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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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    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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    Jennifer 03-14-12
    Jennifer 03-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Watch the TV show"

    Given the preference between the book at the show, watch the show [HBO's True Blood]. . While the show has diverged from the book, the main story line of the murders that show up in the small town of Louisiana holds mostly true. The book is missing some of the characters i had grown to enjoy in the TV show. I think the TV show provides much more depth.

    The book taken as a whole isn't a bad one. I found the story enjoyable (even if i knew who did it.) And fascinated by some of the nuances of the world's construct. The book revolves around Sookie and the people she interacts with. She doesn't quite have the spunk that i like to see in my female characters. She can read minds but has always focused on it as a disability rather than a gift... There is some "adult situations" which i will categorize as cheezy trash. Some of the time it will make you go "hmmmm" other times it will make you go "really? you wrote that?"

    The performance was good. She reads with a good southern sounding accent. The only voice i cringed at was Sams. The voice was just a bit gruff from the preconceived notion i had of him.

    And yes, while i said to watch the show, it might be worth borrowing from the library for something light hearted. I'll probably pick up the next book more out of curiosity then out of a must read.

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    Kida Cocoa, FL, United States 03-13-12
    Kida Cocoa, FL, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm an unrepentant bookworm with too much time on my hands. I read at least 100+ books annually, with audio books as my main addiction!

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    "You have to read/listen to this! You wont be sorry"
    If you could sum up Dead Until Dark in three words, what would they be?

    fantastic, intriguing, sensual


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    I think she did a wonderful job. She's the perfect person to play a southern girl, she's even got that accent. Just makes Sookie come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely LOVE these books. I normally wouldnt be interested in these types of novels, as they do have some sex scenes in them, and language at times. But for some reason I just cannot put these down. Read the first one within a day and then immediately went out and bought the rest of them.

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    Thomas 03-12-12
    Thomas 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't bother"

    I saw this promoted a lot and thought I would try it out. It makes the Twilight novels look like great literature. If you are in the mood for a hokey vampire book with the sophistication of a baloney sandwich, this is your book. If you want something with plot, characters and a modicum of style, move on.

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    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 02-26-12
    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun read..."
    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    I think I would listen to it again. I would do so because I've forgotten so much and I want to finish the series. It's hard to remember what happen in the books vs the TV show.


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

    I can't say it was.


    Any additional comments?

    True Blood is a good show, this is a good series. Yet I don't think they are at all related. True Blood took a departure from the books and became it's own thing.

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