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 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.
Okay okay I get it. It can't realły be what I think of as not-so-good ending when it's the author's "world" and she decides everything in it but.....I'm soooo disappointed. It was very unsatisfying after a 13 book series total. I feel like the whole arc of the series was to really understand her and Eric together, and I realize allllll the many reasons why that's a tough one, so would it really have been so bad for her to have an HEA with him? (There are ways she could have had Freyda taken out of the equation). She mentions in the last paragraph she would survive if her and Sam didn't work out. I understand "girl power" but is believing in love (even if I'm sad over who the beau is at the end), and declaring her character happy and with a partner in life so bad?
Thank you for a great series Mrs. Harris, you are so talented and your Sookie books have brought me much enjoyment, but I'm sorry to say I wish it ended differently!
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Great as usual! I have to admit it took a few false starts to warm up to her on the first book but either I got used to her accent, she toned it down a bit, or a combo of both, but this one has been just as good as the rest of the series. You definitely end up thinking she IS Sookie!
I have had this book in my library for nearly a year and had not listened to it until now because of all the horrible reviews it received. I was content to like Sookie and the rest of the characters just the way I remembered them. Then one day I was looking at my unread books and I felt bad that this one had been sitting for so long so I hit play. So here's the thing, I didn't hate this book. Maybe that's because I was expecting to be super disappointed and so anything above my expectation was an improvement but it was ok.
I was pretty disappointed that many of the characters acted way differently in this book than they did in the past and that the ending was rushed. It seamed like the author just wasn't into it and wanted to tie up the loose ends so she could stop writing.
I'm glad I listened but I am also relieved that it's over.
This book added nothing to the series. The previous book, as-is, would have been a much better end to the series. It was poorly written in many places and felt rushed.
Made the book less of a reunion of all past favorite characters. It stretches credulity and weakens them all.
She has a lovely accent, and each character has a very distinctive voice.
In many of the books, Sookie is badly beaten or threatened with rape. I generally skip those parts on repeated listenings. This is one of the few books in the series where no one beats the crap out of the protagonist, or tortures her, or nearly rapes her.
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.
"reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.
I almost did not purchase this book because so many people did not like it. I decided i might as well see the series to its conculsion. I would like to say that if you remove Sookie's love life from the story that it's almost as good as most of the earlier books. I think if you listened to or read the others don't skip it.
I'm not upset about who Sookie ended up with. This book just plain sucks. The only thing I can think of is that Ms. Harris wasn't really interested in this book for whatever reason. It would have been better to have left it unfinished that to leave this final impression. There are unnecessary details that only served to fill pages without adding to the story and who the heck cares about new waitresses at Merlotte's who don't really have a part in the story? I finished this only because I've read the entire series and I especially enjoyed the earlier books.
I read one review that speculated that perhaps a ghost writer composed this novel and after listening I have to agree that that possibility seems rather likely. This just doesn't read like the other books.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
This is definitely not the best book in the series, but was still an enjoyable read. I think a lot of the inconsistency is due to Ms. Harris trying to give a cameo to as many of the pertinent characters in the series as possible, which led to some odd transitions in place, time and point of view. I was afraid that Ms. Harris would present a Seinfeldesque trial with all the past characters appearing in court, but at least we were spared something that derivative (although I did chuckle at Sookie's reminisces in jail of all the people she had killed.)
I think this will be a enjoyable read to anyone fan of the series who doesn't have an emotional investment as to the outcome. Yes, the plot was a bit contrived, the loose ends all tied up a bit too neatly (and everyone seems to be getting married or birthing babies, so may come off as a bit saccharine to those of us who like a bit more sauce or action in our books.) But, if you lower you expectations and enjoy Johanna Parker's stellar delivery, especially of those very Sookie phrases (e.g., "someone pushed the perc button on their ethical coffee maker"), this will be a credit you will not regret spending.
Although this may be the last Sookie Stackhouse book, I would not be shocked if Ms. Harris features some of the characters in future books outside of Bon Temps (much like Kelley Armstrong has created 2 YA trilogies in her Otherworld milieu.) Still, I will miss the unique voice of Sookie in future books. I am fond of Ms. Harris's other works (especially the Harper Connelly series), so I look forward to her future efforts.
The best thing I liked is that it was a Sookie Stackhouse book,the least thing I liked was the story.
It seemed as though Charlaine was tired of writing about Sookie. The story was was not up to par with the rest of the series and seemed rushed at points and slow at other points. At the end of book 12 Sookie saves a life. That person turns their back on Sookie throughout the majority of this book. It was depressing that when Sookie needed Eric and Sam the most they were not there for her. Eric...Ugh don't even start me going down that path. Eric was the biggest disappointment in this book. For someone who fought so hard to get Sookie throughout the series and then to abandon her without a supreme fight almost made me want to put the book down all together.
Sookie Stackhouse! To me Johanna Parker IS Sookie.
Yes, it made me want to beat the heck out of Eric Northman!
I feel as though we lost of piece of Sookie in this book. Yes girl power blah blah blah but Sookie was crapped on by everyone she cared about in this book and she's going to sit idly by and hook up with a man that she never liked "in that way" because she believed that saving him made them magically closer? Give me a break. I have enjoyed the rest of the series but believe that Charlaine just wanted the story to be over and word vomited this book out so she would not have to deal with it anymore. Boo to you!
Avid audiobook listener, occasional reviewer. I love wit, sarcasm and book that really does make me LOL!
Wow...what a journey it has been. Sookie...you will be missed, especially as read by Miss Johanna Parker who has done such an incredible job bringing her and all the crazy characters of BonTemps to life all these years.
I was not disappointed by the ending. I felt like the last several books have been preparing us readers for what happens in this book. I think people who just really wanted to see a SPECIFIC HEA with a certain love interest are hollering about being disappointed. Which I really feel is too bad, and unfair. If you stop and see who Sookie is, what she loves, what she hopes for and dreams to have one day...what transpires makes sense.
Ms. Harris had a lot to cover in this book, and a lot of characters were brought in that have touched Sookie's life over the years. She handles it with aplumb. Again, people have complained about mundane details...but those little snippets of ordinary life have always been a part of the series, as much as some amazing sex and unforgettable get out of a jam sequences! It was all there for book number 13. Not sure it was lucky 13... there are probably other books that will remain my personal favorite but it is for varying reasons.
But overall, I thought this was a good book. I listened to it almost straight through. Partially, because I wanted to know HOW it all ended, but also I was caught up in the story. Thanks Charlaine!!
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