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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

Because her mind-reading ability tends to spook people, most of Sookie's friends are of the not-exactly-human variety. And now that her brother is about to transform into a were-panther for the first time, the supernatural world is suddenly a family affair. When Sookie realizes a deadly sniper is gunning down the local changelings, her feelings turn to full-blown terror. She needs to stop the assassain before the next full moon...if he doesn't get to her first.

With its delightfully quirky characters and delicious suspense, Dead as a Doornail is a vampire mystery readers will love sinking their fangs into.

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©2005 Charlaine Harris Schulz; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who's not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot...make this entry the best yet in the series." (Publishers Weekly)

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Loved It

Yes I must admit that you could tell Johanna had just started reading from all the breaks and the smacking but I loved the book. For all the people who keep saying that there was to many new characters. I beg to differ. The whole deal about sookie liking different men. I think that this makes her more real. To have an overwhelming devotion to just one person is not that popular in the real world. Our minds sometimes to wonder.

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a great series

what can you say about a series that continues to hold your attention hour after hour. what seems like pure make believe becomes real, and a character in Sookie that just keeps her head up and goes. The series is a delight, the narrator becomes an integral part of the series and the story never dies. Keep it up Charlaine!!!

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Dead as a Doornail

This is yet another really good, humorous book. I just wish there more with the vampires instead of all the other nonsense.

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Wonderfully done!

Johanna does a wonderful job of narrating "Dead as a Doornail". I have read all of the series, and am pleased greatly with this audio version. This may not be the best of the series, but I enjoyed it.
More of this series, please!

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Long Down Hill Spiral - I Miss Sookie

The first 4 books of this series were amazing! But unfortunately, #5 is where it starts going downhill, and there's no looking up through out book 8. My opinion, stop at book 4 and cherrish the Sookie & Eric that we all grew to love, because Charlaine Harris has done nothing but ruin them. Our sweet virginal Sookie now lusts over every man in sight, acting on those ideas at times, and constantly complains and snaps at our hero Eric. She's like a disrespectful wild teenage girl. Harris adds so many new characters that it's very confusing, and of course, all of these new people have odd names that we can't keep up with.
From 3 roommates, to dozens of supernatural men lusting over Sookie.......And page filling small talk and weddings, I found myself skipping chunks at a time, just to get through the first 4 hours of every audio after #5.
An hour into book #5, I actually looked to make sure that Harris was the author, with no co-authors. The book is so different from the first 4! It's like a different person is writing the books now.
Looking back, I wish that I had stopped and kept my memories of how the characters use to be, instead of having them tanted in books 5-8. I kept buying the audios, holding out hope that Sookie would act more mature and revert back to the character that I love so much.
Now, I'll buy audiobook #9, still holding out hope that Harris will hold her standards a little higher, especially since HBO has picked up the series and has started changing the plots.

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Repeats

Sure gets old how she repeats her descriptions book after book - yes, by now we know Sam is shorter but stronger than he looks - and any one of a dozen other descriptions and explanations.

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Best series for mythical fiction GreatPerformance

Best series for mythical fiction Great Performance . It keeps you interested the whole time and the story is seamless with the rest of the series.

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Shape shifters are in mortal danger

Sookie Stackhouse works at Merlotte’s Bar & Grill in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She doesn’t have too many friends, since her ability to read minds tends to keep people away, until she meets vampire Bill Compton, his boss Eric Northman, and their undead community. Sookie cannot read vampires and her ability to read other “supes” is limited.

Sookie is leaving work late one evening when a shot rings out and shape-shifter Sam Merlotte falls to the ground. Since Sam knew of no one who wanted him dead, Sookie begins to wonder if the shooting might be related to shape-shifters. After all, a were-fox had recently been shot and killed. Sookie’s suspicions carry more credibility when were-panther Calvin Norris is shot leaving for work. She is compelled to visit him in the hospital to help pave the way to better relations with those were-panthers who live in neighboring Hotshot. Sookie’s brother Jason was recently kidnapped and bitten repeatedly by a were-panther jealous of his dating Crystal Norris, which means he may change into a panther at the next full moon. When Sookie sees Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’ll change this full moon and begins to worry that the shooter might go after him. Calvin has even suggested Jason might be the sniper, since Jason might be bitter over being bitten.

With Sam hobbling on his wounded leg, he asks Sookie to find him help bartending at Merlotte’s. It wouldn’t hurt if this person could also act as bouncer if things get dicey as they had recently when a very uncouth vampire showed up with Sookie’s friend Tara Thornton. She turns to Eric, the vampire who runs Fangtasia in Shreveport, and not the werewolves, since they are part of the shape-shifting community. Eric sends his newest employee, Charles Twining, to help Sam in exchange for room and board and a future favor. With no place to spend the day, Charles becomes Sookie’s house guest so he can reside in the private space vampire Bill hollowed out beneath her house. It’s fortunate that Charles is there when Sookie’s home catches fire. .

Sookie learns of the death of the werewolf packmaster. Alcide, the werewolf who had escorted Sookie around Jackson, Mississippi not too long ago, calls her to let her know and to ask her to attend the funeral with him. Since the funeral is also the beginning of the campaign to choose a new packmaster, Alcide hopes to make a statement by escorting Sookie.

Things go from bad to worse when the sniper sets his sights on Sookie. It’s time to stake out parking lots all over town to catch this determined shooter. By book’s end, Sookie is overwhelmed with requests of and favors owed to so many supernatural beings. Thankfully, author Charlaine Harris has expertly laid a clear path for Sookie. The story certainly twisted around many issues and people and many of the communities to which Sookie has become part. Narrator Johanna Parker lends yet another voice to the many in her repertoire living in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana.

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Chewing in audio

Sometime you can hear the background noise of the audio-like chewing. Especially when I use my headset. But other than great job

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The shifters are in trouble!

If you could sum up Dead as a Doornail in three words, what would they be?

Fun, sexy, and entertaining.

What other book might you compare Dead as a Doornail to and why?

I don't think there is another book like Dead as a Doornail, except the previous Sookie Stackhouse book, where Eric lost his memory. OOH, very sexy. I still think about the description of Eric's derrierre.

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

I have only listened to the Sookie Stackhouse books. I cannot imagine Sookie without Johanna's voice. It just wouldn't be right. Her use of voice when changing characters is amazing and natural. Love it!

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

Yes, but I needed to draw it out so it wouldn't end so soon.

Any additional comments?

This is such a fun series. This book did not disappoint. Thank you.