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.
The narrator does an excellent job reading Sookie's part. The other parts are well read also. The humor is infectious.
Sookie, of course. She is a no-nonsense girl that doesn't realize she is funny.
She was able to read each characters part with incredible differentiation.
Several come to mind. Here "fresh" comments while having a vampire staked to death right on top of her. She describes herself as "disabled", this is funny, since most people would describe her as "gifted".
I just purchased the rest of the series, since it is on sale this weekend. Looking forward to them all. Incidentally, I mostly listen to non-fiction and comedy. This story is not one I would normally like, but it is so humorous I am hooked!
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Yes, I would. It was a great book. Well written and well narrated. I enjoyed the story and the reading complimented the story well.
I don't think that I can compare it to any other book I've read. It's not my normal sort of book.
She had a lot of expression in her voice and really enhanced the book with it.
British and addicted to Audible! Hoping my review helps you spend or keep your credits!
I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse books when I came across them after hearing my brother go on an on about the TV show. I didn't like the show but fell in love with the books and then started reading/listening to them one after the other. I was surprised by the subtle humour the great narration and great characters. There are hundreds of vampire based books but apart from a certain vampire fairy tale this series is the only one I can get through. It wasn't long before I got to the stage when I had to wait for Charlaine to complete a book so I started watching the TV show to compensate.
In this book we are introduced to Sookie her family and and how she meets undead fella Bill. This is an excellent series to have as coventional book form or as a download (I have both). ENJOY!
I am hooked. Love the story, characters and narrator.
So much better than the HBO series.
I came to the Sookie Stackhouse party late and did not have high hopes of enjoying myself. What a pleasent suprise! I did part of the series on Audible, part on Nook and part on paperback. I read 11 books of the series in 14 days, preordered the latest and read it in one day.
I would highly recommend this series for the fun, quirky characters and would doubly recommend the audible version for Johanna Parker's narration! She did a superb job!
I'm late to the Sookie Stackhouse craze, but I am HOOKED! Loved this first book, although Sookie's "voice" is a little grating (as a Southern woman, I hate how most media way overdoes it on the southern accent). But overall, I LOVE this series and will continue listening to all of the books! My guilty pleasure. :)
I thought the premise to the book was interesting, but was disappointed by the total lack of plot and character development in the middle 3/5 of the book. Also, I wasn't expecting a Harlequin Romance style of book. Definitely wouldn't recommend listening with children around. I know this series has a huge following, but personally found the "mystery" to be slow and dull.
The narrator was fine, she did the most that she could with such flat characters.