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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

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

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    Cynthia WATERFORD, MI, United States 06-10-11
    Cynthia WATERFORD, MI, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulously Witchy Listen"

    I loved this audio book. I drove around the block more than once just to get through an engaging chapter. Anyone who loves witches, demons, werewolves, and vampires will drool over this one. Can't wait for the next installment.

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    Amazon Customer Schertz, TX, United States 06-01-11
    Amazon Customer Schertz, TX, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Southern Customs"

    I read this book several years ago and enjoyed the story. I was surprised when I listened to the book. Audible should be proud of this production. Johanna Parker (Narrator) did such a good job with Sookie's Southern accent and all the other voices she used, I felt like I was there. Good job with a funny, quirky story!!!

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    C. Sneed Fort Belvoir, VA, United States 05-28-11
    C. Sneed Fort Belvoir, VA, United States 05-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great angle!"

    I love the southern angle of this story and can't wait to read the next one. She is funny, unpredictable, and the twists keep coming. I got a little tired of the uber-gay bad vampires. Still, a fun read.

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    Bridget 05-27-11
    Bridget 05-27-11
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    "Unexpected, and not my cup of tea."

    First off I'd like to admit I'm not really a vampire fan. I am a werewolf fan. And there seems to be that "Pirates vs Ninjas" animosity towards vampire fans and werewolf fans, lol.
    Maybe that had something to do with it. But I also love supernatural stories, of any kind.
    I was really wanting to read these books, but I never had the time or I would be reading something else. After the television show came out, I became hooked on the first two seasons and upon joining audible I put the series on my wishlist.
    I just couldn't get attached to the characters in the story. Bill was uninteresting and fell a little flat for me, he didn't grab me as any sort of hero or irresistible main male lead. And the amount of sex... Scene after scene of over-graphic sex scenes, video taping sex scenes, sex innuendos in flowers, sex on the porch, sex all over the house-I wasn't offended but it just got really old and unnecessary. I was expecting more thriller, more mystery, more supernatural happenings, but what I got was closer to an over-graphic romance novel.
    I didn't hate it, and I don't think it's a bad book. It had a good twist at the end, and if I hadn't already watched the show prior to getting this book I totally wouldn't have expected the outcome. I think the narrator did a wonderful job and her accent was just fantastic. But I found myself just waiting for it to be over so I could move on to another book.
    Like I said, maybe it's just the fact that I am more of a werewolf fan, but I think if a book is good enough, it should make me want to read more either way. I just can't get myself to continue on with this series.

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    Cindy Gold River, CA, United States 04-27-11
    Cindy Gold River, CA, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Most entertaining"

    I absolutely love this series. Entertaining as all get out. I found myself picking up a southern drawl in honor of Ms. Sookie. Just sexy enough to keep it real and listening to every word.

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    David South Bend, IN, United States 04-24-11
    David South Bend, IN, United States 04-24-11
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    "Bad in every possible way!"

    A (much, much worse) knock-off of Twilight, set in the deep South. Truly unlikeable characters, unmotivated and haphazard action, rambling plot. I don't know how a Southern vampire mystery with mind-readers and shape-shifters could be utterly boring, but it managed! And while I'm typically the last person to fast-forward through the juicy stuff, the sex scenes were truly disgusting. You've been warned!

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    teresa ossineke, MI, United States 04-18-11
    teresa ossineke, MI, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Charlaine Harris (Awesome)!!!"

    I was hooked on the series True Blood but the book was so much better and different than I expected!I highly recommend this author to anyone who likes vampire books and mystery combined!

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    Deanna Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 03-28-11
    Deanna Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Move over "True Blood""

    Charlaine Harris has created a strangely moving set of characters that have grown on me. I appreciate her ability to evoke character and am glad to see their depth that the television series could not capture. Johanna Parker is an okay narrator in his story, maybe she will grow on me with the series.

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    Katy Crumpton 03-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and Clever"

    I know what you're thinking: "oh no, not another vampire book." But this one is different. It is a bit tongue in cheek and there is a lot of humor in the book. It is told in first-person narrative by a southern waitress who is lonely has trouble connecting with other humans. The narration is superb and sometimes it really feels like you are listening to a real Sookie Stackhouse speaking to you. I'm in the middle of the second book in the series and it is even better than this one. Give it a try and you'll be glad you did.

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    Amazon Customer SAINT FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA, United States 03-17-11
    Amazon Customer SAINT FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA, United States 03-17-11
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    "Something different for me.."

    I won't lie, at first I rolled my eyes as the story began, it seemed so cheesy(I grew up on Ann Rice these are as different as night/day in comparison, which I found refreshing). The narrator takes a bit getting used to(and I'm southern) but once you really start listening, she has a way of pulling you into the story. Though these are a little comical in the believability department, I found I couldn't wait to read the next in the series. I have to give it five stars for originality and entertainment. Looking forward to hearing/reading more from Charlaine Harris.

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