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)
I read a lot of bad reviews about this book before I listened to it. Maybe these fans were more die hard then myself but I found this last book to be enjoyable. It was well read as always Johanna Parker is a great reader and the story I felt was maybe not as amazing as some in the series but well rounded and thought out. I enjoyed it and am only sad that Sookie's adventures are at a close.
Believer in what you can't see
Yes, Johanna Parker brings the characters to life and makes the story wonderful.
That Sookie ends up with someone that is more normal than all the other lovers she has had. I also like that we find out what happens to all the men in her life. I like that the town stands by Sookie when she is in trouble again.
She brings dimension and sparkle to the story.
Yes, but I was able to listen to it in two sittings. I also listen to the audiobook twice.
It is sad when a good series comes to an end. I wasn't surprise who Sookie ends up with, but at the same time with all the time she spent with a certain someone you would think she would end up with him.
I will really miss this series. It had so much action and fun in it. It was never dull.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I started listening to this series of books after watching the first few episodes on HBO. While I have continued to watch the show, I have more anxiously awaited each new book as I liked how the different characters came and went or developed into main characters. I have to say, I love the book version so much better than the tv series which deviated so far from the books.
I have had 2 listening marathons and with this, the last in the series, I see another one in my future. I'm glad everything was wrapped up and tied together; maybe not a "happily ever after" for everyone but then life's like that. I'll miss Sookie but she's alway there if I need another marathon of listening pleasure!
This last book closed up nicely the storyline, and I think the quality of writing was better than earlier books in the series. I really enjoyed listening to them all, over the last 18 months, and will miss having the 'treat' of going back to Sookie's world. Johanna Parker's narration made that world a reality. She did a fabulous job.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
Personally I did not like the ending and felt like it was rushed and Charlaine was sick of writng these books. Not that I blame her. Not her best in my opinion but I didnt return it.
While I listened, I decided I would start at the beginning and relisten to all the books in order again. I don't want these characters to stop. Even if Charlaine Harris is tired of writing these books can't she have other writers (super talented) take over, as other authors have done. Make it a franchise. I enjoy the books so much more than the "True Blood" TV show.
I have heard quite a bit about the displeasure that many readers had for this book. However, to me, it was just about perfect!
During a book signing several years ago, Charlaine Harris was asked if Sookie would ever become a vampire and she said that she would not. That was never the intention for her.
Thus, I knew that the relationship with Eric would have to end. And, I like how it ended. Personally, I preferred Sookie dating Bill or Quinn. But alas, finding love with your very best friend is indeed the very best kind of ending.
Also, I liked how she provided a finality to the main characters. Eric living a wonderful after life as a consort; Bill finding romance, maybe, with Karen; Jason married, etc.
My favorite character is Bill Compton because I like the idea of a southern gentleman and vampire. Also, the actor, Stephen Moyer, on the series True Blood is ah... HOT.
I've listened to all of the Sookie books and I enjoy Johanna's voice characters.
The same as the book, "Dead Ever After"
Yes. It brings closure
Diantha and Pam
Amazing as always. I wish I could chose her for most of my books.
Definitely not the ending I expected. Seems like the author got tired of writing Sookie books.
I like culinary mysteries. That is how I got started. I also like fiction.
I would listen to this again because in the end, it seems that everyone gets what they really want, or need.
That the relationship between Sookie and Sam is finally resolved.
Johanna Parker is one of my favorite readers.
I did not want to stop listening to this book. However, life and work made me stop my listening several times. I could not wait to get back to the story.
Is it really the end. Will there be some short stories that will continue where this book left off for Eric, Pam, Sookie, Sam or Hunter. I hope so.
The author was true to the nature of the characters, which had become somewhat muted during the middle books. I am surprised at the number of reviewers who believed that Sookie should end up with Eric when they are so fundamentally different in matters of morality. The story line was a little convoluted and not wholly believable, but overall I thought the book did a very nice job of putting everything where it belongs.
All of it
To all the True Blood books, they are all good. You can't compare it to many other vampire books as True blood is completely different in so many ways, maybe to Vampire Diaries with humans and vamps cohabiting.
She did a really good job, adding all the different accent was a great addition.
It made me smile all the way through
Would definitely recommend as a great listen.
I felt obliged to mention my views on this because of all the negativity surrounding this release. I was rather dreading this finale to be honest, until it was finally released and my ears were overjoyed to listen to it at last.
The story nicely wraps things up in my opinion, I was always rooting for the particular romantic outcome that transpires so maybe I'm biased but there is no absolutely no decrease in writing skill nor lack of care in any aspect of this story as has been implied in many reviews on other websites. I love this finale and my only complaint is that there will be no more Sookie:(
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