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.
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I have read all the books in this series and loved them. This book is the begining of a beautiful relationship. I will admit that the last two books aren't as good but I'm still in it for the long haul.
Yes. It expresses a southern viewpoint in an abstract fashion.
Risking her life to save another in the parking lot.
I just love her voice.
Yea, when she saw her brother for what he was and still loved him.
Life does not end it just changes.
not not very well written, rather sophmoric, character
performance was prob the best part of the book. she sounded a heck of a lot like anna paquin's sookie.
disclaimer; I am not a fan of romantic fiction, and have a very low tolerance for poorly constructed writing. I was ready for this to be a fluffy beach read, but I could barely handle the writing style and the love scenes went on and took up too much space. the story was mostly compelling. the true blood re-writing/adaptation is a vast improvement. Had I been reading this, I would never have made it through. Kinda fun for a minute, as a fan of true blood, but not recommended (unless you are a fan of romance books). watch true blood instead.
Given the preference between the book at the show, watch the show [HBO's True Blood]. . While the show has diverged from the book, the main story line of the murders that show up in the small town of Louisiana holds mostly true. The book is missing some of the characters i had grown to enjoy in the TV show. I think the TV show provides much more depth.
The book taken as a whole isn't a bad one. I found the story enjoyable (even if i knew who did it.) And fascinated by some of the nuances of the world's construct. The book revolves around Sookie and the people she interacts with. She doesn't quite have the spunk that i like to see in my female characters. She can read minds but has always focused on it as a disability rather than a gift... There is some "adult situations" which i will categorize as cheezy trash. Some of the time it will make you go "hmmmm" other times it will make you go "really? you wrote that?"
The performance was good. She reads with a good southern sounding accent. The only voice i cringed at was Sams. The voice was just a bit gruff from the preconceived notion i had of him.
And yes, while i said to watch the show, it might be worth borrowing from the library for something light hearted. I'll probably pick up the next book more out of curiosity then out of a must read.
I'm an unrepentant bookworm with too much time on my hands. I read at least 100+ books annually, with audio books as my main addiction!
fantastic, intriguing, sensual
I think she did a wonderful job. She's the perfect person to play a southern girl, she's even got that accent. Just makes Sookie come to life.
I absolutely LOVE these books. I normally wouldnt be interested in these types of novels, as they do have some sex scenes in them, and language at times. But for some reason I just cannot put these down. Read the first one within a day and then immediately went out and bought the rest of them.
I saw this promoted a lot and thought I would try it out. It makes the Twilight novels look like great literature. If you are in the mood for a hokey vampire book with the sophistication of a baloney sandwich, this is your book. If you want something with plot, characters and a modicum of style, move on.
I think I would listen to it again. I would do so because I've forgotten so much and I want to finish the series. It's hard to remember what happen in the books vs the TV show.
I can't say it was.
True Blood is a good show, this is a good series. Yet I don't think they are at all related. True Blood took a departure from the books and became it's own thing.