Charlaine Harris has created a strangely moving set of characters that have grown on me. I appreciate her ability to evoke character and am glad to see their depth that the television series could not capture. Johanna Parker is an okay narrator in his story, maybe she will grow on me with the series.
I know what you're thinking: "oh no, not another vampire book." But this one is different. It is a bit tongue in cheek and there is a lot of humor in the book. It is told in first-person narrative by a southern waitress who is lonely has trouble connecting with other humans. The narration is superb and sometimes it really feels like you are listening to a real Sookie Stackhouse speaking to you. I'm in the middle of the second book in the series and it is even better than this one. Give it a try and you'll be glad you did.
I won't lie, at first I rolled my eyes as the story began, it seemed so cheesy(I grew up on Ann Rice these are as different as night/day in comparison, which I found refreshing). The narrator takes a bit getting used to(and I'm southern) but once you really start listening, she has a way of pulling you into the story. Though these are a little comical in the believability department, I found I couldn't wait to read the next in the series. I have to give it five stars for originality and entertainment. Looking forward to hearing/reading more from Charlaine Harris.
I had seen the first few episodes of the show "True Blood" and was intrigued by this plot line. Also, I am a big fan of series books and Audible.com had a sale on first books in many series. I did enjoy the book. The narrator was awesome. The story was good, but the ending was a bit disappointing. I am not sure I will read the next in the series. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I was not disappointed that I listened to this book.
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.