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  • Ride the Lightning

  • Sinister in Savannah Series, Book 1
  • By: Aimee Nicole Walker
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

By day, Jonah St. John is a criminal analyst for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. By night, he produces Sinister in Savannah, an investigative podcast, with his two best friends. Jonah's life revolves around three principles: a man's word is his oath, friendships are priceless gifts, and love is for other people. 

When the Sinister in Savannah team delves into the 38-year-old murder of a drag queen, they quickly discover that the story doesn't end with the alleged killer's confession in 1995. Continuing the investigation could have fatal consequences for Jonah and everyone he holds dear, including his irresistible intern. 

To love is to lose: a lesson Jonah has learned the hard way. For a decade, he has embraced solitude as his penance for a past mistake. Then came Avery Bradford, a man whose warmth and sunshine infuses Jonah's battered soul and challenges his resistance. Over the past eight months, Jonah has soared closer and closer to Avery's flame until the thing he's feared the most becomes the one he can't live without.

The chill of danger merges with the heat of desire, forming a deadly superstorm. Will Jonah seek shelter or ride the lightning?

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Aimee Nicole Walker (P)2020 Tantor

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Ok

I enjoyed the book a lot more than the audiobooks. Personally, I didnt like the narrator I don't think he brought anything to the story at all.

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  • JaeBae
  • 09-02-21

The book is great but the narration is meh

Full disclosure- Tristan James is not my favorite narrator. He also did the Zero Divergence books. While his southern accent wasn't the best I could tell the characters apart. Jonah, Felix, and Rocky are in that series too but they don't sound like caricatures. Unfortunately I can't say the same in this book. I lost count of the number of times he voiced Jonah and Avery so close I couldn't tell them apart. Also, I've lived in Georgia for 27 years and I've never heard accents like those in the book. Lots of country accents these days but very minimal genteel. And certainly not from every character. I think it's great for Marla but not so much for Ricky...so limited to over the top characters but not everyone all the time.. On top of that they're inconsistent throughout the book. Ugh! The story is great but the narration not so much

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  • S Wilgus
  • 03-02-21

If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would

This is an excellent, well thought out story. The characters are really well developed and there are plots within plots to keep you interested and engaged all the way through. What is a great story is made so much better by the excellent narration performed by Tristan James. He brings the characters into 3D and I loved it. I had read the book before I listened to the audible and totally enjoyed the listen. Don’t miss this one, it is well worth your time.

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  • Erin McClanahan
  • 27-07-22

No.

Ok first, I normally like Tristan James but this time around everyone sounded the same. It made it very difficult to tell who was speaking.

The mystery was the best part of the story. The romance was extra my forced. As was St. James’s trauma.

I’d give this one a pass.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 24-07-21

solid 4 stars

Would I listen to it again: yes ✔
Did the story keep me engaged: yes ✔
Was I invested in the characters: yes ✔

📖 Story comment: Good pace, entertaining story, interesting characters.
Jonah and Avery are delightful and I was thoroughly entertained with their story.

I listened to the three Zero Hour books before the Sinister in Savannah series back to back and enjoyed them all.

🎧 Narrator comment: Tristan James can be a narrator you either enjoy or don't. Personally I love him, I go through phases where he's just what I need in a narrator. I enjoyed his reading of this series and the Zero Hour series, he's kept the characters consistent (which makes me happy) and will happily listen to them again.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 7

• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list • 8 kept me up past bed-time • 9 recommended to family/friends • 10 own it in multiple formats • 11 keep a copy with me at all times
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  • Karen - New York
  • 07-02-21

Loved it!

Loved this spinoff series. Loved Jonah and the adorable Avery. As with all of Aimee Walker’s books you get suspense, great characters and hot romance. I can never say enough good things Tristan James and his narrating skills. The combination of all these factors made this audiobook great!