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It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart….

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric's front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who's set out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.

©2012 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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Disappointing--character overload

I love the world that Charlaine Harris has created, and I look forward to each Spring when a new installment will be issued. But.... this year is particularly disappointing. There are way too many characters to keep straight after a year's time or more since their first appearance. Consequently, I become mostly disinterested in most of the minor characters; and the characters I'm mostly interested in--Bill, Eric, Sookie-- play a lesser role.

This series is becoming a poorly written who-done-it.

So, Ms. Harris: please drop the number of minor characters. Keep this world you've created alive, and well by concentrating on the characters we've come to love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • KP
  • United States
  • 06-10-12

Better Than the Last One

I've read every book in this series (I read the first ~8 and have listened to the others since) and eagerly await each new one. The books are light and entertaining and, at this point, I cannot separate the characters from the voices the narrator gives them (she's perfect for this series).

I thought this one was better than the last one, which I wasn't expecting. I thought the series might need to come to an end soon after reading the last one, but I no longer feel that way -- in fact, I look forward to #13.

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Not her best, but better than her last...

Where does Deadlocked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks on the low end, probably a #9 out of 10.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Perhaps not even mention or prolong the Sookie and Eric relationship. I was under the impression that it ended last book, but it was such a low plot line in the story. Actually, any of the old loves mentioned are just sad reminders of a life she doesn't have or could never have because of her decision to remain with the vampires. She should maybe just introduce a new love interest or just stick with someone!!

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

She definitely brings a voice that I would never envision in my mind... Speaking as someone who lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, I can promise that I have never heard anyone with her drawl in this area much less the state! I somewhat liked her take on the voice, but a lot of the time it is a bit distracting...

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

Not really....

Any additional comments?

I do recommend the audio version of this book, because it makes the reading of it WAYeasier in comparison to sitting down and trudging on through it on my Kindle. It needs to be read just to keep up with the series.

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  • Lisa
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 05-09-12

Lisa

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If this book had been as good as the previous ones in this series, I would've given it more stars. I felt like this book was just a loose end tier without any of the character development I am use to from this author. Mostly I felt it was glib. AND I miss the kitsch this author used to insert in her books.

Has Deadlocked turned you off from other books in this genre?

A bit.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Love the reader! She is very talented and keeps me entertained without distracting from the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadlocked?

I would have cut out many of the scenes that seemed to be there just to explain loose ends, which seemed to be the whole book. I also would have the author insert some more tension in Sookie's love life. This whole book was a vague gloss over of her relationship, which has always been the best part of these books.

Any additional comments?

Take it out of the romance section if you aren't going to have any romance in the book.

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It's to bad it's almost over.

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadlocked to be better than the print version?

I've gotten all of this series on audible and I have listened to each book multiple times. I love this series! I enjoy being able to just turn on one of these books and go about my day. It's nice to have a story that you can just have on in the back ground.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pam is my favorite. I love her attitude!

Which character ??? as performed by Johanna Parker ??? was your favorite?

Sookie, I can't imagine anyone else trying to read these books.

If you could rename Deadlocked, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename this one I think the name says it all. Sookie and Eric are Deadlocked in a rough situation and we can see its not going to end the way many people want or expect.

Any additional comments?

I've read several reviews from people who are disappointed by the turn the series has taken but I think we all knew this was coming and the books have progressed at a pace that feels natural. I think that we saw at the end of this one that no matter how Sookie feels about Eric and the other vampires her loyalty will always lie with the friends she had when the series started.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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One Session Listen

There's so many great things about this series, I don't see why I should take the time to write about it when you could be listening. Just hearing the narrator is a treat!

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  • amy
  • hamilton, OH, United States
  • 05-03-12

SOOKIE IS BACK!

This book reminds me of the old Sookie books which makes me so happy. In the last few she was so depressed and you can tell that she is moving on in this one. Sookie has a lot of time to come to terms with a lot that has happened in her life. Her attitude is changing and her life is becoming more mundane. Well as mundane as she can ever really become. Sure this book is not my Favorite, Book 4 will always be but this book makes me happy to see that Sookie can start to move forward.

Johanna Parker was always great narrator! I loved her in this book but I wish Niall voice matched what it was in previous books. Other than that all of her voices sounded the same.

Charlaine started the process of wrapping up the series with this book and she makes them feel like that is the way it should be with out over complicating things. She also set up the next book with Sam, Eric, Pam and Bill. and I am glad for it. She has solved the sub plots that have circled Sookie for so long but the big ending of this book that has set up the next book makes me very excited to see whats next even if it is the last one.

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  • Brenda
  • Marysville, CA, United States
  • 05-03-12

LOVED IT!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book & am very attached to all of the characters. Readers that said Sookie spent to much time going back in time should remember that authors do that for those that haven't read the entire series. Thank you Charlaine for providing such wonderful entertainment & Johanna for her awesome narration!! I look forward to the next book & hope Charlaine changes her mind about it being the last!!!

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  • dub
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 05-03-12

More a short story as we pelt ;-) towards the end

This is better than the last several books, but it still reads like a short story en route to the finale.
The narrator has her vision, and makes it clear when a different character is speaking, which is appreciated. Again, her director should correct her pronunciation: 'ADjuvant' was 'uhJEWvent' which went CLANG in the middle of the narrative. Where can I apply for that directing job?!?
These novels are literary potato chips: you know they're bad for you, but they're tasty and addictive. I love the premise, but the characters are so passive, and the danger and solution are so obvious, they annoy the cornpone out of me. But still I want to know what comes next.
Warning: spoiler alert! Don't read further unless you want the ending.
I can't believe the police didn't just charge and confine Eric: they had no reason NOT to. And Sam as her true love? I hope it was more fraternal, and her true love still awaits her.

Personally, I hope Sookie ends up with her happy and polyandrous home, with brains, brawn and beauty, Bill, Sam, AND Eric, and she has a litter of her own and becomes the Fae Queen of Louisiana, and they all unlived happily ever after. But with the author's traditional roots, and all of Sookie's inadvertent murders and guilt, I don't think we'll get that.
But the author even used the phrase 'deux ex machina', so perhaps we will get a happily ever after, after all.

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An Once Great Series, Slowly Dies.

What would have made Deadlocked better?

What would have made Deadlocked better? EVERYTHING and ANYTHING.There was NO Character Growth. And to tell you the truth, not much of a story. I feel like I was ripped off. When is something important to the series storyline going to happen?This book was complete fodder.

Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

Time will tell. I can tell you one thing, I will not buy a book again until the reviews are in.

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

Johann Parker does a wonderful job. She always does.It's not her fault that this book was so very lacking.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadlocked?

Well, let me see. I would cut some of Sookie 's errands. Eric is really not in this book. His scenes with Sookie are few. But lucky us, we get to read on and on about Sookie going to the Post Office, Walmart, and Taco Bell.There is not one romantic, ahem, sex scene in the whole book. The author really let her fans down. How many more books will people buy if she keeps this up? NONE.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful