I listened to all 12 in this series (as of 5/2012) and have to say that this one is still my favorite that I keep coming back to.
I originally read this one as it was the only one not available on Audible and when they finally got it, I grabbed it and have listened to it more than once.
It's the one you won't want to put down. This one focuses more on Eric, so if you are an Eric fan, you'll love it - and if you aren't - you're likely to become one as I did. At the very least, it's a fun read as avery different Eric is portrayed and Sookie is just as likeble as ever.
This one has a great storyline, with the right amount of mystery and suspense and there's lots of steam (though not overly so). By far, it's my favorite of this series. I would highly recommend this one.
As a few have mentioned, the books are very different from the HBO series and I have to agree - which makes it all the more fun. It's easier not to try to compare the two because they are so different - the series being Sookie's world from a different point of view. As always, Johanna Parker does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and think she was a perfect choice to narrate the series.
The story had lots of twists and turns making you forget what happened in the very beginning. So far, I have enjoyed listening to all of these books. The narrator does the voices great. A very enjoyable listen.
My favorite characters in this story were Eric and Alcide.
I would have taken Eric in too. Still think Alcide and Sookie could work, but what do I know.
This book introduces even more "sups" (supernatural beings) to Sookie's life and she gets more wound up in the drama of the vampire world than ever. It was a little hard to keep up with who's who or rather "who's what??" but a great story overall.
I'm an unrepentant bookworm with too much time on my hands. I read at least 100+ books annually, with audio books as my main addiction!
This is probably my favorite Sookie Stackhouse novel. I've always been an Eric fan, so of course I'd like this book. It is a little bit sad at the ending tho. Also, I've noticed that they did not do as good of a job of editing this audiobook. For some reason, a couple times in the reading, the narrator repeats a sentence. It's really weird, and I'm surprised they didnt catch it before releasing it. Hard to miss if you're actually listening to it. But, on the plus side, Johanna Parker is the best narrator I have heard so far. She really makes these audiobooks work. I am not sure I'll even be able to read the paper books now, just because she does such a wonderful job of bringing Sookie to life.
I don't usually like to listen to or read paranormal books but after reading/listening to everybook in the series by Molly Harper I decided to give this series a try and I'm so glad I did!
I'm about 2 hours into thhe next book in the series (Deas As A Doornail) and I have to agree with several other reviews that this is my favorite in the series so far. Eric's sweetness in this book can only be the character's true personality and I can't wait to see if that side of his personality comes out again in future books.
As for my opinion about whether the books in this series are able to be read (or listened to) as a 'stand alone' I think if the first book I read was in the middle of the series I'd be able to enjoy it but I'd be contantly wondering what I'd missed in a previous book.
Also, the narration for this series (and thank you to whoever I should thank for having the entire series read by the same narrator!) is a true performance and brings the story alive. Not to mention that I'd be clueless about how to pronounce several names in the series if I was reading it on my own!
I just can't get enough of this series. It is hard to find a book that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat like this one does and Johanna parker is brilliant.
I love a good cozy mystery or paranormal book. Some of my favorites are Dresden Files, Stephanie Plum, the Hollows, & Hannah Swenson series.
Out of the first four Sookie Stackhouse books I personally think this one is the weakest as far as plot goes. The way it reads though it seems like this book was used more as a vehicle to setup certain ideas & situations that might be expanded upon in the following books. I guess I will find out when I get there. Still, it was good like the rest of the series has been so far. It definitely has not detered me from continuing on with the many thrilling & supernatural escapades of the residents of Bon Temps, LA. I can't wait to see what book 5 has in store. :)
I really enjoyed these books. I listen to this series while I work. They are easy to listen to and entertaining enough to help me through a repetitive job. I would recommend and listened to the whole series.
Great fun! I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The character is a person I'd like to hang out with; she keeps it real and full of life.