This is one fun read. Ms Harris really knows how to stretch the tension between these characters. As far as Sookie's men are concerned, just when you think you are rooting for one, the other(s) start looking good again. We are left at the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next.
This is really addicting!
S. J. Swan
I love Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse. Johanna Parker does an wonderful job doing this series. I've bought other Johanna Parker narrated books and was disappointed to find out that she doesn't have a southern accent. She does it so well!
I had been looking forward to this book for several months and I enjoyed listening to it. However, I think the author tried to cram too much into too few pages. She covers a lot of ground so its hard to get emotionally connected to any of the events and a lot of the characters. It seems like the mysterious fairy war should have been a book all on its own to have any kind of impact. The story felt rushed and seemed to end abruptly. I would recommend this to Sookie fans, but I would have to tell Sookie newbies to start at the beginning of the series to have any idea what's going on. As far as the audio is concerned; I wish they had chosen someone else to read this. The narrator was not as good as others I've heard.
I have become a Sookie fan. I read the first book in this series during the HBO run of True Blood. I continued to read the next seven, like I was eating potato chips. You can't read less than one.
I noticed that the book entered the NY times bestseller list this week at number 1. I only want the prospective reader to know, that you should have read the other books first, since this book relates to the plots of the previous books intensively.
Total listening enjoyment. Much better than the last several books although I enjoyed them also. Love the bits of humor interspersed throughout the book and the every day details we all go through. This series offers a little bit of everything; humor, mystery, fantasy, romance.
I have read all of the books and "read" the audiobooks. As a narrator, Parker has settled comfortably into the character of Sookie as she has progressed through the series. When I hear Sookie, I hear Parker, not Paquin (although I enjoy Paquin's acting in the series.) I have listened to the entire audiiobook series multiple times. It is fantastic for keeping me going during day to day chores or helping me relax before bed. Harris has signed for 2 or 3 more Sookie books, so hang on to Parker to record them!
Dark and depressing, and not in a good way. This book was so graphically violent I had to skip whole pages. Where is the plucky, innovative Sookie we have come to love? Either Miss Harris was having a very bad year while writing this installment and took it out on her readers, she was so busy with the television series she couldn't find enough time to write, or she's sick to death of vampires. The gratuitous offing of important characters did nothing to drive the story line, and made no sense. I'm sorry, but I was so looking forward to book #9. Unless Charlaine pulls it out in book #10, I think the Southern Vampire series is "Dead and Gone."
A calorie free indulgence. A funny, fantastic adventure. Just make sure you are on a long trip when you start because you won't want to stop.