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Dead Until Dark Audiobook

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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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)

What Members Say

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    Tina 12-20-11
    Tina 12-20-11 Member Since 2015

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    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    Yes, it was a great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sookie Stackhouse. I enjoyed her ability to hold her head even will all the maddness going on around her. She is one strong lady.


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    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 12-07-11
    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2011

    Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)

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    "Get this for fun."

    It is a very enjoyable, lively read. Unique and quirky. It was well narrated.

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    Nadia SEASIDE, CA, United States 12-02-11
    Nadia SEASIDE, CA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Amazing Narration for a Fairly Good Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Although the story was pretty much as expected (I've watched recent seasons of True Blood, so this particular book didn't have any surprises in store for me), the narration was amazing. AMAZING. Honestly, I'm only slightly more than halfway through the performance (so, yeah, I'm totally cheating and reviewing the audiobook four hours earlier than I should), but I was so floored by a particularly emotional rendering, that I simply had to sit down to rave about Johanna Parker while the feeling was still fresh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's cheating to say that my favorite character is Sookie (the narrator), but I'm a little more than halfway through, and none of the other characters are fleshed out enough to make them particularly likable. Honestly, if you're looking for strong characterization, look elsewhere, because this is Sookie's show, and everyone else suffers from the dilution of a third-person portrayal from an unattentive first-person narrator. Which is odd, because she can read minds-- you would think she would be able to develop the other characters a bit better, as one would expect a telepathic first-person narrator to have many of the same advantages as an omniscient third-person narrator.


    Have you listened to any of Johanna Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Johanna Parker performance that I've listened to, but based on this, I will certainly seek out others. I've only listened to about two dozen audiobooks, but so far, her performance blows the others out of the water.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had an extreme reaction to Johanna Parker's performance. I think that voice acting is often an underrated art, but she reminded me how a voice can render just as moving a performance as an entire audio-visual performance can.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up on this series because, after listening to the entire Twilight series (and grinding my teeth for about half of it), I found myself wanting a longer commitment (as if 62 hours weren't enough). And although I'm kind of over the vampire thing, I'm familiar with the True Blood television show, so I thought I'd give this one a try. Again, there's been nothing unexpected with regard to plot (but to that regard, I'm likely an unfair judge-- one who has seen the rip-off first and therefore called the inspiration

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    Stephenie Swope 11-29-11

    epiphenie

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    "Worth Listening to"

    I enjoyed hearing this first book by Charlaine Harris. I had read the books years ago and it was fun to listen to the story again. I did watch the first season of this book on (True Blood) on HBO when it came out. I thought it deviated too much from the books and didn't watch the second season or beyond.

    The series is based on the premise that vampires have "come out of the coffin" into society and are sort-of accepted. It's a great idea and I applaud the author's cleverness. She also moves the characters along nicely throughout the series.

    The reader does a pretty good job, but I've heard better. It's a solid performance, but not as great as the Jeannie Frost series reader.

    I have picked up 2 books in this series on sale and am hesitant to pay the regular member price or use my credits for this series. I don't feel compelled to keep moving through the series, and I do own the paperbacks, so keep that in mind.

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    Danielle TORRANCE, CA, United States 11-21-11
    Danielle TORRANCE, CA, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A+++++ For Charlaine Harris"

    My wife is currently on book 8 and can't wait to take on the rest. She stumbled upon the series accidentally during one of audible's sales and fell in love with the books. She's been listening non-stop since. I feel like even I have listened to the books - she's updating me so often on what is going on in Sookie's life. She is especially impressed with the narrarator, Johanna Parker. The books have been a great investment! If you're a fan of vampire books, this would be a smart purchase!

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    Tee 11-09-11
    Tee 11-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book series"

    I stumbled on the Charlaine Harris Vampire books by accident and am thoroughly hooked. Johanna Parker does an excellent job as narrator and the stories are interesting and funny. A little more gore than I normally read, but not so much that it distracts from the book. Great job.

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    Sandi LIMA, OH, United States 11-08-11
    Sandi LIMA, OH, United States 11-08-11 Listener Since 2007

    Glorious Books!

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    "Good, but not great"

    This book was offered at a discounted price to me, so I bought it, not knowing it was part of the True Blood television series. (I don't watch the show... I know nothing about it). I enjoyed the story, and didn't know what was going to happen until the end. I don't really want to read the sexy bits (they're easy enough to skip through.) The reader was good, but sometimes her male voices blended together and I didn't know who was speaking. Bill's voice was a little weird. I enjoyed the story, but I don't know if I'll read (or listen to) more.

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    OperaSinger153 11-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Listen"

    This was recommended repeatedly by a friend at work. She is much younger than I am and I thought the story would be too light for my taste. I finally decided to download this and found the story line entertaining, but it is the narrator who really makes the story come to life.

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    Amy Johnson City, Tn, United States 10-30-11
    Amy Johnson City, Tn, United States 10-30-11
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    "Great book/storyline - not so great reader"

    I love this series, the books are great!! However, the reader isn't my favorite. Her inflection and character voices are somewhat grating. I downloaded the first two books in the series, I won't be getting the remainder due to the poor job of the reader. Much better to read this series yourself

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    Catherine 10-22-11
    Catherine 10-22-11
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    "No surprises if you watch the HBO series"

    I purchased this listen hoping for bonus insites into the charactures and story line. No such luck. If you have not seen the HBO series than it is a great listen but no new information for the True Blood lover.

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