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I say this novel is in my top ten.
The story leaves the reader satisfied that the story is over -- no cliff hangers. All the questions about Sookie's relationships are answered.
No other performer suites the voice of Sookie better than Johanna Parker.
The series is so intense that I needed closure. I was compelled to listen to this book all in one sitting because I wanted closure. Now that I have finished the story, I wish wasn't.
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
This falls within the top 20% of the books I have so far. It closed several of the different story lines that I was left questioning throughout the series. Unfortunately it's done in what feels like an almost rushed tone. I'm not sure what happened behind the scenes but from the writing it almost feels like her publisher told her "This is your last Sookie book, if you're gonna say it, say it now." I was also used to having only one point of view. For some reason Ms Harris doesn't follow though with this book. It's a bit jarring but once you get into the story you understand the reasoning. There is so much going on during this book that its the only way to cover everything in a reasonable amount of time. I was glad for the closure if not for the tone.
I was so happy when I read that Johanna Parker was back! She does Sookie spot on. I watched the first couple of episodes of True Blood before I decided to check out the series. As soon as I started listening to the books I stopped watching. This is what Sookie sounds like, not the actress picked for the show. Overall Johanna Parker is my favorite female narrator.
I'm at a loss now! So many of my regular series are finished that I feel like I've been left in the lurch with yet another one. I've already downloaded the book advertised at the end, Undead and Unwed.
NOT THE BEST IN SERIES!! But it w.as well worth reading.
That Sookie has came into her self
Yes she is great
The divorce at least Eric took care of her by giving her protection if the series was still going I would have believed that it wasn't over between them OH WELL .......
I love the Sookie books. I will miss this series. I can't say I didn't expect Sam to get his turn with Sookie, it has been going that way. I just really liked her and Eric, together they brought out the best in each other. The book touched on some character's that I would have loved to hear more from and others I could have done with out. At least there is going to be a book coming out in the fall that going to tell what HAPPENS! !
I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.
Yes, I love this series.
All the other books in the series.
I like Sam.
I am glad how it ends, it means she can have a somewhat normal life.
This is a great series and I am sad it has to end.
****SPOILER ALERT****I had high expectations for the last book in the series, but it feels like Charlaine Harris fell out of love with Sookie Stackhouse. The book was completely devoid of emotion. I think zombies from "The Walking Dead" must have infected all of our favorite characters. The people who normally had so much personality and interest really had no relevance, and were just not themselves.The plot didn't seem to have any plausibility, the reasoning behind it was lacking substance. At one point Sookie asks "How many enemies do I have?" To which three specific people answer why they hate her, and give ridiculously vapid answers. The "anger" felt by the antagonists has no depth...and makes you think, "Wait, so you did all this bad stuff to Sookie, just because you "dont like her?"" Where is the real motivation? I need substance to believe it!!!On another note, I was disappointed how the Eric/Sookie storyline ended. Harris has been building up their relationship for so many books now, we have literally gone through an emotional roller coaster with these two and deserve a breakup fitting of their time together. I was disappointed. :(
I'm not sure how it should of ended. It just seemed to me she wanted to hang this character up and short of killing her off, just ended it with Eric and paired her with Sam.
I didn't care for the selling the sole to the devil part and the emphysis on those two characters. I didn't like the new introduction of another childs of Eric's (the Karen addition). There was no mention of Bubba, who was the character that usually was looking out for her.
Didn't have one.
I so enjoyed the other books and this book just disappoined me.
Sookie is Ms. Harris's creation and she can end the series as she see fit. However, while Sookie is still Sookie, and Johanna Parker is wonderful, as usual, I don't see Sookie with Sam. Where were the fireworks between the two??? Regardless, I've truly enjoyed this entire series.
By the way, Ms. Harris has some equally charming characters in her other series, Check them out.
Johanna Parker is a great narrator and I would definitely consider some of her other work. She has done some Kelley Armstrong and Fern Michael's books.
I might consider other works written by Charlaine Harris. It seemed like her writing grew rather lazy towards the end of the Sookie Stackhouse books so I don't view her as positively as I used to.
I loved her narration of some of the books in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. I would definitely consider some of her other work. I like her as a narrator.
I did like that there were several characters from various books in the series that made an appearance in this book.
Part of the ending is just so unrealistic. You don't have a character waiver back and forth between two major characters for 12 books and then snap your fingers and in a few pages hook her up with someone else that has not been a love interest. That just smacks as lazy writing. The last book seemed rushed to wrap up the series quickly and some of the material didn't jive with things written in past books. It would have been better off if Ms. Harris has sat down and plotted out (i.e. outlines) all the books to produce a smooth conclusion (kind of like J K Rowling did with the Harry Potter series).
Books 1-8, perhaps
She made the material better than is really was, which is the only way I finished the book.
That the series is over.
It was like one of those early 1980's sitcoms that had jumped the shark seasons ago, and yet brought everyone back for the finale, regardless of why. Hours and hours of people obviously doing their final bow, and what do the readers get? NOTHING.
I really didn't care who Sookie wound up with, I just wanted it to be a good ending and a nice story, and perhaps a little redemption from the last few Deus Ex Cluviel Dor books. Unfortunately, that was not to be. Even the very ending was like the author just ran out of paper, and realized she had to end it in two paragraphs. It would have been better had she just left it up to the readers' imaginations, because they (even the Eric -obsessed ones) could have come up with better ideas than this.
And then there were the parts of the "story" itself, that were so obviously written begrudgingly, with no love for any of the characters, but just a checklist of things that had to be done:
Like you couldn't seen the lame sex scene with Sam coming from a bikini-clad mile away.
Like this insane parade of people all got together to "get Sookie" so they would be killed (nice easy way to get rid of people without having to actually deal with them.
When in doubt, they die no matter what their injuries. It would have been easier and more believable to have a secret "I hate Sookie" villans' secret lair for them to figure it out together.)
As always, when in doubt, injure Sookie, but never life threatening, and never for more than a day or two, and then miraculously heal her.
Like the add-a-Supe (this time, a devil) when we needed a reason for plot progression that made no sense.
Like the additional "child" of Eric's appearing out of nowhere, just so people can fantasize that Bill may have someone to live Happliy Ever After with.
Like the parade of ex-suitors, all happy and content, but still loving Sookie, to make a very lame attempt at throwing some suitor smoke in front of the oh-so-obvious ending.
Like not letting Eric just GO, but making him try to manipulate Sam in some lame way that still made no sense. (I would have been fine with Eric leaving, or better yet, DYING, but the passive third party "talk about him, but don't actually let him do anything in character" stuff was just pitiful and weak in an otherwise interesting and strong character.)
Like the attempt at a Harry Potter-esque epilogue, but without any resolution in the chapters before to make it satisfying.
I was waiting for a real bloodbath. Partway through, I was HOPING for a real bloodbath, with actual main character deaths -perhaps even Saint Sookie's as a noble sacrifice, or better yet, Erik dying while saving Sookie to make the Great Love sacrifice (and still allow her to end up with the person CH wanted her to be with.)
Nope, it was just filler. It was Twilight-esque. It was a waste of my time, and an insult to the poor trees that died for the printing of this pile of tripe.
In the end, I think it would have been better to have blown Bon Temps off the map, instead of this.
A real page Turner for sure couldn't put it down! The narrator is so great at speaking Sookie it makes it easier to get into from the get go. Do yourself a favor and choose this book! Good read to you all (or listen).