I didn't think I would care for this story, however, after my mother's very enthusastic review, I gave it a try. I was definitely not disappointed. The narrator was very good at all of the characters and I could easily distingush each of them. The book was also extremely fast paced, no waiting around for something good to happen. I can not recommend this audiobook enough. In fact, it was so good that I immediately downloaded the next book in the series (Definitely Dead).
This book was for me a happy mistake. I realized in the first few minutes of listening that I had not paid a lot of attention to the summary description, novels about vampires not being my usual choice. But its quirkiness kept me listening, and by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. I am now listening to its sequel while simultaneously going back to read the first 4 books of the series, so I've been immersed in Sookie Stackhouse's life, and loved every minute of it. Like Diana Gabaldon, Harris's biggest strength is being able to create a real, down-to-earth, flawed main character who is a perfect complement to the outrageous story line, creating a believable world out of unbelievable pieces. It took a while for me to get used to the voice Johanna Parker gives to Sookie, but once I did, that became Sookie's voice throughout the books I read as well as listened to. Parker's success with the other characters' voices is a bit uneven, but considering how many voices she has to do within a book, she does an outstanding job overall. I'm about to finish listening to the sequel to this book, Definitely Dead, and I am dragging my feet a bit because when it's finished, no more Sookie. I can't recommend these books enough.
I enjoyed this audiobook a lot. The narrator does a good job of creating the voices and is pleasant to listen to. I've previously listened to "Dead Until Dark" that had an interesting twist - a female narrator, with one male narrator doing all the male characters, which was quite effective. So where are the other titles? I'd love to have the whole series available!
Maybe Johanna Parker was in a rush when she recorded this one?
I am hooked on this series and have listened to all the books several times. Normally, Johanna Parker is AMAZING at voicing these stories. In this book, however, she seemed to just be getting through it. She spoke much faster, didn't have much emotion or inflection, and there were lots of awkward pauses and sounds of her swallowing etc. Usually, she's a great voice actress, but in this book it was just awkward.
Worse, she completely lost Sookie's southern accent and sassy edge! Having Sookie's voice totally change in the 5th book in the series was jarring. Most of the voices were less developed than in other books, but Eric's voice was especially bad as well.
I rated her much lower because it was so disappointing, given how phenomenal she usually is. It bothered me throughout the entire book. It made the whole listen just mediocre, even though I quite like this story.
Flat. Toneless. Disappointing.
Johanna just didn't hold my attention with this one. I don't know what happened with this one.
It would have been good to hear it in one sitting but it's too long for that (or I have limited time for that); this is because it is suspenseful.
authentic narrative performance
Others in this series. Also Stephanie Plum's Jane Evanovich's series.
As entertaining asthe stories and characters is this series are (I'm from Louisiana) it's JP's narrative that keeps me buying the books. Not every narrator can successfully do persons of the opposite sex. Her performance on SSSV series, from 1 -10 is so even, any one of them is as good a performance as the others.
Definitely. These books are highly addictive!!!
Charlaine Harris' depiction of the people (breathers) of north Louisiana and their interactions is true to the South on a deep enough level to make me feel right at home inside the world of Bon Temps.
I love mysteries, werewolves, fairies and vampires.
I just finished "Dead to the World" and as with the previous novels, I loved it. It was the first I have "listened" to, as I read the first 2. I was impressed with Johanna Parker's southern accents and impressions of different characters. I have just started this one and had to go back and make sure it was the same narrator. She has left out the "Sookie" accent and much of the feeling. I am having a hard time getting into it. I hope the next novel returns to Johanna's previous pizazz.
I forgot to review this before I listened to the next book, but I loved this! Johanna Parker narrates it beautifully.
Yes I must admit that you could tell Johanna had just started reading from all the breaks and the smacking but I loved the book. For all the people who keep saying that there was to many new characters. I beg to differ. The whole deal about sookie liking different men. I think that this makes her more real. To have an overwhelming devotion to just one person is not that popular in the real world. Our minds sometimes to wonder.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is yet another really good, humorous book. I just wish there more with the vampires instead of all the other nonsense.