Dead Until Dark : Sookie Stackhouse

  • by Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by Johanna Parker
  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.Anthony Award-winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times and USA Today best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels entice countless fans with an irresistible mixture of vampire romance, beguiling mystery, and old-fashioned Southern charm.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - For audiobook fans, Johanna Parker was the beloved voice of Sookie Stackhouse long before Anna Paquin and True Blood came around. Johanna has a way of bringing the denizens of Bon Temps, Louisiana, to vivid life (or, in some cases, after-life). There‚Äôs no greater compliment about her performance than this: even listeners who have discovered the audiobooks after watching the TV show rave that she nails these books. —Steve

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What the Critics Say

"An author of rare talents." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Not what I expected

This is my least favorite of the 50 or so audiobooks I have purchased, and that surprises me since I was really looking forward to it. I think the problem was more in my expectations of the book rather than in the book itself. I guess I thought it was going to be a suspenseful thriller or mystery, perhaps with a tinge of romance. Instead, it is mainly romance with a tinge of mystery. And, although I had read a review that commented on the sex scenes, I didn't expect them to be so prevalent. Scene after scene after scene of descriptions of sex of the type that you might find in amateur internet sex stories. Ugh! I wasn't offended or anything, but just had to roll my eyes at them all. Once or twice, okay, but they just went on and on. I was going to write some examples of the painful descriptions, but thought they wouldn't be appropriate for posting on this open forum. Again, had I been expecting a Harlequin romance-type book, I might not feel so disappointed by it now.

I also had a very hard time liking nearly all of the characters--particularly Bill. Bill has none of the qualities that allow a reader (or listener) to connect with him on any kind of emotional level or to empathize with him. In the book Twilight, I found I could connect with the vampire Edward, partly since he genuinely seemed to put Bella first. Not so with Bill, who seems fundamentally self-centered. I couldn't buy into his feelings for Sookie. In fact, I spent the whole book rooting for another character to end up with Sookie. That's a huge problem for a book that is centered around the romance of Bill and Sookie.

Bottom line: There are interesting elements to this book, and I can see why other people are fans. It was well narrated, although I thought the southern accents were a bit overdone. But, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I was expecting more suspense, less romance/sex, and more depth of character. I don't think that I will buy the other books in the series.
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- Holly

Be careful

Very enjoyable and worth the time, however, you may want to wait until Audible has the complete series available.
1 Dead until Dark
2 Living Dead in Dallas, unavailable
3 Club Dead, unavailable
4 Dead to the World, unavailable
5 Dead as a Doornail
6 Definitely Dead
7 All Together Dead
It is odd that only has Books 1, 5, 6, and 7 available as of 16 Jan 2008.
The southern vampire series is likely not suitable material for 16 and under and would rate somewhere between a PG-13 and R movie rating.
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- Lavar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books