IT WAS A GOOD LISTEN THE NARRATOR JOHANNA PARKER REALLY BROUGHT SOOKIE TO LIFE SINCE I LOVE TRUEBLOOD I ALMOST FELT LIKE I KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT BUT IT WAS STILL EXCITING
I'm glad that Audible's "Free First Books" allowed me to try this quirky book. I love Sookie! Unlike any of the other vampire novels you may have read or heard about. I look forward to getting to know her better.
I have read all ten of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I absolutely love them! The characters are great and the story is always entertaining while not being too heavy. Harris is able to add life to each book by introducing, removing or changing the characters you've already know.
Warning to HBO True Blood watchers: The books are very different then the show. Although the central storyline is the same, there are many significant differences (e.g., Jessica does not exist in the books, Bill does not propose marriage to Sookie, etc). I really like the show, but I LOVE the books.
Wish I'd discovered this series earlier. I absolutely loved it! Sookie's southern ways are familiar and comfortable. The story is entertaining and the narrator is perfect as the voice of Sookie.
I can't wait to get more credits so I can listen to the next one.
I think that says it. I never finished this book so maybe I'm not qualified to review it, but take that as my review - the fact I couldn't get through it. Cheesy, boring, waste of time.
I didn't fall in love with the characters, and I just couldn't get into the story. I found many of the sex scenes threw off the plot or were slightly disturbing. I really wished it had lived up to all the hype I'd heard about it--I knew it was supposed to be scandalous, but I felt like it was less scandalous and more just down right gross.
Sookie Stackhouse comes out as an entirely different character in the book as compared to the TV show. She isn't as strong and certain of herself in the book and seems more undereducated and far less intelligent than the character I've come to know. (This could be a big function of the accent.)
I just like the TV character better -- she's somebody deserving of my respect, while the woman in the book is somebody I felt kind of sorry for most of the time. Nonetheless, when I was done listening to this story, I felt compelled to hear the next one.
While on vacation, I ended up reading the Harper Connelly series. It wasn't until I was into the second book that I realized that the author was the "True Blood" author. Don't worry about the other negative reviewers on here- if you like any other Charlaine Harris novels, you'll love this. I've only managed to see the first six episodes of True Blood- I loved that and loved these books although they are quite different in tone, suspense, etc. The main key factor is Sookie remains an enjoyable female heroine, of sorts. I also really enjoyed the narrator. I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews and started this series.
I couldn't listen past the first few chapters because the language was so foul! Wouldn't it be great if we had an audible "rating" for language, viloence, etc so we didn't waste our credits on stuff we don't want to hear . These stories might be great but having the f-bomb piped into your ear so often is horrible. I guess when reading a book I can just skip over those words or somewhat ignore them, but when they are said, it is a totally different story. Foul language for foul language sake is something I just can't get used to...it's like being surrounded by a bunch of teens and twentys that haven't learned that those types of words are best used with prudence if at all.
I first watched the HBO show TRUE BLOOD, which I liked and thus I got interested in this series. Listening to this book, I did wish that I had listened to the book first - as most of the storyline was known to me through the show (although not completely the same). So if you are in the same shoes, listen to this one anyways. Starting with the 2nd book - you will hear something new and it will definitely be worth it. I started with this one and could not get enough - all the way to the book #10 plus the short stories. I loved it!