When a young woman is found murdered in a seedy massage parlor near his neighborhood, the police recruit Randall Lee, an American acupuncturist and Tai Chi master, as a translator and expert in Chinese culture, to assist in the investigation. Lee discovers that the murderer is an expert in a forbidden Chinese martial art - the dark mirror to his own healing practices - and joins in the hunt for the killer to escape his own inner demons and save the woman he loves.
©2012 Charles Colyott (P)2013 Cherry Hill Publishing
"Charles Colyott is a fresh and bold new voice on the mystery scene. Just when you think it has all been done before, here comes Randall Lee." (Scott Nicholson, author of Liquid Fear)
"Charles Colyott's novel Changes is a stunner. A thrill-ride from start to finish that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. The characters are unique in detective lore, the situations are mesmerizing and together they draw the reader into a world quite unlike anything previously encountered. Read this book to learn, laugh, and fall in love with a brilliant young writer's work." (Lisa Mannetti, two-time Bram stoker nominee and winner, The Gentling Box)
I will buy this book and read it, as the positive reviews are all Kindle version reviews. Clearly the narration has totally ruined what otherwise is supposed to have been a great book.I will not buy another audiobook narrated by him, however.
By employing a professional actor or narrator to narrate the book.
The narration was awful. I couldn't bear to listen to the book.Read like an adolescent reading out a recipe book, often mumbled and sounded as if it was recorded in the bathroom. Tinny and echo-ey (and not in a cool, atmospheric way!)The worst, the worst, the worst.
How about performance stats for narrators and a big health warnng for all writer-narrated non-autobiographical books!
The story was very entertaining, clever and with a couple of twists that kept you interested. The main issue was the quality of the audio recording. It seems like it was recorded in the author's front room and every so often he would walk away from the microphone. Also there is some random music between some of the chapters which isn't necessary. Overall though the quality of the story makes it a worthwhile purchase.
I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.
Loved the characters, plot, sarcastic humour, and I DID NOT GUESS AT ALL WHO THE KILLER WAS, not an inkling which was a refreshing change, very excited a new author I enjoy, was very much worth my time, I look forward to reading more.
"Amazing first book in series!!"
Absolutely, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great mystery. This is my first "martial arts" mystery and I was a little worried that it might be too heavy on the Tai Chi and too weak on the plot. Boy was I wrong! Obviously there is some fighting in the book(the main character is a Tai Chi master after all) but in no way does it over power the plot of the book-it compliments it. The characters are well developed and 3 dimnensional especially Randall Lee with his sarcastic wit and the "master" with his broken English foul mouth. Charles Colyott has wriiten and narrated a very impressiive and unique first book mystery. I gave the book 4 stars for performance because of the slight tin canny sound of the narration but it didn't really bother me so much that I didn't enjoy the book. One more thing guys, this book actually has an ending rather than a damn cliffhanger! Will definitely be listening to "Pressure Points", Randall Lee Mystery book 2 as soon as it comes to Audible.
I can't say off hand. This is my first Tai Chi mystery listen.
He's good with accents and he does bring the characters to life.
No, not really, but i'm not really a sentimental guy.
I've said enough i think.
"Kept my interest all the way through"
Read well by the author. The reason I gave performance four instead of five is because it sounds like the author is in a well reading the story. Don't let that prevent you from listening. I don't know how much of the martial arts/Taoist/TCM is based in fact, but it made me curious! The narrator who is Randall Lee is a very accomplished practitioner but so lost. He's like a shrink who needs to see a shrink.
"About what you'd expect. But worse."
The story was ok but the reading was terrible. Chapters were short and the music between annoyed me. The banter and dialog had its times but no one talks like that in real life. The relationship development was slow and also a bit annoying at times. We get it she's hot, you don't have to bring it up every time the character is spoken to. Maybe glad I didn't have to pay for this. But if it's read by the author you can expect a bad performance.
"Read by Author"
A real actor reading / performing the book.
He has a very pleasant voice that puts me to sleep. It is so monotonous I could not engage the story. He is definitely not a qualified actor. I was also a bit ticked that I paid for this poor quality performance.
Rarely is an author also qualified to read their own work. I usually pass when this is the case. Unfortunately, I let this one get by me and wasted my money..
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