Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Audiobook Review - At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost

At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #3
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: November 11, 2010
Date Read: January 4, 2019
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
Some things just won’t stay buried… at grave’s end.

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’ past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

My Review

I had a great time with this book during this re-read!  I fell in love with this series quite a few years ago and decided to get the audiobooks since I knew that I would want to revisit this world.  This is the third book in the Night Huntress series, which really does need to be read in order.  There were parts of the book that I did remember but I had lost quite a few details over the years.  I am very slowly working my way through the series for the second time and found it to be just as enjoyable as it was the first time around if not more. 

I love Cat and Bones.  More accurately, I like Cat but I LOVE Bones.  There are actually a lot of great characters in this series but Bones is my favorite by far.  Bones can do just about anything and doesn't make apologies.  His love for Cat is sincere and unquestionable.  I do like the two of them together.  I must admit that there were a few times in this book that Cat got on my nerves just a bit.  I like Cat and I understand that she has some great ideas but it just seemed odd that all of these really old vampires were taking her lead.  I wanted to be quiet for a minute and maybe learn something from the very capable people she had around her.  I also thought that Cat took some unnecessary risks and put herself in some uncomfortable positions which illustrated the fact she still has a lot to learn.  I did think that Cat really showed her strength when everything went horribly wrong and she was forced to take a leadership position.

The secondary characters played really important roles in this book.  I believe that this is Vlad's introduction in the series and I was quickly reminded why I love his character.  The background that we learn about his character in this book was very touching.  Mencheres was in the spotlight for a lot of this book and I have always enjoyed his character.  I liked the developments in vampire politics that revolved around him and found his backstory to be rather eye-opening. 

This was an exciting story.  There were a few scenes that stayed with me over the years which really says a lot about the book.  There were some rather emotional moments in the story which I thought were handled very well.  I liked that there was such a wide range of emotions in a single story and it all worked so well. 

Tavia Gilbert did a fantastic job with the narration of this book.  This story has a pretty large cast of characters and she handles all of their different voices very well.  I am actually rather amazed by the wide range of accents and voices that she does use in this audiobook.  I thought that she expressed all of the emotion and excitement of this story expertly.  I would say that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is an exciting installment in a series filled with wonderful characters and intense situations.  I can't wait to continue with my re-read of the series!

The Night Huntress Series

Book #1 - Halfway to the Grave - My Review
Book #2 - One Foot in the Grave - My Review
Book #3 - At Grave's End
Book #4 - Destined for an Early Grave
Book #5 - This Side of the Grave
Book #6 - One Grave at a Time
Book #7 - Up From the Grave - My Review
About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author whose works include 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, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her. Jeaniene is represented by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

14 comments:

  1. One of those I went eh about back in the day and all of those I now wonder if I would like better in audio! ;=)

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  2. I'd been wondering if this series was worth getting in audiobook as it is one of my favourites! I love Vlad, Bones and Ian in the books, the action and the humour! I might keep an eye out for the audiobooks.

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  3. Great review. I just love me some fun Cat and Bones lovin' and adventure!!!

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  4. Yasss. I'm re-reading this series too because i want to finally catch up. I just borrowed the first book from my library and I see that they actually have most of the books. so excited!

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  5. I had a good time with this series. I need to try the spin off ones

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  6. I love this series! I never thought about listening to the audio books. Mainly because so many people pop in and out. The world the author created is just so huge! I'm really glad to hear that the narrator was able to keep everyone separate.

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  7. It's rare I re-read anything since I started blogging because I find writing reviews really helps to cement storylines in my memory. I don't like knowing exactly how a story will pan out in advance!

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  8. I love Tavia Gilbert's narration work so I am all for collecting these as a re-read. I am vague on so much that a re-read listen would probably give me some surprises. LOL

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  9. I am glad this held up in the re-reading. I can't wait to catch up on this series.

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  10. I really want to star this series. Everyone raves about JF and I haven't read anything by her yet. I might even try her on audio. Sounds like it is worth it but I have to star with the first.

    Mary

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  11. I've seen Frost around but haven't tried any of her work...yet.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  12. I love this series and all the others in the world. I'm behind as I haven't read the Vlad books and I LOVE Vlad. I have his series on audio. This original one in print and ebook. Someday I'll do a reread of this series. It's one of the first I read when I started reading more again. Fabulous review. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  13. I love this series too. I'm a big fan of Bone as well. I like Cat, but get frustrated with her often. I agree, that Tavia Gilbert does a great job with this series. I listened to Ian's first book at the end of last year. I'm so glad we still have this world.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  14. I am really glad you are enjoying your reread so much! It seems like Bone is definitely your favourite of the duo and that is fair enough. I am someone who usually falls for secondary characters so I am glad they have important roles in the book too.

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