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Gingerly

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  • The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker, Laurie Birmingham, Christina Moore, and others
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    Fans of Charlaine Harris’ best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels will find much to enjoy in this companion to the immensely popular series. Included are a never-before-published novella and an exclusive interview with Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s True Blood. Sookie herself guides listeners on a tour of Bon Temps, gives them a peek at the werewolf and werepanther communities, provides a glimpse of her best friend Tara’s dress shop, and offers a look at Merlotte’s - the bar where Sookie earns her living.

    Daniel says: "Short story is OK. But this isn't worth a credit"
    "Horrendously misleading descripting"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't buy it unless you have not read the books. It's mostly a recap of the books. And when it's not, the narrators are not good. The short story by the actual Sookie narrator was ok, but def not worth even a credit, much less the ridiculous price. This is not a companion, it's a recap and a way to rip off Sookie fans. I never thought I would give anything "Sookie" a bad rating but that day has come.


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have made it a real book, not a ripoff recap.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Yes, Johanna Parker's. That's it. The others, heck no.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One short story. Worth 1/10 of a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with the actual books, they are great. This is not.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (988)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Great book all around!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Angelfall the most enjoyable?

    I was never bored. The whole book kept me captivated. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, something different happened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angelfall?

    Without going into spoilers I would say there is one scene near the end that had me gripping the edge of my bed. Brilliant use of words to describe a truly macabre scene.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was perfect. The book had a good pace, not too slow or fast. I am in love with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (3138)
    Story
    (3142)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Worst Sookie Book ever :("
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    What would have made Deadlocked better?

    I (Sookie Stackhouse) turned on my computer and began to read the Amazon reviews of the latest novel about me by Charlaine Harris, Deadlocked. I read many negative and frustrated reviews by longtime fans of my series, but one review that particularly caught my eye noted how often the same information was repeated in the novel, over and over and over again, in needless and infuriating ways sometimes three, four, or five times sometimes even within the span of only a few pages.

    I turned off my computer, took a shower, then got ready for bed. My friend Tara, who, as noted in the last chapter, just had two babies with her husband who's a stripper at Hooligan's (like I noted a few paragraphs ago and also in Chapters 1, 3, 4, and 7) called. "Tara," I said, "I just sat down at my computer and read a review of Charlaine Harris' Deadlocked that complained that the same information was repeated in the novel, over and over and over again, in needless and infuriating ways sometimes three, four, or five times sometimes even within the span of only a few pages." But I knew this might stess out Tara, because (as I've just mentioned) she's just had two babies with her husband, who's a stripper at Hooligan's. I could have read Tara's mind because I'm a telepath who reads people's minds, in case you haven't gathered that from the previous 11 novels. But I didn't. So I hung up.

    The next morning, after checking my mail three or four times and then sunbathing, I went to my job as a waitress at Merlotte's. Because I'm a waitress who works at Merlotte's, which is a bar where I'm a waitress. Perhaps I've mentioned this? Anyway, on the way in, I met my boss and good friend Sam, who is a shifter, and also my boss and good friend. "Say, Sam," I said, "Last night I sat down at my computer and read a review on Amazon about the novel Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris that complained that the same information was repeated in the novel, over and over and over again, in needless and infuriating ways sometimes three, four, or five times sometimes even within the span of only a few pages."

    "That's interesting, Sookie," said Sam, "because I'm a shifter and you're a telepath who is married to a vampire and, by the way, here comes Pam, who is your vampire husband's vampire offspring and also your friend, like me, but I'm a shifter, not a vampire, and I own Merlotte's, which is a bar where you're a waitress. Hi, Pam."

    "If you two don't stop this endless, rambling, repetitive exposition that condescends to your readers like they're a bunch of brain-addled idiots, I am going to rip off your heads and eat you both," said Pam.

    Did I mention that Pam is a vampire who is also my frie... hey, wait... Pam, get away from me! Help! Stop! Don't Bite M......

    END of Review


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will listen to the next book only because books 1-9 were great and 13 is the last one. 10-12 were horrible.


    Did Johanna Parker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she has always been great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book made me extremely dissapointed, frustrated, angry, ect ect ect. because it's not up to Sookie standards at all.


    Any additional comments?

    It sucks. Only read it if you have nothing else. And I mean nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Diaries, Book 1: The Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mozo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (349)

    Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Interesting!"
    "Nothing like TV show, but doesn't matter!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Vampire Diaries, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I started this book a long time ago but I was so frustrated it was nothing like the show I put it down. I recently started again and have now read 1-5 in a week. Almost nothing but the names is the same, even some of those are changed. And in the book is a character not in the show, Merideth, who I like. The story is really good and I have already downloaded the rest of the series up through Stefan's diaries. I think the TV show was just looking for a book to loosely base it on, and they did. BOTH the show AND the books are fantastic though!!! VD is my favorite show, so you can trust me! :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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