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Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

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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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    LCOC Westport, CT 02-25-11
    LCOC Westport, CT 02-25-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Kind of silly, couldn't finish"

    So many wonderful review but this one didn't work for me. I found it to be silly, maybe one day I will go back to it but I really doubt it. I also couldn't take that ridiculous cockney accent anymore. Maybe it's a better read than listen?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 02-16-11
    Alice 02-16-11
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    "Terrible narrator"

    I really tried to get over the narrator's terrible british accent for Bones, but unfortunately it has to be one of the worst accents I've heard in a while. It was bad to the point where it interfered with any enjoyment I could have had of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 02-11-11
    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Juvenile"

    I would have liked this book when I was a teenager or maybe in my twenties. I'm almost 50 now and found it very juvenile and comic book like. The author doesn't have a good command of the english language either... one person does not "pile into the car". You need at least a few people to "pile in". The word "pile" assumes more than one person. Things like that bother me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    elisethroughthelookingglass Redmond, WA 02-11-11
    elisethroughthelookingglass Redmond, WA 02-11-11 Member Since 2015

    PirateQueen

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    "hate the narrators voice"

    I'm sorry. I think I'll have to check this out in print. I have tried to listen to the story -- and it sounds like it could be god but I HATE the narrators voice, I just cannot listen to her; she sounds whiny and it make my neck hairs stand up. Sorry, the star is for the voice not the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Gowrie, Australia 02-11-11
    Rachel Gowrie, Australia 02-11-11
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    "Love it!!!!"

    I thought this was a great book well worth a listen :)
    I think I am in love with Bones. This book had me hooked couldn't stop listening, one second I was full of suspense and the next I was laughing.
    Just brought book 2 and can't wait to listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-10-11
    Amazon Customer United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2014

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    "I like it"

    I like the book/story and the audio recording of it. A lot of people hate the voice of Bones but I think it fits his personality perfectly. i don't like the voice of most other guys... and aside from a few they sound adolescent and screechy.
    the story is good... I say smut with, surprisingly, a good plot. I would like to own a hardcopy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney Brisbane, Australia 02-09-11
    Rodney Brisbane, Australia 02-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "very very very good!!!!!"

    Fantastic narration (not sure what all the fuss is about there). Really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended.

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    M Lexington, KY, United States 02-09-11
    M Lexington, KY, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Other books are better"

    Love Cat and Bones! Great characters and I think Bone's voice is perfect. If you read his character, the voice fits him like a glove. All these suave vampires with great melodic voices and then there is Bones. Tough, working class English but completely unique. Really sets him apart from Spade, Ian and Vlad, etc.

    I started this book but only listened to parts of it because I knew the ending wasn't going to be happy. Yeah, I know they get back together in Book 2, but... Then I read the rest of the series, then the Night Huntress World series before coming back and finishing this one. Night Huntress and Night Huntress World is a series you need to read in order. The relationships built in the earlier books really set the stage for the later books.

    Overall I love this series and have listened to them multiple times. There aren't many I can say that about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-07-11
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    "Major fan of Sookie looking for a new series"

    I was looking for a new series because I can almost quote my old favorites. I am a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series so much that I went on to read everything ever written by Charlaine Harris. I honestly had low expectations of the Night Huntress Series but I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I love the relationships between the characters, Cat and Bones. (Bones reminds me of Spike from the Buffy TV shows.) The narration is very good and I bought the next 3 audiobooks within 3 days. I hate to say it but Cat makes Sookie look like a whiner and the heat between Cat and Bones rivals anything on True Blood (the HBO series based on Sookie Stackhouse books.) You get invested in Cat as the protagonist and fall in love with Bones for his tenderness and absolute devotion. This series is not all hugs and kisses though. Cat and Bones can kick some serious butt.

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    Mrs. B. California 02-05-11
    Mrs. B. California 02-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Read!"

    I accidentally came across this book by trolling the first book series sale. Glad I did. This book was not only a well weaved tale, but it was also hilarious in parts. And I do mean laugh out loud funny! I'm hooked. I'm ordering the second in the series and the rest of the books are on my Wish List. This book is well worth the credit or money you spend on it!

    0 of 0 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.

    14 of 15 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
  • 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.

    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
  • 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Book Addict
    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
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    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
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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