As a native book reader I know books tend to be better than TV, this is pretty much no exception. Also, I watched the TV adaptation before I even knew it WAS a book series first and decided to watch the show before starting the books or else the show would likely suck in comparison. After listening to this audiobook I realized it was the BEST course of action I could have taken. It was really nice to be inside Sookie's head and understand her way of thinking. Admittedly I missed Tara from the show and know that when she does show up she'll be white and less involved with the plot. Nevertheless, the book and Johanna Parker's spot-on performance has won me over effortlessly. Parker is, audibly at least, the best Sookie's Stackhouse I ever expected.
Awesome, exciting, fun!
Sookie, she's got spunk!
I've read the books and wasn't sure what to expect with the audio version. Wow, can Johanna Parker narrate! She can change character voices on a dime and it adds so much to the story when she's able to do that. And I love hearing Bubba come to life!
Would love to, but life interrupts.
Don't hesitate to get this book, Johanna Parker makes it more than worth it!
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One of the better urban fantasy stories I've read actually. However I'm not a huge fan of urban fantasy in general.
I rank this series as probably the third, this summer, behind Deborah Harkness’ third book in her vampire series, entitled “The Book of Life” and the “Game of Thrones” series, but the Sookie Stackhouse series is probably my favorite as far as entertaining and “light” reading. I look at this book as part of a series because the story is ongoing and you cannot read just one!
In a way, this series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Both are sexy and campy fun!
I LOVE Johanna Parker’s performance! She totally embodies the southern accent of an uneducated and unsophisticated southern woman. Her characters and small southern hometown remind of the town I grew up in, with just a little exaggeration to emphasis the campy stories. I am a southern woman and can appreciate this touch.
Oh yes, unfortunately I am hooked, which means I am downloading one after another . . . .
I started watching the True Book series via Amazon Prime and have binge watched the series. I have run out of free streaming and picked up the books. Love both the books and the shows! I am usually not a fan of vampire stories, but I may have changed my mind . . . .
Its a good romance novel well read. I thought it would be more like the TV show. More of a mystery with really fun characters. I'm half way through the book and Tara has not been mentioned and Lafayette barely mentioned in passing. Im more comfortable reading sex scenes than I am hearing them. This is just a personal preference. The narrator performance is just fine.,
I would rather read them then hear them.
No she is great!
Should have read the book before watching True Blood.
I waited to write a review until I listened to all 12 books. I loved them all. Sookie is a breath of fresh air small town girl who has had problems in the past with romance because she has the gift of reading minds. Imagine going on a date and hearing everything the guy was thinking... Not good. With vampires out of the closet, she finds she can't read vampire minds. Finally she can have true romance. There is also Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem and more supernatural creatures to be revealed!
I loved all the characters and how the story unfolded through all the books. It was bitter sweet that it had to come to an end. I was going to watch True Blood on HBO until friends told me it wasn't nearly as good as the books and had way too much porn!! I will leave the same review for all twelve books. Sookie just wouldn't be Sookie without Johanna Parker, I loved her voice!
I'm indifferent about this series I started reading it due to the show but I almost liked the show more because it's switches from character stories. The whole " I'm so in love with Bill" drag seems to go on forever. But it wasn't a bad book, it was entertaining. It's just very simple. The narrating is what really made this audible enjoyable. I give it 4 starts.
Your mileage may vary
I'm new to reading Charlaine Harris in 2014 and I don't have HBO, so I've never heard of the associated TV show, but after reading the first three Sookie books I have to say they're cute and okay for a light read.
Of course I understand that this is fiction. But I'm very analytical, and once an author chooses to establish "facts" for how the beings in her imaginary world exist and interact, I expect those facts to continue as time goes by or to have changes and exceptions be acknowledged. For now I'll be generous and assume there are times when she wants to make an exception, rather than she can't keep track of her own SVM world facts and is a sloppy author.
So far, the first three books in this series each contain exceptions and/or errors in established SVM "facts" so I have to remind myself that they're just for fun and don't have to always make sense TO ME. But they are fun, and on sale they cost the price of a matinee movie, so I'll keep listening to see what happens next and continue to ignore the contradictions.
The narrator is average and doesn't do much to differentiate voices compared to most of the narrators I have enjoyed from other books. She tries to do a little bit with accents, so the main character is almost always identifiable when she is speaking.
Keep your mind active.
Based on a preview of the second book that is included at the end of the first, the books may diverge more from the HBO series as they advance. I have watched and enjoyed True Blood and I thought the books might contain depth as novels often do. This book was so close to the series, that I was kind of bored. It was enjoyable but not sure I will invest in the rest of the books.
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.