Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store. Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte's Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire's girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived explosions, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief…and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time. But with life comes new trials…
The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?
Read by Johanna Parker. Johanna Parker is the narrator of over 40 audiobooks to date, best known for her mesmerising Southern Belle accent: the voice of Charlaine Harris' best-selling Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. She is a two-time AUDIE-nominated audiobook narrator and winner of Audiofile's 2006 EARPHONES AWARD.
©2013 Charlaine Harris, Inc (P)2013 Recorded Books
Charlaine has lost her passion, this book was simply slapped together in a disinterested manner.
No, but I will be very hesitant to waste my money on CH again
If you have fallen in love with this series as I have, then do not read this book. I wish that I had read the reviews before hand, but alas Sookie has crashed and burnt.
I was basically just 'getting through' the series by this time, I was so glad the end was in sight. Sookie Stackhouse is a self important, bigoted character and I found it difficult to enjoy everything through her skewed sense of the world, at the same time I was sick of so many characters blaming her for their own faults or having to deal with the consequences of their actions. I know it's realistic, but it's frustrating and I'm not reading a series about a telepathic waitress' dealings with werewolves, vampires, witches, fairies and shape shifters for realism. Though this final volume ends with a bang (hardy har har), it feels like the relationships were thrown together (or pulled apart) at short notice to serve a different, unknown purpose of the author's. If you've persevered with the series you'll probably be content with how it's all wrapped up, but not what I'd call satisfied. This was the protein shake of stories, all the necessary ingredients/nutrients are there, but you're still left with wanting.
Did someone else write it? Why was it so different? Was it rushed?
I am not a huge fan of the vampire genre but was attracted to this series because of the heroine's name. With a name like Sookie, I thought, there has to be some humour. It wasn't all funny but it did get me hooked regardless.
I loved the first books in the series, but like many others whose reviews I have read, I have been disappointed in the last two or three, especially the last one. All the fun and sparkle seemed to have disappeared. This last book was exceptionally dull comparatively with the most feebly developed characters taking the lead.
After thirteen books a reader/listener can't help but have an investment in the characters and I feel that the story lines of the main characters were rushed towards the end. Throughout the series we were shown one thing about the characters that didn't match up with the ending at all. I was left feeling empty and deflated because this series finished like a balloon letting out air slowly, complete with the whining noise which was Sookie.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries had hardly any vampires or vampire action in the last book, and the heroine finished up with the boring, brotherly shifter! It was almost incestuous for me. OK, I get it - but I wish the author had included a bit more "couple" development for Sam and Sookie so that it was satisfying and more believable. Also, with a vampire series one expects suspense and bad boy love so why have such a safe ending which translates into boring.
I am really trying not to question the author's plot as it is her concept not mine and I am not going to recommend anyone not read the book because if you're like me you will want to make up your own mind especially after reading all the others in the series. Personally, I have rarely felt this disappointed.
"Truly an experience not to be missed!"
Everything I read I remember, everything I hear I remember...
So as you can imagine I will consume a book and move on never to return, this series of books however are the only ones I have gone back through multiple times. This is because the characters are so intricately designed they become real, the story lines while based in fantasy from the off never fail to surprise and thoroughly delight. I have never had such an all round almost tactile experience from something that I've read to make me come back to them so often and with that first time read anticipation it's nuts because I remember every word already.
They are utterly hilarious, full of blood-pumping action and downright hot in equal measure with so many more facets that will have you also coming back time and again.
The books do not copy the T.V. Show plot line they are completely different the anchors for both being the familiarity of the main characters but both being superb in their own ways.
A definite BUY IT NOW! you certainly will not regret it.
"A little dull for a ending"
I have listened to all of the sookie stackhouse books now and for the finale book just seemed a bit of a let down. As always johanna parker dose a great job with the narrating. But with a story line that wonders and at some points seems a little random its a lack luster ending for a great book series.
"Very enjoyable ending to a gripping series"
I really enjoyed this last book, this series has kept me in books for an entire year. Really great writing and great narration. Fabulous!
"It is a shame it ended"
Listen / read them all I could not stop downloading. You can't review 1 book you will simply get addicted to the who series.
I want more.
"Another exciting story"
I really enjoyed this one, the Sookie Stackhouse world is exciting, compelling and there's never a dull moment. I like this genre so much, I get lost in its' world. Would recommend this to any Sookie fan. If you've enjoyed the other books you'll love this one.
The excitement, you never know where it's going to go.
Yes in the other Sookie Stackhouse novels. Her voice really fits the character and the world, she makes Sookie come to life.
No, but I'm a busy person so tend to listen to all my audios whilst getting ready for work in the morning.
Well, Sookie lives happy ever after. And, that, folks is the whole story and nothing but story. Charlaine Harris dialled this one in, it is a paper thin story and plot, where almost nothing of note happens, random characters come and go, the vamps who let's face it, are the whole reason for the series of books, go out like a damp squib. Really, very poor.
"harris running out of ideas..."
Lots of 'I brushed my hair. I cleaned my teeth. I had a shower' etc
"Grey matter occupational listening."
I've now listened to the whole series. Mostly because I couldn't get my TV provider to let me download the full box set that is based on this. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not ever going to get heavy or difficult but the narration and story writing are excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the narrators southern accent, it really made it come to life. Probably better suited for light listening mood.
"Well it ended!"
I have been an avid fan of this collection and although there are many negative reviews I kind of thought it did finish everything off!
No - I was happy to play over a few evenings while doing housework!
"Dead Boring Ever After"
This was a poor finale to the Sookie Stackhouse series, which reached its peak at about book 3. It's a shame, as I was looking forward to an explosive and exciting ending to the series, packed with raunchy bits and loads of drama. Sadly, this was not to be, and this book limped home. Major characters ambled out of the plot far too early, never to be heard of again, and there was insufficient closure. Johanna Parker did a good job, as usual, it was just the basic plot that was lacking.
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