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Dead Ever After Audiobook

Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

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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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    kurt South Windsor, CT, United States 05-19-13
    kurt South Windsor, CT, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2011

    These reviews are done by his wife :)

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    "This can not be the end!"
    If you could sum up Dead Ever After in three words, what would they be?

    The author took three evil characters and had them all go after her in one book. She could have easily written three books with each evil dude taking a shot at Sookie. The story was funny as usual. It is worth your time if you have followed the series.


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    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 05-19-13
    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    It's a Sookie book...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This book didn't have the usual 'Harris' flow to it, it was packed full of random info to end all the characters stories, but when you have 13 books in a series, there are way too many characters to end story lines for in 1 book!


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job, she just doesn't sound like the Sookie in my head. lol


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was mostly just blah for me, though the ending is quite disappointing and I almost wish I wouldn't have read it so I could keep my fantasy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sad that the series has come to an end, and while it isn't how I would have ended the story I still thoroughly enjoyed the series from beginning to end. This book did have the feel of someone trying to end a series, it is packed full of info, and sometimes its just a totally random character popping in and telling their end game story. It just didn't have the easy flow that some of the earlier books seemed to have. It was definitely time to come to a close.

    Thank You Charlaine Harris for creating one of my favorite series that spawned my favorite TV show, and entertaining me for several years!

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    Gayle 05-18-13
    Gayle 05-18-13
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    "Sad to See it End"

    I have read and enjoyed all of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Although I'm sad to see it end, I was happy with the final resolution that Ms. Harris used to wrap this series up. I fully enjoyed Johanna Parker as the narrator of this series. In fact, I have purchased other titles from Audible simply because she is the narrator! Good job all around!

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-13
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    "a good end to a great series"

    i didnt think i would like this book. but in the end i think its a gooding ending to a great series i haved loved i am sad to see it end . i am going to miss sookie .

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    C-Busite 05-17-13
    C-Busite 05-17-13 Member Since 2015

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    "(Spoiler Free) Johanna Parker's tips the scales"

    I have anticipated this book eagerly since the cliff-hanger ending to the last in the series. Who will Sookie end up with? Will she be turned? Will she come out unscathed?

    What you will probably find upon listening to the first few chapters is, "Man, I wonder if should have re-read all of the books again so I don't miss the details". As I chose not to do this, I don't feel I'm much worse off for the experience, but I am thinking I will go back and re-read the series so I can appreciate this book more the second time around. I opted to carry on, getting wrapped up in what essentially is continuing story in the Sookie Stackhouse saga that gives just enough closure to loose ends to leave you mildly content, and just enough new information and story progression to leave you wondering if we will never know going what will happen to other characters. Because of this lingering dissatisfaction, I don't feel as satisfied with the entire story as I had hoped. What made all the difference in my appreciation was Ms. Parker's performance. She was absolutely amazing though this series. Her characterizations and narration are like the perfect caramel icing to the best homemade sour cream pound cake ever.

    Is this the end of stories from this world? I don't think so. What I noticed is that the author seemed to leave a host of opportunities to write more short stories from the universe she has created, ideally to tie up or develop these loose ends. We can only hope. Regardless, I don't regret the purchase and am reasonably satisfied to the end of this epic series.

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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.


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    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13
    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 05-17-13
    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2015
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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.


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    Ruth MIAMI, FL, United States 05-17-13
    Ruth MIAMI, FL, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    Jman Nauvoo, AL, United States 05-16-13
    Jman 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.

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