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Dead Until Dark Audiobook

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

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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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    Dana Silverthorne, CO, United States 05-24-12
    Dana Silverthorne, CO, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Love Sookie's Character and Humor!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Until Dark the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an excellent job reading Sookie's part. The other parts are well read also. The humor is infectious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sookie, of course. She is a no-nonsense girl that doesn't realize she is funny.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She was able to read each characters part with incredible differentiation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several come to mind. Here "fresh" comments while having a vampire staked to death right on top of her. She describes herself as "disabled", this is funny, since most people would describe her as "gifted".


    Any additional comments?

    I just purchased the rest of the series, since it is on sale this weekend. Looking forward to them all. Incidentally, I mostly listen to non-fiction and comedy. This story is not one I would normally like, but it is so humorous I am hooked!

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    kytten 05-15-12
    kytten 05-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent use of my credit"
    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It was a great book. Well written and well narrated. I enjoyed the story and the reading complimented the story well.


    What other book might you compare Dead Until Dark to and why?

    I don't think that I can compare it to any other book I've read. It's not my normal sort of book.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She had a lot of expression in her voice and really enhanced the book with it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Super, supernatural.


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    Christine Richards Sudbury, United Kingdom 05-11-12
    Christine Richards Sudbury, United Kingdom 05-11-12 Member Since 2010

    British and addicted to Audible! Hoping my review helps you spend or keep your credits!

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    "Read when True Blood is in hiatus!"

    I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse books when I came across them after hearing my brother go on an on about the TV show. I didn't like the show but fell in love with the books and then started reading/listening to them one after the other. I was surprised by the subtle humour the great narration and great characters. There are hundreds of vampire based books but apart from a certain vampire fairy tale this series is the only one I can get through. It wasn't long before I got to the stage when I had to wait for Charlaine to complete a book so I started watching the TV show to compensate.
    In this book we are introduced to Sookie her family and and how she meets undead fella Bill. This is an excellent series to have as coventional book form or as a download (I have both). ENJOY!


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    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 05-11-12
    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love a good story"

    I am hooked. Love the story, characters and narrator.
    So much better than the HBO series.

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    Jessica Noble, OK, United States 05-07-12
    Jessica Noble, OK, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful series."

    I came to the Sookie Stackhouse party late and did not have high hopes of enjoying myself. What a pleasent suprise! I did part of the series on Audible, part on Nook and part on paperback. I read 11 books of the series in 14 days, preordered the latest and read it in one day.

    I would highly recommend this series for the fun, quirky characters and would doubly recommend the audible version for Johanna Parker's narration! She did a superb job!

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    Melinda P 05-07-12
    Melinda P 05-07-12
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    "Hooked!"

    I'm late to the Sookie Stackhouse craze, but I am HOOKED! Loved this first book, although Sookie's "voice" is a little grating (as a Southern woman, I hate how most media way overdoes it on the southern accent). But overall, I LOVE this series and will continue listening to all of the books! My guilty pleasure. :)

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    J. Spanbauer Cincinnati, OH 04-29-12
    J. Spanbauer Cincinnati, OH 04-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Meandering vampire romance mystery with slow plot"
    What disappointed you about Dead Until Dark?

    I thought the premise to the book was interesting, but was disappointed by the total lack of plot and character development in the middle 3/5 of the book. Also, I wasn't expecting a Harlequin Romance style of book. Definitely wouldn't recommend listening with children around. I know this series has a huge following, but personally found the "mystery" to be slow and dull.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was fine, she did the most that she could with such flat characters.


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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-23-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Great Series"

    I have read all the books in this series and loved them. This book is the begining of a beautiful relationship. I will admit that the last two books aren't as good but I'm still in it for the long haul.

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    James L. Bacon Los Alamos, NM 04-13-12
    James L. Bacon Los Alamos, NM 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it. Very fun."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It expresses a southern viewpoint in an abstract fashion.


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

    Risking her life to save another in the parking lot.


    What about Johanna Parker???s performance did you like?

    I just love her voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yea, when she saw her brother for what he was and still loved him.


    Any additional comments?

    Life does not end it just changes.

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    alyson 03-31-12
    alyson 03-31-12
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    "not up to my standards"
    What disappointed you about Dead Until Dark?

    not not very well written, rather sophmoric, character


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    performance was prob the best part of the book. she sounded a heck of a lot like anna paquin's sookie.


    Any additional comments?

    disclaimer; I am not a fan of romantic fiction, and have a very low tolerance for poorly constructed writing. I was ready for this to be a fluffy beach read, but I could barely handle the writing style and the love scenes went on and took up too much space. the story was mostly compelling. the true blood re-writing/adaptation is a vast improvement. Had I been reading this, I would never have made it through. Kinda fun for a minute, as a fan of true blood, but not recommended (unless you are a fan of romance books). watch true blood instead.

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