Dead Reckoning : Sookie Stackhouse

  • by Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by Johanna Parker
  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.


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Angie (Brandon's Wife)

I purchased this book 2 hours after it became available. It already had around 25-5 star ratings, on a 10.5 hour book. So that tells us that if people would leave actual ratings based on the book, it would score a LOT less.
I give it 2 stars because it's 100% better than book 10, but still worlds away from the brilliance of the first 4 books. After book 4, it's been a slow decline downhill. The past few books, the pace has picked up & the snowball is plummeting downhill at an avalanche's speed.
Do you remember when you were a kid & you waited til the last minute to do your homework? It's the night before a big essay is due, or the morning of, & you hurry to do it, making sure you reach that word count that the teacher assigned? That's this book! No thought went into it. No imagination! It was SO predictable! Just because you're a best selling author doesn't mean that you can turn out any gibberish & it'll be brilliant.
My title sums it up. Cleaning the attic....who didn't know that was going to turn out? (I'll try not to give any spoilers, yet still complain about certain scenes.)
The bar is fire bombed. OK, good starter, lots of action coming...well, that scene lasted a few minutes & leads into an hour of Sookie whining about her singed hair & everyone trying to fix it. I mean, the girl isn't bald! The ends were a little singed!!
It's very obvious that Harris has been given the green light to use Bubba's real name & she's certainly taking advantage of it! (Getting that word count)
Harris is trying to keep ALL fans happy. Team Bill, yah, let's put Sookie naked & in his hidey hole! Team Sam, let's throw them him a bone too. Team Alcide...don't even get me started! I have only 2000 characters in this review! Let's just say, I was actually embarrassed for Ms.Harris at this point.
Before I end this, I must offer Sookie some advise: If a vampire is in your house, about to eat your fairy relative who is injured & unconscious, RESEND HIS INVITATION!
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Spoiler Review

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Sookie. And no one has ever embodied a character more than Johanna Parker. But I became a little disillusioned with the last book (#10). It didn't feel as though the story was quite complete or as much care and consideration given to the characters. This feeling was amplified in this book. In my opinion, Dead Reckoning is just a teaser for the remaining 2 books in the series. There were so many unanswered questions and incomplete storylines that I feel like I have to read the next 2 books just to finish this book's storyline. Does anyone else wonder how unsatisfied they will feel if for some reason, this series doesn't continue? It has happened before... SPOILER ALERT!!! As for the book itself, I was disappointed with the problems between Amanda and Sookie. I'm sure it means something to the future of the series but I felt this was out of character for both. And what's up with Alcide - that was totally weird. In the last book, Eric was becoming more open and honest with Sookie but now he's back to the way he was before they were married. Is this just to make the readers accept a breakup??? After all, Eric was the one who insisted Sookie know about Bill's affair and saw the consequences. Are we really supposed to believe that he would so stupid as to do the same thing? I also noticed quite a few time line continuity issues. There were a few in the last book but so many more in this one. Overall, it was good but definitely not the quality of the earlier books.
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- Jennie "Jen"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books