, and other vocal characteristics in detail - interesting detail as it's usual for us to notice our insecurities in others.

Even though I usually don't like books with open endings, this one closed the loop fairly well.

TW : Pedophilia - though the abuse is never described, only implied. Reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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Heartwarming

Story and story telling is just so heartbreaking 🙈 I went through with this book in one go.

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Contains spoilers

The story gets a 3 stars from me, 1 additional star for the full cast audiobook; it was very well produced.
A good mystery book, but the plot line was quite basic and clear from the very beginning. When her sister maddie dies and the whole search for her killer dad begins. The story felt very slow paced. But I liked the parallel narration going on between The Girls talk show and sadie's story.
There were many characters she meets alongwith the way in her pursuit to reach to the killer, and those character definitions and their stories were well written. Just the right amount of information to know them enough to enjoy the story and get to know the story from their pov.
I didn't like the ending however, leaving it open to interpretation as to what happened with sadie. It would've been nice to have got some closure after following her journey throughout the book.
Overall a good book to read once.

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Dark yet unmistakably realistic

A dark yet unmistakably realistic story - so not for someone who is looking for a happy content. The author has managed to capture the characters and their life journeys through a very unique narrative. Loved the format of the book being a podcast intertwined with the first perspective of Sadie. The story itself is very captivating and heart touching. This thriller is a must read! Brilliant Audible experience.

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  • Vanessa
  • 21-10-18

Exceptional Storytelling & A New Favorite

This was probably one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Though I don't listen to much so the bar is set high for me now. The voice for Sadie did an excellent job with her stutter and capturing the emotion of suppressed teenage rage. This whole audiobook was phenomenal! I finished it in less time than I expected because I was both disturbed and compelled. The entire cast was believable and the story... the STORY was the best written story I've read in a long time. It has a nice blend of both thriller and mystery. Adult Thriller writers ought to take notes.

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  • Linda
  • 20-09-18

Brilliant, Courtney Summers, author to follow

Couldn't get Sadie out of my mind. I wept and stayed up all night to finish this book. If you get one audio book this year, it's this.

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 05-03-20

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WOW!! I found this completely enthralling! This book kept me up all night last night. I had to know how it ended. This is a dark thriller wrapped up in a mystery.
I really liked the authors writing style and the back and forth between past and present. It was an emotional story about loss, survival and "justice". I'm normally a romance reader so this one was out of my norm but in the best way. This book will stick with me for a very long time. I also need to say when it ended I was sitting with my mouth open thinking NOOOOOO that can't be the end!

The narration was awesome! So many narrators and sound effects which I don't normally enjoy but I feel like the writing style required all of it and they really knocked this one out of the park!

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 14-03-19

Wow

Amazing…
This is not my genre at all and I was blown away by this story.
I couldn’t turn it off I was up way, way too late and the first thing I did when I got up was put it back on.
This has been recommended to me by a few people and for whatever reason, I kept putting it off I am so glad I gave it a chance.

It had me on the edge of my seat, it had me thinking, guessing and even in tears.
The mystery aspect and how it unfolds really just sucked me in.
That ending…. Hot diggity it really left me with so many more questions and if that was the author’s goal she achieved it.

I am a romance girl at heart so this full cast had me thrown for a little bit but once I got into it I couldn’t imagine it not being told in this way. It was fantastic.

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  • Parker
  • 17-01-19

Best Audio Book I’ve Ever Listened To

I’m already a huge fan of Courtney Summers’ work, so I knew going into Sadie that I was going to love it, but this is perhaps the best audio book I’ve ever listened to. The narrators did a fantastic job at immersing me in the story, so much so that by the end of the book, I forgot it was just that—a book. This book wrecked me, and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-18

This is a book that has to be listened to.

The story is very good (although heartbreaking), but the performance blew me away. Brilliant audiobook

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-19

Best audio book I've ever listened to

This was incredible in every way! Highly recommended. Performance was out of this world and the story was so well thought out.

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  • Kenia Rojo-Mamo
  • 19-01-19

I was not expecting to like this as much as I did.

This is the type of book you avoid because you don’t want to feel feelings. This is the type of book that you get so involved with you almost feel like your investigating along side the characters. This is the type of story you cry your eyes out because you can physically feel every word being written. This is my type of book. I fell in love with it and I’m sad and angry and relieved and left with so many unanswered questions. I recommend this to everyone!

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  • Morgan
  • 17-09-18

Best Audible Ive heard

So many different voices! It was so so so good. I was left in tears at the ending! a MUST READ!

The podcast style was amazing and so creative.

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  • Sara
  • 08-01-19

Seriously amazing performance!!

So I really don't know who was who but this audio was like going to the theater! I've never listened to anything like this before and I've listened to several hundred audiobooks. It was amazingly creative! I loved how you could hear the background during the podcast interviews... hearing the cafe noises or hearing people inhale and exhale while smoking.

As far as the storyline, this was a great one. It was interesting and a bit vague but ultra interesting! I do wish I had some definite answers to the story but not knowing everything makes it seem real.

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  • canine companion
  • 21-12-18

Kept me enthralled

A thoroughly enjoyable listen due to the voices and a great story. I loved the different angles of the story and the unexpected twists.

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  • Mika
  • 27-10-18

Great audiobook, story itself a bit lacking.

I found the audiobook incredibly done, the cast was fantastic, yet the story somehow fell flat for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-19

Speechless

Absolutely amazing, i just finished it and cant stop crying. I can feel my heart breaking. Its been a while since a book made me feel even remote like this.

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  • Sam
  • 27-11-19

the plots ...I'm telling yall

this book was so good. all the plots were so...not that unpredictable but still shocks you somehow. also there are small "plots" I guess that if you're not careful you might miss. this book was darker than I thought, and after a while you understood why sadie was the way she was (I didn't like her at first). as the story progressed I never got around to liking her voice actor tho cause she was a bit dramatic, especially when she shouldnt have been (like describing how bright the stars were in the sky, it sounded more like a fight scene which was ????). I love how this was like a podcast, and the fact that everyone had different voice actors. it was a really fun experience

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  • suhaila
  • 12-03-20

The production of this audiobook is mind blowing!

I love love love this audiobook. The narrators, ambient noises everything. They really put into great detail of all the sounds around the event in the book. You can hear the door opened, the mouse clicking when the character sending email, and much more. Overall, i am super impressed and highly recommends this audiobook.

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  • Jess
  • 21-11-19

Captivating

This Audible book was amazing. It pulled me in and this could have been a true story. I loved the characters and how you know where you stood with each one of them. And I love a book that leaves you on a cliff hanger. what has happened to Sadie??

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  • R
  • 07-11-22

Dour and dark

I felt totally disconnected from Sadie as a narrator and the influencer plot line seemed dumped in there. I wish I returned this one.

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  • charl b
  • 26-10-22

Amazing

I loved the performances! They really bought the story alive. My first audiobook and definitely one to remember.

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  • MarciaM95
  • 26-10-22

A powerful story with a tear evoking ending

Not only is this audiobook extremely well produced, with fantastic narration and ambience throughout - it also tells a powerful story which could easily be true of millions of missing girls and women around the world. The author is not remiss in making clear this very important message, conveying the message in a delicate way which is thought-provoking but not in the least preaching. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, and would recommend it to anyone. Despite dealing with some very delicate issues, this proves to be an easy listen, which is testament to the well written story and the fantastic production of the audiobook.

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  • Dawn Bibb
  • 04-09-22

Loved loved loved this audio book

Such a good listen didn’t want to end. Kept me hoping all the way through.

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  • Nawwal
  • 28-10-22

Worth a listen

a novel that kept me hooked until the end.

I loved the ending... realistic and mysterious.

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  • Nanami
  • 10-10-22

Wow

The best audiobook I have ever listened to, the performance of the story is incredible

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  • Renata Rignall
  • 11-02-22

Loved it

What a ride. Such a tragic, honest look into the world of abuse. Loved how it was broken into the 2 different stories. The ending was brilliant too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

great performance poor ending

the book ends with so many loose ends I hate that! the performance was great though

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  • ladydi
  • 08-03-21

Sadie

This audio production was superb. As the story evolved I had goosebumps and literally could not stop listening.
My only criticism is that I would have loved an epilogue.

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  • Ash Sheehan
  • 22-11-20

Sadie

This was fantastic to listen to, the narrators really made this story come alive. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Grace
  • 10-08-20

Amazing

A great story, completely captivating with the way the audiobook is presented. I was hooked from the first chapter and was finding excuses to listen at any point!
Best listen so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-20

Such a transfixing story!

In awe with how much emotion this book put me through. I could stop listening. Listened to the whole 7 hours in one go without stopping..

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