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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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    Jill Brim 10-07-17
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    "A little entertaining "

    Enjoyable and light reading. Not a bad book just not a great book for me.

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    Monte. 10-05-17
    Monte. 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mediocre at best."

    Performance was great, story was bland and unoriginal. Don't waste your credit on this garbage, seriously. Buy the book at at used book store for a dollar and some change of you're really interested. The overall three stars is based on the girl who performed it, she tried.

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    Lindithium Texas 09-27-17
    Lindithium Texas 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sookie "

    I love theses books. I've read them twice, and listened too them all twice. Charmaine Harris really knows how to make you love her characters.

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    Karen NASHUA, NH, United States 09-13-17
    Karen NASHUA, NH, United States 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Cute, funny, better than I expected"
    What did you love best about Dead Until Dark?

    This was my first vampire novel -- I started "The Vampire Lestat" but never finished it -- and I was quite surprised to find I was looking forward to listening to it each day. It was engaging, not compelling.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought I'd find the vampire deaths ghoulish, but they just seemed peripheral, probably because the whole idea of vampires is so unreal. I guess what I liked best was the playful tone of the book, and the strong, irreverent Sookie. She was a hoot!


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

    The narration fit well with the overall comic tone of the book.


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

    Not really. I spaced it over a few days. It wasn't compelling, just a bit of comic, fun relief to enjoy while cooking or knitting in front of the fire on a wintry evening.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm probably not going to become an ardent fan of vampire novels, but I might try another sometime, especially if it's offered as a daily deal. I think the "fun" vampire novels could grow on me.

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    SHOPSFROMHOME HOME 09-08-17
    SHOPSFROMHOME HOME 09-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "total enjoyment "

    enjoyed the story very much and the reader. the twists and turns were interesting and fun

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    Britanie Turner 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not for the younger crowd, but I would for anyone interested in the supernatural field.


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

    Yes!! I knew who the killer was (I've seen the show and couldn't believe it then.) BUT listening to the book and the details of everything just kept me more interested and more in toon of the flow of events.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did an awesome job! I loved that she made every character different (voice wise) but she also had the perfect voice for Sookie.


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    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 07-26-17
    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 07-26-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrific Series"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Charlaine Harris does a terrific job creating characters, and not just the main characters, all the secondary characters are also fleshed out. There are little gems scattered throughout the story such as the character Bubba, the vision of a vampire wearing a Grateful Dead T-shirt, and a former soldier from the civil war giving an eyewitness account of the conflict.


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

    Yes


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    Sandie Herron 07-15-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Charlaine Harris invents new genre"

    Charlaine Harris accomplishes a near-impossible task in this unique series as she combines elements of mystery, Southern cozy, romance, fantasy, and supernatural lore to create a new genre of novel featuring a telepath who falls in love with a vampire. When medicine discovers that vampires are victims of an incurable virus and creates synthetic blood to meet their needs, vampires gain legal status all over the world. Vampires have “come out” to varying degrees of acceptance.

    The small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana is home to Sookie Stackhouse who states that she has a disability: she can read minds. Most people do not accept her claim and think she is weird, crazy, or simple. She is a waitress at the local hot spot, Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, where she has learned to suppress her mind reading disability. Until one day a handsome man enters the bar, and Sookie knows something is different about him; she cannot read his mind no matter how hard she tries. She is waiting on the first vampire to arrive in Bon Temps.

    In quick succession Sookie saves vampire Bill from drainers who want to sell his blood. Bill saves Sookie from the same drainers when they retaliate by beating her; and a relationship is born between the two. They quickly fall in love despite their cultural differences.

    Sookie lives with her grandmother in the old family farmhouse across the cemetery from vampire Bill Compton. Sookie’s brother, Jason, lives where their parents had before they were killed in a flash flood. Jason attracts women with little effort more than a smile. He often visits Merlotte’s Bar to pick up a companion for the evening.

    Merlotte’s is buzzing following the discovery of Maudette Pickens dead in her bed. Not long after, it is buzzing again with news of waitress Dawn’s strangulation. The local sheriff doesn’t often solve murder cases. Now his detective, Andy Bellefleur, would have his hands full with the deaths of two loose women who liked vampires. They had both bedded Jason Stackhouse, who becomes a prime suspect.

    The community of Bon Temps is stunned with news of yet another murder. Sookie’s grandmother has been killed following a meeting of the Descendents of the Glorious Dead featuring Bill Compton’s recollections of the Civil War. The Sheriff thinks the murderer intended to kill Sookie, since she now loved a vampire. Sookie’s world has crashed down around her as she mourns Gran’s death. Who is this killer who is preying on unskilled females who like vampires? Who will be his next victim?

    Some of the enjoyment of this audiobook is due to the many talents of Johanna Parker. The accents given the characters are accurate and appropriate for the story. The dialog is spot on, with the variations of “she said” fading into the background almost as if never written, letting the actual dialog sing. The story is told from Sookie’s perspective which makes it more intimate with her narrative voice. Ms. Parker reads so well that the story truly does come alive. She even makes the occasional humorous side comments that really zap the reader’s funny bone.

    One cannot think of the Sookie Stackhouse series of a dozen novels without considering the HBO original series “True Blood” based on them. The TV series took the world of Sookie Stackhouse created by Charlaine Harris and twisted it and turned it into something quite different. While the HBO series could accurately claim it was based on the books, I felt it took them and created a different world with problems and solutions far outside the range of the books, beginning with the first episode. It is imperative that the reader understand that the books and the TV series are totally different and remove them from each other to enjoy each separately.

    This review is on the first book about Sookie Stackhouse and her friends and family in a small Southern town. I very much enjoyed the entire story, the solution to the murders, the supernatural world we enter, the world of Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire lover. I am addicted to this fairy tale and look forward to each of the subsequent books in this enchanting series.

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    Sherrie Oparka White Lake, MI, US 05-17-17
    Sherrie Oparka White Lake, MI, US 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "what a disapointment"

    what a stupid story...its smut! how can they csll it a mystery??? it is garbage

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    Amazon Fan 05-06-17
    Amazon Fan 05-06-17
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    "BITE ME ... PEASE"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Until Dark the most enjoyable?

    love, Love, LOVE this entire series. I have all the CD's, yet now buying the entire series on audio.

    Charlaine Harris's series is MUCH different from the "True Blood" HBO series. True Blood starts out the first 2 seasons staying close to the books, but after the books and series is very, very different.

    I'm a fan of both, but like the books series much more than the HBO series. The characters in the book are more real, fun, and entertaining.


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