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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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    Bessie Antioch, TN, United States 12-17-10
    Bessie Antioch, TN, United States 12-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "fesslerb"

    Love Cat and Bones The chemistry and action This series rates at the top of my list. I've read all of them and listened to all that audible has. Hope the next one comes out soon!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue PADBURY, Australia 11-28-10
    Sue PADBURY, Australia 11-28-10
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    "This series is awesome!!"

    Excellent novels and excellent narration. I'm impressed with the narration - well done.

    When will the rest of the Night Huntress series be available on audiobook? I devoured Books 1-3 and am now starting on the second series. Can't stop listening. I hope to buy books 4-7 on audiobook soon. I love Cat and Bones - great characters.

    Love from Australia

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    Stephanie Mobile, AL, United States 11-25-10
    Stephanie Mobile, AL, United States 11-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"

    Having listened to this audio now over 5 times I can say that I find it fantastic! Tavia Gilbert does a wonderful job with Cat - AND (despite other reviewers, though I value their opinion) Bones. Even while reading the books I never heard Bones with anything but a cockney/guttersnipe accent. When the character was raised in a late 1700 brothel, a whore and a pickpocket - he should never sound like his best friend Spade (Baron Charles DeMortimer). Waiting impatiently for the next books in the series on audio (have all the currently released ones)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sconi05 10-29-10
    Sconi05 10-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Love "Twilight" & was looking for similar books..."

    I found it! This series had a similar supernatural/vampire romance backround that I love, but was still different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading the same story. It was exactly what I was looking for. For me, I find that a great book is one that has me stealing time to listen every chance I get, and I was with this book! The main character, Cat, had a great mix of power and faults- her powers being supernatural, and one fault being her uncompromising hatred. Her captor, Bones, was a perfect "bad boy" with a conscience.

    On top of all that, the narrator did a great job portraying all of the characters(can't stand listening to an awful narrator- no matter how good a book is). Overall, definately worth buying. The only problem I find is that there are(at this time) 2 more books in this series that aren't available in audio yet!!! I'm purchasing the 2nd today that just became available this week!

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    Rebecca robbinsville, nj, United States 09-01-10
    Rebecca robbinsville, nj, United States 09-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Get this audiobook!!!"

    This is a great book for anyone who loves paranormal novels. The narrator does a pretty good Cat, although it is not the voice in my head. At first, her Bones voice was a little grating, but actually grows on you (kind of like Bones). It is really great and I highly recommend. I just wish audible had the rest of the books in the series. GET ON IT Audible!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Matthews, MO, United States 08-30-10
    Sandra Matthews, MO, United States 08-30-10 Member Since 2009

    I love listening to audio books because I have little time to read. Faves are paranormal/sci-fi, with romance & inspirational thrown in.

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    "Loved It!"

    I've listen to so many books in the past 10 months that I've gotten fairly picky. I want the book to catch my attention in the first 5 minutes and HTTG did just that. I was hooked from the first few minutes.
    I was very surprised at Bones' accent because I was used to all the high-class sounding British accents. So it took me a few minutes to become accustomed to it, but then, I thought it was great. It is the perfect accent for Bones' sense of humor.
    Cat, aka "Kitten" is a kick-fanny heroine (and way more tolerant of her mother than I would have been). She is a strong woman who doesn't take crap from anyone (except Mom).
    I enjoyed this book so much that I read the remaining 3 books in this series, listened to First Drop of Crimson, and I am downloading Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I am waiting for the other 3 Grave books to become available on Audible. Even though I've already read them, it will be well worth it to be able to listen to the books.

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    Sandy Colorado 08-30-10
    Sandy Colorado 08-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved It!"

    I've listen to so many books in the past 10 months that I've gotten fairly picky. I want the book to catch my attention in the first 5 minutes and HTTG did just that. I was hooked from the first few minutes.
    I was very surprised at Bones' accent because I was used to all the high-class sounding British accents. So it took me a few minutes to become accustomed to it, but then, I thought it was great. It is the perfect accent for Bones' sense of humor.
    Cat, aka "Kitten" is a kick-fanny heroine (and way more tolerant of her mother than I would have been). She is a strong woman who doesn't take crap from anyone (except Mom).
    I enjoyed this book so much that I read the remaining 3 books in this series, listened to First Drop of Crimson, and I am downloading Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I am waiting for the other 3 Grave books to become available on Audible. Even though I've already read them, it will be well worth it to be able to listen to the books.

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    M. Botella 04-30-10
    M. Botella 04-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen!"

    Loved the narrator and the story.
    Looking forward to the rest of the series!!

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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 10-11-10
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 10-11-10
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    "Loved this book"

    I disagree with some of the other reviews about the narrator. Not having read the books before listening, I found the Bones' voice worked for me. I loved this book and the sequel. I can't wait for the third book to make it to audible. I highly recommend this book.

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    Cindy OKlahoma 09-15-10
    Cindy OKlahoma 09-15-10 Member Since 2009

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    Wow I am so glad I got this book. Great story & narrator. Make sure you listen to this book in the series, First Drop of Crimson is actually the second book.

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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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!!

    5 of 6 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.

    1 of 1 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
  • P. Bate
    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
  • Moira
    Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom
    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
  • Hetty Blue
    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
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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