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.
Funny. Thrilling. Southern. I tried reading this book twice and couldn't get into it. Amazon kept recommending the book to me so I got it here in audio. I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to hearing the next one. This book is one that the audio version is better than the paper version.
I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake vampire series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Again another recommendation by Amazon I kept avoiding bc vampires and scifi are usually not my thing but after one book I was hooked.
I really enjoyed the scene where Sookie saves Bill and when she goes to Bill's house and the other vampires are there.
No. I originally was listening to it in the car. But I live so close to work and home I wasn't getting through it very fast and I started really getting into it. So I started listening to it in bed before I went to sleep.
If you are like me and not usually into vampires or sci fi give this book a try. I have to have the setting of the book as the hear and now and then I can do paranormal.
I wouldn't necessarily consider the audio version to be better than the print version which I did read. But the audio performance was decent and there were distinct enough voices for the characters.
The plot isn't nail biting as if you are paying attention you can figure out who the killer is fairly early on. But it's an enjoyable read and an enjoyable listen.
I haven't listened to any of Johanna Parker's other performances before so I can't compare it.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.
This is a pretty good (not great) story and a pretty good reading to go along with it. I do recommend it as an easy fun listen while commuting.
I found this book to be quite charming. The romance that developed between Sookie an Bill was very tender and not overly graphic. The murder mystery was well developed but I was a little sad to see some of the characters killed off so early in the series. I look forward to reading the next book.
I've read these books many times and the audio version is great! She does a very good job distiguishing different main characters with different voices/accents. The characters sound like I imagine them.
This series was recommended to me a long time ago but I just got around to starting it. So far so good, I'll definitely stick with it through the rest of the series.
Not a huge fan of the narrarator. She makes the male characters sound like droning robots. She does an ok job with everything else though. I've heard worse.
No. Her male voices are terrible. All male characters sound exactly the same. Monotone and emotionless.
Johanna Parker is fantastic and keeps you enthralled. She is a real voice talent. I don't know how she does it but her voice is shockingly like Anna Paquin's. So if you enjoy HBO's True Blood, you'll love these books. The books are not completely true to the show so you get the characters you love and some similarity in the plot lines, but there are enough differences to hold your interest.