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Publisher's Summary

Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She's a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends.

Now her brother Jason's eyes are starting to change: he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She's afraid not just because Jason's at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter.

Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks - unless the killer decides to find her first.

©2005 Charlaine Harris Schulz (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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A Solid Entry In The Series

Though slow to start, Dead as a Doornail managed to reach a point in the story where I could not stop listening. Charlaine Harris is a genius at making the final chapters absolutely riveting and chock full of suspense, while albeit predictable. She sets up the next book well here.

The performance by Joanna Parker is as always phenomenal. Though not perfect at doing masculine voices, she goes above and beyond to voice Sookie to perfection!

It may take some time for you to get into it, but you won’t regret it by the end.

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Great story great voice

The narrator has a great voice for this series and it really helps the characters come to life

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  • Rae
  • 28-04-2012

Loved It

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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.

Happy Reading

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  • Rachel
  • 31-08-2011

I love the Sookie Stackhouse Series!

I love everything Charlaine Harris does and this is no exception! What a great listen! Thoroughly enjoyable and of course snaps to the narrator who, as always, does a fantastic job!

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  • karen
  • 26-08-2011

Read the series twice and wan't to read them again

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.

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  • BONNIE TROUTNER
  • 06-03-2010

charlaine harris dead as doornail

I love all of these books there all so good I can't stop lissing to them there great

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  • Kathy
  • 11-01-2010

Fangs for another Sookie story

This is a solid continuation of the Sookie Stackhouse story - although not my favourite. It still had me listening almost continuously & I find these stories are so much more satisfying than others of the genre. Johanna Parker's narration is a real treat too. I think I could listen to her read a shopping list.

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  • Suzette
  • 10-09-2014

Great book, sorry about the narrator.

Would you listen to Dead as a Doornail again? Why?

Never in a million years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Erik - and Sookie of course.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She has the WORST accent and just ruins the book entirely! She isn't a bad narrator but she cannot do mens voices and accents!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I got mad and turned it off. I have the written books, thought the audiobook would be great for bed time - but the narrator turned me off it completely. I will read the darned things myself!

Any additional comments?

ugh

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  • Nadia
  • 21-10-2009

Dead as a doornail

This is book 5 of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Someone seems to have it in for the local shifter population, and Sookie has until the next full moon to discover the culpret. This has all the Charlaine Harris trademarks; plenty of action, mystery and romance, and the characters fans have come to know and love. A great addition to the series.

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  • Kazbarbour
  • 27-07-2018

recording quality

a bit too much background noise at times recording did seem as good as others in series.

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  • P. GILL
  • 22-04-2017

The story that keeps surprising

Another totally absorbing story that seductively draws you into the lurid world of Ms Stackhouse. The other world is so intisingly revealed that you just cannot stop trying to take a peep.

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  • Grandmatiger
  • 28-03-2017

2nd read of this series just as good on audible

I really love this series. I was disappointed with the TV series now hearing the books on audible love it. The accent and pace are perfect. Well done

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  • Cruella1313
  • 02-01-2014

Truly an experience not to be missed!

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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.

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  • ola
  • 14-04-2013

Very entertaining

This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.

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  • Zoe O
  • 04-03-2015

Good fun

Really enjoying this series. Took me a while to warm up on the first book but I'm churning through them now and enjoying the continual changes to the overall story and character development

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  • Naomi
  • 19-10-2010

Dead as a Doornail

I am very disappointed with this book, as I found the story line very poor.I think this will be the last one of this series that I will listen to and hope the TV series is better.

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