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!
Neither is better than the other. I will say that Johanna Parker is my perfect version for Sookie. She just makes Sookie come alive all the better and with the correct accent clarified a few things that my 'Yankee' imagination couldn't.
Sookie is fabulous but I like my heroines with a little more barbarian and a little less lady. Of course maybe that's just how southern woman are. I also love Pam. If I could somehow combine both of them it would be perfect. I would like to see more of Diantha.
The southern accent and correct southern pronunciation of words. I'f from as far north as you can get and still be in the USA. Sometimes it is hard for me to 'hear' the words correctly when I read.
Believer in what you can't see
Yes, I don't have this series in book form. I find the sound of the story very enjoyable to listen to. Since this storyline is so full of action and adventure the voice adds to the story.
Quinn is my favorite character since he tries to be honest with Sookie, even though she has no tolerance for his life. She is a little hypocrite.
As always an excellent job, she makes the story wonderful to listen to.
Disaster in Rhodes
I find the more I listen to this series the more I realize how much happens in each story.
I’ve loved the entire series of books featuring Sookie Stackhouse. This is the first audio version that I’ve listened to and it was delightful. The narrator is exactly as I'd imagined Sookie's voice would be. The books feature fascinating, humorous characters that continually evolve and surprise as they travel through fast-paced plots.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I think this was my favorite book of the series - and I really liked most of the books in this series! The plot was very engaging, and suspenseful, and there was a lot of plotting and conniving to be figured out. There wasn't so much of the sex as in some of the other books, but it didn't take away from the story at all.
The story seemed much more mature than some of the earlier ones - there was actually a story involved, not just Sookie finding and/or losing her latest lover. Sookie is much more mature now, and the story had her having some growth too, so she's not as naive as she has been in other books. Quite nice, actually, to see a character still have some room to grow after 7 books.
The narration is spot-on.
I began reading the Sookie Stackhouse series before I discovered audible, so I was hooked before ever hearing narrator's monotone drawl. The narration is distractingly irritating to me, in part, because it conveys a main character who is more resigned and less humorous than the one that I read in the books. That being said, the stories are still amusing.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good addition to the series. I liked Sookie in the story. The story starts out with Sookie living her normal life and there's a bit going on in her relationship with Quinn. Quinn has been working a lot and since he travels a lot for his work she hasn't seen him much but he does manage to stop in for a couple days to see her and things go well between them. The Vampire summit is coming up soon and they'll both be busy because of it since Sookie is going there with the Vampire queen of Louisiana and Quinn is one of the organizers. They do make plans to spend a month together after the summit since Quinn will be able to take time off work then. The summit is fraught with problems though... People are gunning for the queen while she's in a weak position and there's issues with the humans in the "Fellowship" planning an attack against the summit in order to take out as many Vampires as possible. Of course, Sookie gets caught up in the middle of a bunch of it and although she comes out alright she ends up with more burdens than ever.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. Sookie was her same self in this story and was pivotal in the plots and the foiling of them. Although she was with Quinn in this story, their relationship is far from stable and I'm not sure how things will proceed in the next book. She ends up being blood-bonded to Eric which is part of what causes some instability between her and Quinn. With all she goes through and sees, Sookie isn't interested in spending time with Vampires in the future (at least for a while) so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. Overall, the story was interesting and fast paced and I'd recommend it as part of the series. :)
FYI, the last 30 minutes of the audio version is actually a preview of the next book.
It seems like at this point in time the author is just trying to fulfill a book deal. It's becoming predictable and boring. Sookie is a character that has lacked any real development and it seems that after this many years of being around supernaturals she would be able to. She knows how to deal with their temperaments better, but as far as her personal/romantic life goes, she's still just as clueless as she was in the beginning.