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Blood Orchids Audiobook

Blood Orchids

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"Sometimes in crime fiction you stumble across a character who lives on beyond the book's end by virtue of their psychological complexity, and the richness with which the author has drawn them. Will Graham, Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, and now they have a worthy female counterpart in Lei Teixera. Blood Orchids is that rarity among debut novels, in that it satisfies on every level. A powerful new talent is on the scene, whole-heartedly recommended." (Drew Cross, former police officer and author of BiteMarks)

Publisher's Summary

Fast-paced crime mystery with a touch of romance, readers call Blood Orchids "un-putdownable"!

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand, and blue water - but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there's a dark side to paradise. Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers - one of whom she'd recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl's harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed - even as the killer is drawn to Lei's intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity. Despite her obsession with the case and fear that she's being stalked, Lei finds herself falling in love for the first time. Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches, and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers - and the stalker is closer than she can imagine, as threads of the past tangle in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer - but he knows where to find her first.

©2011 Toby Neal (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Corinne Parker, CO, USA 03-28-15
    Corinne Parker, CO, USA 03-28-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfectly narrated, gripping story!"

    Loved this book in paper form and wanted to reread. The audio was fabulous! The narrator did voices/accents well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Jillard Lansdowne, PA, US 12-12-14
    Tracy Jillard Lansdowne, PA, US 12-12-14
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    "Like being there"

    I love Tony Neal's books and would never walk away from a copy of one of her books, no matter the form. But her narrated books are extra special. By choosing a woman who is from the area and is familiar with the dialects really brought it alive for me. Between her descriptions and the native voice using the native dialects when needed and regular American English when required, l felt like I was right there,th e fly on the wall.

    I wouldn't and couldn't compare 's. Neal's books with anything on the market today. Few novels come out about the Hawaiian Islands, and fewer still mysteries. Than you have a great kick as female cop who acknowledges she is not perfect and has her priorities in order. I'll continue reading and listening to Ms Neal's books as long as she keeps writing them.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 07-04-15
    Leslie 07-04-15
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    "Amazing"
    Where does Blood Orchids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    I grew up in Hilo and even went to the same HS she writes about. Toby writes w/ such passion for the islands that although I have been away from Hilo for many years, I can still see thru her words all the familiar places of home.


    Which character – as performed by Sara Malia Hatfield – was your favorite?

    Pono!


    Any additional comments?

    To borrow a line from Jane Austen "For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." (Northhanger Abbey) This book was too short and I wish it had gone on and on. I hope that Toby never runs out of ideas for Lei, Stevens and the Islands of Hawaii.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M 11-18-14
    M 11-18-14
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    "Not much of a reader, but Wow great to listen to!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... Fast paced and suspenseful!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yep


    What does Sara Malia Hatfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Definitely, when I read it's just my voice in my head.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Tedrick 11-25-15
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    "Island Crime Life"
    What did you love best about Blood Orchids?

    I loved the twists and turns, and a strong female lead character.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was interesting enough for me to want to keep reading and be sad when the book was over.


    Which character – as performed by Sara Malia Hatfield – was your favorite?

    Lei was my favorite.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    I♥2Read 08-03-15
    I♥2Read 08-03-15
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    "Island Crime delight"

    Toby Neal writes a wonderfully engaging story with tense crime drama surrounded by memorable characters and eloquently descriped island setting. The narration was beautifully perfect.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 11-29-16
    Tim 11-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting setting, partly-bungled plot, odd tone"

    The main problem with this book is its consistently-inconsistent tone. Is this a creepy story about an active serial killer, or is it an exploration of a female policeman's romantic dilemmas and insecurities? Either one of these would make a good story, but put them together, and it just doesn't work.

    Two police officers kanoodling while waiting for a stalker/serial killer to make his next appearance? Knowing that one of the kanoodlers is the intended target? After neither one of them has bothered to take the most obvious reasonable step, which is to install a camera?

    They could have solved this case instantly, and saved everyone a lot of trouble, if they had just installed a surveillance camera on the main character's porch, and a dash cam into her car. Don't they have cameras in Hawaii? If there are already three bodies, and one of the bodies was a cop, and if a stalker were placing scary messages on the porch of another cop, why exactly would you not install a camera on that porch?

    About halfway through the story, I started Googling to find a plot summary, because I wanted to know the outcome, but didn't want to bother trudging through the rest of the book.

    Sara Malia Hatfield does a very good job with this material. I have only one complaint: When the characters use Hawaiian Pidgin English, for some reason Hatfield reads that dialog super-quickly. So quickly that I could not even hear what was being said. Aside from that one complaint, I really enjoyed Hatfield's reading. I hope she will read other titles by other authors.

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    Lisa Davidson Hawaii 06-29-16
    Lisa Davidson Hawaii 06-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!

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    "Head into the Lei Crime Series and You Can't Stop!"

    I started Toby Neal's addictive mystery/romance series enticed by the reviews, gorgeous covers, and the appeal of reading a born and bred Hawaiian writer. So much that happens in 'Paradise" is swept into the shadows to keep tourists happy, and I was very intrigued by my initial introduction to heroine Lei Texeira, who had never been sheltered from the islands' poverty, drug crimes, racism, sexism, violence, and broken families--all the real life issues that we who live and work in Hawaii confront daily.

    From the initial chapters of "Blood Orchids" you can't help but admire Lei's brave, true spirit, and feel for the deep scars and pain of her past. She is a remarkable, compelling character, and watching her fight for justice in the male-dominated world of law enforcement makes for the type of page-turning suspense where you just can't stop reading! I confess I embarked on a series binge that felt like a breathless adventure holiday. Neal manages to portray the unique beauty, history, and vitality of the Big Island (and Hawaii's other islands in following books) even as Lei is trying to find a serial killer while being stalked herself. This combination of atmosphere, plot, and truly original characters makes reading "Blood Orchids" a rare and enjoyable experience--especially when love interest Michael Stevens enters the picture.

    While most of the series books focus on the narrative voices of Lei and Stevens, "Blood Orchids" also segues into glimpses of the psychopath stalking Lei. Narrator Sara Malia Hatfield is amazing as she creates unforgettable voices for both male and female characters and keeps the exposition interesting. Her renderings of our local "pidgin' dialect as well as second- and third-generation Japanese and Chinese accents are flawless.

    I recommend "Blood Orchids" with five stars across the board--but be warned, once you get started you'll likely have a hard time stopping. Also, I found that I had to keep reading in order--I had purchased one book ahead in the series, skipping the novel in-between, and after five minutes realized I just couldn't resist the pull of what I might have missed in the former book--and was forced to stop, go online and get the missing book before I was happily immersed in the series' flow once again. So far--and I just finished the sixth in the series--these well-crafted thrillers have made me uneasy, tearful, frustrated, jealous, moved, inspired, and eager for more. Don't wait--drop a credit on 'Blood Orchids" now! It's so much better than TV.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allen B. Galiza 02-05-16
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    "A great start to a great series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, a must listen as it's the first in the series of good audiobooks. Character development most important.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, thanks to the writing and solid performance


    What does Sara Malia Hatfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    what doesn't she...really, details, details, details. She adds so much color to everything, especially her local sound, really bring Hawaii to life for me. So glad a local was cast to read this Hawaii series!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The author gives it at the start...."Dying isn't pretty, even in Paradise..." can't get more perfect than that.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to only listen to podcasts, but this series and Sara Malia Hatfield's work has gotten hooked on audiobooks...although I have listened to some other narrators, and well, chose to read instead. The narrator has to be good for me to listen...and this narrator is great. This book is good, but it get even better...so far Dark Lava is my favorite, but you have to listen to the series in order to fully appreciate the work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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