Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.
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"The Sookie Stackhouse series seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence, and humor." (Boulder Weekly)
"Harris’s creation offers a magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories." (Houston Chronicle)
"What sucked me in? Definitely the books’ oddly charming, often funny mix of the mundane and the absurd. And the chills and thrills in boudoirs and various locales around the South aren’t too bad either." (The Seattle Times)
This is what happens when a writer drags out a series. Sookie should have been put to rest a few books back. Publishers do their authors and readers a disservice when they try to extend a series just because it's selling well. Harris just plain ran out of steam. Too many characters and plot elements were brought in without good reason. Too many things were predictable. Characters were not true to their prior behavior. I should have saved my money on this one.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
I loved Johanna Parker, but am on the fence about trying any other of Ms. Harris's books.
She gave up on this series several books back. She is just phoning it in at this point. The only reason this is worth reading is to get closure with the series. You can tell she lost her passion or at least interest in the series ages ago.
I have not heard any of her other performances but based on the great job she did here I wouldn't mind.
Pretty much already has. ;)
The series starts strong but limps to a finish. It's kind of a shame as I really enjoyed the earlier books.
Narrater great as usual...!!!
Its seem like Charlaine Harris run out of ideas.....the story was pretty boring and I love her other books about Soookie.....
Book felt rushed. Cookie cutter style. Like a tv show that has to wrap up in an hour. Everything neatly comes together at the 55 minute mark.
Some places too much details other places not enough. I guess writer was finished with the series's and just cranked this one out.
Yes if she does another series I will try it. Loved almost everything else she wrote.
She is sookie in my mind. Makes the story.
A couple at the end. Won't list them and give anything away but what was it 7 hour story and end with villains 15 mins max. :(
Series is a great read. Wish the same effort was used on this final book.
I really wish Ms Harris would have ended this series with 8 books instead of dragging it out. It steadily got worse, as the books went on. (kinda like Anita Blake). Some of these authors need to learn when to end a series, before they get totally burned out, and write crap in order to pick up their paycheck. Where are the editors anyway?
I know I'm not writing the books, but I do think when an author has created a huge following, those readers should be considered and listened to. Someone needs to look where their paycheck came from.
That being said......this book was rushed, with stupid cameos all the way through it from just about every character ever introduced. Things that made Sookie, Sookie in other books, all of a sudden are different in this book. Doesn't the author use cliff notes to remind herself what abilities and history her characters have?
I really feel the whole series should have been Sookie's dream (Like Bobby in Dallas) cause Sookie didn't achieve anything in the end. She ended up right where she started out, working in a diner with Sam, not really sold on wanting Sam, so she'll have to think about it for awhile. (oh yes, that's cause Ms Harris wants to sell us another book in a few months.Fat chance on me buying that one.) Sookie went through all kinds of horrible experiences, only to be jilted by the one man that she truly ever loved. All these books, making Eric always being there to rescue her, and he becomes a slave to another vampire in the end. (Oh yes, that's how he started out too)
So basically, Ms Harris sees ones life going full circle, ending up just where you started and no HEA for her main characters. She should have killed them off, dying in each others arms. I think it would have been easier to deal with, than to totally alter their characters. Neither one of them would have just given up and settled, in earlier books, but that's what Ms Harris seemed to forget again. Shame on her.
I have listened to all the Sookie books and I agree with several other listeners....the series should have ended several books back. This was a tired end to the series. I think Charlaine ran out of motivation on this one. It was almost as if she didn't write it. There were minor character nuances that were different in this book than from any other books in the series which detracted from the characters. Even the plot was a hodge podge of different stoies mashed together about all the people Sookie had "wronged" and their attempts to seek revenge. I can't even say I'm glad I read it to know how it "ended" because it was so predictable! Not a good send off for your beloved characters Charlaine....shame on you.
This book was a little more upbeat than the previous two books with Sookie showing some of her old optimistic personality, which I was glad for, however I felt her emotional responses to her love life was stagnant and un-heartfelt. Most of the loose ends were tied up neatly with no real feelings of satisfaction for me.
After finishing this book, and I thought about everything that had transpired in this last Sookie Stackhouse book, my overall feelings are that this series ending with a resigned whimper. I was hoping for so much more in this last book and was left with a unsatisfactory feeling of being let down.
The narrator Johanna Parker did superb job as usual with the different characters voices and accents. I think she nails Sookie voice to a T.
What an unbelievable waste of time. Why bother. Charlaine Harris just mailed it in.
Waited until she was actually ready to spend the time on this.
She was okay, but lit's kind of like putting lipstick on a pig.
Sam and Sookie's lame sexcapades.
You know what she gets, F+, click.
It is obvious that Charlaine Harris got tired of her character and just wanted to end the series. Listening to this book was like listening to someone reading the a grocery shopping list. Even the narrator, whom I love, seemed bored reading this book. I have no problem with how she ended the series, the choices she made with the characters. I do have a problem with the lack luster way she told the story. The story rambles from left over story line to left over story line. I have all the books on Audible, Kindle, and hard back. I really wish I would have only purchased the audible book and not given the author the royalties from the other two.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Ahhhh...the Sookie Stackhouse series blessedly comes to an end. This book was better than #12, and many loose ends were tied up, but enough are left out there so that if Harris decides to, she can write more. It was a bit rushed, as if trying to touch as many characters and storylines as possible to satisy as many people as possible. I wish the series ended with the same humour and enjoyment it began with. Instead, it just ended.
The narration was excellent.
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