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"Humorous Southern-fried fantasy with biting satirical commentary....Harris juggles a large cast...with effortless exuberance." (Publishers Weekly)
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I think this was my favorite book of the series - and I really liked most of the books in this series! The plot was very engaging, and suspenseful, and there was a lot of plotting and conniving to be figured out. There wasn't so much of the sex as in some of the other books, but it didn't take away from the story at all.
The story seemed much more mature than some of the earlier ones - there was actually a story involved, not just Sookie finding and/or losing her latest lover. Sookie is much more mature now, and the story had her having some growth too, so she's not as naive as she has been in other books. Quite nice, actually, to see a character still have some room to grow after 7 books.
The narration is spot-on.
I’ve loved the entire series of books featuring Sookie Stackhouse. This is the first audio version that I’ve listened to and it was delightful. The narrator is exactly as I'd imagined Sookie's voice would be. The books feature fascinating, humorous characters that continually evolve and surprise as they travel through fast-paced plots.
I began reading the Sookie Stackhouse series before I discovered audible, so I was hooked before ever hearing narrator's monotone drawl. The narration is distractingly irritating to me, in part, because it conveys a main character who is more resigned and less humorous than the one that I read in the books. That being said, the stories are still amusing.
It seems like at this point in time the author is just trying to fulfill a book deal. It's becoming predictable and boring. Sookie is a character that has lacked any real development and it seems that after this many years of being around supernaturals she would be able to. She knows how to deal with their temperaments better, but as far as her personal/romantic life goes, she's still just as clueless as she was in the beginning.
I waited to write a review until I listened to all 12 books. I loved them all. Sookie is a breath of fresh air small town girl who has had problems in the past with romance because she has the gift of reading minds. Imagine going on a date and hearing everything the guy was thinking... Not good. With vampires out of the closet, she finds she can't read vampire minds. Finally she can have true romance. There is also Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem and more supernatural creatures to be revealed!
I loved all the characters and how the story unfolded through all the books. It was bitter sweet that it had to come to an end. I was going to watch True Blood on HBO until friends told me it wasn't nearly as good as the books and had way too much porn!! I will leave the same review for all twelve books. Sookie just wouldn't be Sookie without Johanna Parker, I loved her voice!
Neither is better than the other. I will say that Johanna Parker is my perfect version for Sookie. She just makes Sookie come alive all the better and with the correct accent clarified a few things that my 'Yankee' imagination couldn't.
Sookie is fabulous but I like my heroines with a little more barbarian and a little less lady. Of course maybe that's just how southern woman are. I also love Pam. If I could somehow combine both of them it would be perfect. I would like to see more of Diantha.
The southern accent and correct southern pronunciation of words. I'f from as far north as you can get and still be in the USA. Sometimes it is hard for me to 'hear' the words correctly when I read.
The cast grows larger as characters representing vampire royalty from all over the U.S. comes to a summit at the Pyramid of Gizeh, a vampire hotel.
There are secret alliances and back room deals, spies, betrayal, a far right fanatical group (The Fellowship of the Sun, who we met in and earlier book) and much more. Sookie reunites with Barry the Bellboy, a fellow telepath, who I like and hope we see more of. Quinn, her latest love interest is also on the scene. I can’t warm up to Quinn and I hate the fact that he calls Sookie “babe” all the time.
Overall I liked the book but had to knock it down to a three because it leaves too many unanswered questions. Usually these books leave some cliffhangers but this one leaves too many.
ASIDE: Pyramid of Gizeh reminds me of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO. They are both shaped like a pyramid/mountain. The family that owns the Marriott chain is Mormon and they supply the Book of Mormon and a Gideon Bible in every room. In this Sookie book there are Vampires and The Fellowship of the Sun – weird or planned?
Believer in what you can't see
Yes, I don't have this series in book form. I find the sound of the story very enjoyable to listen to. Since this storyline is so full of action and adventure the voice adds to the story.
Quinn is my favorite character since he tries to be honest with Sookie, even though she has no tolerance for his life. She is a little hypocrite.
As always an excellent job, she makes the story wonderful to listen to.
Disaster in Rhodes
I find the more I listen to this series the more I realize how much happens in each story.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was a really terrific story...I think one of the best so far....and the narration was spot on!!!!
Yes!!! It left me wanting more and more and more...I was dying to know what was going to happen next!!
I really think the search for survivors scene near the end...Sookie is such a great heroine!!!!!
When Sookie undresses Barry, and cleans him up really made me love her more...and how she saved so many people....she was great!
I really loved this addition to this series...and am starting #8 now....2 big thumbs up!!!!
Vampire Summit shenanigans.
I liked this book the best of the whole series, potentially. The Vampire Summit was an interesting premise and Queen Sophie Anne was around often.
The scene when Sookie is holding the soda can in the hallway is my favourite scene.
The scene when Sookie is rushing to save Eric and Pam from the pyramid was very touching because Sookie was heroic and emotional all at the same time. I feared for Eric and Pam. It was a tense scene.
The Vampire Summit was fantastic and any appearance of Queen Sophie Anne is completely welcomed by me.
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