Audiobook Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Posted May 9, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 17 Comments

Audiobook Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine HarrisSource: Audiobook Purchase

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Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins

Date Read: May 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

More Information:
Publisher: Ace, Recorded Books
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #13

Also by this author: All Together Dead, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Definitely Dead
Also in this series: All Together Dead, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Definitely Dead

My Thoughts on Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13) by Charlaine Harris


Read from May 07 to 08, 2013

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.75

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

NO SPOILERS for Dead Ever After

First Thought When Finished: Thank you Bon Temps and Charlaine Harris for all the good times over the years! You will be missed!

NOTE: I realize I am probably in the minority but I actually like how the end scene worked. I thought it held true to who Sookie Stackhouse was from the beginning. She never wanted to be owned, controlled, or a side character in her own life. Even half way through the series, she was repeating that mantra…..

“I want to be first. I know that’s selfish, and maybe unattainable, and maybe shallow. But I just want to come first with someone. If that’s wrong of me, so be it. I’ll be wrong. But that’s the way I feel.” (Sookie Stackhouse)”― Charlaine Harris, From Dead to Worse

Story Thoughts: I have always read the Sookie Stackhouse series as a cozy mystery series with urban fantasy elements. She dated far to many men in 13 books for me to ever think of this as an Urban Fantasy with a romance end game. I think maybe that is the reason I had less problems with how the whole “romance” side of the story worked. I don’t want to post spoilers (though I am pretty sure anyone not living under a rock knows) so I will just say that I always wanted her with someone who would put her first, love her for being Sookie (not her blood), and would respect her wishes. There were very few men in this series that actually held any of these attributes but gosh darn it she got to hook up with some hotties. Sookie’s dating life had some awesome moments and if she was a scrapbooker–that would be one heck of a colorful memory book! That being said, I did think the mystery element in this entry was lacking and that was disappointing (aka the 3.75 for Story). It had some moments that were great but on a whole it was pretty predictable. I do think it tied up things nicely so that Sookie’s life should be able to move forward on her own terms but it wasn’t my favorite mystery in this series.

Character Thoughts: I love the characters in this series! Not a single one of them is perfect. They all have flaws. They all have humor. They all have loyalties. They all have unlikable character traits. Life experience had an impact on each of them, made them grow, made them more of themselves, and made them all interesting. I adore Bon Temps even when I wasn’t quite impressed with the mysteries in certain books, I was always impressed with the people. I am sad to see their journeys come to an end (or at least the ones that I see) but I am glad I got to spend time with them in the first place! In other words, I will miss them but I do think it was time for them to ride off into the sunset, moonlight, or ever after!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by Johanna Parker/Running Time 10 hrs and 11 mins

I really like Johanna Parker’s narration of this series.  She has a good amount of southern in her (from timing, slow talking, emotion) narration and that just sells me.  I will admit that this particular trait will make the narration not work for others.  I have listened to the last few of these on audio and wish I would have done so from the beginning.

Final Thought: I realize that a LOT (judging by goodreads)of people will whole heartily disagree with me liking this book and in the end that is most wonderful thing about stories. They may never make everyone happy but they will make someone happy. I guess this time it was me 🙂

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17 responses to “Audiobook Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

  1. I’m at least three or four books behind in this series, and I haven’t been ALL that eager to catch up because the books started losing some of their appeal for me around #9 or so. Actually, I think #9 is the last one I’ve finished. I’ve started Dead in the Family a few times, but haven’t really managed to get into it. I’d like to finish the series eventually though. I’m so close! And I want to see how it ends! Though I have to admit, I have managed to avoid spoilers so far, and I’m kind of tempted to go look it up now! Hehehe… 🙂

  2. “I thought it held true to who Sookie Stackhouse was from the beginning.”

    This gives me hope. I already know my team lost. While I’m disappointed, I’m not surprised. I have yet to start this one (or even the one before it). I wanted to wait until I was less tired and able to give Sookie the final (first) reading that she deserves.

  3. Heather

    I’m totally with you on your thoughts. We do agree on how everything turned out. Charlaine Harris didn’t change her characters to make readers happy, and I love her for that. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next, I love her mystery series too 🙂

  4. Luckily I haven’t found out how the series ends – yet. I’m trying to avoid it if at all possible, since I’m only on Book Five! So glad to hear that you were pleased with the conclusion. I love this series. (The TV version not so much.)

  5. I’m glad the ending worked for you. So many people seem disappointed. I don’t like just how emotional some people have gotten about it though. No one should threaten an author for how the decide tow rite a book.

    I actually gave up on this series a few books ago but I re-read the first 4 all the time.

  6. I seem to like book endings where others don’t as long as I feel they are true to the series & characters. On the flip side, I don’t like endings others LURV.

    I can’t wait to read the last couple of these to see how it all goes down.

    • I was ok with liking this better than others did. I think that is the brilliant thing about books and their emotional pull 🙂 I wish that some people wouldn’t be super nasty in their attacks against Charlaine but the ones just against the book I get!

  7. I’m living under that rock. I haven’t read any spoilers thus far. I’m still far behind in this series so I don’t even know where it was headed with this book yet. 😀 Still, I think I’ll find it bittersweet for the ending and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Makes me look forward to the end!

  8. Maybe I’ll give this one a try sometime, though I’m still a book behind. I do like Johanna Parker’s narration though. Glad to hear you were pleased with the series finale for the most part! The ending does sound true to Sookie, even though it’s not a fan-favorite choice.
    Awesome review, Felicia.

  9. I really want to know how this series ends Felicia! I’ve fallen way behind, I think I stopped at book 8, but I really want to know what happens in this final book. Maybe you can write me a little email and let me know, yes? 🙂 Sookie certainly has had a colorful romantic history, and when I stopped it was just Bill, Eric, and Quinn (I think, there may have been more), so I can only imagine who else entered the picture in the next 5 books!

  10. Even though the mystery wasn’t great, it’s good to know it tied things up for Miss Sookie. She deserves an HEA after all the crap she’s been through! I just got this one yesterday (thank you, FedEx, for being such pricks and not delivering when you were supposed to) but am saving it for the weekend. Enjoyed this series! And totally agree about the men. A real love to me is someone who loves you for who you are, not what you can give or what you have.