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Dead Until Dark Audiobook

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

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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)

What Members Say

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    dan 01-04-12
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    "The Twilight Saga was inspired by this author"
    If you could sum up Dead Until Dark in three words, what would they be?

    teens.
    escape.
    original.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narrarator and knowing / comparing to twilight saga since meyers got many of her ideas after listening to these.


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

    first one.


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

    laugh a lot at sookie; her innocence and reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    listened to the first two ... uncertain if i'll continue w/the rest.

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    Melanie Portland, OR, United States 01-02-12
    Melanie Portland, OR, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful light listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Until Dark to be better than the print version?

    I love the narration of this story. The story is set in New Orleans and the narrator has just the perfect amount of drawl to really fit the characters without being distracting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read a lot of mystery novels and am pretty good at figuring them out before the big reveal. This one kept me guessing until pretty close to the end without having a


    Any additional comments?

    There is certainly some sex in this novel. I wouldn't say there's

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    Kindle Customer ferguson, mo, United States 01-02-12
    Kindle Customer ferguson, mo, United States 01-02-12
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    "funny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it was funny suspenseful and scary all in one


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    shocked


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

    first time


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the book is o k but not one of my favorites to silly

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    michael Locust Grove, GA, United States 12-25-11
    michael Locust Grove, GA, United States 12-25-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad"

    I was not sure what to expect with this book. I didnt know if it was going to lean more towards the twilight side of vampires lore or more toward the underworld side. Well if I had to pick, I would say twilight, but a little better. Im not that big a fan of twilight. The story was interesting, not Super predictable. It does have kind of a chick flick feel to it guys, so if you are a dude looking for an underworld type vampire story this is not the one for you. Im not saying that there is no action or thrills in it though, because there is. Its just that some parts kind of read like one of those women's sex fantasy books you see with the long haired muscle hunk holding a half naked chick on the cover. The sex parts made me laugh out loud! But that aside, the book was a fun listen.... well that is after I got over the narrators voice, that took some getting use to. Ill give you some advice, listen to the sample of this book before getting it. If you cant handle that bad accent, dont get this book, because it will continue threw out the book. Over all, not a bad story, i enjoyed it. Would i recommend it? yeah, if you really liked twilight and books like that, this one is an enjoyable listen. and if you dont like twilight ( like me) this one is still worth a free credit shot in the dark

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    Amazon Customer 12-22-11
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    "Wonderfully Entertaining!"

    I found DEAD UNTIL DARK captivatingly funny, sinister, mysterious and with the right amount of sex and violence. After listening to this, the first of many in Charlaine Harris's series, I can't wait to read more.

    Harris reminds me of Janet Evanovich but a lot less nutty. This is worth noting since Harris's characters are other worldly and yet have more substance.

    I recommend this as a fun read to anyone.

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    Tina 12-20-11
    Tina 12-20-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Vampires"
    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 2016

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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

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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