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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Charlaine Harris’ number-one New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels will find much to enjoy in this companion to the immensely popular series. Included are a never-before-published novella and an exclusive interview with Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s True Blood. Sookie herself guides listeners on a behind-the-scenes tour of Bon Temps, gives them a peek at the werewolf and werepanther communities, provides a glimpse through the racks of her best friend Tara’s dress shop, and offers a look at Merlotte’s - the bar where Sookie earns her living.

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  • Daniel
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-23-11

Short story is OK. But this isn't worth a credit

I rate all of the Sookie novels high and the short story read by Johanna Parker was good. However this book has so much filler. I would have preferred to read it on a Kindle and skip most of it. The summary of all the novels was OK but a fan doesnt need that. The secret communications between Eric & Bill was definitely interesting. Though the two guys reading as Bill and Eric are experienced narrators, they weren't convincing in these roles. For example Bill had no Southern accent. I am not a fan of the TV show. That's another topic, but Steven Moyer nails Bill, IMO, and the show does have great actors. This Companion Novel lost my suppport when i reached the chapter dedicated to the President of the Charlaine Harris fan club. Seriously, who cares! That was filler.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Very dissappointed!

This book really bummed me out. It wasn't at all what I expected and it definitely wasn't what I hoped for. If someone feels like skipping all Sookie Stackhouse books it would be helpful, but then what's the point anyway. I didn't see it as a "companion" I saw it as a rip off. I think the description was really misleading as well. Big Dissappointment. It really seemed like a way for the publisher to make money off Sookie fans. I can't see a true fan of all of the books enjoying this at all. The Bill and Eric voices were absolutely horrendous. No offense to the guys who read them, but they just did NOT work for the characters.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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If you're a Sookie reader don't bother with this!

I have read or listened to all of the Sookie Stackhouse books several times. I love them.
They are fun, interesting and leave you thirsting for more at the end of each read/listen. But if you are looking for a Sookie "hit" before the next book comes out or if you think you will learn something new and exciting by buying this title you will be sorely disappointed. I felt like this was such an obvious play for more money because the books/TV series have become so vastly popular that it left me angry and no wiser or more entertained than I was before I started the listen. The only thing that saves this book from a straight one star in each catagory was the presence of Johanna Parker. A serious waste of a credit. I felt cheated by an author that I had previously enjoyed very much. As an aside, I really don't care to hear about the "fan club" and their variously vapid and insipid exploits. Really?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joyce
  • Blue Ash, OH, United States
  • 04-27-13

Not Worth It

What would have made The Sookie Stackhouse Companion better?

If I would't have bought it

What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

The telling of the story

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

no, not if it's the same format

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Companion Book is a good description

I have read all of this series and enjoy Charlaine Harris Books.

The story Small Town Wedding was quite enjoyable and I could have just spent the credit on that.

It is a synopsis of all the books and some letters and discussions between some of the Characters. But the only narrator I enjoyed in the whole book, was Johanna Parker.

Unless you want synopsis of each story to jog your memory, the only part I would give higher stars to is Small Town Wedding.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gingerly
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 04-19-12

Horrendously misleading descripting

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Don't buy it unless you have not read the books. It's mostly a recap of the books. And when it's not, the narrators are not good. The short story by the actual Sookie narrator was ok, but def not worth even a credit, much less the ridiculous price. This is not a companion, it's a recap and a way to rip off Sookie fans. I never thought I would give anything "Sookie" a bad rating but that day has come.

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

She could have made it a real book, not a ripoff recap.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Yes, Johanna Parker's. That's it. The others, heck no.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

One short story. Worth 1/10 of a credit.

Any additional comments?

Stick with the actual books, they are great. This is not.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well, what do we have here/hear

Where does The Sookie Stackhouse Companion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rate this book at a 5 or 6 out of 10 in my ranking of all the books i read so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eric of course :-). But all of the characters are so well written, that they almost jump off the page. It is hard to pick a favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the condenced version of all of the books so far. I wish the book had given a little bit more about the upcoming book,

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction. It was a decent read

Any additional comments?

I will probably end up buying the hard cover, as I wanted to see the map of Bon Temp as well addition items not coverd in the audio book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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information overload

I love that you get the insider information from the author and get to find out what went where.

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great to get it straight

great to hear it all in order with the secret discussions to help us get in the minds of Bill and Eric. and the authors motivations. I feel like Sookie is a beloved niece who I see daily and discuss get escapades. thanks to all who made this happen!

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All the history

Any additional comments?

This is a production, nut just a reading, and it's great! The timeline collapses the entire series so I was able to put it all together and, as an added benefit, it helped separate the story from the TV version (True Blood). It's something I can hear more than once as the show develops and I finish the series. Seems I started it in the middle, which isn't unusual for me. Thanks, Charlaine. What a great idea.