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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.
love, Love, LOVE BOOKS!!!
This was one of the first series that drew me into reading again. How can I not have partiality towards it?
I can tell that Charlaine is ready to move onto something different, put this series to bed and bid a fair adieu. Her gift with light-hearted story telling can be seen in this series. She has written many shorts that incorporated the Sookie world and I have enjoyed the easygoing nature of every story being told. She has a way of layering in some pretty deep stuff with the sugar fluff. I am speaking of the social government reform required from the top to the bottom. It was an interesting, solid read and I have enjoyed every minute of this series, even when I could tell Charlaine was fighting to create against a deadline. She shines through to fill in the story gap with her ability to not take it all so seriously.
I can't help thinking that some of these reviewers have been influenced by the HBO series True Blood, which has taken off into an entirely different dimension than that inhabited by what I think of as the "real" Sookie Stackhouse who inhabits Charlene Harris's books.
Was this the BEST Sookie Stackhouse book EVER??? No, it wasn't, but it wasn't the worst either. It's really pretty much what I was expecting after the last several books, and I enjoyed it in a sort of end-of-the-series way. I like the fact that she brought back all of the old characters who really influenced Sookie in past books and resolved any loose ends in their relationships with Sookie.
*****SPOILER Alert that has been posted in so many reviews it's not really a spoiler any more!*****
I like the fact that Sookie ended up with Sam, who was really the only character ever in the books, besides Quinn and maybe Alcide at one point, that I could ever see her ending up with. I never thought that Sookie should end up with Eric. It would be like the wholesome girl next door ending up with a drug-dealing gang member from East LA. C'mon, people, she always said that she didn't want to become a vampire, and that is the ONLY way that her relationship with Eric would have ever worked.
*****END of spoiler*****
What this book does, and does very nicely, is allow Sookie to grow up and realize that love changes and mutates and relationships maybe don't always work out. She becomes an adult and has an adult response to a new relationship, i.e., I love him and I want to be with him, but my life won't end if this doesn't work out. That isn't about "girl power" as one reviewer remarked; it's about being mature and having experienced the loss of love.
This book also has a somewhat hysterically paced plot that I think is Harris's way of practically parodying herself, or maybe parodying the True Blood series. Perhaps this is why some readers express disbelief that she actually wrote this book, since it is somewhat different from the rest of the series. So many bad things keep happening to Sookie that you have the almost irresistible urge to laugh out loud every time someone tries to kill her AGAIN.... I don't know if Harris meant it as a goof, but it certainly seemed that way to me. And then when it's finally all over, you heave a sigh of relief as Harris sends Sookie off safely into the rest of her life, not to be seen in fiction again.
The absolutely fantastic narration. I hate it when a good book is ruined by terrible or flat narration. This narrator reads all of the Sookie Stackhouse stories and she does it beautifully. Truly enjoyable to listen to.
Finally Sookie Stackhouse finds love with a man that is truly worthy of her and who has honestly loved her since the beginning.
Fantastic end to a wonderful, imaginative and sexy series. Can't wait to read what Charlaine Harris comes up with next.
Oh yes. While Dead Ever After didn't live up to my idea of A FINAL SOOKIE, I know I shall listen again. In a year or two I will probably listen to the entire series from start to finish.
Wow, it seems like a lot of people are hating on this book and I'm not sure why. True, there was a lot of loose end getting tied up and, true, the romantic conclusion was visible from the previous book. Also true that a few characters seem to appear just to say goodbye. But if a reader knew that this is the last book of the series, these things really shouldn't surprise anyone. And you would have to have been living under a rock not to have known that this is the last book in the series.
This book is not that different from all the others in that there are people and other creatures trying to kill Sookie, there are friends trying to help Sookie. The plot moves along pretty swiftly. I didn't notice any boring parts. In fact I stayed up late to finish the book.
My sneaking suspicion is that most faithful readers are just disappointed that Charlaine Harris decided to end the series and are taking it out on this book. On one hand, I don't blame them, because I'm disappointed with that decision too, but on the other hand it seems unfair. She is the author and it's her series, she can do with it as she pleases. I'm grateful for 13 entertaining books and I include this last one among them.
In my opinion, it was entertaining and definitely worth an audible credit. Performance by Johanna Parker was flawless as always.