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.
“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)
I use audible to listen to books while I excercise, so I have to find books that make me want to hurry and listen to more so that I stay on track for excercising. I finished reading all of the Sookie Books, Author Charlaine Harris, and I was in search of another book/series that would make me excited to 'excercise.' I found Night Huntress, and it was perfect. All the things I love about vampire novels were in this book!!!!
Thoroughly enjoyable! Action, humor, romance and great characters. Bones was awesome. A fully developed character, not just arm candy. I loved that he had a cockney accent. Cat was very like-able, a refreshing change from the either over angsty or trying-way-to-hard-to-be-funny female leads found in so many novels of this genre. It was also soooo nice not to have nearly ubiquitous you're-not-telling-me-what-to-do-you-arrogant-man scene. Jeaniene Frost was clever enough to convey Bone's and Cat's feelings for each other in a dangerous situation without relying on that tired "plot device." Audible, please record the rest of this series!
Just when I had almost given up hope... I stumbled upon this writer. I was thoroughly impressed and enthralled by the two main characters. I just wish Audible had the other 3 Night Huntress Books for me to listen to because I don't want to ruin the story for myself by starting the Night Huntress World series (which Audible does have!) before I have finish this series. Thank you to the reviewer who divulged this piece of info that thankfully I read...
I thought the Narration of this book was done very well. If people were looking for an upper crust British accent for Bones then you did not read the books. He was born in a Brothel in slum London and worked as a Prostitute, the accent is perfect for his character, and it would sound off if he had the same tone as lets say his friend Spade who was a Barron before he died! I have all 5 books I can't wait till the next audio!
I really Loved this book!! I thought it was great and then when I found out the 2nd book wasn't on audio I was Super bummed!! I can't wait for Audible to get the second book because I'm ready to hear how Cat gets to Bones!!
This book is in line with Briggs, Harrison and Butcher. I liked the characters. The reader was pretty good too.
stupid sexual stuff and a bad english accent
no but will be wary of sex vs story
all of the gratuitous sex..ruined a descent story
please... stop with the pandering to sexualy frustrtated people...ms. frost had a good story ,sadly ruined with stupid sex///if i want sex i'll google free porn
The idea that it is possible to have a Half and Half
That it did end and only paused for air
No, not yet
the courage to do as written, only in life could be deadly
thin on plot; values & perceptions suited to an immature teenage girl; narrator's british accent reminds me of a disney movie
something nonfiction with a meaningful message
"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.
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.
"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!!
"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.
"Great listening, must read more........"
Twilight purely for human/vampire aspect,like story better
Not sure about the accent of Bones but it was a fitting narrative for the book
Mostly laughed, felt frustrated about her relationship with mother
Just brilliant, created good imaginary images and left me wanting more
"Quite a good start"
I quite enjoyed 'Halfway to the Grave' but it is not amongst my favourite all time audiobooks
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.
Tavia Gilbert's narration is brilliant as she sounds angelic one minute & demonic the next, she gives the characters colour
Nothing particularly moved me but I did enjoy the banter between Cat & Bones.
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.
"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.
"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?
"Interesting start to a series - worth listening to"
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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