I read Sadie, by Courtney Summers, back in January. Since then, the audiobook version won the 2019 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production as well as the 2019 Audie Award for Young Adult Audiobook. I decided to listen to the audiobook and I was blown away by it.
As a reminder, here’s the synopsis from the publisher:
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.
As I mentioned in my initial review, Sadie’s format is unique and lends itself perfectly to the audiobook format. Rather than reading print transcripts of a fictional podcast, which provides one point of view in the novel, you can listen fully-produced version. It includes several voice actors and sound effects to add authenticity.
The production values surpass every other audiobook I’ve listened to, with the exception of the Star Wars audiobooks. Audiobook narrators are so talented, juggling many distinct voices. The use of so many voice actors in Sadie must have increased the production costs significantly.
Whether or not you’ve already read Sadie (and really, you should), I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version.