Absolutely. Although the story was pretty much as expected (I've watched recent seasons of True Blood, so this particular book didn't have any surprises in store for me), the narration was amazing. AMAZING. Honestly, I'm only slightly more than halfway through the performance (so, yeah, I'm totally cheating and reviewing the audiobook four hours earlier than I should), but I was so floored by a particularly emotional rendering, that I simply had to sit down to rave about Johanna Parker while the feeling was still fresh.
It's cheating to say that my favorite character is Sookie (the narrator), but I'm a little more than halfway through, and none of the other characters are fleshed out enough to make them particularly likable. Honestly, if you're looking for strong characterization, look elsewhere, because this is Sookie's show, and everyone else suffers from the dilution of a third-person portrayal from an unattentive first-person narrator. Which is odd, because she can read minds-- you would think she would be able to develop the other characters a bit better, as one would expect a telepathic first-person narrator to have many of the same advantages as an omniscient third-person narrator.
This is the first Johanna Parker performance that I've listened to, but based on this, I will certainly seek out others. I've only listened to about two dozen audiobooks, but so far, her performance blows the others out of the water.
I had an extreme reaction to Johanna Parker's performance. I think that voice acting is often an underrated art, but she reminded me how a voice can render just as moving a performance as an entire audio-visual performance can.
I picked up on this series because, after listening to the entire Twilight series (and grinding my teeth for about half of it), I found myself wanting a longer commitment (as if 62 hours weren't enough). And although I'm kind of over the vampire thing, I'm familiar with the True Blood television show, so I thought I'd give this one a try. Again, there's been nothing unexpected with regard to plot (but to that regard, I'm likely an unfair judge-- one who has seen the rip-off first and therefore called the inspiration
I enjoyed hearing this first book by Charlaine Harris. I had read the books years ago and it was fun to listen to the story again. I did watch the first season of this book on (True Blood) on HBO when it came out. I thought it deviated too much from the books and didn't watch the second season or beyond.
The series is based on the premise that vampires have "come out of the coffin" into society and are sort-of accepted. It's a great idea and I applaud the author's cleverness. She also moves the characters along nicely throughout the series.
The reader does a pretty good job, but I've heard better. It's a solid performance, but not as great as the Jeannie Frost series reader.
I have picked up 2 books in this series on sale and am hesitant to pay the regular member price or use my credits for this series. I don't feel compelled to keep moving through the series, and I do own the paperbacks, so keep that in mind.
My wife is currently on book 8 and can't wait to take on the rest. She stumbled upon the series accidentally during one of audible's sales and fell in love with the books. She's been listening non-stop since. I feel like even I have listened to the books - she's updating me so often on what is going on in Sookie's life. She is especially impressed with the narrarator, Johanna Parker. The books have been a great investment! If you're a fan of vampire books, this would be a smart purchase!
I stumbled on the Charlaine Harris Vampire books by accident and am thoroughly hooked. Johanna Parker does an excellent job as narrator and the stories are interesting and funny. A little more gore than I normally read, but not so much that it distracts from the book. Great job.
This book was offered at a discounted price to me, so I bought it, not knowing it was part of the True Blood television series. (I don't watch the show... I know nothing about it). I enjoyed the story, and didn't know what was going to happen until the end. I don't really want to read the sexy bits (they're easy enough to skip through.) The reader was good, but sometimes her male voices blended together and I didn't know who was speaking. Bill's voice was a little weird. I enjoyed the story, but I don't know if I'll read (or listen to) more.
This was recommended repeatedly by a friend at work. She is much younger than I am and I thought the story would be too light for my taste. I finally decided to download this and found the story line entertaining, but it is the narrator who really makes the story come to life.
I love this series, the books are great!! However, the reader isn't my favorite. Her inflection and character voices are somewhat grating. I downloaded the first two books in the series, I won't be getting the remainder due to the poor job of the reader. Much better to read this series yourself
I purchased this listen hoping for bonus insites into the charactures and story line. No such luck. If you have not seen the HBO series than it is a great listen but no new information for the True Blood lover.
The story line is actually pretty good at first, I'm just not real big on most romance stories since they tend to be unrealistic, so I will not follow the series
Well written, imaginative, and captivating. Looking forward to reading all the books in the series.