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Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5 | [Charlaine Harris]

Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

Because her mind-reading ability tends to spook people, most of Sookie's friends are of the not-exactly-human variety. And now that her brother is about to transform into a were-panther for the first time, the supernatural world is suddenly a family affair. When Sookie realizes a deadly sniper is gunning down the local changelings, her feelings turn to full-blown terror. She needs to stop the assassain before the next full moon...if he doesn't get to her first.

With its delightfully quirky characters and delicious suspense, Dead as a Doornail is a vampire mystery readers will love sinking their fangs into.

Listen to more titles in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

©2005 Charlaine Harris Schulz; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who's not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot...make this entry the best yet in the series." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alison Brooklyn, NY, USA 08-14-05
    Alison Brooklyn, NY, USA 08-14-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Dead as a Doornail"

    I enjoyed this audiobook a lot. The narrator does a good job of creating the voices and is pleasant to listen to. I've previously listened to "Dead Until Dark" that had an interesting twist - a female narrator, with one male narrator doing all the male characters, which was quite effective. So where are the other titles? I'd love to have the whole series available!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Florida 06-14-05
    Patti Florida 06-14-05
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    "Southern charmer"

    I truly enjoyed this book. I've never read any of the other books in the series but I was never confused or lost. Ms Harris does an wonderful job of giving a quick synopsis of characters and events from previous novels without bogging down the current storyline. I became quickly involved in the alternate Louisanna with vampires,shifters,and weres, and I was enchanted by the southern charm of Sookie Stackhouse.
    The narrator was the perfect match for this book. It felt just like Sookie was personally telling me her story.
    When I found out no other books were available as audio I went straight to the bookstore to get the first books in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erik K Austin, TX United States 09-27-06
    Erik K Austin, TX United States 09-27-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Good reader, not so good starting point"

    I realized quickly that thought this was the earliest book in the series available on Audible, other books had come before. For quite a long time, the book mostly looks back on previous events... some sort of witch war and its fallout, reintroducing characters, etc. Though I would have been lost without it, I think a long-time reader might have been frustrated by the exposition. Myself, I was thinking "that must have been what happened in the last book, when will we find out what's happening in this book?"

    Not terribly, much, really. A sniper mystery with a rather unsatisfactory conclusion. Lots and lots of supernatural types lusting after our heroine (a bit overplayed, that). Lots of talking about what happened before this book. Some private detectives that show up and then vanish forever (maybe they come back in the next book, but it irritated me to have them played up heavily and then vanish).

    A very good reader, a reasonably engaging story despite its flaws and somewhere, an interesting larger story. Not enough to bring me back, but I had a pleasant time listening.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 09-27-12
    Michelle HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead as a Doornail to be better than the print version?

    no


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Sookie


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

    It would have been good to hear it in one sitting but it's too long for that (or I have limited time for that); this is because it is suspenseful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-24-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration is tops!"
    If you could sum up Dead as a Doornail in three words, what would they be?

    authentic narrative performance


    What other book might you compare Dead as a Doornail to and why?

    Others in this series. Also Stephanie Plum's Jane Evanovich's series.


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

    As entertaining asthe stories and characters is this series are (I'm from Louisiana) it's JP's narrative that keeps me buying the books. Not every narrator can successfully do persons of the opposite sex. Her performance on SSSV series, from 1 -10 is so even, any one of them is as good a performance as the others.


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

    Definitely. These books are highly addictive!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Charlaine Harris' depiction of the people (breathers) of north Louisiana and their interactions is true to the South on a deep enough level to make me feel right at home inside the world of Bon Temps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie El Dorado, AR, USA 06-21-10
    Julie El Dorado, AR, USA 06-21-10 Member Since 2007

    I love mysteries, werewolves, fairies and vampires.

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    "Narrarator not as "southern" as before"

    I just finished "Dead to the World" and as with the previous novels, I loved it. It was the first I have "listened" to, as I read the first 2. I was impressed with Johanna Parker's southern accents and impressions of different characters. I have just started this one and had to go back and make sure it was the same narrator. She has left out the "Sookie" accent and much of the feeling. I am having a hard time getting into it. I hope the next novel returns to Johanna's previous pizazz.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 04-10-10
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 04-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful!"

    I forgot to review this before I listened to the next book, but I loved this! Johanna Parker narrates it beautifully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzmine University, MS, USA 10-07-09
    Jazzmine University, MS, USA 10-07-09
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    "Loved It"

    Yes I must admit that you could tell Johanna had just started reading from all the breaks and the smacking but I loved the book. For all the people who keep saying that there was to many new characters. I beg to differ. The whole deal about sookie liking different men. I think that this makes her more real. To have an overwhelming devotion to just one person is not that popular in the real world. Our minds sometimes to wonder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 06-14-09
    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 06-14-09 Member Since 2008

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Dead as a Doornail"

    This is yet another really good, humorous book. I just wish there more with the vampires instead of all the other nonsense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jarrod Houston, TX, USA 09-26-05
    Jarrod Houston, TX, USA 09-26-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Wonderfully done!"

    Johanna does a wonderful job of narrating "Dead as a Doornail". I have read all of the series, and am pleased greatly with this audio version. This may not be the best of the series, but I enjoyed it.
    More of this series, please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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