I enjoy a good romance novel. I enjoy audible books for commuting & listening while at work. England, Scottland & wild west favorite locals.
Wonderful fiction series.
Perhaps the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer's crossed with the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
I have not. I did enjoy her narration and would read other books read by Tavia.
There were many points in the book where I was moved. I don 't feel that I can choose just one.
I think Jeannine Frost has done an excellent job with book. I have already purchased all of the remaining books in this series to listen to.
I almost passed on this series because the titles of the books were not what I usually look for in paranormal romance. I am so happy that I stopped to listen. It is a really good, and surprisingly original story in this genre.
Yes, more than once. The story is beautiful, erotic and sexy but most of all Tavia Gilbert's voice is great.
Bones, loved his british accent and the tenderness he projects.
Kat and Bone's first kiss
Yes, I laughed and cried.
I recommend this series to all who Love, have Loved or will love.
The first in the Night Huntress series, this book kicks off the saga in butt-kicking style, with lots of laughs, action, and romance. The series stars half-vampire Kat and her vampire lover, Bones, who also happens to be a bounty hunter/hitman. In this book, they join forces to combat a white-slavery racket led by slimeballs of both the vampire and human variety.
I see that other reviewers have expressed disappointment in Bones' low-class accent in the narration, and I admit, it threw me off at first because in romantic books, the strong male English lead usually sounds more like Darcy from Pride & Prejudice, and less like a street-urchin. But the more I listened, the more I thought the narrator's accent for Bones was absolutely perfect. Bones doesn't have a upper-crust background, and the written wording and slang definitely suggests a cockney accent, so the narrator's take on it seemed to fit Bones' personality, especially once you accept the fact that Bones isn't, and never will be a Darcy. Why? Because Darcy's much too civilized in comparison, even if he is fantasy-worthy in his own right. But I digress...
Kat is a strong female lead, but she's also vulnerable, loyal, and innocent in more ways than she realizes. Oh yeah, and she's got lots of snark when the need arises. I listened to a good chunk of this with a big ol' grin on my face, even after the first time.
There have been a lot of vampire books hitting the shelves recently...I'm tired of picking up cheesy reads with the same story line. This one is unique and makes you want to read more.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
If you have been a fan (as I have) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood books), you probably won't hate Halfway to the Grave but you may have a major sense of deja vu. Put Buffy and Sookie in a blender and you will get Cat - as tough as Buffy with the naivety of Sookie. Now mix Angel and Eric and voila you get Bones - as virile and drop dead gorgeous as Eric with the purity of heart of Angel. Halfway to the Grave isn't just borrowing the vampire cliches, it flat out rips off some of its predecessors with an end result that isn't nearly as fun or entertaining as those it imitates. Certainly more entertaining than the vapid Twilight books, Halfway to the Grave is definitely not as interesting, clever, or well-written as Buffy on TV or the Sookie book series.
Tavia Gilbert doesn't take much away from this mediocre book, but she definitely doesn't make it any better with her narration. Her speaking voice with the narrative is fine, but she's not great with voices and much worse with accents. She makes Cat's Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa sound like characters from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Kind of hard to listen to but Jeaniene Frost has so little character development with any of them, it doesn't matter much. Gilbert's voice for Bones (our vampire hero) is much more difficult to listen to. I guess she is affecting what she thinks is a Cockney accent, but it is more of a caricature of a Cockney and she doesn't even get some of the words right. (She pronouced rogering as though it rhymed with ogre-ing! I'm no expert on Cockney accents, but I know more than Gilbert just from watching Brit-coms. Can't believe no one catches this stuff in production!)
The "Men in Black" ending leaves me with a debate. About 1/2 through this audiobook, I was sure I wouldn't listen to any sequels, but the ending does open a door that could allow Frost to cut a new vampire path and she is a decent writer so I'm not sure now. If Gilbert is the narrator, I'll probably pass, but with a better narrator, maybe Frost could get better.
Frost certainly does stick with the one absolute that guarantees vampire books are here to stay - sex with a vampire is always "shattering"!
This book was fun. It took me a couple of tries to get going with the book (my fault not the book's) but once I got to the point of Kat and Bones meeting - it was really good. I laughed out loud so often that I was constantly getting funny looks or the comment "What's so funny?" (listening on my MP3 Player).
Good - Could Improve - This is the only problem I had with this book. Ms. Gilbert's voice for all of her characters, but one, was really pretty good and fit what you expected to hear.......but with Bones. Her English accent was hard on my ears. I struggled with Bones' voice because it was so high pitched. She had other guys with the right pitch but Bones came out sounding too high pitched for my tastes. I finally got to tolerating it by the second half of the book but would have preferred something different there. I would listen to her other books because like I said - all the other characters were great. Just wish she had chosen to do something a little deeper for Bones.
I brought this book on the review. I wish I'd heard the REALY bad english accent first. I could of saved a credit. the story might be OK but i couldn't listen past the second chapter.
I really enjoyed the story and the characters, but I found the narrator's accent for Bones distractingly weird. At one point in the book it is explained that his accent comes from both an Australian and British mix, but I felt as though that tidbit was tossed in there merely to explain the narrator's inability to perform a strong, solid dialect. I'm hoping it gets better the further I get into the series.
As for the story, I thought it was a fun, enjoyable book and I like the authors sense of humor. I was pretty taken aback when Bones and Cat got together so quickly, wrongly assuming it would take a couple books for that to happen. The author's solution for what happens when vampire's cry or otherwise... emit fluids... is somehow the most disturbing solution of that issue that I've ever come across. Pink? I don't know why but somehow just straight blood is less disgusting.
Really hoping to continue enjoying this series and seeing more developments in the characters.