• Dead as a Doornail

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #5
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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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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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.

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

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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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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!

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  • Nadia
  • 10-21-09

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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  • Becky-Louise
  • 02-09-21

brilliant

I loved it. Another brilliant book in the amazing series. Gets a 10/10 from me.

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  • Bennett
  • 11-21-20

really such a good series

This series does not flag the world of Charlaine Harris performed by Johanna Parker is both entertaining and compelling.

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  • Nanette
  • 08-19-20

better then the last book

enjoyable listen. delves more into hotshot and shifter/were story lines. Bill is thankfully barely in it. Eric is around a fair bit still. there's a lot of courting and flirting behaviour in this book and not as much rough and tumble action.

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  • Miss S.
  • 07-01-19

Author having an off couple of months

Narrator fantastic as always. The book was awful and boring. I hope this isn't what the books will be like from here on out. snore

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  • Emma
  • 01-17-19

An Imaginative World Where Vampires Exist

I have a confession...I read the Sookie Stackhouse series loooong ago. I devoured the books as a younger reader, I fell in love with characters, I wanted to live in Bon Temps. And that's what I look for in a book at any age. I want to be spirited away from my life and into someone elses.

X number of years on, I use the audiobooks to fall asleep to. The stories, whilst imaginative, aren't going to win any literary prizes. The style is "American", it is aimed at younger readers, it does have some laughable lines (the sex scenes will make you cringe) - but I can't help but love them.

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  • Fiona
  • 01-06-19

great series

great series of books with great characters. I loved the Midnight Texas series and the Sookie series is just as good but rather raunchy for tweens but fine for adults.

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  • Kazbarbour
  • 07-27-18

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
  • 04-22-17

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
  • 03-28-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

excellent

Such a good book. Written so well, the characters come alive from the pages. Narrated so effortlessly by Johanna! Absolutely love the series and this one, as with the others so far, didn't disappoint. Honestly love these books and love the characters - a must read!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-29-20

brilliant

As always a pleasure to read loved every moment of it and cant wait to start the next one in the series.

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  • Montanna Taylor
  • 10-20-18

Okay

Liked this book, but I struggled to finish and it felt very long. But overall it was good.

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  • Benjamin Russell
  • 05-02-18

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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  • Catherine
  • 12-25-16

Great story great voice

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