The author's voice and the narrator make this a sweet concoction of southern inflection and authentic writing. The voice (both figurative and literal) is so compelling I could not take my earbuds out unless I had to talk to someone to order coffee. I also didn't realize how faithful the TV series was to the original book until I heard the Audible version and was surprised at how interesting the story became while listening to the delightful voice of Johanna Parker. Although I wish she didn't lower her voice so much to indicate male speakers (I also hate when male narrators raise their voices in a ridiculous attempt to imitate female speakers) she absolutely "nails" Suki. Really! This is a real gem.
I came to Sookie Stackhouse by way of True Blood and maybe that is just a case of mistaken identity. Somehow True Blood had to format 12 hour long episodes out of a book that takes 9.5 hours to read. In order to do that characters were embellished and added. Though I am not ordinarily one for vampire tales the show caught me.
The book by comparison is a pretty different thing. Bill, Sookie's vamp paramour is a bit more interesting in the book. Her brother Jason is fairly compelling... and I can see an interesting future for him in the series. But everything else is sort of romance cutesy. We don't get Tara's perspective and Sookie's best friend in this novel is Arlene... and they really aren't too close. There are no great friendships used as a foil to the vampire world she is entering... other than her grandmother... and honestly the relationship with her grandmother is pretty weakly drawn in the novel.
The first half of the novel was fairly interesting. By the second half she was taking hot tubs with Bill and I was wondering what silly genre I had bought into.
It's possible that interesting characters like LaFayette draw more focus in the later novels which informed the structure of the HBO show. I just wanted more than the first book had to offer.
i really wanted to like this book but the development of the characters was just bad by the end of the book i still didnt like bill it seemed like he really only put him self first it just frustrated me it seemed more like a friends with benefit's book than a romance.and it could have used some more action and it would have been nice if they would have givin the reader a chance to solve the mystery instead of just telling you
I don't like vampire books, but when Audible had an offering of "first book in a series" at an incredibly inexpensive price, of course I bit. Sneaky audible books. It's all their fault that I'm now hooked on Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries. These books are excellent. I didn't fall asleep at all, which I'm prone to do at times. Now I will have to buy all of the series just to find out what's going on. I highly recommend these books. But warning: be careful when Audible has another offering such as this, you may get hooked too. So enjoy this book, I certainly did. And thanks Audible, keep up the good work.
The book is fun, the narration awesome, but the thing keeping this from being a five star book is the fact that the audiobook skips. Fortunately, it just skips back a few seconds, so you don't lose anything. But it still breaks up the story every time it happens.
If you are looking for a serious vampire story, this is NOT the book (series) for you. I don't think I've ever read a book that grabbed me as fast as this one did. I laughed out loud many times and enjoyed the characters immensely. The characters are all interesting and Sookie is an unusual leading lady. If you hate vampire stories, you might find you like this series anyway. I give this the highest of recommendations.
I loved this audio book. I drove around the block more than once just to get through an engaging chapter. Anyone who loves witches, demons, werewolves, and vampires will drool over this one. Can't wait for the next installment.
Red hat reader
I read this book several years ago and enjoyed the story. I was surprised when I listened to the book. Audible should be proud of this production. Johanna Parker (Narrator) did such a good job with Sookie's Southern accent and all the other voices she used, I felt like I was there. Good job with a funny, quirky story!!!
I love the southern angle of this story and can't wait to read the next one. She is funny, unpredictable, and the twists keep coming. I got a little tired of the uber-gay bad vampires. Still, a fun read.
First off I'd like to admit I'm not really a vampire fan. I am a werewolf fan. And there seems to be that "Pirates vs Ninjas" animosity towards vampire fans and werewolf fans, lol.
Maybe that had something to do with it. But I also love supernatural stories, of any kind.
I was really wanting to read these books, but I never had the time or I would be reading something else. After the television show came out, I became hooked on the first two seasons and upon joining audible I put the series on my wishlist.
I just couldn't get attached to the characters in the story. Bill was uninteresting and fell a little flat for me, he didn't grab me as any sort of hero or irresistible main male lead. And the amount of sex... Scene after scene of over-graphic sex scenes, video taping sex scenes, sex innuendos in flowers, sex on the porch, sex all over the house-I wasn't offended but it just got really old and unnecessary. I was expecting more thriller, more mystery, more supernatural happenings, but what I got was closer to an over-graphic romance novel.
I didn't hate it, and I don't think it's a bad book. It had a good twist at the end, and if I hadn't already watched the show prior to getting this book I totally wouldn't have expected the outcome. I think the narrator did a wonderful job and her accent was just fantastic. But I found myself just waiting for it to be over so I could move on to another book.
Like I said, maybe it's just the fact that I am more of a werewolf fan, but I think if a book is good enough, it should make me want to read more either way. I just can't get myself to continue on with this series.