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Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1 | [Charlaine Harris]

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - For audiobook fans, Johanna Parker was the beloved voice of Sookie Stackhouse long before Anna Paquin and True Blood came around. Johanna has a way of bringing the denizens of Bon Temps, Louisiana, to vivid life (or, in some cases, after-life). There’s no greater compliment about her performance than this: even listeners who have discovered the audiobooks after watching the TV show rave that she nails these books. —Steve

Publisher's Summary

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

Anthony Award-winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times and USA Today best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels entice countless fans with an irresistible mixture of vampire romance, beguiling mystery, and old-fashioned Southern charm.

Listen to more titles in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

©2007 Charlaine Harris; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An author of rare talents." (Publishers Weekly)

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    luke 09-22-11
    luke 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "We loved it!"
    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    Of course, my mother listened to it three times! It was fun, and after you listen to a few more you can go back and listen for more detail.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Until Dark?

    Her Romance with Bill


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes while we drove across country


    Any additional comments?

    We got hooked and listened to all of them in a row! They are great for while you are driving, and on a plane time goes by so much faster! Her voices are male voices are funny, but you get used to it!

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
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    "it was good"

    its the same as the tv show but audiobooks are better than tv anyday of the week.
    enjoy

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    Naomi Jacksonville, FL, United States 08-08-11
    Naomi Jacksonville, FL, United States 08-08-11

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    Johanna's performance was wonderful. It's been a wonderful experience. I love this series but I can't sit and read anymore so this works out wonderfully!

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    J 07-22-11
    J 07-22-11
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    "Good series"

    I really enjoyed these books. I listen to this series while I work. They are easy to listen to and entertaining enough to help me through a repetitive job. I would recommend and listened to the whole series.

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    Ellen 07-22-11
    Ellen 07-22-11
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    "Amazig Narration"

    The author's voice and the narrator make this a sweet concoction of southern inflection and authentic writing. The voice (both figurative and literal) is so compelling I could not take my earbuds out unless I had to talk to someone to order coffee. I also didn't realize how faithful the TV series was to the original book until I heard the Audible version and was surprised at how interesting the story became while listening to the delightful voice of Johanna Parker. Although I wish she didn't lower her voice so much to indicate male speakers (I also hate when male narrators raise their voices in a ridiculous attempt to imitate female speakers) she absolutely "nails" Suki. Really! This is a real gem.

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    Meg McGuire Montpelier, VT USA 07-09-11
    Meg McGuire Montpelier, VT USA 07-09-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting but lacks characters, and depth"

    I came to Sookie Stackhouse by way of True Blood and maybe that is just a case of mistaken identity. Somehow True Blood had to format 12 hour long episodes out of a book that takes 9.5 hours to read. In order to do that characters were embellished and added. Though I am not ordinarily one for vampire tales the show caught me.

    The book by comparison is a pretty different thing. Bill, Sookie's vamp paramour is a bit more interesting in the book. Her brother Jason is fairly compelling... and I can see an interesting future for him in the series. But everything else is sort of romance cutesy. We don't get Tara's perspective and Sookie's best friend in this novel is Arlene... and they really aren't too close. There are no great friendships used as a foil to the vampire world she is entering... other than her grandmother... and honestly the relationship with her grandmother is pretty weakly drawn in the novel.

    The first half of the novel was fairly interesting. By the second half she was taking hot tubs with Bill and I was wondering what silly genre I had bought into.

    It's possible that interesting characters like LaFayette draw more focus in the later novels which informed the structure of the HBO show. I just wanted more than the first book had to offer.

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    daniel chico, TX, United States 07-08-11
    daniel chico, TX, United States 07-08-11
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    "wanted to like it"

    i really wanted to like this book but the development of the characters was just bad by the end of the book i still didnt like bill it seemed like he really only put him self first it just frustrated me it seemed more like a friends with benefit's book than a romance.and it could have used some more action and it would have been nice if they would have givin the reader a chance to solve the mystery instead of just telling you

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    Diane Seymour, TN, United States 06-19-11
    Diane Seymour, TN, United States 06-19-11 Member Since 2011

    Geepa

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    "Sneaky Audible Books"

    I don't like vampire books, but when Audible had an offering of "first book in a series" at an incredibly inexpensive price, of course I bit. Sneaky audible books. It's all their fault that I'm now hooked on Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries. These books are excellent. I didn't fall asleep at all, which I'm prone to do at times. Now I will have to buy all of the series just to find out what's going on. I highly recommend these books. But warning: be careful when Audible has another offering such as this, you may get hooked too. So enjoy this book, I certainly did. And thanks Audible, keep up the good work.

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    Amazon Customer 06-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Almost a five"

    The book is fun, the narration awesome, but the thing keeping this from being a five star book is the fact that the audiobook skips. Fortunately, it just skips back a few seconds, so you don't lose anything. But it still breaks up the story every time it happens.

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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-14-11
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly Recommended!"

    If you are looking for a serious vampire story, this is NOT the book (series) for you. I don't think I've ever read a book that grabbed me as fast as this one did. I laughed out loud many times and enjoyed the characters immensely. The characters are all interesting and Sookie is an unusual leading lady. If you hate vampire stories, you might find you like this series anyway. I give this the highest of recommendations.

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