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Editorial 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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 08-20-13

The vampires are not the only thing that is dead

Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

I loved Johanna Parker, but am on the fence about trying any other of Ms. Harris's books.

What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

She gave up on this series several books back. She is just phoning it in at this point. The only reason this is worth reading is to get closure with the series. You can tell she lost her passion or at least interest in the series ages ago.

Have you listened to any of Johanna Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any of her other performances but based on the great job she did here I wouldn't mind.

Could you see Dead Ever After being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Pretty much already has. ;)

Any additional comments?

The series starts strong but limps to a finish. It's kind of a shame as I really enjoyed the earlier books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • United States
  • 05-09-13

ALL the loose ends tied up TOO neatly

***NO SPOILERS***
First, I really thought the entire first half of this book was boring and Harris wanted all the previous characters to make a cameo in the book just because it is the last book. There were really no reasons for most of the people who cameoed to be in the book, they served no real purpose. It made me feel like it was the end of a long loved tv series and everyone comes out to take a bow, even the extras. She could have taken out all those pointless scenes and made the book way more exciting.

I've been a fan of every sookie book written, even the not so good ones. This book lacks everything that is Sookie Stackhouse. I am very disappointed in this book as the ending of our beloved heroine. It just seemed so unrealistic of everything that happened and the loose ends were tied up too neatly it just seemed too unrealistic, even for Sookie's world. I am happy with who she ends up with but that's about all I can say I'm happy with.
Ugh... I have no more words to say how disappointed I am with this ending. It seems like C. Harris just threw it together and wanted everything put together nice and neat with a bow on top. I guess I just expected more from her.
Hopefully there will be fans out there that like this book/ending but I'm not one of them. I've waited so long to read this book and have been so excited about it and now that I'm done I feel like a deflated balloon.

What does everyone else think?

48 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Total Disappointment

This is what happens when a writer drags out a series. Sookie should have been put to rest a few books back. Publishers do their authors and readers a disservice when they try to extend a series just because it's selling well. Harris just plain ran out of steam. Too many characters and plot elements were brought in without good reason. Too many things were predictable. Characters were not true to their prior behavior. I should have saved my money on this one.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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What's lower than 1 star? Answer: THIS BOOK

What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

Even though Charlaine Harris says she hired an editor to help with continuity, it didn't work. If I hadn't bought audiobooks, I could have sent her my 12 books so she could look up what happened in the previous books. For example, Sookie says she only met Copley Carmichael once before. WRONG! Also, why include characters that have no purpose in the book just because they were in prior books? I felt like it was a final episode of a bad show where everyone who ever had a part had to take a final bow.

Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

Probably not. Johanna Parker should have reviewed her voices and pronunciation of names from previous recordings. Also, could Sookie have sounded more whiney?

What character would you cut from Dead Ever After?

Quinn. What was he there for? His part could have been performed by any other animal. Harris included him just so she could wrap up any possibility of Quinn and Sookie. Talk about playing to her audience.

Any additional comments?

Charlaine Harris started with a great concept and character in her first book but by book 10 it was clear she was bored with the storyline. This book was nothing more than a contractual obligation for her - she promised 13 books and no matter what the quality, she was going to provide 13 books. I didn't care who Sookie ended up with although Sam is definitely the easy, vanilla way of ending the book. Oh wait, there's another book due out in October that will tell the future. As if I care anymore. And another thing. A DEVIL??!!! COME ON!!!

I solemnly swear upon my Audible account that I will never, ever, ever spend one more cent on a Charlaine Harris book. So help me God.

47 of 55 people found this review helpful

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Hate to say but....

I have listened to all the Sookie books and I agree with several other listeners....the series should have ended several books back. This was a tired end to the series. I think Charlaine ran out of motivation on this one. It was almost as if she didn't write it. There were minor character nuances that were different in this book than from any other books in the series which detracted from the characters. Even the plot was a hodge podge of different stoies mashed together about all the people Sookie had "wronged" and their attempts to seek revenge. I can't even say I'm glad I read it to know how it "ended" because it was so predictable! Not a good send off for your beloved characters Charlaine....shame on you.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • WEST
  • Friendswood, TX, United States
  • 05-16-13

Disappointed

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Narrater great as usual...!!!

Any additional comments?

Its seem like Charlaine Harris run out of ideas.....the story was pretty boring and I love her other books about Soookie.....

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward
  • king of Prussia, PA, United States
  • 05-15-13

Just disappointing

What would have made Dead Ever After better?

Book felt rushed. Cookie cutter style. Like a tv show that has to wrap up in an hour. Everything neatly comes together at the 55 minute mark.
Some places too much details other places not enough. I guess writer was finished with the series's and just cranked this one out.

Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

Yes if she does another series I will try it. Loved almost everything else she wrote.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

She is sookie in my mind. Makes the story.

What character would you cut from Dead Ever After?

A couple at the end. Won't list them and give anything away but what was it 7 hour story and end with villains 15 mins max. :(

Any additional comments?

Series is a great read. Wish the same effort was used on this final book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Troy
  • West Point, UT, United States
  • 08-30-13

What a waste

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

What an unbelievable waste of time. Why bother. Charlaine Harris just mailed it in.

What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Waited until she was actually ready to spend the time on this.

What didn’t you like about Johanna Parker’s performance?

She was okay, but lit's kind of like putting lipstick on a pig.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Ever After?

Sam and Sookie's lame sexcapades.

Any additional comments?

You know what she gets, F+, click.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

It is obvious that Charlaine Harris got tired of her character and just wanted to end the series. Listening to this book was like listening to someone reading the a grocery shopping list. Even the narrator, whom I love, seemed bored reading this book. I have no problem with how she ended the series, the choices she made with the characters. I do have a problem with the lack luster way she told the story. The story rambles from left over story line to left over story line. I have all the books on Audible, Kindle, and hard back. I really wish I would have only purchased the audible book and not given the author the royalties from the other two.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • betsy
  • Sherman Oaks, CA, United States
  • 05-11-13

Departures

There are obvious differences in structure, but they weren't my main concern. Narration switches from Sookie's to other characters' perspectives, and we jump around in time a bit, neither of which I remember from other books. Still, when we were in Sookie's chapters the voice was definitely the Sookie I've come to love.

The real problems are plot and pacing.
There's a mystery or two around Sam that is resolved in the most rushed and ridiculous way. That plot just makes no sense, and I think it wouldn't have taken that much to close some of the holes in it.

Sookie's romantic situation also goes through certain changes without much import of romance or of loss, and that was disappointing. She's always had grace (Miranda Lambert take note) in painful situations, but here a lot of what must be painful and what must be happening in her heart is just not covered. Is she supposed to be numb? Aren't these basically romance novels? The denouement especially has a lot of shortcomings, and I stopped the book a couple of times in disbelief.

It might make more sense if I had the last novel fresh in my head. I remember liking it less than this, so I'm not about to go back, but if you haven't started this yet, maybe re-read the last book to get your head in the place Sookie's head is in before starting this.

Johanna Parker is fantastic as always. I look forward to listening to more books of hers. Despite the shortcomings in the middle, I listened to most of the book eagerly and am glad I revisited Bon Temps one last time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful