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Halfway to the Grave Audiobook

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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    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 05-08-12
    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 05-08-12 Member Since 2010

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "Girls, this is THE Vampire series to read"

    Usually, a series can tend to get dull after so many books, not this one....I've read them all and still waiting for another to come out. Cat and Bones are the ultimate supernatural couple and their "interactions" are some of the steamiest, hottest and best written scenes I've had the pleasure of reading so far. Most erotic scenes I've read in other books are just ridiculous or predictable....to the point where I'm rolling my eyes . Not the scenes between Cat and Bones...they are fantastically written and the imagery you get is best experienced in a dim room behind closed doors. It's just that good.

    If you are a fan of this genre - THIS is the series to own. Worth every credit or penny you spend.

    3 of 3 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

    I have now I listened and read over 1500 books since 2010. Goodreads.com is a good way to find books and keep track of what you've read.

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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.

    19 of 23 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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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-01-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-01-10 Member Since 2016
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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 44 people found this review helpful
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    TBird PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-10-13
    TBird 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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    Kristi 05-26-10
    Kristi 05-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "one flaw"

    Loved this story and the characters! The only flaw is the narrator's portrayal of Bones (the male lead): not strong or sexy enough for such a great character. However, Ms. Gilbert did a great job as Cat (the female lead) and a good job with the lesser characters. Can't wait for the 2nd book in this series to go Audible!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Anumet 04-12-10
    Anumet 04-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't wait for the next audiobook!"

    If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series you're very likely to love this one. Plucky, tough heroine, lots of humoristic twists and plenty of fangy drool-material. Quite bloodthirsty, dead sexy and completely addictive. Also great narrator - I love her Bones-accent.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend 04-13-10
    Townsend 04-13-10
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    "Perfect Match "

    Jeaniene and Tavia are a great combo. Bones is real and Cat is relatable. That is hard to accomplish apparently because so many authors struggle with realistic characters in the paranormal/fantasy genres. Jeaniene is worth every credit. Enjoy!

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-29-14
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-29-14 Listener Since 2007

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    "Lite stuff, but entertaining enough."

    Book 1 in a series, but the plot is self-contained within the larger context.

    Jeaniene Frost does a competent job spinning the yarn. Her universe shows good consistency. I’m not sure I’d choose another book in the series, but it is more that I think I’m satiated with this author than a general flaw. The characters are well enough written.

    Tavia Gilbert does a good job. The book is lite and the voices match. For a more serious book one would worry about some of the accents, Bones’ English for example, but as it is they work well enough.

    The main character’s internal dialogue could be annoying by its frequency; it is a first person point of view book. The tone of much of Cat’s dialogue is that of a startled rabbit, but that’s OK, too.

    The story is intriguing enough that I finished the book; I was drawn to the characters sufficiently that I wondered what would happen. The sex scenes are fairly graphic, nothing kinky – other than it’s vampires, so be warned … but give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan 06-27-13
    Meagan 06-27-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Love the book but the narrator killed this for me."

    I bought this because it was on sale and since I've read all of Jeaniene Frost's books on Kindle I figured it was a no-brainer. Well I should have paid more attention to the reviewer who mentioned how distracting the narrator's voice for Bones is because it completely pulled me out of the story. I would compare it to Spike from Buffy but that's doing a disservice to James Marsters. More like a menacing Eliza Doolittle. I thought I'd get used to it but I'm halfway through the book and I'm giving up. This one's going back.

    I encourage everyone to at least try the sample, though, because you may not have the same issue I did and it's really a fantastic, fun, sexy series.

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    2/19/12
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    "Blimey! What bloody awful narration!"

    Listener beware, I ignored the previous reviews to my peril. This will hurt and offended your ears! Tavia Gilbert out-mockney's Dick Van Dyke, in the most appalling take on the British accent you will ever hear. So embarrassingly bad that it is funny , but ultimately I couldn't focus on the book and turned it off.Buy the hard copy you'll be doing your ears a favour. And Audible I want my money back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nikki
    5/12/17
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    "loved it."

    if you love scfi romance novels then this one is great, really enjoyed it and looking forward to starting the next one.

    I really liked the unsual twist of the female lead being half vampire and a bad was in her own right. they're usually female, falling for the vamp and wanting to become one within half a book, so this made for a great change.

    the narrator was really good, she does a great job of making each characters voice individual from others. my only critism, and it's quite a personal one so don't be put off, is her version of Bones English accent. I struggled to line that accent up with the hottie he's supposed to be. Being English I've yet to meet another with that accent that also looked like a hottie. but apart from wishing for a better regional accent for Bones I really did like this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Elle
    11/8/16
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    "Loved this series"

    First book of a great series, they get better as series goes on.
    Strong female lead character, not an instant love book, lots of action.
    Highly recommend this series if you enjoy Patrica Briggs

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  • Rachel B
    2/8/16
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    "fantastic book"

    Ok, so I'm really in split minds about this review. the book is amazing, no questions there. Cat spends a lot of the time saying things without realising, but that is literally the only qualm I have with the character's, plot and writing.

    My real problem comes with the narrator. On the one hand she is perfect at portraying Cat, both as she speaks and as the narrator/Cat's inner monologue in a believable way. But, someone else should have taken on the job of portraying Bones. An American woman doing a poor impression of what I presume was supposed to be a cockney accent took the edge off the character (who is supposed to be devilishly charming, dangerous and masculine!) and in places it was downright painful as she mispronounced British idioms that she had clearly never heard before.

    Thankfully the strong writing shone through!! Willing to give it another go for the next in the series- hopefully the narrator has practiced her English accent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dianaB
    1/6/16
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    "Entertaining but British accent was hilariously unsexy"

    As a vampire book lover, I did enjoy the story and was kept entertained throughout. However, as a British listener, I found the accent Tavia Gilbert used for the supposedly sexy Bones - was laughable! Probably one of the most unsexy accents in the UK and quite unrealistic - I don't know anyone who actually speaks like that, sounded more like an crazy old cockney bloke who's not left in the house in a century as oppose to an attractive century old vampire. It made the erotic bits of the story more of a comedy instead - I was literally laughing out loud at how absurd and unattractive it sounded - just totally wrong!

    I thought it may have been a character choice but I've listened to a few other books narrated by Tavia Gilbert and all her English accents are the same. She really needs to see an accent coach because that's not how we speak in the UK.

    However, maybe American listeners won't notice the awful accent - so despite everything it's still worth listening to.

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  • Laura Louise
    12/22/15
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    "love this audio book! "

    loved the narrators voice and how different each voice was from one charecter to another. spade and bones are my favourite as I just love how bad ass bones is. cat is a brilliant main charecter and you fall in love with the book. thank you .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracie1771
    UK
    11/12/15
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    "Really bad narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator could try telling the story without using really bad accents


    Has Halfway to the Grave put you off other books in this genre?

    Put me off anything she narrates


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator and/or stop trying to be English


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I've tried to listen to a few books narrated by this person but have yet to make it through an entire book without some degree of cringing. She insists on trying to 'act' the characters by adopting strange accents. All it does is distract from the story. Just tell the story, we have imaginations that will suffice to characterise the individuals, no need for her own version of various European accents. A real shame as the story lines seem quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    7/9/15
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    "Great story, but oh the mockney!"

    I really enjoyed this story but the narrators British accent was down right awful. Luckily as someone brought up on Marry Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I can withstand the worst of mockney accents. Will definitely give another in the series a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countess_Dracul
    UK
    12/12/14
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    "Awful just don't bother"
    What disappointed you about Halfway to the Grave?

    The main character was just dumb, you the reader could see what was going to happen coming a mile off, None of the characters were at all likable, and its a story thats been done better a million times.


    What could Jeaniene Frost have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the heroine smarter and not made it so obvious to the reader what was happening.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Someone that didn't feel the need to do such awful accents!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Halfway to the Grave?

    The drink spiking, so clumsy and idiotic, also a few of the mother telling her she's evil scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the first audio book I've listened to where I'm shouting cop on to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brooksies
    Belgium
    9/29/14
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    "A halfling is not always a hobbit!"
    If you could sum up Halfway to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    Vampires Revenge Romance


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the main person, Cat/Cathy/Catherine/Kitten. I like how she ticks. I hate, hate, hate her mother! I kept hoping a vampire would finish her off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    No. Like other reviewers said, her 'British English' is bad. I did not think it would be as bad as it was. I have not read the books so I can't


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

    When two boys chat up Cat in the bar and the scenes after that, when she realises that there are good and bad people and good and bad vampires and she is starting to make her own mind up and not just follow blindly the hate speech from her mother. I think that is very fitting for our society where racism and religious hate are still very much part of our world.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the book, it was quite a good story and I might get the real books, but won't download another one unless they change the reader. Really, did nobody when recording this book point out that British people speak very very different?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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