I broke down and bought this book on a whim, despite my hatred of fan fiction. But, despite the cult-like hype surrounding these books, I have to say I really enjoyed listening to it. Sookie is silly and endearing and intelligent all at the same time, and though she's often flighty and scattered, I found myself being drawn to her. I tend to steer clear of anything about vampires for the obvious reasons, but I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a nice break from my usual literary fiction, and I kind of want to listen to the whole series now. Good thing I can access most of the audio books from the library! If you're looking for something fun and catchy, you may just want to try this one.
I am a return college student, mother of three wonderful (step)kids, and housekeeper. I listen to audiobooks while doing homework and cleaning houses.
I have listened to this audiobook more times than I can count. It is we'll read and a vivid story.
Johanna does a great job telling this story.
I listened to this book in one setting the first time I listened.
I was hoping this would be an adult story, like the TV show that it spawned, but in fact it reads more like it's a book I'd find in the "young adult" section of the library. Not quite as teenaged as Twilight, but still a lot of the book sounds rather juvenile, particularly the romance part of the story. Not really bad, but not particularly good either. Which is a shame, because I think it could have been better than it is. The narration is a little uneven, sometimes with a trace of one character's accent bleeding into the next.
This is a great story line done with wit and orgaization. The stories build one on the other. There are many characters but keeping them straight is easy due to the narrator's skill. Johanna Parker gives the characters their voice and makes the reading an entertaining time. She's so good, you will sometimes find yourself talking back to the characters. And the experience is not just with the first book but the entire series.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
This review goes for books 1-9 in the Sookie Steakhouse series.
Fun, interesting, crazy, at times predictable but who cares,...I started reading and I couldn't stop until I read (listened) to all of them. I truly enjoyed them until I read book 10 and I got so very disappointed. Why, oh why Mrs. Harris? I heard number 11 is as bad but I can't say since i stopped buying them. Anyhow, first nine are a must for anybody who enjoys a good vampire story.Oh and reader is great!
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I've almost read this book so many times. I was not familiar with the TV series based on it, and really didn't know a great deal about the book or the subject. But it always got such great reviews and so many people talked about it.
I rated the first book in the series after having read the first three or four books and probably rated it slightly higher than I would have if I rated it right after reading. But the series grows on you and as you learn more about the characters and the unique world they inhabit, the more you appreciate what came before. In the first few books of the series, but especially in the first, the author does a very good job of giving you quite a bit of background information without just reciting a list of "things you need to know to read further." Points introduced in the first book become far more important the further you go in the series. And since the author is creating essentially an alternate universe, I appreciate that she did it gradually, primarily in this book. It made it much easier to accept and believe.
I liked the simplicity of the first book. The number of major characters to keep track of was kept to a minimum. You really got to know them, before many, many others are introduced later on.
I started watching the HBO series after I read this first book. I would suggest that if you watched the series first and then tried to read the books, you would probably be disappointed in the books. To me the two are nothing alike, beyond the fact that some of the characters share the same name. But the HBO series is so much more intense and violent, and considerably less humorous. I was able to ramp up to enjoy the excess. But starting with excess then scaling back is far more difficult.
I will say one of the reasons I have avoided these books is I often have trouble with narrators using a heavy southern drawl, which is what I expected here. They usually exaggerate the unique characteristics of this accent to such a degree it is just annoying. It is not my favorite accent to listen to in real life. The exaggeration makes it worse. But I thought the narrator did a great job in this book. There is no doubt you are reading a book about southern characters living in a southern state. But she comes across as natural, not forced and definitely not over the top.
As an audio junkie, I am always on the look out for a new series that grabs me, so I was excited about this series. I know that the True Blood series on HBO is a huge hit, and is based on the series, so i was psyced. For me it was a major let down. I like romance as much as the next gal, but I like romance with a little feeling, not just sex scene after sex scene with no personality to back it up. I also found the narrator annoying. She overdid the southern accent. Sookie's voice was almost like fingernails on a chalkboard to me some times because the accent was soooooo over done. The other reviews are pretty positive, so maybe I will try the second book. If you are a huge audio listener like me, you know how important a good narrator is, so I would suggest previewing it, The accent is horrible.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
I picked this up on a lark - and now I am TOTALLY addicted to the series! The characters are believable (for werewolves, vampires, etc) and I really feel like i Know them. I can't wait for her next edition of the story!!
Since I first read the book, back when it first came out, we all know how popular Charlene's books have become, and with good reason. She writes well. Her characters develop well over the series, with twists, turns and surprises. The southern 'character' is well represented, without being over the top. The stories catch the attention from the first,and don't fail to draw you in and make you a part of the story. That is a rare ability, which takes you away from your own life, allowing you to become, for a short while, the character you are reading.
I have all of the Charlene Harris Sookie Stackhouse books, and am very much looking forward to her next one!
I REALLY tried to listen to this book, and I mean REALLY, but after watching the series, I found the book boring and the reader worse. I have to say that I couldn't listen to anyone after hearing Anna Paquin's voice. For me she is Sookie. Sorry Audible. I hear it makes better reading.
Couldn't get that far.
It needs to be redone with Anna Paquin reading.
Somehow, I just think the TV series is so much better.