Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost | Audiobook Review

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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost | Audiobook Review
Title: Halfway to the Grave
Written by Jeaniene Frost
Read by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress Novels #1
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: 2007-10-30
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
Length: 11 hours, 17 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge, Blog Ahead

Flirting with the Grave...
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 unholy partnership.

In exchange for 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 newfound 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.

MY THOUGHTS

“You’re not a woman, you’re the bleedin’ Grim Reaper with red hair!”

When I borrowed Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost from the library a few weeks ago, I did not have any expectations whatsoever.  I did not read any reviews for this book nor did someone recommend it to me. I probably saw this somewhere on my Facebook wall and decided to read it over my birthday week.  What I got when I listened to the audiobook version was 100% awesomeness and badassery from our heroine Cat Crawfield, a half-breed.  This was one of the audiobooks where I just could not STOP listening to!  I was hooked!

Bones.  Now, don’t get me started on Bones (if I was still a teen, I probably would call him my book BFF)!  He is the perfect hero for Cat!  I love how he was on the dominating side but not dominating-scary. The accent – OH EM GEE the accent!  Tavia Gilbert really captured Bones’ essence which really made me get into the story.  Cat and Bones fairly sizzled every time they met.  The sexy times were a little on the spicy side, which was perfect.

The quirkiness and pop-culture references were spot-on and I could not keep from laughing out loud that my hubby had to look at me weirdly.  Yes, it was that entertaining!  I can’t remember ever being entertained by an audiobook AND story ever!

Frost really wrote a compelling read and a memorable cast of characters in Halfway to the Grave.  The book was well paced with a lot of fighting and suspense in between.

Coupled with the ah-may-zing narrator, Tavia Gilbert, Halfway to the Grave is a definite MUST listen!

THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Let me tell you that Tavia Gilbert is superb in this reading!  Her accents (especially Bones’) really made THE character shine!  I even love the sound of her Cat voice (normal)!  As I’ve said, I can’t remember ever being entertained by an audiobook ever!  I don’t know if my enjoyment of the Halfway to the Grave would be as enjoyable if I read it first before listening to it but let me tell you this (ha!), I listened to this audiobook TWICE this month alone!  How awesome is it that Gilbert narrated ALL the Night Huntress, Night Huntress World, and Night Prince series!


 

About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert is a Brooklyn- and Maine-based award-winning narrator with nearly 300 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs.

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.


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