If you love Eric, you'll love this book. As a Eric fan, this was my favorite out of all of the Sookie Stackhouase books. It was so fun to listen to this book. Johanna Parker is a fantastic narrator, and does a perfect Sookie.....(at least in the 1st 4 books, I was disappointed with the 5th) Having read all the books, I was not sorry about purchaching the audiable versions. They are a blast listening to. I highly recommend listening to the audio books, if you are a Sookie Stackhouse fan.
The 3rd book of the series and I am SO enjoying this lively, charming and delightful journey through the world that Ms. Harris has created.
Once again, Johanna Parker is the perfect narrator and the humor, the sexiness and even the violence come alive (so to speak) with her voice.
I am loving all the characters, including Bubba. Please don't call him by his real name.
After reading the Twilight series, I have gone through many books trying to find something I liked as well. I started watching True Blood, not knowing that it was based on a book. The first book in the series was very much like the show, but the 2nd and 3rd take a different turn. I am so hooked on these books now. I am glad there are 9 books in this series, so far, because I am loving these books and can't wait to get to the 4th one!
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I simply love the flow that Charlaine Harris gives her novels, it makes it so easy and enjoyable.
And the narrator captures that easy flow to the T.
Overall if you love the first couple of novels, this is a must.
Sookie Stackhouse Series is a MUST read! I have listened/read all of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, 1 - 8. I enjoyed every single one of them. The writing is good, clear, suspenseful and humorous. The narrator, Johanna Parker, does some of the best narrating I have heard...exactly the way I would presume Sookie Stackhouse would sound. You can't go wrong with this series. I CAN'T WAIT until installment NINE!!
if you're reading this, you've probably started to read this series of books. Now I haven't watched the HBO show, so I'm going on book alone when I review...here goes: There is just too much wishing for sex in this book. I don't know a woman out there who thinks about sex as much as Sookie does in this book....and it seems to be getting worse! I hope this isn't a trend for the rest of the books, because it made this book just barely tolerable. Still, the reader being quite good, and I did get some good laughs out if it. And yes, I will probably order the next in the series, as heck, I'm already in...... (entertainment, not literary genius)
I waited to write a review until I listened to all 12 books. I loved them all. Sookie is a breath of fresh air small town girl who has had problems in the past with romance because she has the gift of reading minds. Imagine going on a date and hearing everything the guy was thinking... Not good. With vampires out of the closet, she finds she can't read vampire minds. Finally she can have true romance. There is also Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem and more supernatural creatures to be revealed!
I loved all the characters and how the story unfolded through all the books. It was bitter sweet that it had to come to an end. I was going to watch True Blood on HBO until friends told me it wasn't nearly as good as the books and had way too much porn!! I will leave the same review for all twelve books. Sookie just wouldn't be Sookie without Johanna Parker, I loved her voice!
Johanna Parker"s performance was great. Didn't know if I could get use to the southern accent but it didn't take long for me to realize I worried over nothing.
Sexy, mysterious and fun.
I liked Sookie fighting for her man, whatever it took. And the scenes with her and Alcide.
She always does a great job.
Alcide, of course. I loved every time he stepped into the story.
I once owned the bookstore A Novel Idea. I sold mysteries and cat humor. Put a cat in a mystery, and I'm likely to read it. Book Reviewer.
That's not fair! They're almost all good for one reason or another.
Sookie Stackhouse is back in her third adventure, and I couldn’t be happier. She’s a telepath in love with a vampire, who are now legal in the United States since the invention of synthetic blood. The relationship works especially well because she can’t really “read” vampires. In addition, she works for a shape shifter at Merlotte’s Bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana. This is billed as a “Southern Vampire Mystery” which really is a very accurate description although I’d sure throw a dash of romance into the mix liberally sprinkled with erotic scenes. It may all sound over the top, but in Charlaine Harris’s capable hands, it’s an alluring mix.
Lately Bill, the vampire, has been spending inordinate amounts of time in front of his computer, and Sookie is missing the great intimacy they once shared. All of a sudden Bill says he must take a secret trip to Seattle on behalf of the queen of Louisiana without his direct superior, Eric, the sheriff of Area 5, knowing about it. Sookie has no choice but to go on with life as usual until a very uncouth werewolf shows up at the bar and tries to kill her. When Eric shows up to protect her, she is told that Bill never went to Seattle but met up with an old girlfriend, and Bill has now been kidnapped in Mississippi in broad daylight. Eric enlists Sookie and her telepathic abilities to go to Mississippi to see what information she can gather from the humans who hang out with local vampires at Club Dead. While there she is escorted by stunning shape shifter Alcide.
While all this story may sound very far fetched, Charlaine Harris has a way of making it all seem quite normal. Explanations are given on qualities of the supernatural, and human Sookie even reacts with laughter at hearing of the kingdoms and queendoms that America is divided into. She learns more about shape shifters and “weres” from her new companion right along with us. She’s lived such a protected life in her small town where she stays away from all the input from other people. Now she’s involved with all sorts of mystical beings and realizes that they are individuals, too, although oftentimes with a different set of morals.
When Sookie shares with her shape shifter companion Alcide what she’s learned from his sister, he says: “You seem like the most regular person I ever met, and it’s hard to remember you’ve got all this extra stuff.” Sookie keeps her wits and humor intact. In the middle of trying to find Bill, she shares, “I had never supposed that our romance would go smoothly. It was an interspecies relationship, after all. And Bill was a lot older than me. But this aching chasm I felt now that he was gone – that, I hadn’t ever imagined.”
Yes, all the Sookie series, and this is just as well done as the rest. She does change her tone to try and represent the other characters, but it has to be difficult to impersonate a thousand year old, male Viking vampire! She does tho, and well.
Earlier entries in this fascinating and fun series are DEAD UNTIL DARK and LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS. While the reading of this story is very much enhanced knowing the background behind Sookie’s telepathic “disability”, her relationship with the vampire Bill and his world, and other inhabitants of Bon Temps, Louisiana, this story certainly stands on its own.
No, I rarely do. I enjoy savoring the book, or the listening experience would be frustrating to me. Sure you can push a speed up button on the iPhone etc, but unless I've lost my place, I don't use it.
Don’t miss one word of this charming tale. This may sound cliché, but once you’ve read the twist at the end of this book, you will not be able to wait for the next entry in the series any more than I could.
Sookie comes to realize that she is involved with these extraordinary worlds whether Bill returns home or not because the vampires know of her telepathic abilities and will go to great lengths to obtain her services. Yet it is wise to remember how rebellious and resourceful Sookie can be.
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this story – the mystery of Bill’s kidnapping, the romance of Bill and Sookie, the Southern values and locales, the erotic overtones, the supernatural worlds mixing with the human world – all balanced with each other as if this were commonplace. It is a delightful merging of different cultures to create a broader view of life.