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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.

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“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

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!

120 of 129 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • Lawrenceville, GA, United States
  • 04-19-12

A Total Guilty Pleasure!

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I got this because it was on sale while I was waiting for my new credit to be available. I think I have to change my current thoughts about what kind of books I like. I normally don't read "these types of books", as I like to call this... but I must say, I really enjoyed the book. While the overall story line has been done a million times over, Frost keeps me wanting more with her use of witty, and downright funny dialog. Her "sex scenes" are very well done without going over the top, and her characters are likeable. Tavia does a great job with the narration. It only took me about 10 minutes to get used to the voice she uses for Bones - (I thought it was a little too high), but it once I got into the book it didn't matter at all. Tavia brings these characters to life with her superb voice acting. I recommend this book to anyone looking for some light, fun, and tantalizing reading. You WILL get hooked!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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BE GOOD, ONLY IF BEING BAD, AIN'T MORE FUN

NORMAL AND I WOULD NEVER MEET
This a character driven book written by a very talented author. If you liked the WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE, because of the main character, than this is right down your alley. Here is how she describes herself, I'M A MOODY, INSECURE, NARROW MINDED, JEALOUS BORDERLINE HOMICIDAL BITCH. BEING FLIPPANT WAS ALL I HAD LEFT. MY SELF CONTROL WAS SOMEWHERE AWAY ON VACATION. You will fall in love with this redhead. Just like Angel, her family has problems, but she loves them anyway.

HE FKS LIKE A TROJAN
There is some sex in the story, but not really that much and I felt the sex in this book was closer to making love than any book I have read recently. The book is entertaining at all times.

BEFORE I CAN SAY BOB'S YOUR UNCLE
Having a good to great narrator makes all the difference in an audible book (DAH!) and this has a great narrator.

DON'T KISS ME LIKE A WOMAN, IF YOUR GOING TO TREAT ME LIKE A GIRL.

48 of 52 people found this review helpful

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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.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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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.

42 of 49 people found this review helpful

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 03-28-16

Twist on Vampire genre

This is a girl meets vampire tale and falls in love. But this girl is one gutsy person. She kills vampires with a vengeance. She teams up with a Vampiric bounty hunter (Bones) and the story unfolds. As with many of these novels there are several story threads all progressing at the same time. One is the romance and the other is the story thriller line. I think the romance is done reasonably well, and the plot is above average. However, the way she weaves the together is great. One minor commentary is the vampire gives up his secrets pretty fast eliminating mystery faster than necessary. Also, she introduced a character in the middle and he left the stage, at then end leaving me wonder what the heck?

Tavia Gilbert narrates the story. I am not a fan of voice she gives bones. Bones is British /Australian and the accent is borderline hookey. You do get used to it. This book will appeal to all folks who like supernatural fiction. There are seven or eight books in the series, this is the first. I will definitely read the next.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Vampire Romance with Lots of Action

STORY - Halfway to the Grave is what I call a "tweener" book. It is a romance sprinkled with humor, steamy sex and lots of vampire hunting/killing action. There is not any kind of complex plot line which requires concentration, and you will not have your guts wrenched with suspense or emotion. The main character (Cat) is smart and brave. Bones, her lover, is complex yet likeable and very romantic. The book was enjoyable, but there were times when I became bored and just wanted to get it over with. The ending is a cliffhanger, so you will likely want to continue to the next book in the series.

NARRATOR - Tavia Gilbert is an amazing narrator. She does a great job with Bones' Cockney accent as well as the minor characters -- drunks, ghosts, family, etc. I agree with many reviewers that Bones' accent is not the least bit sexy and I was very dissapointed at first, but I came to understand that it is the right accent when you consider his origin and childhood.

OVERALL - I wasn't in love with this book, but it is a nice, easy listen and good enough for me to move to Book 2.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Kickez
  • United States
  • 07-09-10

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.

38 of 46 people found this review helpful

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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 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanna
  • 05-20-11

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

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  • Simon
  • 11-13-12

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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  • Trinire
  • 01-30-15

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

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  • Nadia
  • 09-12-10

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.

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  • 07-30-14

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

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  • Jo
  • 08-11-11

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

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  • Sally
  • 06-22-11

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

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  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
  • 08-20-14

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

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  • 01-23-14

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.

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  • Book Addict
  • 02-23-15

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

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  • Shay
  • 12-08-14

"Buffy and Spike for grown ups ?"

Sure it may be very 'Buffy & Spike' but that's not all bad. I liked this book! Loved the story, loved the characters and the concepts of this urban fantasy are awesome. But the big seller is the narrator - one of the best narrators i have ever heard. Ms Gilbert's narration sold me on getting the whole series and I have loved everyone.
Cheers :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • P. Kelaart
  • 03-01-16

The first audiobook that I haven't slept through

I thought Tavia was so remarkable as Cat that I've chosen to ignore the appalling Cockney impersonation.
And although I originally laughed every time 'Bones' spoke, I eventually tuned out enough to pretend it was him. Male cockney can't be the easiest for an American woman to cover- but I think she gave it her best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful