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Halfway to the Grave

Night Huntress, Book 1
Lu par : Tavia Gilbert
Durée : 11 h et 18 min
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Description

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.

Critiques

“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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  • Wendy
  • 19/04/2012

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!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • BVerité
  • 16/11/2011

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!

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  • Stephenie
  • 29/11/2011

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.

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  • GH
  • 28/03/2016

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.

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  • Meagan
  • 27/06/2013

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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  • AudioAddict
  • 23/05/2013

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.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • G Richards
  • 16/12/2010

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.

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  • Marla Balla
  • 08/05/2012

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.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • supermomx3
  • 26/05/2010

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!

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  • Jordy ♡♡♡♡
  • 13/07/2013

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.

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  • 1st_Julimouse
  • 02/07/2010

Unsexy Bones-Interpretation

Gern hätte ich vier Sterne für "Halfway to the Grave" vergeben, weil der Plot wirklich unterhaltsam daherkommt und es Spaß macht zu hören, wie sich die Geschichte entwickelt: Der Erwartung an zugegebenermaßen sehr leichte Kost wird voll entsprochen, die Story ist sexy, das Protagonistenpärchen liefert sich unterhaltsame Wortgefechte und prickelnde Intermezzi... prima.

Letztendlich sind es dann doch nur drei Sterne geworden, weil mir ausgerechnet die Sprecherin die männliche Hauptfperson Bones dermaßen verleidet, daß ich mich während des Hörens mehr als einmal wirklich geärgert habe: Einerseits ist es super, daß sie ihm - wie es die Figur verlangt - einen britischen Akzent verpaßt, doch dann ist die Tonlage, in der sie die Rolle spricht, dermaßen überzogen und lächerlich, daß es mir wirklich schwerfällt, Bones als hyperattraktives und charismatisches Alphamännchen ernstzunehmen. Besonders ärgerlich ist die Tatsache, daß Tavia Gilbert durchaus in der Lage ist, Männerrollen überzeugend und auch wirklich sexy zu sprechen - wie sie anhand von Nebenfiguren in diesem Hörbuch beweist.

Wer sich an einer unfreiwillig komisch überzeichneten Interpretation der männlichen Hauptfigur nicht stört, ist nichtsdestotrotz mit "Halfway to the Grave" gut bedient.

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