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Sadie

A Novel
Written by: Courtney Summers
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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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

What the critics say

"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)

What listeners say about Sadie

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A complete showcase of what an audiobook can really do

No spoilers I promise but I promise you Sadie takes you on a ride that you can’t stop listening to. You get a lush tense tight experience with Sadie and then you get a full out podcast experience in the other half of the narrative. The full cast feels like a real true crime podcast. The last 15 mins of this book, after spending a whole night shift enthralled and focused intently, my entire body erupted in chills I was desperate to get to the end. Give it a go, I promise you’ll be cheering for Sadie like you haven’t rooted for a character in a long time.

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Didn’t like it

Only finished this one as I don’t like leaving a book unfinished. It was written in a juvenile way and was poorly acted. It was good they had different actors for the voices but some sounded like they were reading with pretend inflection in their voice. Ending just happens, there really wasn’t a climax and resolution of the dull storyline.

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  • Kat
  • 2020-08-11

Gut Wrenchingly Important

I didn't know a lot about this book going into it other than it was narrated by a full cast (which was amazing!) But it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time with twists, turns, and revelations I did not see coming. After listening to this book, I too can't take another dead girl.

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Incredible

One of the best books I have ever read. Worth every moment spent unraveling the story.

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A must read

the narration was amazing as well as the story , this is a must read.

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Loved this so much!

Such a great read, i couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend if you like mystery books

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Heartache and revenge

The story of Sadie told from herself and the PI tracking her movements months later was narrated very well. I enjoyed the switch between as you could see the story unfold from everyone's perspective. A sad, but also triumphant story of a lost girl and her beloved sister.

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AMAZING! There was nothing I didn't love. story was powerful and performance was well done!

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  • KC
  • 2019-09-04

Good

Good book. I liked the voices of the many characters during the narration. The story line could be upsetting to some listeners

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Refreshing

I really liked the style of this one. The podcasting portion really reminded me of Someone Knows Something by David Ridgen. The narration for Sadie was excellent, though some of the podcasting narration broke the immersion when it sounded more like actors reading off a script. Great ending!

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  • Linda
  • 2018-09-20

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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  • Vanessa
  • 2018-10-21

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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  • J. Frederick
  • 2018-09-14

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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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2020-03-05

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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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  • Parker
  • 2019-01-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-15

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
  • 2019-01-19

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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  • Sara
  • 2019-01-08

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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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 2019-03-14

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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  • Tracy Gold
  • 2018-10-05

Excellent audiobook

This was an amazing audiobook! I can’t imagine a better format for consuming this book because of the podcast structure. So haunting and so good.

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