Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself - she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie's gift: she can read minds. That's not exactly every man's idea of date bait - unless they're undead - vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that's just the kind of guy Sookie's been looking for.
Maybe that's why, when she comes across a naked vampire on the way home from work, she doesn't just drive on by. He hasn't got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy - and dead - as the day she met him. But now he has amnesia, he's sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie's help - because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
Sookie's investigation into what's going on leads her straight into a dangerous battle between witches, vampires and werewolves. But there could be even greater danger - to Sookie's heart, because the kinder, gentler Eric is very hard to resist.
©2005 Charlaine Harris Schulz; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too
I can't help but enjoy these. Love Sookie's quirky ways and her honest dialogue. I find myself walking down the street and grinning as Sookie conveys her thoughts in her unique style. Good fun stuff - hardly literary genious, but 4 books read, and I'm about to download the fifth in the series. Just wish they were all bundled together so the story would be more cost effective!
Sookie is still reeling from her betrayal by Bill and is therefore a little vulnerable at the moment. Bill has been sent away on business and she is left alone. On her way home from work she comes across a naked Eric who is running towards her house. Stunned she takes him in and what follows is a wonderfully entertaining story of how, why and what to do about this situation as Eric dosen't seem to know who he is. On top of this Jason has also disappeared. I already own all the books but this one was one of my favourites and thought it would be great to have it on audio, I wasn't disappointed - the narration is wonderful she gets the 'voice' of Sookie just how I imagined her.
This was my first ever audio book, I read the first three in paperback. I was amazed at how good Johanna Parker is at bringing all the characters to life, She was a great choice for these stories. I think it helps going through them all in sequence, not sure I would like to join the series part way through. The only niggle is some bits are repetative for the benefit of new readers so the story can wander slightly. Other than that they are all brilliant and very entertaining stories
Love this book! The whole series is great, and really easy to listen to on audio. However, this is probably my favourite - the interaction between Sookie and Eric is so entertaining I find myself laughing out loud at frequent intervals. Can't wait for number 10 to come out - roll on May!
This is book 4 in the Sookie Stackhouse series and one of my favourites. Eric has no idea who he is, and Sookie agrees to keep him with her until he regains his memory, but as usual, she takes on more than she bargained for, and this time, there are some unseen repercussions. With Charlaine Harris's trademark snappy style, exciting plot and great characters, this is a must-listen.
Everything I read I remember, everything I hear I remember...
So as you can imagine I will consume a book and move on never to return, this series of books however are the only ones I have gone back through multiple times. This is because the characters are so intricately designed they become real, the story lines while based in fantasy from the off never fail to surprise and thoroughly delight. I have never had such an all round almost tactile experience from something that I've read to make me come back to them so often and with that first time read anticipation it's nuts because I remember every word already.
They are utterly hilarious, full of blood-pumping action and downright hot in equal measure with so many more facets that will have you also coming back time and again.
The books do not copy the T.V. Show plot line they are completely different the anchors for both being the familiarity of the main characters but both being superb in their own ways.
A definite BUY IT NOW! you certainly will not regret it.
I would recommend this book to every single woman on this planet, because they are brilliant. My mother bought the first Sookie Stackhouse mystery completely by accident before True Blood came on the TV. At first I was put of by the fact that it was done in an American accent because normally I simply can't get on with that, but from the very first moment I was hooked. The stories are deceptively simply written, which actually makes them more believable. Furthermore it is the little details about Sookie's life and work which bring help us to suspend our belief about the vampires and werewolves and fairies and that kind of hokum and snuggle down into a good, bloody and sometimes violent romp.
I love Eric's character throughout the books, mainly because he is very well written and I actually think I'm slightly in love with him, but also because Johanna Parker manages to give his voice perfect inflections not only as a vague generic foreigner but also as a man with a great sense of humour. JParker is fantastic with these books, though the number of characters over the whole series of 13 make it very hard to make all the voices distinctly individual, her narration really is flawless. Except for they way she pronounces vampiric, which does annoy me when I'm not 100% mellowed by her lovely southern drawl.
I have done so and will probably do so again, as I could listen to this 100 times without getting bored.
I listened to 1 & 2 and enjoyed them, by book 3 I found the repetition of plot lines from the previous books a little tedious. In book four it became very annoying, and it seemed like the story took ages to get going because every time a character got mentioned you had to listen to a synopsis of what they'd done in books 1-3 ... by book 10 this must get really, really dull.
Unfortunately I'd bought book 5 at the same time I bought 3 and 4, it's going to take me a while to get myself ready for the chore of listening to it. The storyline is pretty thin on the ground, and it feels very formulaic. It goes soemthing like - someone gets kidnapped, big battle, impossibly bad injuries, everyone is OK with the exception of a dull side character getting killed, the heroine has a miraculous recovery aided by multiple orgasms, and everyone she meets is smoking hot. Feels like a fair summary of 2,3 and 4. The famous 5 with sex, makeup and magic thrown in.
Love the narrator though, she's excellent throughout
"See my review for Dead as a Doornail"
That I turned it off.
None in the audiobook. The narrator detracted from it too much.
Oh yes. She is a great narrator as long as she isn't trying to do men with accents...or men. Or even southern women.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
"Love all of these books"
This series is my favorite of my books. It keeps you wanting more and more. A definite must read for all Vampire fans. Just excellent and the Narrator is excellent.
"Best book in the Sookie Series!"
This story is one of my favorite in the entire Sookie Stackhouse Series. The chemistry between Sookie and Eric is outstanding! There are so many different plot twists and mysteries going on throughout, it is never dull. Eric having his memory temporarily erased allowed us to see a completely different side of him that was not only intriquing,but lots of fun! He relies on Sookie almost as if he were a child, and given Eric's typical behavior,seeing this type of behavior from him is particularly amusing!
If you are a fan of the series then this story will DEFINITELY not disappoint!
The novels are always so hilarious. I find myself laughing out loud so many times (the HBO series is darker and more thrilling). Charlaine Harris and the narrator Johanna Parker make a dynamic duo that will keep you listening and wanting more.
As expected, the inevitable happens in the book (sorry, I'm not giving you spoilers but you'll know when you see it). Interestingly, this kinda disappointed me (I mean was it a bit tacky or was it just me?). Another thing is the main witch-related plot. I'm sorry, it was plain boring for me, especially the so-called 'climax.' Ok, end of nagging. Though this is my least favourite part, I can still recommend it as a good read. Johanna Parker always saves the day for me.
"My favourite so far"
This is my favourite Sookie Stackhouse book so far. More great characters from the supernatural .... and a starring role for Eric!
I can't separate these stories from the great narration by Johanna Parker. She really makes the characters live.
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