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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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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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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 11-16-11
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!

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    "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"

    Halfway to the Grave is delicious! The Best of the Genre! 10 stars! A+
    I am 30 and I write this review for anyone who might think this is young adult nonsense:

    Personal Disclaimer: Im new to the genre. I snubbed my nose to it bc of the pop culture craze of Twilight, and a strict loyalty to the Vampire world of Ann Rice. Somehow, I stumbled into the paranormal/time travel genre with Karen 's Fever series, and then finally read Outlander. After dabbling in a few JD Ward books, "The Night Huntress" series was recommended to me and I downloaded this book. I was judgmental of the cover and the silly name, and it just sat in my audible library for months. After listening to a heavy depressing book, I needed a break and put this on...

    I LOVE this book. I'm addicted and in love with these characters. Bones is surprisingly funny and charming but very different from the smoldering alpha males in every other romance novel I've read. Cat is my favorite heroine since Scarlet O'hara! This book is so different from any other "vampire" or paranormal book I've ever read. It's funny, sexy, and completely engaging.

    But to my amazement, it also contains one of the hottest love scenes ever written, not because of any graphic sex, but because of the chemistry and tenderness of the two characters. I was surprised by how sexy this book was. And the author doesn't play the same old games of delaying the "good parts" till the end, which is frustrating and gets old pretty quick! (I waited 5 books for Moning's characters to finally hook up.. And still resent the frustration i felt) Instead Jeaniene Frost uses the integrity of her writing to create sizzling chemistry and true emotion between this unlikely couple.
    The story itself is intriguing and unfolds as a suspense filled battle with the reader just as interested in the plot as in the characters love life. What a true gift of a book.

    Finally, I must say a narrator makes or breaks an audio book. In this case, Tavia Gilbert is AMAZING! I want her to read every book I have. Her character voices are wonderful, and she brings this to life better than any actor could on a movie screen.

    This book has it all! And I plan to devour every book by this author!

    102 of 109 people found this review helpful
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    Stephenie Swope 11-29-11

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    "Great series. Worth every credit."

    Almost a year ago, I had amassed credits on my account and found a few books to use them up and close my account. One of them was the first book in this series. My 17-year old daughter and I listened to that book late this summer while traveling and I had to rejoin Audible just to get the entire series. The sex scenes can be a bit much, but that would be my only complaint. This series is addictive. We blasted through 5 books in a few weeks and were anxiously awaiting the next credits.

    The story: The characters are believable and engaging. They are dynamic. The plots are interesting and fast-moving with just enough twists to keep a sharp mind attentive. The sex scenes are believable and fairly graphic (for my 17-year old, but we openly discuss such things so I was okay with it.) One big caveat: Go to her website to get the reading order. I believe that after book 3, you need to switch to the "Night Huntress World" series before reading books 4 and 5. Double check that, I'm going from memory.

    The performance: The reader was FANTASTIC. She really brought the characters to life. She made the action scenes and scenes with emotion really shine. I've since gone looking for other things that she reads.

    If another installment of this series came available, it would jump to the top of my wish list.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Richards 12-16-10
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    "Fab Story, Good Narrator (British Accent Beware)"

    I loved pretty much everything about this story but I almost didn't get through the first few chapters...

    Bones' character seems to have been strongly influnced by "Spike" from Buffy The Vampire Slayer" (which for me is a good thing!) However, despite Tavia Gilberts stellar overall performance and excellent portrayal of all the other characters, her accent for Bones was TERRIBLE. Being british I'm perhaps more sensitive than others but her cockney accent was totally not sexy, inconsistent and quite frankly all over the place. It was almost a deal breaker for me during the first few chapters. I'm glad I continued listening though, because after a couple of hours her Bones voice didn't bother me quite so much, and I was able to settle in and truly enjoy the story.

    35 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy ♡♡♡♡ 07-13-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "My Favorite PNR series!"

    I love Cat & Bones! If your looking for a awesome Paranormal Romance Series than you MUST buy the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Kickez United States 07-09-10
    Kickez United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2012

    PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.

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    "Completely Awesome!"

    I so throughly enjoyed this story that (after being dissapointed the other books in the series weren't on audio), I went out and purchased the remaining 3 books and read ALL within 4 days - completely unherd of for me! (I had to go to 3 book stores to find them, the sales staff @ ea. store said they were VERY popular).

    I felt the book was very well written, the charaters are well devloped and the story flowed and concluded well, leaving you hungry for more.

    These books were a great blend of action, mystery, romance, sex, and the supernatural(mainly in the form of vampires).
    There was alot of violence, but not overly done, & some profanity, so heads up if you're sensitive to this kind of material. But unlike many supernatural stories I didn't find this spiturally disturbing.
    Another thing I appreciated was that the author doesn't dissapoint when it comes to the passionate intimacy Cat and Bones share (unlike Twlight which I LOVED but left me high and dry in that dept.). If you get to the 3rd book there's a great inclusion of Vlad Tepes (AKA Dracula) into the story.
    I mention the other books in the series as a testament as to how enjoyable the story was, and as a warning as to how addictive they are!
    Narrator did a wonderful job w/ her British accent of Bones.

    35 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 09-12-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Cat will make you want to come back for more"

    This was a heck of a fun read. This book introduces Catherine Crawfield, a half-vampire Vampire hunter. While sometimes the vampire thing seems a bit played out, Cat is an interesting twist. The whole vampire mythology is pretty much mainline (super strength, ability to confuse minds, super-healing, and of course the whole blood sucking thing. The devil in these stories is in the details, like the fact that Vamp's are only susceptible to silver and wither away when killed.) the idea of the halfbreed is more open to interpretation.

    Cat is the product of a vampire rape (which apparently has to occur in the short period of a less than a week from being turned) who is raised by her mother. At 16 she finally told how she came to being and is put on the path to staking every vampire she can get her hands on. The story finds us joining her at age 22, with quite a collection of vampires laying around her grandparents farm. Everything was going well until she picks up her next victim, Bones.

    We learn more about Bones and his particular quest and, as so often happens in these sorts of tales, eventually there develops a romantic interest. Luckily the seemingly required erotic bits are short and not too painful to listen to.

    The events in the story quickly escalate and are well written. But the jewel of the story is Cat, quippy and fun to listen to (ala Buffy), which ensures that I will be taking on the next book shortly.

    15 of 18 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 43 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 02-06-12
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 02-06-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "NOT A BAD BOOK."

    IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO GET INTO THIS BOOK. I THOUGHT IT STARTED OF KIND OF SLOW COMPARED TO WHAT I AM USE TO AND WHAT I WAS EXPECTING. OVER ALL IT WAS PERTTY ENTERTAINING. I JUST FINISHED LISTENING TO THE WHOLE SERIES (or whats availble) AND I WILL SAY BOOK 1 ISNT THE BEST BUT THE OTHER BOOK MAKE UP FOR WHAT THIS ONE IS LACKING. ITS IS DEFINITLY WORTH LISTENING TO. I ALSO LIKE HOW THE AUTHOR ENDS THE BOOKS. YOU DONT HAVE TO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE BOOKS IN ORDER LIKE YOU WOULD DO IN OTHER SERIES.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 04-11-12
    Amanda 04-11-12
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    "Love this series!!!!"

    Okay, I listened to the entire series within 2 weeks, so I'm only commenting on the first book and I will separately comments on book 6 (only because I had something specific to say about the last book).

    This whole series is amazing!!!

    Like other commenters have said, the author keeps the story moving so there are no lulls of boredom and only constant action. It's also very, very sexy, so brace yourself!

    At first, I had a major issue with the main male character, Bones', accent (harsh British, not the sexy British accent of James Bond or someone else), but by the end of book 1, and definitely by the book 2, I found myself looking forward to hearing from Bones. (I die every time he calls her by her 'pet' name.)

    The relationship between Cat and Bones is EPIC throughout the series. I love this couple! They are INTENSE!

    I also have to give it up to the narrator, Tavia Gilbert. As you move through this series, she only gets better and better. Her ability to convincingly narrate the several voices and accents of the many characters is flawless. She can say a line without even telling you who is speaking and you know which characters are conversing. She is also the only narrator I've experienced who sounds like she's acting out the scene physically. Not so much in the first couple of books, but definitely by the last couple of books, she sounds like she's taking blows in the fights scenes as well as dishing them out. I really have to give this narrator props.

    Books 1-4 are my favs. I felt like books 5 and 6 went a little stray (not to mention I hadn't realized two spin-offs were written about side characters which then feed into book 6 - - so I was a little confused about sudden new details in book 6 that I hadn't experienced since I didn't read the spin-offs). Despite the spin-offs, the author does catch you up on what happend briefly, but it felt odd not to read and experience the major events myself.

    I'm looking forward to book 7 though. Book 6 definitely set up what the focus of book 7 will be...

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tosha PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-10-13
    Tosha PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Halfway to the Grave better?

    It is hard to get excited about a main character who, although she is physically strong and a well trained fighter, is emotionally weak and not very intelligent. The book is written in such a manner that it is extremely obvious where the plot is going, but the character is very naïve and has not a clue as to what is going on and has the emotional responses of a teenager. She does not catch on to simple things a typical 14 year old would understand. It is hard to get excited about a character like that, I was disappointed.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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