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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
I love books , but to save room I now have a kindle. Through Amazon I discovered Audible books, I love murder, mayhem and mystery.
A story you can get your teeth into.
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.
There was a big problem when Tavia was voicing Bones, It sounded like a bad impression from Bert in Mary Poppins.
I love Jeaniene Frost , and am looking forward to her new series.
A middle aged woman who hates running & uses audio books to drown out her mind screaming for mercy.
Love the book.
Bones .....A guy to fall in love with
Most annoying English accent I have ever heard
My favorite author but badly read which is off putting
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.
"Finally a well written (NOT YA) vampire series!"
I've always loved stories about vampires - mainly because vampires are the supernatural creatures living for hundreds of years and have a great history in their backpack. Vampire novels should always have flashbacks to other periods in time, so this mix with history and the paranormal world has always fascinated me. Jeaniene Frost does a great job with mixing many elements - history, love, fun, romance, sex, action and great memorable characters!
I was so delighted when I started listening to this first book - it grabbed me from the beginning, I laughed out loud many times and it had me sitting on the edge to the end. I had no doubt about purchasing the other books in the series right away and fortunately, there are many of them!
You'll meet Cat who is a half-vampire living with her mother and grandparents. She has sworn she'll kill all vampires due to a very personal agenda - until she runs into Bones - a 240-something vampire, who is just a lot smarter than her. As much as she despises Bones just because he's a vampire, she's also forced to put her trust in him, if she is going to succeed with her own plans.
Bones is training Cat to be a vampire huntress and teaching her everything she has to know about vampires - just forget about what you've watched in the movies! Bones is a hot, British/Australian vampire, he's funny as hell, he's smart and a real badass! Despite Cat's hate towards him in the beginning he continues trying to win her trust and later - her heart.
Narrator Tavia Gilbert does a wonderful in giving this story life! This book was the first I've listened to, narrated by her and she became one of my few top-favorites. She does a great job giving the characters different voices and accents and I love her Bones-voice!
This is a series I can listen to over and over again, so if you want a great paranormal, action packed story with great characters, give it a try. Beware that this series contains many (very well written) steamy sex scenes.
"Smexy Urban Fantasy"
WooHoo!! I love it when I discover a series that is all out!!! I can not wait to dive into these. This is going to be delicious entertainment for the rest of the week.
Cat is a totally kick butt chick! She takes not crap from anybody! Love all her snark and sass. She is easily up there with all my favorite UF heroines. She has a hard road because of her family, but she does not let it get her down. It takes her a while to accept herself, thankfully she did not spend the time being uber-angsty.
Bones is totally delicious! I love a guy with an accent. He is also incredibly sweet, sure in a tough love kind of way. I am more than half in love with him. He can be a real jerk at times, but it all has a purpose, mostly to help Cat come to terms with herself. And he is has no mercy when it comes to her safety and well being, do not cross this guy!
They have a great dynamic and the whole book is beautifully paced. Such a great world that is detailed and well crafted. I can not wait to see more of this series. The romance is nicely done and felt real. There is a yummy amount of steam throughout. This is one of those UF books that verges on erotic, mainstream story with plenty of detail in the smexy scenes.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tavia Gilbert, she does a fantastic job. She voices the characters with distinctive accents and makes the story flow. She makes Bones accent super delicious. She is definitely one to search out in the future.
Warning, this is not a HEA ending, but I have faith the series will get there, it damn sure better!! I was understandably upset at the end. I still loved the book and was thoroughly entertained. I am so happy a friend suggested I read this series. Yup, I am hooked and will beginning stalking, uh following Ms. Frost ASAP!!
"Very Enjoyable, Not Addicting"
I've loved other novels by Jeaniene Frost, and Tavia Gilbert's narrations are fine (not bad, just not versatile, and has occasional odd inflections) but this one wasn't my favorite.
Please know that I still loved listening this this story, I was never bored, I just didn't have any burning desire to keep listening (or open this book again on my next visit to my phone's audible app ). Others may simply love this story, and looking back, I should have listened to it at 1.5x speed. The plot of this story was really interesting, and sounded awesome (tough half-breed girl takes down vampires, falls in love with her co-killer vampire, endless possibilities for them in their quest to squash evil, etc.), but either the stunted sentence flow, or the lack of big excitement, ranked this one lower than I expected.
Sorry guys! I know a lot of people loved this one- I fully admit that this was a fun story to listen to, but I wouldn't call it a favorite since I have no urge to ever listen to it again.
"Fun story but a little cheesy"
It was definitely really funny in places. I felt like the story and the reading were cheesy for some characters like the British accent and the family's voices, were not to my particular tast.
"Buy it on sale!"
Perhaps I have been spoiled by the immortal guardian series and Black Dagger Brotherhood...but this vampire world seriously lacked a good background story. For the first time ever I find myself more intrigued with the romance than the vampire world...which was kind of sadly underwriten.
The performance was AWESOME! The narrator had me embarrased for the charachters, and overall I think I had to turn the book off 3 times because I was laughing so hard...the narrator really did the voices and emotions VERY well.
I almost didn't finish this book though because it was just getting way too drawn out...I did finally push through it..and was NEVER going to buy another one in this series...except a charachter that I really liked is making a return in book 2...so I'll give it ONE more shot...I really hope book two is more impressive.
"Good plot, poor narration"
Frost's books are not enhanced or even given their due because of the narrator. Many times throughout the book I would be distracted by thinking of poor phrasing, inflection and accents--her Latino is at times almost non-existent and at others stereotypical. I enjoy Frost's plots and the interplay between characters, but it could be so much better with a different narrator, such as Lorelei King,Jennifer Ikeda, or Johanna Parker.
"Can't get past the narrator's annoying accents."
I have read and love all the Kindle books from both series. After reading many of the reviews I purchased the audiobooks on sale. I must agree with the negative reviews of the narrator. Her Bones voice is HORRIBLE and her Spanish accent for Juan is even worse! I'll stick to the "printed" version.
As many follow-up books as Jeaniene wants to write, I will read (not listen).
"Not Perfect but Definitely Entertaining"
I'd give this a solid 3.5 stars, but I have a hard time giving this 4 stars or for that matter, understanding why this book has so many 4 star ratings. The main character, Cat, was far too annoying for me to give this anymore than 3.5 stars. If I had to rate her alone, I would give her 2 stars. She irked me off and on throughout the entire book and so did her mother. I had sympathy with Mommy dearest in the beginning, but by the end, I was alll for ditching the bitch and running off with Bones. IMO, Bones was the most redeeming thing about this book and frankly, I'd read more of them just to get more of him.
Though I didn't love it, I was intrigued enough by the ending to venture into the next book. Frankly, that last bit of action saved this book from a far more negative review. Way to end it with a bang, Jeaniene! In fact, I already started the first few chapters of the next installment and go figure, Cat has already made me roll my eyes and sigh heavily a couple of times. But I'll see it through, if only to get another couple of glimpses at Bones.
Audiobook review: My annoyance with Cat was mostly due to the way her character was written, but a tad bit of it was also how her dialogue was read. I could identify several places where her emphasis on certain words or her tone when she read a particular line would have made a significant difference (i.e. if I had been reading it instead of listening, I would have said it in a completely different way). But something like that is so subjective and it was so subtle that it's hard to say whether or not it would annoy anyone else but me.
"If Spike and Buffy were a tad more explicit and..."
a lot more boring, this is what you would get.
Mind you, I didn't get this book looking for any sort of profound literary experience. I got this book to help me over the fact that this summer we have decided to cancel cable, and that I would not get to watch the current season of TrueBlood on HBO. So I was hoping for a suspenseful story with Vampires, a good dose of humor and some steamy sex scenes. There are indeed Vampires, sex and even some humor in this book, but the suspense is sorely missing. The plot is achingly predictable, which I could bear, but the narrator's representation of Bones (seriously, "Bones"? Really? Hmm... lets take Buffy's Spike and name him after David Boreanaz' new show, why don't we? Oh, look, a brand new character...) is awful. He sounds like a prissy older British woman. So not sexy. Ugh. Will be returning this one.
"loved the story hated the english accent"
I loved the story and the romance between bones and cat, my only complaint would be with Bones' awful english accent! It is the least sexy accent I have ever heard.
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