Audio Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted March 11, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 1 Comment

Audio Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published by Avon, Blackstone Audiobooks on 10-30-07 (Audio 03-31-10)
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 358 pages
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Source: Library

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.

This is my 3rd reread of Halfway to the Grave and this time around I checked out the audio from the library. The narration is good all but for Bones’ voice. I HATE it. When I first read Bones I pictured Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was the British accent and the bleached hair plus his cheeky humor. I’m so glad that I didn’t do my first read of this book on audio. Tavia Gilbert’s Bones would have killed him for me. Ok that is my only compliant. Let’s move on to the book review…..

I first read Halfway to the Grave WAY before I started blogging so I decided it was time to write a review about it and all it’s glory. WHY did I reread for a 3rd time? First, why the feck not, it’s awesome and it was my first Urban Fantasy read before I even knew that UF was a genre. Second, Christen from Golilox and the Threes Weres and I have been book bullying Laura from Little Read Riding Hood to read the series so I figured I would lend her some support and do a read a long with her.

No matter how many times I read this book it still stays on my favorite shelf with a 5 star rating.

Looking for a great UF read that has a badass heroine in training and a cheeky and sexy brit vamp then you need to read Halfway to the Grave.


Check out Laura and my Q & A discussion on Halfway to the Grave over at Little Read Riding Hood

About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert (SAG-AFTRA) is an award-winning narrator with more than 150 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. Click here for examples and reviews.

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. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

Tavia is also a producer with nine years experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. With 11 years of paralegal experience, Tavia has a clear understanding and appreciation for the business side of her world, including contractual language and legal strategy. Her creative eye, vivid personality, and experience and contacts help her cast the highest caliber of artists, including actors, musicians, videographers, and other talent. Her clients hire her again and again, recognizing her exceptional work and the advantage they have in someone with both a creative and business mind.

Tavia’s presence is realistic and compelling without being melodramatic; her voice is ideally suited to professional and corporate voiceover work. In addition, she is an accomplished actress and singer. Her warmth, breadth, and range offer countless possibilities for producers.

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 upcoming 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.

For information on Jeaniene’s books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit:

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

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