Audio Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Posted June 10, 2011 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 1 Comment

Audio Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine HarrisDead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #4
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Published by HarperCollins on 12-15-08
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 321
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Source: Library
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Sookie Stackhouse is back! The mind-reading, vampire-dating, small-town cocktail waitress from Louisiana returns in her fourth Southern Vampire Mystery. Life is never simple for Sookie Stackhouse, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that she always tries to do the right thing. Maybe that's why, when she comes across a semi-naked vampire on the road home from work, she doesn't just drive on by, even though she knows it almost certainly means trouble. Turns out the vampire hasn't a clue as to who he is. But Sookie does. It's Eric, still as scary and sexy - and dead - as the day she first met him. But now that he has amnesia, Eric is sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie's help - because whoever took his memory now wants his life. Sookie's investigation into why leads straight into a dangerous battle among witches, vampires and werewolves. But the greater danger could be to Sookie's heart because the kinder, gentler Eric is very difficult to resist . . .

May have spoilers if you have not read books 1-3.

Ok. This one is a re-read for me. Well, I cheated a little and checked out the audio book from the library and listened to it at work since I have so many other books to read at the moment. Anyway – I wanted to revisit this book to refresh my memory on the little details before the new season of True Blood starts on June 26th. The 4th season is based on the 4th book, Dead to the World.

I read Dead to the World for the 1st time in 2009 and I loved it. The biggest thing that stuck with me from this book was the shower scene (if you have read it you know what I’m talking about, oh to be a rubber duckie to see that one). But after my “re-read” I thought wow I forgot that happened in this book. All the books kind of run together for me since I read books 1-8 back to back within a month’s time.

This installment of the series we find Sookie dealing with her feelings about the events that happened in Club Dead, mostly her feelings towards Bill and what he had done. But when she thinks her life is going to settle down some since she no longer has a vamp for a beau she is mistaken.

Sookie gets sucked back into the supe world when she finds a lost Eric running on the side of the road one night on her way home from work. After Sookie is convinced that Eric truly has no idea who he is, she calls Pam, Eric’s second in command. Sookie agrees to give Eric shelter at her home for the day until Pam can come to get him the next night.

Now I’ll skip ahead to leave out any really good spoilers and tell you that most of the book is about Sookie and Eric getting to know each other better (wink, wink). There are witches and weres involved. And not only does Sookie find herself playing hostess to a more cuddlier Eric but her brother Jason is missing through most of the book and the whole town forms a search party to find him. Sookie is pulled in two directions, between helping Eric with his problems and trying to find Jason.

PhotobucketAnd in true form to the series there is blood and a few deaths along the way. And of course a couple of death attempts on Sookie’s life. But it all wraps up with a few uncertainties left at the end for the next book… Will he remember or won’t he?

I’ve read all the books in this series including new release, Dead Reckoning and I’d have to say this is one of my favorite books in the series.

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