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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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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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    Billie Palm Harbor, FL, USA 07-26-06
    Billie Palm Harbor, FL, USA 07-26-06
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    "Just fantastic"

    I didn't think I would care for this story, however, after my mother's very enthusastic review, I gave it a try. I was definitely not disappointed. The narrator was very good at all of the characters and I could easily distingush each of them. The book was also extremely fast paced, no waiting around for something good to happen. I can not recommend this audiobook enough. In fact, it was so good that I immediately downloaded the next book in the series (Definitely Dead).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Austin, TX, United States 07-04-06
    Jody Austin, TX, United States 07-04-06 Member Since 2014
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    "An unexpected delight"

    This book was for me a happy mistake. I realized in the first few minutes of listening that I had not paid a lot of attention to the summary description, novels about vampires not being my usual choice. But its quirkiness kept me listening, and by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. I am now listening to its sequel while simultaneously going back to read the first 4 books of the series, so I've been immersed in Sookie Stackhouse's life, and loved every minute of it. Like Diana Gabaldon, Harris's biggest strength is being able to create a real, down-to-earth, flawed main character who is a perfect complement to the outrageous story line, creating a believable world out of unbelievable pieces. It took a while for me to get used to the voice Johanna Parker gives to Sookie, but once I did, that became Sookie's voice throughout the books I read as well as listened to. Parker's success with the other characters' voices is a bit uneven, but considering how many voices she has to do within a book, she does an outstanding job overall. I'm about to finish listening to the sequel to this book, Definitely Dead, and I am dragging my feet a bit because when it's finished, no more Sookie. I can't recommend these books enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Sarah Silverstone Washington, DC 02-10-14
    Sarah Silverstone Washington, DC 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Johanna Parker Lost Her Edge"
    If you could sum up Dead as a Doornail in three words, what would they be?

    Maybe Johanna Parker was in a rush when she recorded this one?

    I am hooked on this series and have listened to all the books several times. Normally, Johanna Parker is AMAZING at voicing these stories. In this book, however, she seemed to just be getting through it. She spoke much faster, didn't have much emotion or inflection, and there were lots of awkward pauses and sounds of her swallowing etc. Usually, she's a great voice actress, but in this book it was just awkward.

    Worse, she completely lost Sookie's southern accent and sassy edge! Having Sookie's voice totally change in the 5th book in the series was jarring. Most of the voices were less developed than in other books, but Eric's voice was especially bad as well.

    I rated her much lower because it was so disappointing, given how phenomenal she usually is. It bothered me throughout the entire book. It made the whole listen just mediocre, even though I quite like this story.


    What three words best describe Johanna Parker’s performance?

    Flat. Toneless. Disappointing.


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

    Johanna just didn't hold my attention with this one. I don't know what happened with this one.


    1 of 1 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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    "great series"
    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 09-24-12
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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 2014

    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 06-14-09
    Brenda 06-14-09

    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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