Saturday, March 16, 2019

#AudiobookReview: Sadie by Courtney Summers Narrated by a Full Cast

Sadie by Courtney Summers
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by a full cast
My Rating: 
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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 meagre 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.
I haven't read anything from Courtney Summers yet, but I kept on seeing so many other book bloggers rave about Sadie so it was on my radar. I decided to listen to it audiobook because the story is told half in a podcast, and I felt the medium really lends itself to the structure of the story. I am definitely glad I listened to this on audio!

The audiobook is done by a full cast narration, which I love whenever I can find that. Rebecca Soler does the narration when we just have Sadie's point of view, but even the other characters she interacts with are done by other voice actors. I feel like this was really tricky editing and also probably really hard for the actor. So bow down to the narrator Queen who is Rebecca! Also to the production team and Macmillan, because I think they did a really good job. Anytime I know Rebecca Soler has narrated a book, I know I am going to pick it up. The book shifts from what actually happened to Sadie to West McCray trying to unravel the story of where she is. I do love that Macmillan kept true to the podcast format with the constant "The Girls is sponsored by Macmillan Publishers." If you listen to podcasts, you will know that was a nice touch.

I really loved the true crime podcast aspect of this, and if that is something you like, I definitely recommend this book. I also just loved listening about Sadie trying to track down her mother's ex. It's a good wild goose hunt she goes on, where she also gets into a lot of trouble.

There are a lot of sensitive topics in this book that you should be wary about like drug use and sexual assault. The book delves on some hard topics, so be wary going into this book if those are anything that may trigger you.

I liked this book a lot, and I think it took interesting risks in the structure of the story-telling, but I was super frustrated with the ending on it. I left the book with a bad taste in my mouth, which I think maybe is the author's point, but I just wasn't that satisfied with the ending.

I loved listening to this one on audio, and I think the structure of this story really lends it to that medium, so I definitely recommend the audio. Get it using my affiliate link below:

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