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Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13 | [Charlaine Harris]

Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

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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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2013 - Dead Ever After. The end of an era. Lucky number 13. As great as my anticipation is, and as high as my expectations are, I can’t help but be sad that there will be no more Sookie adventures to read. It’s hard to put so many otherworldly creatures into ours, try to make it a little sexy, a little mysterious, and succeed the way Harris has without resorting to cheap titillations. In the final book (though I heard a rumor about character epilogues), Sookie is arrested for murder and must solve what could be her most difficult mystery yet. Johanna Parker returns as narrator and expertly falls into the role, keeping our heroine’s characteristic smoky, smoldering voice on perfect no-nonsense levels. Come on back down to Bon Temps – this is not a murder to be missed. —Erin, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Margaret Kidd Richmond, Va, US 05-17-13
    Margaret Kidd Richmond, Va, US 05-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Overall a satisfying conclusion"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I know there are some who are very critical of this last book, but I enjoyed it. I liked having many characters who have appeared throughout the series pop up in this last book. Many story lines were tied up, but not so neatly that it seems overly contrived. I especially like that Harris did not go for an obvious and sappy conclusion.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you are a reader of these books then you should definitely listen to the entire series. Parker does an excellent job of bringing Sookie and all the other characters to life. I do very well creating a "voice' for characters when I read them, but her narrations adds another element.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13
    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It's finally over."
    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    I enjoyed the appearences of as many characters from the series as Charlaine Harris could fit into it. I liked who Sookie ended up with in the end. I love the narration by Johanna Parker, as always.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

    Yes, I'm planning on listening to After Dead: What Happened Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse when it comes out.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her easy lilting accent for the character of Sookie really brought a lot to the series. She does many voices to gives characters distinction. I love her Pam.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that I recall right now.


    Any additional comments?

    A very strange and disjointed ending to Sookie's journey. This is not a satisfactory ending because characters disappear into their endings without sufficient explanation. Sookie is still incredibly hypocritical and judgmental as she has been for the past 2 books. Many characters return for small appearences in the conclusion of the Southern Vampire Mysteries.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 05-17-13
    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 05-17-13
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    "Last book :("
    Would you listen to Dead Ever After again? Why?

    I would listen to Dead Ever After Again because this is the last novel and i didnt want the series to end. By far my favorite series ever read. Alot of the characters came back in this book for the final ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    The return of previous characters


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her talent for reading as all the different characters.


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

    Yes, I couldnt stop listening. I was able to clean my entire house while listening.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth MIAMI, FL, United States 05-17-13
    Ruth MIAMI, FL, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2009

    Rue

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    "I liked it."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Include an epilogue.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I think it was appropriate to Sookie's character and the series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Johanna Parker was excellent, as always


    Could you see Dead Ever After being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Already done by HBO.


    Any additional comments?

    Although it was not my favorite story (#'s 1, 3 and 4 are my favorites) in the series, I liked it and I thought Charlaine Harris tied up all the loose ends nicely.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Nauvoo, AL, United States 05-16-13
    Robert Nauvoo, AL, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A reminder of the feel-good from the early books!"
    If you could sum up Dead Ever After in three words, what would they be?

    A little sad to see this final book come and go. It feels like a return to the magic that was the first books that grabbed me and made me feel really good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    The massive return or mention of characters spread across the entire series.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is the voice of Sookie to me- I love her and hope she can find another series to lay claim to. Absolutely one of the best narrators out there.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think HBO's True Blood has already laid claim to that concept- "Waiting Sucks"


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you've become unhappy with the series- give this one a chance and give Sookie the send off she deserves. You may not like the ending- but the book in it's entirety is a great read- and brings so much closure to the entire series. Thank you Charlaine for sharing Sookie's world and Bon Temps' secrets. It's been time well spent- and I may just have to re-listen again sometime, because I'm really going to miss you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia United States 05-15-13
    Cynthia United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed this"
    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    I love the fact that Charlaine Harris went in a totally different direction than i thought


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    as always Sookie


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sookie and Sam FINALLY getting together


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    i liked it all


    Any additional comments?

    I disagree with the nah sayers. This had to be hard for a writer to wrap up such a great series. I love your books Charlaine thanks for all the adventures of Sookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lou Beaverville, IL, United States 05-14-13
    Lou Beaverville, IL, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I will miss Sookie Stackhouse"
    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    I love the fact that Sookie ended up with the character I wanted her to end up with.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    I loved hearing Sookie realize how many people were in her corner at the courthouse and then again at the bar.


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

    Well, besides Sookie I think little Diantha is my favorite character.


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    I'm truly puzzled by the negative criticism. I agree that other books have been better but to say she shouldn't have put all the characters in is just wrong. Personally I don't want to WONDER what happened to everyone.

    Spoiler:
    I am disappointed in how Eric's character was handled. Obviously he had to be eliminated in order for Sookie to end up with Sam and I agree that most books seemed like they were heading for a Sookie/Eric forever relationship - however - In order for Sookie to be happy with the rest of her life she needed to be with someone that she could actually marry and have children with. Duh Eric probably should have been killed off instead of having him turn his back on her.

    If there were a #14 I would expect Sookie and Sam's relationship to bloom!
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    What happened to the children? I half expected Sookie to end up with Eric and adopting her little cousin and the orphaned children of Arlene.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 05-14-13
    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2009

    In love with love...

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    "What will I do?"

    Now that the series is over what will I do? I have enjoyed the series very much. Not every book was perfect in every way but I am not sorry that I bought every episode and listened to them all. Johanna Parker, you are amazing. You had a lot of characters to bring to life and you did an amazing job. I will move on to your other readings next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andra TIFTON, GA, United States 05-14-13
    Andra TIFTON, GA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Could have been just another Sookie novel."
    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

    Yes of course!


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    For a book to close out a popular character it was really weak. I expected a lot more drama/adventure/excitement but it seems she just sent everyone off nice and neat (I predicted a pairing up, yippee) but I didn't feel like I went on a journey after it ended, it was anti-climatic.


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

    Sookie of course.


    Was Dead Ever After worth the listening time?

    Sure, I still needed the ending if that's what you want to call it.


    Any additional comments?

    I read an interview in which Charlaine said around the end of year she release a final book detailing what happened to each character, I guess sort of like the ending of Six Feet Under where it gave you a snippet of how they lived out their lives and "died" so maybe it will be a little more detailed because a lot of the primary characters just didn't have a lot of face time, they were more like extras. All in all I still loved the series and would recommend it to others and I may eventually listen to them all again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree Lakewood, NJ 05-14-13
    Desiree Lakewood, NJ 05-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I'll be missing Sookie"

    This final installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series did not disappoint! Although I am so sad that the series is ending, it was great to see the significant characters in Sookie's life, from the other 12 books in the series, come back to her when she really needed them.

    The only one missing was Bubba! But I will have to be content with his farewell in book 12.

    I definitely recommend the entire series. I love to listen to them over and over again!

    I won't give away any spoilers here; I am so glad Sookie might finally have a chance to be happy but I wish there had been some kind of Epilogue!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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