I am completely hooked on these books, and am surprised at how she manages to keep them fresh and exciting. Loved the ending and can't wait to listen to the next one. Johanna Parker is a wonderful reader.
I have loved every single one of the Sookie Stackhouse series... until this one. I felt like the narrator was even bored. In the other series she talked with enthusiasm - but this one she was more monotone. It seemed that about every 5 minutes Sookie was rehashing something that happened in a previous book. It was so bad that she was rehashing events that had happened in this book. It felt like Ms. Harris didn't have anything new for Sookie to experience so she had to take up space on the page with history.
Thanks to HBO's series True Blood, I was introduced to Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse series. I've listened to all in the series and am a fan. All of them are fun-filled reads. Don't expect the book and the series to be exactly the same - it's interesting to compare the differences in character and plot development. The humor is quite dry - my favorite type. Johanna Parker does an excellent job as the narrator.
but, this is not the best book of the 8 so far. I couldn't put down the other 7, read them rather than listened to them, but this one is not quite up to par as far as being as interesting. Contrary to what some others have said, I think the narrator is quite good, much better than a lot of them on other books I have listened to lately. Since this book, #8 in the series, is not going to be released until March I was thrilled you had it here on audible.com.
I have listened/read all of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, 1 - 8. I enjoyed every single one of them. The writing is good, clear, suspenseful and humorous. The narrator, Johanna Parker, does some of the best narrating I have heard...exactly the way I would presume Sookie Stackhouse would sound. You can't go wrong with this series. I CAN'T WAIT until installment NINE!!
I'm a single Mom who LOVES to read and write novels
Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors. I have been listening and reading from the start of the Sookie series. This book has some things that make you think "Well no wonder ...". We get to meet some interesting new characters. And some VERY unexpected things happen. I do recommend that if you are thinking of starting the Sookie series that you start with an earlier book. Otherwise, you lose out on some really cool "oh my goodness" moments. I would and do recommend this series to EVERYONE who enjoys MaryJanice Davidson, Katie McAlister, and Laurell K Hamilton. Also, anyone who like the True Blood series on HBO. And check out her other series that begins with Grave Sight.
Thank goodness for Charlaine because now that LKH has turned into a romance, bodice ripper writer, Sookie with all her Southern charm and unpretencious bravado will have to take first chair from Anita.
I enjoyed every second of this book and I loved the narrator as well. I actually felt like I was there with them all and that is why I love books and audio books to begin with.
Don't miss this one... you will love it.
Sookie continues to develop as a character, becoming a little less wide-eyed, more complex, and still really lovable! I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, can't wait for the next one, can't wait for the HBO show, but a little nervous. Johanna Parker (narrator) IS Sookie, I don't know if I could listen to Sookie with anyone else's voice. I agree with other reviewers, start at the beginning and read them all - you won't be disappointed.