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.
Dead Ever After was a disappointing end to this beloved series. But a series is not its ending. It's all of the wonderful moments that occur from start to close. And I believe this series has enough on the good side to tip the scale in that direction.
Just enjoy the beginning and the middle and read the last few books because you know you can't not know what happens.
And on the bright side, no matter which book you're listening to, Johanna Parker will not let you down on the narration. Excellent as usual.
The full circle of the characters from the series.
Sookie of course was my favorite character and I am glad for one who she ended up with.
I am so glad she read all the books. I could not picture anyone else doing the voices of my favorite characters. Including Bubba! She just has that southern thing down to an art.
The end. It was just a nice ending. I am being vague so I don't spoil it for anyone.
I am very disappointed with how True Blood is going on HBO. However, I was very pleased that this series stayed true to the characters and the author stayed true to herself. True Blood is someone else's story now. It is not Ms. Harris. She has taken a great deal of crap for that. She wrote a wonderful story with characters that you could really get into. Congrats to her on the completion of her story of Sookie and I wish her all the best on her next series.
Better than I was expecting based on all the awful reviews, but certainly not up to the standards of the first books in this series. Sookie makes a somewhat final decision which will surprise no one who is familiar with the series. Eric also seems to go back to his original ruthless self. Pam finally gets recognition. I will miss the characters in these series, they are some of my favorite, but I think it's time for the series to end. It truly seems to have run it's course. Johanna Parker does a wonderful job of narrating - as usual!
I like how she wrapped up the storylines. I liked revisiting characters from previous books. While everything does get resolved it isn't exactly neat and tidy.
I read a lot of bad reviews about this book before I listened to it. Maybe these fans were more die hard then myself but I found this last book to be enjoyable. It was well read as always Johanna Parker is a great reader and the story I felt was maybe not as amazing as some in the series but well rounded and thought out. I enjoyed it and am only sad that Sookie's adventures are at a close.
Believer in what you can't see
Yes, Johanna Parker brings the characters to life and makes the story wonderful.
That Sookie ends up with someone that is more normal than all the other lovers she has had. I also like that we find out what happens to all the men in her life. I like that the town stands by Sookie when she is in trouble again.
She brings dimension and sparkle to the story.
Yes, but I was able to listen to it in two sittings. I also listen to the audiobook twice.
It is sad when a good series comes to an end. I wasn't surprise who Sookie ends up with, but at the same time with all the time she spent with a certain someone you would think she would end up with him.
I will really miss this series. It had so much action and fun in it. It was never dull.