"Playing Possum": Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.
"Dahlia Underground": Venerable vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers survives an attack by an anti-vampire terrorist group, only to show them they tried to blow up the wrong bloodsucker.
"Two Blondes": Harris dispatches Sookie Stackhouse on a weekend getaway with an errand to a strip club that involves more than Sookie bargained for.
"Death by Dahlia": Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect.
"If I Had a Hammer": An original story featuring Sookie, JB, Tara and Sam
"Playing Possum" was first published in the anthology An Apple for the Creature, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. "Dahlia Underground" was first published in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side, edited by Charlaine Harris. "Two Blondes" was first published in the anthology Death's Excellent Vacation, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. "Death By Dahlia" was first published in the anthology Down These Strange Streets, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. "If I Had a Hammer" was first published in the anthology Home Improvement: Undead Edition, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.
©2012 Charlaine Harris, Inc., Toni L. P. Kelner, and Tekno Books (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The narrators! Johanna Parker is the voice of Sookie Stackhouse. So very disappointed by this and doubt that I will finish listening to it. Amanda Ronconi is just wrong and she mispronounces names. At least listen to previous audiobooks or read the series to learn how they should be pronounced!
I have every other book
I didn't like the 2nd story, 'Dahlia Underground' and the 4th story 'Death by Dahlia'. I kept looking at the summery on Audible because I couldn't believe that those stories were written by Charlaine Harris. I was equally put off with the narrators for both stories. The way they talk is very distracting and keeps you from being able to lose yourself in the plots. The first story was good, but I really loved the 3rd story, 'Two Blondes' and the last one 'If I had a Hammer' Amanda Ronconi's narration definitely adds to the appeal. Over all I think this makes it worth purchasing.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
These were an accumulation of short stories, which tie in with Sookie Stackhouse's novels. There are four different narrators and this makes it a bit different then the narrated novels. I can't rank them among all the audiobooks I've read, but since I love Ms. Harris's books, and it does tie in with Sookie's books, I'd have to give it an 8.
I usually do not read/listen to short stories, but because these were Sookie tales, I would have to compare them with her full novels.
I just love Amanda Ronconi and Nicola Barber. I've listened to their narrations before, Ronconi's narration of the Half Moon Hollow series and Barber's narrations of the Molly Murphy's Mysteries. They both bring all the characters alive in their narrations. I may or may not have listened to either Angela Dawe's or Natilie Ross's narrations before, at least none come to memory. However they did an fine job on their narration within this book.
I would think these could be done on cable, for those of us who miss the True Blood tv series. Maybe True Blood Tales.
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