Sadie: Some Stories Just Need to be Heard




[Soundtrack plays]

Orangutan Librarian:

I’m not much for audiobooks- I’ve rarely given them a chance and mostly only used them to squeeze in some non fic I wouldn’t otherwise read… until now.


Sometimes a book comes along and it completely changes your perception of things. It makes you open your eyes and your ears and wake up. Sadie did that for me in more ways than one.

The story itself is hard to listen to. There is no way around that fact. It’s the story of missing girls- a disappearance layered on top of a murder mystery. Of course, I was aware while listening that this was not a true story, but what struck me was that it all too easily could have been. And that, to me, is why this is such an important book. It strikes at the reality for too many girls; it brings such an important topic to light (and to life).

Often, when I’m listening to a book, I’ll want to speed up the book, so I cram in as much as possible, as fast as I can- but I didn’t do that here. I wanted to savour every moment of this agonising, engrossing, devastating story. To engage with this is like witnessing a train crash- you know it will have a horrible outcome, but you can’t tear yourself away.

The tension is made even greater thanks to the inclusion of Sadie’s story. Flashing back in time, before the podcast takes place, we hear Sadie talking in her authentically teen voice. In stark contrast to the radio show host, her words are stuttered and frayed and sharp around the edges. We don’t get a clear or concise narrative from her. It’s not an account polished up for the media. It’s every bit as raw and emotional as you’d expect.

Thanks to the author’s brilliance, we get to the heart of this complex character and vivid images of the people she meets along the way. The different styles blend perfectly and this is what makes the audiobook so mind-blowingly good. Rather cleverly, this even included ads like a real podcast! For the first time on this blog (and probably not the last) I’d say it’s 100% worth trying the audiobook version. It’s an experience.

An experience that admittedly just about broke me. Because naturally I was sobbing by the end and I’ve been struggling to write the review because I tear up every time I think about it. It is worth every bit of the hype- and then some. Sadie is beautiful and sad and simply amazing. Read, or better still, listen to it.

Rating: 5/5 bananas


So have you read this? Did it make you an emotional wreck like it did me? Let’s cry about it some more in the comments!

50 thoughts on “Sadie: Some Stories Just Need to be Heard

  1. I read it but I know I should try the audiobook! Only it was difficult to get through because it was so dark (but so good at the same time) so I’m not sure I want to experience the story again.

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  2. You said it, girl… I took subscription of Audible just for this book, but I was told it there is no such Audiobook. I cancelled the subscription
    Oooh you made me long to hear this book.. Fantastic review

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  3. I read this book and loved it. I would have loved to listen to it too! I’m starting to enjoy audiobooks now as well. I do find them hard to review as while reading I like to tab pages or highlight with Kindle. But it really is nice to sit back and just listen sometimes. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Excellent review!!

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  4. Ever since I read Sadie, I have been told that the audio book is amazing and while I would love to listen to it, I am also not sure if I could go through that book again so soon. I am glad that it was a success for you as well.

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  5. Completely agree with all of your thoughts here. This audiobook GUTTED me. I listened to all of it in a day because I couldn’t bear to stop, even though it’s SO hard to listen to. The audiobook is so well done and unique too! I’m so glad to hear you liked this!

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  6. I agree this story was so, so hard to listen to, but I couldn’t stop listening. It’s one of the best audiobook productions I’ve listened to. This book and Sadie’s story is so incredibly important and I’m glad that the publishers took such care with bringing this story to life and not letting it be another forgotten “dead girl story”.

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  7. I absolutely adored Sadie and I agree, it’s one book that is a sheer experience as an audiobook. Normally I can take or leave the audiobook for something I’ve read but this one, with the full cast and everything, just fully immersed me. I could not put it down.

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  8. I’ve heard a few mixed reviews on this book, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. I actually had the audiobook requested from my library at one point. I think I need to request it again after reading this review. It definitely sounds like a book I want to experience. Great review!

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  9. Great review! I’ve heard that this is one of those books that need to be listened to on audio because of the podcast element. I heard something similar about Daisy Jones and the Six.

    I actually have this on my Audible library, I need to prioritize it!

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  10. I sometimes struggle to pick up books I know are going to be sad, especially if it’s an audiobook (because it can affect my mood listening to a sad story over several days)… but this sounds so good I might just have to try it anyway. Also I love audiobooks, so if you don’t and you’re still saying this one is worth listening to, I’m very intrigued to hear it!

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