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Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1 | [Jeaniene Frost]

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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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-01-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-01-10 Member Since 2013
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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 41 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 06-09-12
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2011
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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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    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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    Julius 04-22-13
    Julius 04-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tavia's accent for Bones is correct"

    Some listeners seem to have a problem with Bones' voice as performed by Tavia but they don't seem to understand that bones grew up very poor and has a Cockney accent. If you compare the way Spade (Charles) speaks then you can HEAR the difference in their places in society. I mean a pickpocket, male prostitute sent to prison in Australia... what do you want him to sound like?! That being said The performances of the characters throughout the book is amazing! I know I can't do what Tavia does so take it down a notch with the complaining about Bones' voice. The storyline is amazing and I really didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I knew I was hooked when I bought the second book BEFORE finishing the second book. I had the first book in my library a while before I started to listen and was lucky enough to get the next two books on sale while listening to the first. The whole series is amazing and just gets... better. I don't know how she does it but Mrs. Frost, you are an amazing author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    April 12-06-11
    April 12-06-11 Listener Since 2008

    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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    "Excellent!"

    I don't know if Bones and Cat were brought to life the way Jeaniene imaged but they are awesome characters to me. Hats off to Tavia Gilbert who made Bones alive for me. What a great writer and narrator team. You make listening fun! The story was gritty, funny and sexy and more than what I expected. What a great surprise. You can imagine I was sorely disappointed to find only one available - I am waiting (rather impatiently )for more.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Mina Florida 05-10-10
    Mina Florida 05-10-10 Member Since 2010

    Mag

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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.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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

    belladmoon

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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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  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ozzymandias
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    "Junk food for the brain"

    It's smutty chick-flick with vampires and violence. If you need to switch off your brain, this is a good way of doing it but you'll feel used and bloated afterwards and at some point you'll come back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Rugeley, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "Great listening, must read more........"
    What did you like most about Halfway to the Grave?

    Characters relationships


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

    Twilight purely for human/vampire aspect,like story better


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Not sure about the accent of Bones but it was a fitting narrative for the book


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

    Mostly laughed, felt frustrated about her relationship with mother


    Any additional comments?

    Just brilliant, created good imaginary images and left me wanting more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Planet Earth
    1/27/14
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    "Quite a good start"
    Where does Halfway to the Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I quite enjoyed 'Halfway to the Grave' but it is not amongst my favourite all time audiobooks


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeaniene Frost before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Jeaniene Frost book & I did quite enjoy it although I'm not sure I would pick up the next volume as there are a lot of these type of novels around at the moment.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Tavia Gilbert's narration is brilliant as she sounds angelic one minute & demonic the next, she gives the characters colour


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

    Nothing particularly moved me but I did enjoy the banter between Cat & Bones.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure that I will continue with the series even though I did enjoy this story as I feel the deliberate non-ending almost obligates the listener to get volume 2, I'm just not certain I enjoyed it enough to go further.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leycesteria, Surrey
    Surrey, England
    1/5/14
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    "Ahhhh! Shades of Grey meets the Occult"

    Loved it - currently downloading the next two books. The narration is very good and clear but the only sad thing is the peculiar East End of London x Australian accent for Bones which made it difficult to picture the tall chiselled featured vampire - because, for me, the accent conjured up a weaselly Cockney under-sized wide boy - what can I say? But it was also quite nicely occasionally subtly erotic and happily the action was fast-paced. Where I wonder are these amazing lovers - perhaps I should start searching for a nice vampire?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Interesting start to a series - worth listening to"
    What did you like best about Halfway to the Grave? What did you like least?

    Witty and engaging story - interesting premise, spirited narration.

    The humour is a bit hit and miss, the twisted morals - sex = sin, murder = justifiable. The narration - Slight touch of the Dick Van-Dykes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The start to a series of books this story centres on Cat a half-Vampire, who had a very difficult childhood, intent on killing every Vamp she encounters. Bones, a Master Vampire and the only Vampire she has meet she has not been able to kill, becomes her mentor and trains her to be a better vampire hunter. I liked Cat and found her background interesting but there was not enough of an introduction to her life before the action started - I would have liked a chance to get to know more about her before she encountered Bones.

    The plotting is speedy and the action well drawn. The characters are mainly sympathetic and their dialogue snappy and witty - though our Heroine is a bit immature and whiny so she will need to grow up fast or become irritating.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is American which works well for the main protagonist an American woman, but the another important character 'Bones' is meant to be English and the narrator mangles the pronunciation for him. This is understable and not really the readers fault but it is a bit off-putting as an English listener.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Possibly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. D. M. HOUGHTON
    England
    10/26/12
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    "Good, but no that good."

    The novel hooked me from the beginning due to the heroine's sarcastically witty personality and sense of dark humor. However (although this was very entertaining to listen to) the book did seem to drone on in the middle; the plot became too slow and I wanted more action. Despite this, the development of the relationship between Bones and Cat immensely entertained me and was quite sweet at parts. For a novel within the dark romance/vampire genre, this novel is unique, but at the same time it is predictable in areas. The reader knows from the outset that Cat will end up with Bones. This is not necessarily a bad thing though, as it was adorable seeing how quickly Bones became besotted with Cat, and Cat's subsequent ignorance of this, was amusing. Overall, the novel was pleasant to listen to and I will probably listen to the next one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/19/12
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    "Meandering, obvious, teen-love nonsence"

    The only positive thing about this book is that it keeps a certain fun tone throughout to warn you from taking it seriously. Because, seriously, don't take this seriously. The book is the wet-dream fantasy of a teenage girl who dreams of power and love. Unfortunately, the book is so obvious in its characters that you soon loose interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Clement
    britain
    3/2/11
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    "Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost."

    Loved loved loved this book, could not put it down, great to go away from reality and in to another world. going to get the next one NOW....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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