Yes, I have listened to the series up to book 12 a couple times now.
The books are pretty original to me.
I enjoyed all the characters. Especially Sookie.
I was pleasantly suprised to listen to this. I really enjoyed it. It was funny and it moved fast. I read a review of someone who didn't like it because they didn't like Bill and wanted Sookie to be with someone else. I totally get that, I was rooting for Sookie and Sam the whole way through, but I didn't not like Bill. He just really came across as flat in this book. Hopefully that will change in the books to come.
The narration got on my nerves a bit. Her male voices were rediculous, but I'll still continue with listening anyway.
I've read all of these books and they were fun albeit I wouldn't want to read them again. It's not great fiction and as a reader it does feel like getting lead by the nose a lot. There is no mystery because there is no way to figure out the outcome so you just read and get lead and enjoy. They are entertaining, but I don't get what all the hype is about. Each book seems to unravel a little more and more until you are left almost not caring about the characters anymore. I had read the reviews but I wanted to see for myself. I wouldn't buy these I would rent them and try them out knowing not to expect a whole lot.
Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
I bought Dead Until Dark on a whim because it was part of the Daily Deals sale, thinking that for $3.95, I had little to lose. I have never watched True Blood and I knew very little about this series prior to listening to this audiobook, other than it had something to do with vampires. I was unexpectedly pleased.
Johanna Parker's narration was funny and wry. She embodied Sookie Stackhouse so completely that I doubt the print book is even half as enjoyable as this recording, without Ms. Parker's voice to bring Sookie to life.
The story itself is fun and light, and doesn't take itself too seriously. The Bubba storyline kind of made me scratch my head (what was the point of that subplot?) but overall, it kept me hooked through to the end. I was surprised at how much I love Sookie's character.
I am late in discovering this series, but I'm definitely going to continue to the next books. A great find at a great price!
From the sample I thought I would enjoy this very different take on a vampire novel. But I found myself really not enjoying it. It seemed kind of depressing, and, really, does it have to be so erotic in a victimizer kind of way? I know, I know, it is a vampire novel, I just thought this would be a different take on it. It is just not my cup of tea. I know people really like her, but I had to stop listening part way through. Snooky is no Odd Thomas.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Before I start, let me say that the first comment in this review list threw me off- all the titles are actually available now and that post is 3 years old.
As for the book, I think it is good, it just may not be able to live up to the hype. It has it's strengths and weaknesses but I was easily entertained. My mind tends to sort books in the "to be admired" and "to be enjoyed" and sometimes both. This would go into the "enjoyed" category. I had fun. I listed to the next three. I didn't judge. Because if i judged, it wouldn't get 4 stars for the entertainment it gave me.
I do have issues with characters being inconsistent or just inhuman. Coming from what most would consider a southern area, I know that if a girl got murdered and we mentioned it over breakfast, we would not react the way Sookie and her family did. It's like they were saying it was going to rain.
However, on the subject of Bill, I gotta say I like him. He's a vampire. He doesn't have to be nice. He can be vain. He's NOT Edward, because lets face it, if Edward were a 'real' vampire he'd have killed Bella by chapter 5. I get why Sookie likes him and I think people forget the absolute piece of mind he offers her, despite him being a jerk sometimes. Again, he's a vampire. They can't all be turned into Don Juans just because we want them to pamper the leading lady.
That said, I was able to enjoy this with vague images of True Blood popping up from years ago. I can see why this made a good tv show - the book is vague enough and leaves enough gaps for screenwriters to create and fill in the details. As for the sex scenes, if you knew it was HBO, it shouldn't be much of a surprise.
4 stars for an entertaining spin on bloodsuckers
Addicted to Audible!
This book was purely entertaining, a grown up Twilight. I am embarrased to say that I loved the adventures of Sookie and her vampire but I did! The narration was wonderful. I am hooked. Dont tell my adult kids- they will disown me!