I have heard quite a bit about the displeasure that many readers had for this book. However, to me, it was just about perfect!
During a book signing several years ago, Charlaine Harris was asked if Sookie would ever become a vampire and she said that she would not. That was never the intention for her.
Thus, I knew that the relationship with Eric would have to end. And, I like how it ended. Personally, I preferred Sookie dating Bill or Quinn. But alas, finding love with your very best friend is indeed the very best kind of ending.
Also, I liked how she provided a finality to the main characters. Eric living a wonderful after life as a consort; Bill finding romance, maybe, with Karen; Jason married, etc.
My favorite character is Bill Compton because I like the idea of a southern gentleman and vampire. Also, the actor, Stephen Moyer, on the series True Blood is ah... HOT.
I've listened to all of the Sookie books and I enjoy Johanna's voice characters.
The same as the book, "Dead Ever After"
Yes. It brings closure
Diantha and Pam
Amazing as always. I wish I could chose her for most of my books.
Definitely not the ending I expected. Seems like the author got tired of writing Sookie books.
I like culinary mysteries. That is how I got started. I also like fiction.
I would listen to this again because in the end, it seems that everyone gets what they really want, or need.
That the relationship between Sookie and Sam is finally resolved.
Johanna Parker is one of my favorite readers.
I did not want to stop listening to this book. However, life and work made me stop my listening several times. I could not wait to get back to the story.
Is it really the end. Will there be some short stories that will continue where this book left off for Eric, Pam, Sookie, Sam or Hunter. I hope so.
The author was true to the nature of the characters, which had become somewhat muted during the middle books. I am surprised at the number of reviewers who believed that Sookie should end up with Eric when they are so fundamentally different in matters of morality. The story line was a little convoluted and not wholly believable, but overall I thought the book did a very nice job of putting everything where it belongs.
I was ver nervous for the last book ever. But I was surprised, in a good way. She reintroduced old characters. Some I couldn't remember at first. Things aren't in a tidy bow at the ending but they are wrapped up to the pont that we don't need another book. Do I want another book? Of course. But I am satisfied with the ending. Someone dies again, and the people responsible have framed Sookie and someone just wants her plain dead. Everyone comes back to help solve the mystery or to just lend their strengths. And of course it was beautifully read. Johanna Parker is one of my favorites. I wouldn't have listened to it if she wasn't the narrator.
"See ya later, y'all." Charlaine Harris felt it was time to say bye to Sookie and the supes of Bon Temps. And in fact, this outing does provide closure. This story is tepid at best, but it's been a lot of fun over the years, so I'll give her a pass. As always, Johanna Parker does an outstanding job of narrating and inhabiting all the characters.
Spoiler Alerts --- O.K. - First let say I started this book with some preconceived notions that it would be awful, based on the reviews I had read on Amazon.com - but being a Sookie Stackhouse fan I had to buy the download and I am glad I did. Perhaps listening instead of reading made the difference, but in any event I enjoyed the book.
I read the comments posted on Amazon about the characters not being true to form and I disagree only because it's fiction - the characters can be whatever Charlaine Harris wants them to be. Let me clarify that I am not an obsessed fan; just an avid reader of the books. Books by the way, about people who turn into panthers, wolves, lions and let us not forget the array of vampires, faeries and demon characters - in other words, fiction.
Some reviewers on Amazon said the plot was contrived, but really...which one of these books didn't have weird plots? Somewhere I read this is the last book of the series and I thought it ended well, wrapped up any loose ends and leaves us thinking that Sookie will have a Happy Ever After future - and that suits me just fine. Did I want it to end with her giving her heart to a dead person, growing old without children and being dumped when her body and face got too wrinkly for the ageless Eric? Heck no. It ended in a way that left Sookie "normal" and strong.
I would recommend this book and an enjoyable quick read.
The way it ended, wrapping up any loose ends.
Equal - she does a great job
Yes, but didn't have the time
Really great book.
I wanted to cry when I learned it will be the last book in the series!
Love a good book.
Sure! I need books to listen to while I do housework. Johanna Parker did an ok job, but her voices for men were kind of awkward.
This book was just as mediocre as the rest of the series.
It was a fine performance. As I said before, the rendering of the male voices were awkward to listen to. However, that was partially due to some pretty boring writing.
No. It's not going anywhere. Give up the ghost. I had really hoped that the series was going to ramp up and end up somewhere exciting. But really, why did I think that? We're talking about numerous books where not much happened: Sookie brushes her hair, eats, drinks, gets dressed, cleans house, we get background info on people we don't care about, we get information on situations that don't move the story anywhere, etc. Charlaine Harris never tricked anyone. She just made up an interesting situation and an interesting set of characters. Then she plopped them around and had them do some pretty boring crap.We don't need more of this town or these characters. They are all just...done.
I really think that the people complaining about the ending aren't being fair and are having a bit of revisionist history when it comes to remembering the other books. (Which I totally get, because I did it myself.) It's always been a C/C- series. Great for listening when you need to do laundry or pay attention to other things. But this has never been a stellar series, so why is everyone so angry about the end? It had a sub par ending because it was a sub par series. Quit beating up CH for not ending it how you wanted it. She let you know long ago what to expect, but you went and got excited by True Blood. She never tricked anyone. People need to relax and enjoy it for what it was: something to read while you do other stuff.
Work at home mom, who loves to listen while she works!
I believe first, that it is no accident that this is book "13". In the Sookie universe there seem to be very few things that are inconsequential.
Without giving too much up. Know that this book does a nice job of tying up loose ends (and there are a lot of them) and letting us know who is OK, and who is Dead Ever After!
I adore these books and was very sad to see them go, but was very much happy with the way things ended up for Sookie and friends. I do hear that Charlaine Harris releasing a "where are they now" kind of book in the fall. As content as I am with the wrapping up of the series, I am still looking forward to that.
Love the story, & the Narrator.
Thanks for good times.