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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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another winner!

Sookie's world is getting increasingly complex and even more intriguing! A great listen - even if you haven't read the others in the series leading to this.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Brent
  • Norwich, VT, USA
  • 07-09-06

chick book

If you like romance with male vampires and werewolves with a little mystery on side, some male objectification, and you're a chick - then you'll probably love it.

I don't, I'm not, and I didn't

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Sgt
  • Cranston, RI, United States
  • 01-18-14

True Blood at it's Best

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead as a Doornail to be better than the print version?

Yes, audio books allow you to let your imagination run free without taking the time to read all those words.

What did you like best about this story?

Gives new life to HBO's "True Blood" series.<br/>

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

Gives voice to the words which enhances our perceptions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The walk among us.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Keeps on giving !

This wasn't my favorite, but interesting none the less. Keeps me coming back for more ... I love this series !

The audio, as others have stated, wasn't as clean as the others. The lip smacking was almost too much for me to handle !

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not pleased

The series has gone downhill from the initial books published about Sookie. They are quite thin and do not cover much material.

Did not care for the narrator..wasn't as impressive as all the other ones I've heard.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration leaves a lot to be desired.

I have loved the Sookie Stackhouse series and have read all of them several times. I wanted to listen to them while I exercise, mow, etc, so I downloaded this one since it happened to be where I am in the series at this time. I'm not a fan of the narrator at all. I keep waiting for her to speed up or something, and just give some life to the characters. To me she just sounds bored. I won't buy another one in this series since she's the only narrator it seems.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sookie is always great

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  • Jeff
  • Hurricane, UT, USA
  • 12-28-06


If you are a fan of Dracula then STAY AWAY! The promising quirky yet dark title and "American Gothic" cover art held much promise for me. I am so frustrated and dissapointed by these books. They are so potentially good but filled with nonsense about sex. I wish I could forget what I have read. I did not finish this series. They don't dig deep. Superficial, dull, un-intelligent, vulgar.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • P. Chavez
  • Huntington Beach, CA USA
  • 12-08-06

Not my style

Even if I was into vampires and such, the story is juvenile.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • Follansbee, WV, USA
  • 06-09-08

Waste of Time

I have never been so disappointed. I could not finish this book -- that never happens!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful