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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)

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    AED123 11-04-10
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    "too risque"

    I didn't fall in love with the characters, and I just couldn't get into the story. I found many of the sex scenes threw off the plot or were slightly disturbing. I really wished it had lived up to all the hype I'd heard about it--I knew it was supposed to be scandalous, but I felt like it was less scandalous and more just down right gross.

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    Maggie New York, NY, United States 10-17-10
    Maggie New York, NY, United States 10-17-10
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    "Not as good as the TV show"

    Sookie Stackhouse comes out as an entirely different character in the book as compared to the TV show. She isn't as strong and certain of herself in the book and seems more undereducated and far less intelligent than the character I've come to know. (This could be a big function of the accent.)
    I just like the TV character better -- she's somebody deserving of my respect, while the woman in the book is somebody I felt kind of sorry for most of the time. Nonetheless, when I was done listening to this story, I felt compelled to hear the next one.

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    Allison Hanwell, NB, Canada 10-14-10
    Allison Hanwell, NB, Canada 10-14-10
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    "Highly Recommended"

    While on vacation, I ended up reading the Harper Connelly series. It wasn't until I was into the second book that I realized that the author was the "True Blood" author. Don't worry about the other negative reviewers on here- if you like any other Charlaine Harris novels, you'll love this. I've only managed to see the first six episodes of True Blood- I loved that and loved these books although they are quite different in tone, suspense, etc. The main key factor is Sookie remains an enjoyable female heroine, of sorts. I also really enjoyed the narrator. I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews and started this series.

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    Laugh67 10-12-10
    Laugh67 10-12-10
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    "Dead!"

    I couldn't listen past the first few chapters because the language was so foul! Wouldn't it be great if we had an audible "rating" for language, viloence, etc so we didn't waste our credits on stuff we don't want to hear . These stories might be great but having the f-bomb piped into your ear so often is horrible. I guess when reading a book I can just skip over those words or somewhat ignore them, but when they are said, it is a totally different story. Foul language for foul language sake is something I just can't get used to...it's like being surrounded by a bunch of teens and twentys that haven't learned that those types of words are best used with prudence if at all.

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    Natalie ABERDEEN, NJ, United States 10-11-10
    Natalie ABERDEEN, NJ, United States 10-11-10
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    "Very Entertaining and Highly Recommended"

    I first watched the HBO show TRUE BLOOD, which I liked and thus I got interested in this series. Listening to this book, I did wish that I had listened to the book first - as most of the storyline was known to me through the show (although not completely the same). So if you are in the same shoes, listen to this one anyways. Starting with the 2nd book - you will hear something new and it will definitely be worth it. I started with this one and could not get enough - all the way to the book #10 plus the short stories. I loved it!

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    Jose Ruiz 09-05-10
    Jose Ruiz 09-05-10 Member Since 2010

    New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn

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    "Loved It"

    This is definitely adult listening.... and I loved it. Can't wait to dig into the rest of the books.

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    Deborah Enosburg Falls, VT, United States 09-05-10
    Deborah Enosburg Falls, VT, United States 09-05-10
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    "Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampir"

    Well, I must say that I warmed up to this story and even more to the reader. The reader does a great job at a southern drawl, which at first I could hardly tolerate. But, I got in to the character of Sookie and started enjoying the reader. The story is cute because of the Sookie character. At first I didn't think I would like the story and no way would go for the next one. But, after finishing, I am still a bit reserved, I think because of the strange relationship between a human and a vampire. I love vampire stories, but this one is very different. I'll try the next book and see....

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    JOSEPH atco, NJ, United States 08-01-10
    JOSEPH atco, NJ, United States 08-01-10
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    "I admit I saw the show first."

    I will admit, yeah I watched Season 1, 2 and I am into Season 3 before I decided to listen to the audio books. Don't hate me though. LOL! I truly enjoyed the book, even though it is different from the TV show. I actually like the story line of both equally. I think that the Voice Narration done was key. She kept me in the story and her slight changes due to the many characters in the book were just good enough to keep me entertained but not overpowering as some other voice over artists do. I hope she is the ongoing voice of the series. I look foward to listening to the second book and so on. I hate to say it I am hooked.

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    Henry Lansdowne, PA, United States 07-06-10
    Henry Lansdowne, PA, United States 07-06-10
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    "Great."

    This audio book is great. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series. Thank you.

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    Erin Hudsonville, MI, USA 06-11-10
    Erin Hudsonville, MI, USA 06-11-10
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Book review: After watching, and loving True Blood, I decided to read the books. I'm glad I did, they're easy to listen to, have a way of holding your attention, and are surprisingly funny.
    Not something you'd read for intellectual or political pondering, but a book to help your brain fly in auto-pilot.
    Narrator review: I thought Ms. Parker's voice would grate on my nerves, but it didn't, it took a little while to get used to, and now I can't imagine "reading" Sookie's thoughts in someone else's voice.
    A peeve- all of the male voices sound the same, but it's not bad enough to make me stop listening.

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