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Halfway to the Grave Audiobook

Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?
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Publisher's Summary

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon, Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side...and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.

©2007 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Take one half-human/half-vampire female with serious anger and parental issues, add in a sexy ancient vampire with his own agenda, and you have the makings for a truly combustible series. Sign me up for the sequel!” (Romantic Times)

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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 06-09-12
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "So, So Good!!!"

    This is a must-listen- one of the best series ever. The perfect combination of great writing by the author and fabulous performances by the reader. This series and the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison are my all-time favorites. This pulls you in immediately and will not disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Beegle Pittsburgh, PA United States 05-09-12
    Laura Beegle Pittsburgh, PA United States 05-09-12
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    "A romance in disguise"

    This story is a romance in the disguise of an urban fantasy story. If I had been expecting a romance, my rating would have been a little higher. The story was compelling enough to finish and the idea is interesting. I especially liked the ghost and Bones is well written.

    For a romance, the sex scenes were very good and the cold and hot between the main characters was fairly good, but it got a little old half-way through the book when I thought she should be warming up to him. For an urban fantasy, I expected much more badass from Cat and much less angst and second-guessing of herself.

    The mythology of these vampires is interesting and I thought Cat's backstory was an interesting twist, but so much was lost in the seeming randomness of the plot. There was no direction, no hint at larger forces at work until the big fight scene. The government agents appeared like deus ex machina to solve some problems and create others. It was disappointing.

    Cat was also written very inconsistently. One minute, she has great instincts. The next, she doesn't see connections or the intentions of others that are extremely obvious. In one scene in her college apartment, she chides another character for not noticing something and then completely misses something equally obvious herself. She's just such a frustrating character that I nearly stopped listening on that alone.

    The narration was okay, but nothing to write home about. The accents were iffy, but Cat's mother was voiced very well.

    I think the author has potential, but this book didn't win me over into a fan.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-01-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Urban Fantasy Series Ever"

    Thank you Audible, for getting "The Night Huntress" series!
    If you like the Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, or Action/Adventure Genres. Then you will love this series.
    Ms. Frost's characters, Cat and Bones, are my favorite!
    No one can get enough BONES!

    35 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 08-08-13
    Zulu 08-08-13
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    "Took a while to warm up to the characters"

    I had a hard time getting into this book. I just couldn't get into the characters. Cat was just too immature and arrogant and it took a while to get used to Bones' voice. It wasn't until almost the end that I became interested in the story. I'm not sure it was enough to continue listening to the series but I'll probably go ahead and at least listen to the second book to give the series a chance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13
    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.

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    "Thankful I gave this series a try!"

    I was hesitant to give this series a try for several reasons, but... I am so glad I did! Both author and narrator are brilliant. It pulled me in quickly, and I had a hard time stopping. In fact, I listened to all five books in less than two weeks! I deeply appreciated the beautiful way Jeaniene Frost built the story and the characters, but combined with the flawless and captivating narration of Tavia Gilbert, and this series simply consumed me! Tavia brought the story to life so perfectly, because she isn't afraid of using her full range of emotions in her voice and that helped me connect with the characters. When the characters were afraid, I felt afraid. When they were overcome with joy, I felt full of joy too... all because of the tone and speed Tavia used to tell the story. She was flawless switching between characters (including different accents), and switching between character to narrative too, even in intense scenes that required a cracked/scared/lusty voice. I read complaints about the voice used for Bones, and I agree it did take some getting used to, but I grew to love it. It seems to fit him. Tavia has a gift, and I confess I probably would not have enjoyed this series at all had it not been for her! Brilliant, captivating, engaging series. Give it a try!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    April 12-06-11
    April 12-06-11 Member Since 2015

    I am a book lover and I enjoy fantasy and paranormal type of books.

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    "Truly talented writer and narrator!"
    Would you listen to Halfway to the Grave again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again and I have. I truly love the story of a half-vampire half-human trying to make her way in the world trying to protect humans from the evil vampires.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Cat and how she deals with her strange life in between the human world and the vampire one.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I believe that Tavia Gilbert's voicing of the characters made the book for me. She is a great voice talent.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MANHATTAN, KS, United States 05-16-10
    Amazon Customer MANHATTAN, KS, United States 05-16-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book only did not enjoy narrator"

    I have to agree with another review on here. The Story was great and I hope they put more on audio! But the Voice of bones was done all wrong the English accent for this friend was much better and should have been used for the sexy male lead! but I am very glad I listened to it!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend 04-13-10
    Townsend 04-13-10
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    "Perfect Match "

    Jeaniene and Tavia are a great combo. Bones is real and Cat is relatable. That is hard to accomplish apparently because so many authors struggle with realistic characters in the paranormal/fantasy genres. Jeaniene is worth every credit. Enjoy!

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    Mina Florida 05-10-10
    Mina Florida 05-10-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic series"

    Halfway to the grave is one of my favorite PNR series, very interesting story, likable heroine and sexy british vampire. My problem with the audio version is Bones's british accent. The narrator is great at portraying Cat but there is a LOT to be desired from Bone's accent. I just couldnt listen to it, he doesnt sound manly or sexy at all. Book deserves 5 stars but the narator KILLED Bones which made me sad.

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    L. Banks Memphis, TN United States 04-02-10
    L. Banks Memphis, TN United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Finally! Cat and Bones on audio book!"

    I have loved this series for a long time. I was very excited to see that it has come out on audio book. Cat is a strong, but very human heroine. Bones is a very sexy, witty hero that reminds me a lot of Spike from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." The book is every bit as entertaining and enjoyable the second time around. I look forward to being able to listen to the rest of the series.

    The reader does a good job bringing you into the story. Great book!

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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  • Joanna
    Elgin, United Kingdom
    5/20/11
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    "Disappointing narration"

    I actually enjoyed the storyline of Halfway to the Grave and would recommend it as a read but I found that the dreadful English Mockney accent Tavia Gilbert adopted for Bones just spoiled my whole listening experience - if only she'd stuck to her normal accent, the whole thing would have been much more enjoyable. Regrettably I won't be downloading the follow-ups because of this.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    11/13/12
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    "OMG - If you cant do an English Accent - Don't Try"

    This story is great, I'm still evaluating the vampire story line but first impressions is that it's great.



    The thing that really raped my ears was the really really awful english accent, really awful!

    Think the story has a lot of promise, but OMG - the accent. We're not all cockneys and even the ones that are don't sound like THAT!

    Americans my find the pseudo cockney accent charming, but any English people out there will wince.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    9/12/10
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    "A wild ride"

    This book has everything: laugh out loud moments, action, romance, great characters and a fast-moving tight plot which makes it impossible to put down. The hero alone is worth reading the story to the end and the first person narrative is strong. The heroine borders on the psychotic and I can't say I exactly like her. In places, the violence was a bit graphic for my taste too. Despite this, I must confess I can't wait to read the others in the series, so here's hoping Audible gets the rest of them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Great Missenden, United Kingdom
    8/11/11
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    "Loved it when I read it but the accent!"

    I have actually read all the Night Huntress books before I listened to this, so I knew I would love the story but I like to listen to audiobooks through out the day. This is book 1 in the series and a brilliant introduction to this fast-paced, fun and sexy world. The combination of fantasy, humour and action is a winning one if you're a fan of the genre (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance). I have given this 4 stars simply for the reason that I got so irratated with the accent the narrator had given Bones! I always imagined it more Spike from Buffy than Artful Dodger from Olive!. Unfortunately the accent contiunes throughout the series on audio (appreciate they couldn't change the accent after the first, especially with the same narrator.) It does some what spoill the character, which really is a shame.
    All in all this is a fantastic story and continues on into equally fantastic series. Worth a listen if you're a fan of Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris etc.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Danbury, United Kingdom
    6/22/11
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    "Let down by narration"

    I agree with the reviewer that commented on the 'English' accent the narrator adopted for Bones. It was completely wrong and devoid of any sort of emotional variations so made the story very one sided. A real shame as the remaining narration was good. I will try Book 2 but if the accent continues, that will be it!!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Trinire
    1/30/15
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    "The English accent is so bad I can't even finish."

    Honestly I ignored the reviews that said the narration ruined the story for them. I wondered how bad could it be?! Oh my goodness. REALLY bad. Can't take it seriously at all. Can NOT finish the story. Total waste of money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • katie baro
    7/30/14
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    "Love the story but..........."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read the books and loved the story but i had to stop listening to the audio version because of the dreadful Brisih accent, I won't be buying the follow up books because of this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Cheryl A. Whitty
    London,England
    2/23/15
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    "I really love Cat and Bones!"
    If you could sum up Halfway to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    A story you can get your teeth into.


    What other book might you compare Halfway to the Grave to, and why?

    I read the whole series and it was pretty unique, i am having withdrawal pangs as series finished.When i discovered an audible book i had to have it.


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    There was a big problem when Tavia was voicing Bones, It sounded like a bad impression from Bert in Mary Poppins.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Jeaniene Frost , and am looking forward to her new series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
    UK
    8/20/14
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    "A rubbish English accent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bones .....A guy to fall in love with


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Most annoying English accent I have ever heard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite author but badly read which is off putting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • berenice
    JARROW, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "story ruined by mock accent"

    One character is English the performer gave a mock south London accent which is truly awful example "dawn" spoken as "don". The character which is also male sounds more girly than the bodice ripping seducer.
    The female lead voice is okay and I bought this book based on the reviews and the sample of that voice.
    This ones going back as the narrator attempt at characteriation is getting on my nerves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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