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Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1 | [Jeaniene Frost]

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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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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    Joanna Elgin, United Kingdom 20/05/2011
    Joanna Elgin, United Kingdom 20/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nadia Fleet, United Kingdom 12/09/2010
    Nadia Fleet, United Kingdom 12/09/2010
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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
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    Sally Danbury, United Kingdom 22/06/2011
    Sally Danbury, United Kingdom 22/06/2011 Member Since 2009
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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!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Cambridge, United Kingdom 13/11/2012
    Simon Cambridge, United Kingdom 13/11/2012
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Great Missenden, United Kingdom 11/08/2011
    Jo Great Missenden, United Kingdom 11/08/2011 Member Since 2009
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. S. B. Potter UK 20/08/2014
    Mrs. S. B. Potter UK 20/08/2014 Member Since 2014

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katie baro 30/07/2014
    katie baro 30/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ozzymandias Mistworld 03/06/2014
    Ozzymandias Mistworld 03/06/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Junk food for the brain"

    It's smutty chick-flick with vampires and violence. If you need to switch off your brain, this is a good way of doing it but you'll feel used and bloated afterwards and at some point you'll come back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Rugeley, United Kingdom 23/02/2014
    Claire Rugeley, United Kingdom 23/02/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listening, must read more........"
    What did you like most about Halfway to the Grave?

    Characters relationships


    What other book might you compare Halfway to the Grave to, and why?

    Twilight purely for human/vampire aspect,like story better


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Not sure about the accent of Bones but it was a fitting narrative for the book


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mostly laughed, felt frustrated about her relationship with mother


    Any additional comments?

    Just brilliant, created good imaginary images and left me wanting more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Planet Earth 27/01/2014
    Amazon Customer Planet Earth 27/01/2014

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    "Quite a good start"
    Where does Halfway to the Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I quite enjoyed 'Halfway to the Grave' but it is not amongst my favourite all time audiobooks


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeaniene Frost before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Jeaniene Frost book & I did quite enjoy it although I'm not sure I would pick up the next volume as there are a lot of these type of novels around at the moment.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Tavia Gilbert's narration is brilliant as she sounds angelic one minute & demonic the next, she gives the characters colour


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

    Nothing particularly moved me but I did enjoy the banter between Cat & Bones.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure that I will continue with the series even though I did enjoy this story as I feel the deliberate non-ending almost obligates the listener to get volume 2, I'm just not certain I enjoyed it enough to go further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephenie
    Lexington, KY United States
    29/11/11
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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.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Benoibe
    New Orleans, LA, United States
    16/11/11
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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!

    95 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • Marian Y. Hussey
    chicago
    16/12/10
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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.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Anaheim, CA, United States
    11/04/12
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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...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Courtney
    kingston, ON, Canada
    11/11/12
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    "Screw Edward, I want Bones!"

    I really liked this book! I can't wait to read more of the series! Bones is one sexy character, I love the British accent! It was a bit slow at the beginning but once you get into it it really picks up!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jordy
    United States
    13/07/13
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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.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel O. Buchholz
    Arlington, VA USA
    12/09/12
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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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Kickez
    United States
    09/07/10
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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.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Hillsborough, NC, United States
    01/04/10
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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!

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Tosha
    PHOENIX, AZ, United States
    10/10/13
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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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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