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4.00000777471972 out of 54.00000777471972 out of 54.00000777471972 out of 54.00000777471972 out of 54.00000777471972 out of 5 4.00 (128,622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlaine Harris Narrator: Johanna Parker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sookie Stackhouse Novels Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9781436185615
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Dead to the World is the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse Supernatural Vampire series; it's also the book where readers fall in love with the character of Eric who turns into a completely different vampire. In general, Eric is a man of the world and a womanizer. He's always been interested in Sookie, but she's always rejected him because he's so manipulative. Once, he tricked her into drinking his blood by pretending he was dying and needed her to suck the bullets out, which was completely untrue. He just did it because having his blood in her helps him keep track of her and creates a bond between the two of them.

In Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4, however, Eric loses his memories due to a spell cast on him by a coven of witches, and Sookie finds him running in the middle of the road, only half-dressed and behaving wildly. She takes him home and contacts his colleague, Pam, who agrees to pay Sookie some money to keep Eric safely hidden until the witches are taken care of. It turns out that Eric still knows he's a vampire but, in other ways, he has reverted to the man he used to be during his Viking days. He's protective of Sookie, honorable, and treats her with gentleness and respect. No wonder they end up falling into bed together.

Of course, there is the threat of the witches to take care of, and an alliance with the werewolves, led by Alcide Herveaux and his pack-master, helps take care of that. At the same time, Jason disappears, and we later learn that he was kidnapped by a jealous were-panther who bit him several times.

This is definitely a reader favorite, and it's the character of Eric that really sets it apart. Of course, we know there's going to be a bittersweet ending because Eric will eventually get his memories back. Still, this book sets the stage for future romantic developments in the relationship between Sookie and Eric. Plus, there are elements of mystery and action as well which keep the story interesting.

Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi and was always interested in writing, even when she was young. At first, she wrote poetry and ghost stories, but when she was in school at Rhodes College, she also started writing plays. A few years later, she turned to novel-writing and has been doing so ever since; her career spans thirty years. She has written the Aurora Teagarden series, featuring a librarian who solves mysteries; the Lily Bard series, also a mystery-themed series featuring a protagonist who was abused; the Sookie Stackhouse series, which have been made into the TV show True Blood; and the Harper Connelly books, which are currently being made into a TV series as well. Harris lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children.

New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. 

Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes, and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves, and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener’s craving for the supernatural.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Consistent, well-built characters and a strong, action-packed plot that will keep readers guessing to the end distinguish this frothy fusion of romance, mystery and fantasy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Harris writes neatly and with assurance.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The goofy charm of Harris's world, with its humor and occasional terror, is what makes [this] so delightful.”

    Denver Post

  • “Highly original, extraordinarily riveting, erotic, and exotic…Harris weaves storytelling magic in a tale of vampires and small­-town Louisiana.”

    Lynn Hightower

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kelley | 7/6/2016

    " " I can not say enough about these books. Sookie could be your sister, your best friend or yourself. I love the everyday normal things she does ( shaves, works, cooks) mixed with the extreme unrealistic world she lives in. It is magic. " Love this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 2/9/2014

    " I was pretty bummed when I accidentally found out this isn't a Romance series so much as a Mystery. Not sure why...I was bummed to find out Bill was no good and Eric temporary. I guess I've become a real softie of late. Still, a good read. I find Sookie reasonable, not nearly as poorly written as Bella or Anastasia Steele....I realize that's not much of a compliment.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn Griffin | 1/30/2014

    " I cant write a review without ruining it, this is one of my favs in this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Campbell | 1/22/2014

    " Besides what everyone else says, I actually like this series and I can't wait to find out what else is going to happen. Like is Eric going to ever remember what happened between him and Sookie? And don't forget about Jason turning into a were-panther. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Crawford | 1/21/2014

    " I can not say enough about these books. Sookie could be your sister, your best friend or yourself. I love the everyday normal things she does ( shaves, works, cooks) mixed with the extreme unrealistic world she lives in. It is magic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharina | 1/20/2014

    " Best one of the whole series..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seawood | 1/17/2014

    " Just loving how Sookie's character is developing - and the world, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 12/7/2013

    " Just adored ALL the Sookie books, WAY before the series came to Showtime! Don't wait, GRAB them ALL! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Druxilla | 12/6/2013

    " Not quite as snagging as the first couple of books in the series, the "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betina | 11/17/2013

    " I really like this series about Sookie Stackhouse - the books are better than the TV-show. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Overstreetjessfor | 11/16/2013

    " My favorite of the Sookie books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 11/15/2013

    " Love this book series!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Vandenberg | 11/8/2013

    " It was a quicker read than previous books. Really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Mcdowell | 7/19/2013

    " I really liked reading this book. Guilty little pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Reitz | 6/19/2013

    " My favorite. Eric in the shower need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Rees | 4/4/2013

    " All the books are fun and easy to read, but I enjoyed this one the most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina Elena | 10/20/2012

    " I love this book! I read it three times already! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 9/18/2011

    " Eh, but amnesiac Eric makes for some pretty steamy bedroom scenes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Honican | 3/3/2011

    " I admit I usually don't read the trashy, limited style of writing found in these books but I can't resist knowing what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/26/2010

    " I loved Sookie & Eric. The battle at the end was rushed and anticlimactic, but Eric more than made this book worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah White | 7/6/2010

    " This was my all time favorite book in the series! I really loved it and not only was I unable to put it down, I read it several times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidney Halston | 12/29/2009

    " My favorite of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennah | 9/25/2009

    " Definitely my favorite in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lburt | 12/19/2008

    " This series has been getting better with each book. "

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About the Author
Author Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling mystery author and editor. She has written a number of successful mystery and urban fantasy series, including the Aurora Teagarden series, the Harper Connelly series, and the Shakespeare series, among others. The first book in Harris’ Southern Vampire series, Dead until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001; the series is also the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, and the International Crime Writers Association. Currently, Harris lives in Magnolia, Arkansas.

About the Narrator

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.