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Torch Ginger Audiobook

Torch Ginger

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Publisher's Summary

If J.D. Robb's In Death series went on location with Kaui Hart Hemmings's The Descendants, you'd have Toby Neal's Torch Ginger.

The island of Kaua'i is remote jungle, golden beaches, and ancient culture - but transients are disappearing in paradise, and only Detective Lei Texeira notices. Lei transfers to the island of Kaua'i, where she uncovers a pattern of disappearances that may be related to a bizarre cult - or is it just one madman at work? In Lei's world, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In the midst of the biggest case sleepy Kaua'i has ever seen, Lei must also untangle the mysteries of her heart and discover who she loves.

©2012 Toby Neal (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    patricia nolfi USA 09-20-15
    patricia nolfi USA 09-20-15
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    "My Favorite Neal Audiobook"

    The story is (of course) fantastic as are all of Toby's, but it's the narrator's performance that really did it for me on this one.

    Sara's ability to create a voice and personality for each character was really astounding; I was completely taken away. Through her command of the nuances of the Hawaiian/pidgin dialect, I was able to envision each character in my mind.

    The story of suspicious disappearances and a cult really pulled me in. There were so many layers of the mystery that I couldn't turn off my iPhone as I waited to hear what would happen next. Even though I had read this book previously, the audiobook gave me a new experience into this compelling story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 06-07-15
    Diana 06-07-15
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    "Thrilling"

    Sara was wonderfull. loved listening to this story. Sara's voice was consistent her words flowed off the pages. I am enjoying following Lei's story. a wonderfully written story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    I♥2Read 08-08-15
    I♥2Read 08-08-15
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    "Another great Toby Neal story!"

    Island born author Neal paints a beautiful narrative read by outstanding Sara Malia Hatfield.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bec Australia 11-04-15
    bec Australia 11-04-15
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    "Not To Be Missed!"

    My Review
    I didn't read the first in the series, "Blood Orchids" but there is enough back story in "Torch Ginger" to ensure the reader doesn't feel bewildered by how and why Lei finds herself now working on Kaua'i.
    Lei is the new girl, low in the pecking order and as such, gets all the boring jobs. She is working hard to fit in but after only two months on an island described as "a jungle paradise of secretive people and strange spiritual forces" Lei is finding life to be "slow and boring".
    It's while plodding her way through one of her dull cases that Lei is asked to talk to Kelly Waterson, Kelly reports her boyfriend Jay as missing. It has only been 24 hours since she last spoke to him by 'phone, but the circumstances catch Leis attention. When a worried Kelly flew in and visited Pine Trees, the unofficial camp site, she discovered Jays belongings dumped in the rubbish bin. His wallet still held his credit cards and also some strange origami shapes, three stones were left on his shoe.
    Now the story really begins! During the course of her investigation she meets many strange and intriguing characters and she becomes convinced that the disappearances aren't merely people who have simply taken themselves off the grid. Getting others to take her convictions seriously is a hard task.
    There are so many threads to this story, yet they are woven skilfully to produce a story that is difficult to put down. The characters are all so well described that they seem totally believable, even the more way out types.
    Mystery and intrigue abound, there is, in some characters, a sense of other worldliness which is at odds with Leis own world view.
    I thought the reunion of Lei and her father beautifully written, his gentleness and his love for his daughter so sensitively described.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves a mystery set in a lush and exotic location and with many intriguing extras. I for one shall be reading more of Toby Neil's work.
    Narrator
    This is the first book I have listened to narrated by Sara Malia Hatfield, and what a wonderful voice she has. Sara has all the attributes of a good narrator, but, for this book, it took a special person to pull it off. Born and raised in Hawaii, she was the perfect choice to perform those subtle differences in accents. The more I listened the more fascinated I became by both her voice and the pidgin speak, just wonderful! I look forward to more.
    Just a word about the Audible sample, should you listen to it, it in no way does justice to the audiobook, for some reason, the sample seems of lesser quality.
    This audiobook was provided, without condition, by the representative of the author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Walker 07-21-17
    R. Walker 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loose ends abound"

    Broad leaps of faith needed to follow this interesting, impulsive, non-sympathetic illogical detective. Story moves well but the ending leaves much to be desired-just too many loose ends. Performance by narrator was the best part.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay L 05-24-17
    Lindsay L 05-24-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I was looking for..."
    Would you try another book from Toby Neal and/or Sara Malia Hatfield?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Toby Neal’s story?

    Relationships, main character was unbelievable and irritating


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

    The narrator was great. Helped to become familiar with some of the Hawaiian words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. I really wanted to like this book and the series but I couldn't get over my dislike for the waffling female protagonist and awkward dialogue. The overall stories are decent.


    Any additional comments?

    Thought it would be fun to listen to these books before a trip to Hawaii. Sadly, I only made it through the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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