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.
The narrator. The affected southern accent was like listening to nails being scraped on a blackboard! The imitated male voices were absolutely annoying. The story may have been good, but I couldn't listen to the narration for more than an hour or so before I deleted the book.
Depends on who is narrating it.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
It's a fascinating book. It has suspense, mystery, romance, hot passion and with many twists and turns. You never know what to expect. I love True Blood and I loved this audiobook.
When Sookie and Bill fall in love.
When Sookie and Bill were together for the first time.
Yes, Johanna Parker does an excellent job. It's like listening to Sookie from True Blood telling you the story. It's a classic vampire book for adults, written in a unique way.
I enjoyed every minute of this book. Definitely worth a credit. Happy Listening!
Read these books, the narration is awful. The whole series is a wonderful reading experience, that you'll get hooked immediately. So much better than the TV series,and different from the "True Blood" series.So don't try to compare them. The narration in this book is horrible: her southern drawl is completely overdone, and Bill is a complete wash out. So read them, and enjoy.
The narrator really added depth to the story by speaking with the intended accent of the characters. The story was excellent. There are a few cuss words and sex scenes but nothing absolutely horrible like the tv show True Blood has. I was so hesitant to read this book because the tv show was so raunchy but the book was great. Can't wait to read the next one.
I bought this book because I'm a fan of sci-fi and fantasy and Sookie Stackhouse is a popular book that I hadn't read or listened to.
The book may or may not be good. I would not know because I couldn't get through more than an hour and a half of this audiobook. I just couldn't stand to listen to any more.
The character, Sookie Stackhouse, is supposed to be from rural Louisiana and the book is written in the first person. The narrator, Johanna Parker, adopts a hideously affected southern accent. It sounds bad--very, very bad. It does not sound like anybody from Louisiana that I have ever met (and I've met hundreds of them). She places emphasis on the last word of every sentence for no particular reason. It is just unbearable.
Fortunately, I got this on sale. I just removed the title from my iPhone and never looked back.
I have read all the Sookie Stackhouse books in print version. I found them fun engaging books books with real characters and colorful dialogue. Who couldn't identify with a broke cocktail waitress just living her life? The books are a perfect light and fun summer read. HOWEVER, I purchased the audible version and was quickly dismayed. The narrator comes across as a tired poor white trash waitress. Not the lively Sookie. Plus, the narrator does not sound like a Louisiana native to me. The audible version was a big dissapointment. Just read the books. It is much more enjoyable!
Sorry, I couldn't get off the ground on this one. The voice and accent were jarring to me. Maybe listening to these books doesn't work once you've become addicted to "True Blood". Or maybe I should try again later in a different mood.