Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (Marnye): ★★★★★
Performance (Conner): ★★★★★
Narrator: Marnye Young and Connor Goff
Audiobook Length: 8hr 7m
Release Date: 03-29-2017
I once read that every warrior hoped an honorable death would find him. I always went looking for mine, but not even the Reaper wanted me.
I was trained to kill. I was trained to not ask why. To take orders and just march in line. Hooah motherfucker.
Life or death.
Ride or die.
And I’m not only talking about the military. I’m talking about the life that led me on the road to nowhere.
I fought for my brothers.
I fought for my family.
I fought for my country.
And I fought for her…
Never realizing I might die for them too.
First Line: “Mia Ryder. Mia f***in’ Ryder.”
Narrator Review (Marnye Young):
God this woman makes me sick with how amazing she is. When I first started listening to this audiobook I couldn’t believe it was Marnye Young. Marnye is one of my favorite narrators and I couldn’t even recognize her voice! Her inflections were different, her tone was deeper. I was convinced I was being trolled because I know this woman’s voice!… Well, I thought I knew her voice. There are apparently 100 different facets to Marnye that I have yet to discover…
Let’s begin with the accent. Ummm HELLO! It’s perfect. The drawl, the timing. I eventually convinced myself the siren narrating was, indeed, Marnye because no one can unleash my tears just by changing the tempo of the phrasing like Marnye Freaking Young.
When I started bawling like a baby, yup, I knew it was her.
Marnye compliments Conner so perfectly in this narration. Pure and refined versus damaged and raw. I don’t know who decided to pair these two together, but it was genius.
Narrator Review (Conner Goff):
This was my first time listening to Conner Goff. His voice is totally epic, but the audio quality isn’t very good in the beginning (you’ll be able to hear what I mean in the audio clip). As we approach the middle of the audiobook the audio quality becomes much better and whoooEE this man’s voice is DANGEROUS! His vocal chords must have been dragged through mud in his past life because his voice is n-i-c-e. So gravely. You just can’t filter that talent, baby!
I was taken aback during Conner’s narration while he read passages about Mia. I don’t know what eau de swoon he added, but Conner’s entire demeanor changed. It was softer. Gentler. More passionate. Gaawd it’s like Conner was in love with Mia, too. Am I jealous? Yes. And you should be, too.
I am incredibly impressed by how good Marnye and Conner sound together. Methinks these two are my new favorite pair. Rocks and honey. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Creed. Oh what a fitting name. Creed falls into what I like to call Category 2: The Nasty Nast. He is a dark, damaged, thoroughly raw and untamed BEAST! I mean… woah. Ain’t no controlin’ this man! He’s borderline barbaric in the way he moves, the way he thinks, and he’s always – and I mean always – watching his back.
We are first introduced to Creed as a young 18-year-old man about to boink one of the club bunnies (translation: club bunny = motorcycle club skankydank). He’s a runt, with barely any patches on his jacket to show his loyalty to the MC club. But hey, his father is the big dog – the pack leader, so to say. Let the kid do what he wants, he’s going to be next in line to run the club, after all.
Too bad his supposed “role model” (aka daddy dearest) is a douche lord! And he wants to mold Creed into his next successor? Aye. We’re only on the first page and Creed’s future isn’t looking so bright. In fact, Creed is on an unintentional spiral into the abyss.
To make it worse – yes, it gets worse – Creed tries to get involved in a brawl (keyword: tries) and instead, all actions lead to the death of his little brother. Creed is ruined. Haunted. Forever. His sweet little brother accidentally shot… by him. What page are we on, now, page 3?
“GAG! Like, where is the happy ending?” You ask. Well, that’s a long shot from now, but let me introduce you to Mia Ryder.
Mia is a young spirited girl when she meets Creed. Not yet a teenager (she’s nearly 10), she is introduced to Creed through her brother while surfing on the beach. Creed has older women and hormones on his mind, but he knows instantly that through the years to come, Mia will be important to him.
“She was wearing tiny shorts, barely covering her long legs, with black combat boots like Creed’s. The way he looked at her hurt my stomach, hurt my heart, and I didn’t understand why. I looked down at my girly dress, all of the sudden not feeling good enough. I wanted to look like her. I wanted to be her. I waited for what felt like years, wanting him to glance my way, even if it was just for one second. All I wanted was a moment of his time.”- Mia
Mia has a serious crush on this Category 2! Granted, she is a kid, and Creed is sort of an adult so nothing will happen… yet. The fascination – and the age gap – between Mia and Creed might creep readers out, but gaaawd I did not read it like that at all. Mia inspires Creed. To me, she is iridescence and symbolizes the innocence he lost. He sees the woman she will become and he instantaneously recognizes their unique bond. As Mia gets older, of course he starts to notice her… err-assets… and their friendship matures, festers, and soon becomes a fervent desire. But come ON people, get your head out of the pedophile hole. This book certainly does push boundaries. Is Creed completely wrecked? Yes. Damaged goods? Absolutely! Creeper? Nah.
Oh right. That fervent desire? Let’s get to THAT part, shall we?
“Countless women had touched me the way she was right in that moment… This was different. This was so meaningful, so emotional, so goddamn loving. This was Mia. My Pippin.” – Creed
I’d love to tell you that these two have nothing to worry about now that they’re FINALLY together after years of yearning, but this is not an easy love, my friends. Creed and Mia are trekking along dangerous territory as secrets and the past come back to haunt them.
Road To Nowhere is tension, passion, and a forbidden love done right. M. Robinson has created a beautiful platform of conflict and desire. Add Marnye Young and Conner Goff to the mix… YaaaOK I’m done for.
I’d go along any road with M. Robinson. This book is severely addictive. This Creed fella can kidnap me anytime. What’s one more crime.