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Publisher's Summary

Charlaine Harris' popular Southern Vampire mysteries have been described by Publishers Weekly as "humorous Southern-fried fantasy" with a little bit of romance.

In the follow up to Dead Until Dark, telepathic friend of the undead (and vampire bar cocktail waitress) Sookie Stackhouse puts her newfound powers to the test. After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed. That seems easier said than done when an upstart religious cult threatens to destroy all things vampire - including Sookie, who is quickly scheduled for sacrifice.

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Critic Reviews

"This is one terrific read." (KLIATT)

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  • Lizzy
  • WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States
  • 05-11-12

Not quite as good as the first book

I will stick with the series. The story is still better than most.
I confess, I'm looking for a vampire for myself.

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Enjoyed Sookie's travels

I liked this book in the series since it was set somewhere different. I love the character of Eric and looked forward to his interactions with Sookie throughout the book. Bill who?? ;) Great story and performance.

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funny but too violent

Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

I would try another book as I like the character Sookie and the humor. But the violence in the book was a real turn off. I was very reluctant to read book 3.<br/>Johanna Parker is excellent.

What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The book had too much violence. did she need to describe every drop of bllod? every broken bone?

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

To me she is Sookie, But she also has good voices for the other characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

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Better then the TV show

Would you consider the audio edition of Living Dead in Dallas to be better than the print version?

I've never read the printed book, but I find many of the modern Audio books better then the printed book. Older audio books were dry reads but today we have more voice acting done. They are almost to the quality of a radio drama. I wouldn't say this one goes that far but the narrator does well with the accents and subtle voice changes for different characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sookie Stackhouse, she's a strong female character.

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Brings the characters to life. If you don't have a mind that will give them 3D from reading a audiobook may and in this case Johanna Parker did just that.

Any additional comments?

I didn't get in to this series till True Blood had come out. I like both the TV show and the books allot. I feel that after the first TV series the two have gone there separate ways. I think the TV show is still good but would of been better staying true to the books. This book is superior to the TV show.

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Great story telling

Would you listen to Living Dead in Dallas again? Why?

No. However, I never watch a movie twice or read a book twice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sookie is fabulous, down to earth, a

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

Yes. She brings the character's to life. The author has written a good story and the reader makes it real. She is one of the reasons I will buy more of these books.

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

Sexy beats Dead.

Any additional comments?

I listen to books when I am doing long workouts. These books make me want to work out more.

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  • melinda
  • WALESKA, GA, United States
  • 01-31-12

Entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Living Dead in Dallas the most enjoyable?

I started with the first book in the series and got interested in the story line due to the narrator. Johanna Porter made this store so much more intertaining. And I went to college in that area, so having some of the places described was that much more entertaining. Reading the books was not as enjoyable, as listening to Johanna's Southern accent! Will continue the series.

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  • Malia
  • LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States
  • 01-26-12

Ok Sookie, we get it.

Sookie Stackhouse is a character that is followed by drama, death, and the supernatural. I wish there would be a little less focus on her love affair with Bill, and more on the other "stuff". I had to stop listening with about an hour to go because I was simply over it, after already having listened to book 1. Good narration and all but like I said, the love story line gets a little tired! If you are a True Blood fan, you probably will enjoy it,but after watching the tennis match of Bill vs. Eric on the show, you may get a little bored like myself.

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  • Balambao
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 01-21-12

True blood?!?!?! It turned me onto the books!

If you could sum up Living Dead in Dallas in three words, what would they be?

Clever, Witty, Intelligent.

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

I must say, Johanna Parker really out does herself with each new Sookie Stackhouse Performance.

Any additional comments?

True Blood turned me onto the books and I buzzed through the books like no body's business. Watching it play out on TV is like watching a FanFic performed.

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Another Great Listen from Parker!

Where does Living Dead in Dallas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Parker's performance makes these silly books worth a listen. She seamlessly switches from character to character without missing a beat. I'm a fan of True Bood and never thought I'd enjoy these books as much as I do. They are a great listen when I run and I think that's due to Parker's great work.

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I love Ms Stackhouse!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Sookie Stackhouse! A truly delightful rambunctious down to earth kind of woman! Full of flaws and sexy and pleasantly annoying.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

I love Johanna's performance! A true multifaceted performer who portrays every nuance to perfection.