An end to a guilty-pleasure series: [no spoilers]
Our part-fairy heroine Sookie is again at a crossroads in her life; her friends are growing up, moving away, getting married, having babies. After hearing her vampire boyfriend might be lost to a marriage of convenience, what's a telepath addicted to hot vampire sex to do?
Thuds of foreshadowing, lack of canon (why doesn't she get out of her predicament by using her powers and being less passive and more alert is a frequent miff) and some mispronunciation prevent it from getting 4 stars, but I was pleased to see many old favourites were brought back for a curtain call in this, the last Sookie Stackhouse book.
If you enjoyed any of her books, it's worth your credits. Thanks for the wild ride, Ms Harris: 3.5 stars.
What can I say about this book if you like the others you will like this one as well it wasn't as in depth as the rest I always love how these books have a mystery within a mystery so that when one story is over you still have one more mystery to figure out. Although it seemed like she was in a rush to get done and have the book end quickly. The narrator is great as always she has always made Sookie a real person to me. Great series wish it could go on forever.
The series HAD to end... Therefore, we HAVE to listen to (or read) the final book. .. but no, I'm not happy about it. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of who Sookie ended up with, a Harris failed to tie up all of the loose ends, and that annoys the crap out of me.
She could have tied everything up a bit better. The plot jumps around a lot, and with listening to it, sometimes it's tricky to figure out where we are. Plus, one of the characters appeared to be someone we KNEW, but then it wad never explained. We have to infer a lot of things, regarding character motives and actions, which could easily have been resolved at the end.
I've only ever listened to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I thought she was wonderful.
It makes me want to punch something, if we're being honest.
Overall, I think the book was too short for the route Harris decided to take for the conclusion. I may not be happy about the way things ended, but I felt like the direction it ultimately took had been on it's way there for awhile. What completely turns me off are the lengthy descriptions of mundane Sookie activities (like cooking breakfast) when what really needed to be explained was what the main characters were doing (and why). The action scenes felt very rushed, and not fully developed.
After the first several book I was kinda done with it. The quality of the stories went down, choppy plots, inconsistent characters, boring fillers of Sookie shopping, cooking, making calls, and really the story doesn't move forward. I also found myself not liking Sookie very much after the last few books.
After following Sookie for outrageous ups & downs emotional & physical roller coasters for years I was certainly ready for the end to come. And while it worked out the way I assumed it would, it left me wanting more of a epilog type closer. Where we know exactly where everyone ended up. Just a short paragraph that would bring us up to speed with Sookie & the gangs life a year or two later. Aside from that it was an ok read.
Best way for a busy mama to still enjoy books!
I have a deep emotional appreciation for really good books and film, but my attachment has never run nearly this deep. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series. It has been a pleasure 'listening" to Sookie evolve over the years, even as she hardens a bit. I've probably listened to the entire series ten times...unheard of for me.
Charlaine Harris does a good job of touching on all of the key players in Sookie's life. It couldn't have been easy working everyone in, and she gives just enough information to leave the reader with a sense of where that character is going.
As far as where Sookie stands romantically...it makes sense, but I will say lacked the sexual tension and fireworks that some of her other love interests brought to the table. Still, I'd say the result will leave the reader feeling like Sookie found the best kind of love.
Johanna Parker is spectacular as usual. In her hands, book narration is true art.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this book, but have to admit that I was hoping for a bit more sentimentality in the writing. This is the final book in a series that is beloved by many, and personally I hope that the author loved the series right up until the very end. It lacks some of the emotional intimacy that made this series such a success in the first place.
Devoted fans will enjoy this book, feel a little wistful that it's all over, but maybe have hoped for a wee bit more.
Harris should have ended the series several books ago. The past few books have been progressively worse--increasing inconsistencies with character lines.
Yes, I am a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series and enjoyed Johanna's voice overs.
No; I'm a bit of a novice to the audiobook world.
Yes, if only because I'd read all the other 12 books and had to see how the series concluded.
Yes. I was a bit disappointed in the series conclusion (story-wise). It seems to have left some loose ends (Sookie had been around a bit and some of those recurring men-folk were left unresolved) and several of the plot points were cumbersome and almost ridiculous (Hunter, really?!). At one point, there was too much happening and not for good reason. So many characters started out promising (Karen) and just dwindled into wasted potential (Hello?! Backstory please?!). Even more than that, it was really the loose ends that really irked me; considering this was the last book, I'd really expected a better, more succinct wrap-up. At least a fav got a truly happy ending (no spoilers from me about who it was though, — let's just say there's a new ------ in town!).
Ms Harris following her normal, action packed writing style.
I have been with this series since the release of Book 1. I am so disappointed with this ending book ... on many levels .... that I'm not sure I'll read anything else by her.
Narrator was good. I can't say anything else was good, though. I disliked the lukewarm, need to wrap this up feeling I got while reading.
Waited for it to get better as I read ... it never did .... I am angry and disappointed that I spent so long living in a series to have this 'throw the fans a bone' finish to it. Just get it done, never mind the years and money spent by faithful fans ... they'll just have to suck it up. Yes, I lost much respect for Ms. Harris' writing with this one very poorly written book ... most especially because it was THE END of a series.
I have never had a negative review of any book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sure, I liked some books more than others. This book is the worst collection of drivel ... because what should have been a shining moment in the ending of the series ... read like a feast without any seasoning. Lots to eat but nothing tasted good so my appetite was long gone well before the end came.
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
I would. If you read them all then why not finish.
Well the first few Sookie Stackhouse books were good. The rest were just alright. This one is just alright.
She always does a good job.
Yes... I love Eric.
I don't get why everyone was so mad. It ended the only way it could.