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Dead Ever After Audiobook

Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2013 - Dead Ever After. The end of an era. Lucky number 13. As great as my anticipation is, and as high as my expectations are, I can’t help but be sad that there will be no more Sookie adventures to read. It’s hard to put so many otherworldly creatures into ours, try to make it a little sexy, a little mysterious, and succeed the way Harris has without resorting to cheap titillations. In the final book (though I heard a rumor about character epilogues), Sookie is arrested for murder and must solve what could be her most difficult mystery yet. Johanna Parker returns as narrator and expertly falls into the role, keeping our heroine’s characteristic smoky, smoldering voice on perfect no-nonsense levels. Come on back down to Bon Temps – this is not a murder to be missed. —Erin, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

©2013 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"The Sookie Stackhouse series seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence, and humor." (Boulder Weekly)

"Harris’s creation offers a magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories." (Houston Chronicle)

"What sucked me in? Definitely the books’ oddly charming, often funny mix of the mundane and the absurd. And the chills and thrills in boudoirs and various locales around the South aren’t too bad either." (The Seattle Times)

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    C Polly McNally 06-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "It can't end"
    Any additional comments?

    While I listened, I decided I would start at the beginning and relisten to all the books in order again. I don't want these characters to stop. Even if Charlaine Harris is tired of writing these books can't she have other writers (super talented) take over, as other authors have done. Make it a franchise. I enjoy the books so much more than the "True Blood" TV show.

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    ssneed01 Dallas, TX USA 06-06-13
    ssneed01 Dallas, TX USA 06-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Satisfactory Ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have heard quite a bit about the displeasure that many readers had for this book. However, to me, it was just about perfect!

    SPOILER ALERT...

    During a book signing several years ago, Charlaine Harris was asked if Sookie would ever become a vampire and she said that she would not. That was never the intention for her.

    Thus, I knew that the relationship with Eric would have to end. And, I like how it ended. Personally, I preferred Sookie dating Bill or Quinn. But alas, finding love with your very best friend is indeed the very best kind of ending.

    Also, I liked how she provided a finality to the main characters. Eric living a wonderful after life as a consort; Bill finding romance, maybe, with Karen; Jason married, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Bill Compton because I like the idea of a southern gentleman and vampire. Also, the actor, Stephen Moyer, on the series True Blood is ah... HOT.


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

    I've listened to all of the Sookie books and I enjoy Johanna's voice characters.


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

    The same as the book, "Dead Ever After"


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    J. Davenport 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It's Over...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It brings closure


    What did you like best about this story?

    Diantha and Pam


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Amazing as always. I wish I could chose her for most of my books.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not the ending I expected. Seems like the author got tired of writing Sookie books.

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    Cheryl 06-01-13
    Cheryl 06-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The End of the series."
    Would you listen to Dead Ever After again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because in the end, it seems that everyone gets what they really want, or need.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the relationship between Sookie and Sam is finally resolved.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Johanna Parker is one of my favorite readers.


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

    I did not want to stop listening to this book. However, life and work made me stop my listening several times. I could not wait to get back to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Is it really the end. Will there be some short stories that will continue where this book left off for Eric, Pam, Sookie, Sam or Hunter. I hope so.

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    Julie E Miller 05-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Wrap-up"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The author was true to the nature of the characters, which had become somewhat muted during the middle books. I am surprised at the number of reviewers who believed that Sookie should end up with Eric when they are so fundamentally different in matters of morality. The story line was a little convoluted and not wholly believable, but overall I thought the book did a very nice job of putting everything where it belongs.


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    C. Madison or, United States 05-25-13
    C. Madison or, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great ending"
    If you could sum up Dead Ever After in three words, what would they be?

    I was ver nervous for the last book ever. But I was surprised, in a good way. She reintroduced old characters. Some I couldn't remember at first. Things aren't in a tidy bow at the ending but they are wrapped up to the pont that we don't need another book. Do I want another book? Of course. But I am satisfied with the ending. Someone dies again, and the people responsible have framed Sookie and someone just wants her plain dead. Everyone comes back to help solve the mystery or to just lend their strengths. And of course it was beautifully read. Johanna Parker is one of my favorites. I wouldn't have listened to it if she wasn't the narrator.


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    Yanes 05-24-13
    Yanes 05-24-13
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    "So long, Sookie!"

    "See ya later, y'all." Charlaine Harris felt it was time to say bye to Sookie and the supes of Bon Temps. And in fact, this outing does provide closure. This story is tepid at best, but it's been a lot of fun over the years, so I'll give her a pass. As always, Johanna Parker does an outstanding job of narrating and inhabiting all the characters.

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    amrcrg Greenville, SC 05-24-13
    amrcrg Greenville, SC 05-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Now everything is settled"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Spoiler Alerts --- O.K. - First let say I started this book with some preconceived notions that it would be awful, based on the reviews I had read on Amazon.com - but being a Sookie Stackhouse fan I had to buy the download and I am glad I did. Perhaps listening instead of reading made the difference, but in any event I enjoyed the book.

    I read the comments posted on Amazon about the characters not being true to form and I disagree only because it's fiction - the characters can be whatever Charlaine Harris wants them to be. Let me clarify that I am not an obsessed fan; just an avid reader of the books. Books by the way, about people who turn into panthers, wolves, lions and let us not forget the array of vampires, faeries and demon characters - in other words, fiction.

    Some reviewers on Amazon said the plot was contrived, but really...which one of these books didn't have weird plots? Somewhere I read this is the last book of the series and I thought it ended well, wrapped up any loose ends and leaves us thinking that Sookie will have a Happy Ever After future - and that suits me just fine. Did I want it to end with her giving her heart to a dead person, growing old without children and being dumped when her body and face got too wrinkly for the ageless Eric? Heck no. It ended in a way that left Sookie "normal" and strong.

    I would recommend this book and an enjoyable quick read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    The way it ended, wrapping up any loose ends.


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

    Equal - she does a great job


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

    Yes, but didn't have the time


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    Heather Belleville, IL, United States 05-22-13
    Heather Belleville, IL, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "THE END"
    If you could sum up Dead Ever After in three words, what would they be?

    I believe first, that it is no accident that this is book "13". In the Sookie universe there seem to be very few things that are inconsequential.
    Without giving too much up. Know that this book does a nice job of tying up loose ends (and there are a lot of them) and letting us know who is OK, and who is Dead Ever After!

    I adore these books and was very sad to see them go, but was very much happy with the way things ended up for Sookie and friends. I do hear that Charlaine Harris releasing a "where are they now" kind of book in the fall. As content as I am with the wrapping up of the series, I am still looking forward to that.

    Love the story, & the Narrator.
    Thanks for good times.


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

    YES


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    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 05-22-13
    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Charlaine put the final nail in the coffin."

    I really felt like the author just wanted this series to be over. I guess she exited the best way she could. I don't mind the character she ends up being in love with, but this book could have been way more exciting than what it was.

    That being said, I have loved the series, loved the narrator of the whole series. If your like me, your going to have to read it just because it's the last one. But don't expect fire works because those move to Oklahoma.

    Au revoir to Sookie Stackhouse and the gang. I really wish she became a vampire and started an whole new series. But... that does not happen. :/

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