Audiobook Review, Mystery, Young Adult

Sadie by Courtney Summers

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Randi DuBois for the audiobook recommendation!

If you are looking for a truly unique audiobook, here it is! This was a mix between a podcast and an audiobook. The premise? Sadie, a young girl, goes missing and her family is trying to track her down. The book bounces back and forth between Sadie’s journey (the audiobook portion) and a fictitious podcast detailing the disappearance of Sadie (the podcast portion). There’s a murder in there somewhere and some other disturbing stuff a la Investigation Discovery.

I honestly thought I was listening to the wrong book when I first turned on this audiobook. The podcast sounded so real that I checked my phone to make sure I had downloaded the right thing! There was an introduction by the podcast narrator and introductory music to this fictitious first episode. The dialogue was legitimately people talking to each other in podcast fashion. It was so authentic. I’ve never quite listed to an audiobook like it.

I’ve had lots of friends ask for recommendations for a really great audiobook for a road trip. If you’re into crime podcasts at all and have interest in mystery/thriller books, Sadie is something truly unique and worth giving a listen.

That being said, while the audiobook was a full 5 stars (more stars if I could give them), the story itself for me was only 4 stars. It was engaging and held my attention, but it wasn’t anything mind blowing. I was waiting for a surprising twist or jaw dropping moment, and I never really got it. But, it was like listening to a good episode of Dateline. It’s nothing you’ve never seen before, but it’s still good.

Would totally recommend this one, particularly for my audiobook people out there!

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