Karen L. Hanson

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  • Sadie Sapiens

  • By: Jeff Bauer
  • Narrated by: Paula Slade
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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  • Story
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High school, junior year, and Emma is barely getting by, head down as she stays low on the social radar. Sadie, her best friend and constant companion, craves attention and understanding as much as Emma does. The two of them find strength and comfort in their friendship while surviving one crisis after another. Thing is, Sadie only weighs four pounds, stands ten inches tall and talks to Emma by barking. Until Emma notices something very unusual - Sadie displays a high degree of intelligence. Way intelligent.

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  • Sadie, the Crusader

  • By Michaela M. Nelson on 12-07-14


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Reviewed: 07-16-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Sadie Sapiens to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print edition, but I doubt that it would touch me as much as this audio version. I could close my eyes and picture the characters... even Sadie!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sadie Sapiens?

For all the important messages that were touched upon in Sadie Sapiens, I was most moved by the relationship between Emma and Sadie. I laughed out loud hearing Sadie speaking 'Doglish' (something between normal dog-to-dog communication and English) to talk to Emma when there were (unenlightened) people around.

What about Paula Slade’s performance did you like?

When it comes to narrators, Paula Slade is a gem. A little way into Sadie Sapiens, you begin to hear the distinct voices of all the different characters. If you close your eyes, it's like a movie!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I downloaded this book on a whim, charmed by the cover. It's not my usual genre, so I didn't listen to it in one sitting, but I enjoyed it more and more, the deeper I got into the story.

Any additional comments?

There's lots of emotion in this book, and it touches on some serious subjects. I wouldn't recommend it for the little ones. Despite the cover, this is a book for young-adult to adult animal lovers.