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Dead Until Dark Audiobook

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

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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)

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    Jennifer 03-14-12
    Jennifer 03-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Watch the TV show"

    Given the preference between the book at the show, watch the show [HBO's True Blood]. . While the show has diverged from the book, the main story line of the murders that show up in the small town of Louisiana holds mostly true. The book is missing some of the characters i had grown to enjoy in the TV show. I think the TV show provides much more depth.

    The book taken as a whole isn't a bad one. I found the story enjoyable (even if i knew who did it.) And fascinated by some of the nuances of the world's construct. The book revolves around Sookie and the people she interacts with. She doesn't quite have the spunk that i like to see in my female characters. She can read minds but has always focused on it as a disability rather than a gift... There is some "adult situations" which i will categorize as cheezy trash. Some of the time it will make you go "hmmmm" other times it will make you go "really? you wrote that?"

    The performance was good. She reads with a good southern sounding accent. The only voice i cringed at was Sams. The voice was just a bit gruff from the preconceived notion i had of him.

    And yes, while i said to watch the show, it might be worth borrowing from the library for something light hearted. I'll probably pick up the next book more out of curiosity then out of a must read.

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    Kindle Customer Cocoa, FL, United States 03-13-12
    Kindle Customer Cocoa, FL, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm an unrepentant bookworm with too much time on my hands. I read at least 100+ books annually, with audio books as my main addiction!

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    "You have to read/listen to this! You wont be sorry"
    If you could sum up Dead Until Dark in three words, what would they be?

    fantastic, intriguing, sensual


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    I think she did a wonderful job. She's the perfect person to play a southern girl, she's even got that accent. Just makes Sookie come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely LOVE these books. I normally wouldnt be interested in these types of novels, as they do have some sex scenes in them, and language at times. But for some reason I just cannot put these down. Read the first one within a day and then immediately went out and bought the rest of them.

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    Thomas 03-12-12
    Thomas 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't bother"

    I saw this promoted a lot and thought I would try it out. It makes the Twilight novels look like great literature. If you are in the mood for a hokey vampire book with the sophistication of a baloney sandwich, this is your book. If you want something with plot, characters and a modicum of style, move on.

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    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 02-26-12
    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun read..."
    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    I think I would listen to it again. I would do so because I've forgotten so much and I want to finish the series. It's hard to remember what happen in the books vs the TV show.


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

    I can't say it was.


    Any additional comments?

    True Blood is a good show, this is a good series. Yet I don't think they are at all related. True Blood took a departure from the books and became it's own thing.

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    Jamie Houston, TX, United States 02-16-12
    Jamie Houston, TX, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2014

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    "better on audio"
    If you could sum up Dead Until Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Thrilling. Southern. I tried reading this book twice and couldn't get into it. Amazon kept recommending the book to me so I got it here in audio. I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to hearing the next one. This book is one that the audio version is better than the paper version.


    What other book might you compare Dead Until Dark to and why?

    I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake vampire series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Again another recommendation by Amazon I kept avoiding bc vampires and scifi are usually not my thing but after one book I was hooked.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the scene where Sookie saves Bill and when she goes to Bill's house and the other vampires are there.


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

    No. I originally was listening to it in the car. But I live so close to work and home I wasn't getting through it very fast and I started really getting into it. So I started listening to it in bed before I went to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are like me and not usually into vampires or sci fi give this book a try. I have to have the setting of the book as the hear and now and then I can do paranormal.

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    yiota WOBURN, MA, United States 02-12-12
    yiota WOBURN, MA, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A decent story with a decent reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Until Dark to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't necessarily consider the audio version to be better than the print version which I did read. But the audio performance was decent and there were distinct enough voices for the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot isn't nail biting as if you are paying attention you can figure out who the killer is fairly early on. But it's an enjoyable read and an enjoyable listen.


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

    I haven't listened to any of Johanna Parker's other performances before so I can't compare it.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty good (not great) story and a pretty good reading to go along with it. I do recommend it as an easy fun listen while commuting.

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    Lori 02-09-12
    Lori 02-09-12
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    "A Good Read/Listen"

    I found this book to be quite charming. The romance that developed between Sookie an Bill was very tender and not overly graphic. The murder mystery was well developed but I was a little sad to see some of the characters killed off so early in the series. I look forward to reading the next book.

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    Lisa Jericho, VT, United States 01-26-12
    Lisa Jericho, VT, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Narration; always a great story!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read these books many times and the audio version is great! She does a very good job distiguishing different main characters with different voices/accents. The characters sound like I imagine them.

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    Cassidy Plano, TX, United States 01-18-12
    Cassidy Plano, TX, United States 01-18-12
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    "Love this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Until Dark the most enjoyable?

    This series was recommended to me a long time ago but I just got around to starting it. So far so good, I'll definitely stick with it through the rest of the series.

    Not a huge fan of the narrarator. She makes the male characters sound like droning robots. She does an ok job with everything else though. I've heard worse.


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

    No. Her male voices are terrible. All male characters sound exactly the same. Monotone and emotionless.


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    Margaret 01-10-12
    Margaret 01-10-12
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    "Great Performance and Great Reads for Running!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Until Dark to be better than the print version?

    Johanna Parker is fantastic and keeps you enthralled. She is a real voice talent. I don't know how she does it but her voice is shockingly like Anna Paquin's. So if you enjoy HBO's True Blood, you'll love these books. The books are not completely true to the show so you get the characters you love and some similarity in the plot lines, but there are enough differences to hold your interest.


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