Unfortunately, I saw "True Blood" Season 1 before I ever thought to listen to this book. So I was a fan of the concept right from the very start. Yet there is enough variation between the television series and the books to set them apart and make them unique in their appeal.
-The TV series is an ensemble account that centers around a telepathic barmaid and how the outing of vampires to main stream society effects her life; her friends; and her home town, Bon Temps.
-The book is a first person account of the same telepathic barmaid's, Sookie Stackhouse, immersion into vampire society after the Japanese invention of synthetic blood makes it possible for them to exist without feeding on humans.
-Both stories are centered around the murder mystery of women in Bon Temps.
The difference between the story being a 4 or 5 star story and the 3 stars I gave it, centers around Sookie's whinny temper flairs. At the beginning of the story Sookie is a virgin and hence she is learning to deal with a lot of new things. But the idea that these century old beings put up with it in a subservient manner is a little ridiculous and very distracting. This element has greater weight in the book because it is told through Sookie's eyes.
All-in-all this book is an excellent listen.
I consider the Sookie Stackhouse series to be one of my guilty pleasures. I do enjoy the stories and I've read them all several times in print form. I just couldn't handle the accent the narrator used. I don't think I even got past the first chapter.
Just not enjoyable or interesting at all.
I have listened to other books like "How to Seduce a Naked Werewolf" and enjoyed it.
No. I could not stand to listen to that ridiculous droning Southern accent which is very unrealistic. I may have continued to listen if someone else had performed the audio.
Once I started listening, I could not stop. I really enjoyed this book and I've never read anything like it before. I'm now looking for my next in the series.
I loved Sookie's innocence.
I didn't have a favorite.
Her Southern accent isn't too "put on".
I didn't give it 5 stars because it was a bit draggy in some places.
I will be reading the series, it makes me smile once in a while. Very good
All of the character voices were believable and easy to understand, even with the accent!
Yes! It was a great balance of lusty romance, suspense, and comedy.
Yes, I have enjoyed this book very much
Just getting to know Sookie
No, this has given Sookie a real voice
I have heard of this series for quite a while, knowing that it had a tv series on it and people simply seemed to love it, so when I saw the first book in the series on sale, I was impulsive and decided to try it out. My mistake. I am not an impulsive person, often reading others reviews first to make sure it will suit my own tastes. I should have with this one, perhaps I am prudish, but the sex scenes in this book were not done tastefully. If a scene has a point, and executed properly, then fine, whatever, use it. These scenes instead seemed smutty just to be smutty and poorly done at that.
Beyond that particular problem, I just didn't connect with any of the characters. The premise of the book could definitely have promise, and perhaps the author does in fact flesh it out more in subsequent books, but I don't believe I will be reading them to find out.
One redeeming quality I must mention is the narrator. She was wonderful.