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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‚Äôs 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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    katie Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-24-09
    katie Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-24-09 Member Since 2008

    artist, educator, mother and avid lover of a good story.

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    "Garbage!"

    If you are someone who is well read and enjoys vampire stories and concepts, this is the wrong book for you. Actually all the books you should run in the other direction from in this series. I have read all Anne Rice books which I loved. I also read the Stephanie Meyers Saga and that was written for children which was better composed then this garbage. Harris writes her characters with lack depth or insight. The storyline is weak and it's written like all the south is full of white trash. I can't read another second of it. Hope no one makes the same mistake I did by listening to the other reviews on this site.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Lexington, KY, USA 01-25-08
    Kimberly Lexington, KY, USA 01-25-08
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    "Autoeroticism, literally"

    I understand that it's more cost-effective to hire only one narrator for an unabridged audiobook, but when that one narrator has to narrate a sex scene, including dialogue, between a man and a woman, the result is less than enthralling.

    Add to that the fact that Sookie Stackhouse comes across as limp as a noodle magnolia in this first outing, and you've got only a mildly enthralling audiobook.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Artsygirl71 California 03-30-09
    Artsygirl71 California 03-30-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "Disappointed......not as good as Twilight"

    I just could not get into this book at all. The characters lacked depth and the plot was weak weak weak. The narration was even annoying. Do not download.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Kaneohe, HI, United States 02-23-10
    Monica Kaneohe, HI, United States 02-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "TV show is better"

    I found the book flat & dull compared to the TV show. I'm not talking about the sex in the TV show but the character development. In my opinion, the show does a better job of developing the characters than the book does. I recommend skipping the book(s) and getting the DVDs (if you can tolerate the sex scenes and other adult content).

    Narrator for the audio book was good though.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Denver, CO, USA 12-13-08
    Diana Denver, CO, USA 12-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Highly addictive!"

    Read this book at your own risk. You will feel that you have to read the rest of the series as soon a possible!

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    11-18-08
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    "have to have the 4th book on audio"

    I love this series - read all books and listened to the first 3 books twice (in 1 month) Love the show Trueblood too - hope both series continue. Audible - we need the 4th book!!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CP Carrollton, GA 10-29-08
    CP Carrollton, GA 10-29-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Love Sookie!"

    I absolutely love the characters and the plot in the series. I just finished the 3rd book and I'm upset the 4th book isn't aval. yet on audiobook (although 5-8 are already out. How does that work?). Either way, I'm waiting patiently so I can move foward with the series.

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    Jennifer Park Hall, MD, USA 10-16-08
    Jennifer Park Hall, MD, USA 10-16-08
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    "I love Sookie..."

    I don't know how I feel about Bill. The book seemed to leave him a little flat. I am looking forward to the other books in the series. Audible needs to get the 4th book!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 10-11-08
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 10-11-08 Member Since 2001

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    "Surprisingly Good Fun Listen"

    I really did enjoy this audio which I bought because it was on sale. I am not a big paranormal fan but have tried to stretch myself to add some sci-fi, fantasy, werecats and now vampires. I loved Sookie's character. Unlike another reviewer, I liked Bill too and I think he has an interesting personality, if a bit dry, especially when you consider his history. Sam is another good character. The narrator did a good job particularly with Sookie. I will definitely be reading more from this series!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Marissa, IL, USA 06-01-10
    John Marissa, IL, USA 06-01-10
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    "True Blood"

    I watched the HBO series based on the books and thought that the book would go into more detail. The book is almost word for word the same as the TV show. So if you have seen the TV show I wouldn't bother reading the book.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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