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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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    Donna 05-10-13
    Donna 05-10-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Series finale with a resigned whimper"

    This book was a little more upbeat than the previous two books with Sookie showing some of her old optimistic personality, which I was glad for, however I felt her emotional responses to her love life was stagnant and un-heartfelt. Most of the loose ends were tied up neatly with no real feelings of satisfaction for me.

    After finishing this book, and I thought about everything that had transpired in this last Sookie Stackhouse book, my overall feelings are that this series ending with a resigned whimper. I was hoping for so much more in this last book and was left with a unsatisfactory feeling of being let down.

    The narrator Johanna Parker did superb job as usual with the different characters voices and accents. I think she nails Sookie voice to a T.

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Canton, GA, United States 05-07-13
    Heather Canton, GA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awwww, come on Charlaine -I'm so bummed!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    ****(SPOILER ALERT)*****

    Okay okay I get it. It can't realły be what I think of as not-so-good ending when it's the author's "world" and she decides everything in it but.....I'm soooo disappointed. It was very unsatisfying after a 13 book series total. I feel like the whole arc of the series was to really understand her and Eric together, and I realize allllll the many reasons why that's a tough one, so would it really have been so bad for her to have an HEA with him? (There are ways she could have had Freyda taken out of the equation). She mentions in the last paragraph she would survive if her and Sam didn't work out. I understand "girl power" but is believing in love (even if I'm sad over who the beau is at the end), and declaring her character happy and with a partner in life so bad?

    Thank you for a great series Mrs. Harris, you are so talented and your Sookie books have brought me much enjoyment, but I'm sorry to say I wish it ended differently!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Erin McCarthy Fast Track series


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Great as usual! I have to admit it took a few false starts to warm up to her on the first book but either I got used to her accent, she toned it down a bit, or a combo of both, but this one has been just as good as the rest of the series. You definitely end up thinking she IS Sookie!


    30 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-30-16
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-30-16 Member Since 2017

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "I REALLY LIKED IT!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Ever After the most enjoyable?

    It was like visiting an old friend....I love Sookie and the Bon Temps people!!!!


    What other book might you compare Dead Ever After to and why?

    you cant compare Sookie


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

    I love her...She is my book Sookie!!! :)


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

    Yes it was....I thought it was a good story...I dont see why people thought it was bad...was it the best of the series? NO...but it was still really enjoyable!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series from beginning to end..and I loved the HBO show also...I am sad it had to end...but there is always a re-listen option...and a binge watch!!! If you like this series, you will appreciate this book for what it is....I thought it was a decent end...I just wish there was more!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-10-14
    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm glad I listened"

    I have had this book in my library for nearly a year and had not listened to it until now because of all the horrible reviews it received. I was content to like Sookie and the rest of the characters just the way I remembered them. Then one day I was looking at my unread books and I felt bad that this one had been sitting for so long so I hit play. So here's the thing, I didn't hate this book. Maybe that's because I was expecting to be super disappointed and so anything above my expectation was an improvement but it was ok.

    I was pretty disappointed that many of the characters acted way differently in this book than they did in the past and that the ending was rushed. It seamed like the author just wasn't into it and wanted to tie up the loose ends so she could stop writing.

    I'm glad I listened but I am also relieved that it's over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 05-24-13
    Nicole 05-24-13
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    "Good and Bad Points"
    Would you listen to Dead Ever After again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen this book again. This book ended the Soooke Stackhouse series, but felt out of place. I have read and listened to every book, and this book tried hard to wrap up the series; however, it didn't seem to work the way Harris wanted. I wouldn't read this book, but I would re-read the other books without hesitation. There were very large boring parts of this book. They seemed to last forever, and sometimes just childish. Sookie's character seemed to have digressed and Sam's condition is just weird after he is brought back (it wasn't even explained as to why he acted that way). The performance however is done beautifully by Johanna Parker (3 snaps to you). This book was drawn out and full of mundane things. I have no interest in reading it again, but I'm glad I read it. This kind of closure, however, sucks.


    Would you recommend Dead Ever After to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, those that have read the series would not like the way it ended. This was too abrupt and it was obvious she is going to end with Sam. Sam isn't bad, but none would be happy how abruptly her relationship with Eric was ended. It felt like a page of the ending ritual. *Spoiler* Their marriage was ended too quickly, not even drawn out like it needed to be, just rushed.


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

    She definitely brought this book to life. I loved her narration and it was easy to see which characters were which. Johanna Parker a.k.a Sookie Stackhouse!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were really good parts of this book that had you on your toes, but dropped you on your but afterwards. This book is like a roller coaster. You see all of the characters from all previous novels; however, there were certain characters and moments that were completely unnecessary in the story line. At one point, you see Quinn, Berry, Bob, and Amelia... I have yet to see how they contributed. There were also points in the novel such as different narrative chapters. I just don't understand the point. They introduce a devil, who seems to have been highly irrelevant (my opinion: if the devil was going to play a seemingly big part like how he was introduced, then he should have been weaved throughout the novel); Adding, the moments with Eric and Sookie were such downers. Nearly 12 books of their relationship changing and developing, just ending like it was her relationship with Quinn, temporary and just for fun. There was also too many blank spots... i don't really want to know what Sookie's mundane routine is.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it if you want an ending to the series, but don't get your hopes up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Austin, TX, United States 05-13-13
    Colin Austin, TX, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the weaker books"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book added nothing to the series. The previous book, as-is, would have been a much better end to the series. It was poorly written in many places and felt rushed.


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

    Made the book less of a reunion of all past favorite characters. It stretches credulity and weakens them all.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She has a lovely accent, and each character has a very distinctive voice.


    Any additional comments?

    In many of the books, Sookie is badly beaten or threatened with rape. I generally skip those parts on repeated listenings. This is one of the few books in the series where no one beats the crap out of the protagonist, or tortures her, or nearly rapes her.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 05-15-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2017

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "At least it's finally over"

    Ahhhh...the Sookie Stackhouse series blessedly comes to an end. This book was better than #12, and many loose ends were tied up, but enough are left out there so that if Harris decides to, she can write more. It was a bit rushed, as if trying to touch as many characters and storylines as possible to satisy as many people as possible. I wish the series ended with the same humour and enjoyment it began with. Instead, it just ended.

    The narration was excellent.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 05-09-13
    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 05-09-13 Listener Since 2009

    "reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.

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    "Not Unexpected"

    I almost did not purchase this book because so many people did not like it. I decided i might as well see the series to its conculsion. I would like to say that if you remove Sookie's love life from the story that it's almost as good as most of the earlier books. I think if you listened to or read the others don't skip it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. Deshkulkarni 05-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Major disappointment"

    I'm not upset about who Sookie ended up with. This book just plain sucks. The only thing I can think of is that Ms. Harris wasn't really interested in this book for whatever reason. It would have been better to have left it unfinished that to leave this final impression. There are unnecessary details that only served to fill pages without adding to the story and who the heck cares about new waitresses at Merlotte's who don't really have a part in the story? I finished this only because I've read the entire series and I especially enjoyed the earlier books.

    I read one review that speculated that perhaps a ghost writer composed this novel and after listening I have to agree that that possibility seems rather likely. This just doesn't read like the other books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 05-12-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2017

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Satisfactory, if not unexpected ending"

    This is definitely not the best book in the series, but was still an enjoyable read. I think a lot of the inconsistency is due to Ms. Harris trying to give a cameo to as many of the pertinent characters in the series as possible, which led to some odd transitions in place, time and point of view. I was afraid that Ms. Harris would present a Seinfeldesque trial with all the past characters appearing in court, but at least we were spared something that derivative (although I did chuckle at Sookie's reminisces in jail of all the people she had killed.)

    I think this will be a enjoyable read to anyone fan of the series who doesn't have an emotional investment as to the outcome. Yes, the plot was a bit contrived, the loose ends all tied up a bit too neatly (and everyone seems to be getting married or birthing babies, so may come off as a bit saccharine to those of us who like a bit more sauce or action in our books.) But, if you lower you expectations and enjoy Johanna Parker's stellar delivery, especially of those very Sookie phrases (e.g., "someone pushed the perc button on their ethical coffee maker"), this will be a credit you will not regret spending.

    Although this may be the last Sookie Stackhouse book, I would not be shocked if Ms. Harris features some of the characters in future books outside of Bon Temps (much like Kelley Armstrong has created 2 YA trilogies in her Otherworld milieu.) Still, I will miss the unique voice of Sookie in future books. I am fond of Ms. Harris's other works (especially the Harper Connelly series), so I look forward to her future efforts.





    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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