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Dead Until Dark Audiobook

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - For audiobook fans, Johanna Parker was the beloved voice of Sookie Stackhouse long before Anna Paquin and True Blood came around. Johanna has a way of bringing the denizens of Bon Temps, Louisiana, to vivid life (or, in some cases, after-life). There’s no greater compliment about her performance than this: even listeners who have discovered the audiobooks after watching the TV show rave that she nails these books. —Steve

Publisher's Summary

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

Anthony Award-winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times and USA Today best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels entice countless fans with an irresistible mixture of vampire romance, beguiling mystery, and old-fashioned Southern charm.

Listen to more titles in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

©2007 Charlaine Harris; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An author of rare talents." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Ann 08-06-12
    Ann 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enthralling vampire fluff"
    What did you love best about Dead Until Dark?

    The mystery and suspense. Enthralling nature of vampire subject.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charlaine Harris? Why or why not?

    Yes, most definitely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sookie dresses up to go to the vampire bar for the first time. When Sookie beats up the bad guy.


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

    No


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    Linda Fountain Inn, SC, United States 07-26-12
    Linda Fountain Inn, SC, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Until Dark the most enjoyable?

    The story line was so funny that at many times I busted out laughing. I especially love Eric, Bubba and well, everyone and everything about this book. The narration is fantastic.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    I loved Johanna Parker's vocalizations so much that I would read anything she narrates. She does a great job of creating a voice for a character and making each one so different.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes and continue listening to the rest of series but unfortunately life, work and sleep seem to get in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of True Blood but now I am a HUGH fan of the Sookie books...will HATE when I get to the final one!!!

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    traci 07-22-12
    traci 07-22-12
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    "captivating excellant story teller"
    Where does Dead Until Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    sookie she old southern girl adorable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she figures out sams a shape shifter


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    good entertainment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Willingboro, NJ, United States 07-20-12
    Don Willingboro, NJ, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Deadly Yet Delicious"

    Unfortunately, I saw "True Blood" Season 1 before I ever thought to listen to this book. So I was a fan of the concept right from the very start. Yet there is enough variation between the television series and the books to set them apart and make them unique in their appeal.

    -The TV series is an ensemble account that centers around a telepathic barmaid and how the outing of vampires to main stream society effects her life; her friends; and her home town, Bon Temps.

    -The book is a first person account of the same telepathic barmaid's, Sookie Stackhouse, immersion into vampire society after the Japanese invention of synthetic blood makes it possible for them to exist without feeding on humans.

    -Both stories are centered around the murder mystery of women in Bon Temps.

    The difference between the story being a 4 or 5 star story and the 3 stars I gave it, centers around Sookie's whinny temper flairs. At the beginning of the story Sookie is a virgin and hence she is learning to deal with a lot of new things. But the idea that these century old beings put up with it in a subservient manner is a little ridiculous and very distracting. This element has greater weight in the book because it is told through Sookie's eyes.

    All-in-all this book is an excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 07-19-12
    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 07-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Meh"

    I consider the Sookie Stackhouse series to be one of my guilty pleasures. I do enjoy the stories and I've read them all several times in print form. I just couldn't handle the accent the narrator used. I don't think I even got past the first chapter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MGirl23 07-16-12
    MGirl23 07-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't finish"
    What disappointed you about Dead Until Dark?

    Just not enjoyable or interesting at all.


    Has Dead Until Dark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have listened to other books like "How to Seduce a Naked Werewolf" and enjoyed it.


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

    No. I could not stand to listen to that ridiculous droning Southern accent which is very unrealistic. I may have continued to listen if someone else had performed the audio.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Expressionality Knoxville, TN United States 07-14-12
    Expressionality Knoxville, TN United States 07-14-12
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    "Great Narrator"
    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    Once I started listening, I could not stop. I really enjoyed this book and I've never read anything like it before. I'm now looking for my next in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Harrison 07-02-12
    M. Harrison 07-02-12

    Just my .02."

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    "Good story, but..."
    What did you love best about Dead Until Dark?

    I loved Sookie's innocence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her Southern accent isn't too "put on".


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't give it 5 stars because it was a bit draggy in some places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Plymouth, WI, United States 06-11-12
    Bobbie Plymouth, WI, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I really enjoyed this first of the series."

    I will be reading the series, it makes me smile once in a while. Very good

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 06-11-12
    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 06-11-12
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    "Awesome Narrator!"
    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    All of the character voices were believable and easy to understand, even with the accent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It was a great balance of lusty romance, suspense, and comedy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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