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M. M. Robinson

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Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 14 reviews
  • 316 ratings
  • 1032 titles in library
  • 64 purchased in 2014
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  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1538)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Linda says: "Luscious, Enthralling & Sensual w/o being porn"
    "Huh?"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this book, but there is something that rubs me the wrong way about the story. The politically correct, vegan, prius driving vampires just lack the intrigue that drives me to read/listen to that genre of book. The discussions about Tofurky, organic cheese and benefits of not putting processed foods in your body were totally off-putting. I want male heroes to be manly men and not worried about "is that organic goat cheese on that pizza?" Okay, I get that the author believes in this lifestyle, but really? Sorry, even if 100 authors write books with the bad guys driving prius', I'm not ever going to believe that isn't totally lame.

    42 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Avenged: Guardians of the Targe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Although the English king tried to wrest it away, the Highland Targe - ancient relic and protector of Scottish lands - still lies safely in the hands of clan MacAlpin. But for how long? Jeanette MacAlpin trained her entire life to become the next Guardian of the Targe, but that duty has now fallen to her cousin Rowan - a duty Rowan can't seem to master. Fearful for her clan's future, Jeanette seeks the solace of a sacred wellspring, and there encounters tawny-skinned Highland warrior Malcolm MacKenzie.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Charming second book in the series"
    "What happened?!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would appreciate this book. Obviously it is part of a trilogy and that is a big turn off for me. I want complete stories. Don't leave me hanging and don't open with a lot of unanswered questions. If necessary, write a longer book. Granted - authors and editors want to make the most money possible from their work; but sometimes serializing a book just irritates the reader/listener. It is fully possible to write a trilogy that isn't repeating itself and still provides for a sense of fulfillment at the end of each book. However, that wasn't part of this story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Normally I love this narrator. He does a great job with the material he's been given, but this time it seemed a bit flat and less interesting than is his typical performance. I don't think he was much impressed by the story line either.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed other work by this author and this narrator, so this should have been a slam dunk for me! I really did not connect with Jeannette at all. She was a whiny, petulant, "I know better than anyone else" kind of *girl* and she was a huge turn-off. A great book must have great characters that draw you in. The era of this book was a fairly brutal & difficult time to live in. People were often killed and life was generally hard but Jeannette seemed to take special offense that these things happened to her and her family. Malcolm was slightly simple and seemed to be entranced by this whiner. Yuck... can't say that I have much respect for that either. I want a strong male hero, not someone who is so moony over such a self-focused girl. I understand that her expectations of life were radically altered at some point, but sheesh.... get over yourself already!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Flirting Under a Full Moon: Flirting With Fangs Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ashlyn Chase
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That's it - she's officially done with men. Unfortunately, she's just been told her "soul mate" is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick. Nick has been searching for true love for 100 years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she's the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she's about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

    Cindy says: "Cheeky and over the top drama"
    "Huh?!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Flirting Under a Full Moon?

    The characters were seriously disappointing. A heroine with lactose intolerance? Mother Nature causing a tornado in Boston out of the blue? Psychotic vampire stalkers? There was so much going on and none of it really made the story any better for having been included.


    What could Ashlyn Chase have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author really needed to have a group of individuals read this and ask for *honest* opinions. Frankly, the dialog was corny although I can see where the author was trying for campy. Reading the entire novel and asking some hard questions during the editing could have saved this book. Logically, the plot had some pretty big holes. Why take Brandee's memories of the kidnapping away when you already know that she is related to the girl who was kidnapped? Duh! Of course auntie is going to mention that Brandee was there at some point in the future! Do we need heroes who are that lacking in forethought? Forced conflict between the hero and heroine shouldn't be that blatant and silly.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Border Warrior: Brunson Clan Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Blythe Gifford
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Word in the Royal Court has spread that the wild Scottish borders are too unruly. Upon the King's command, John Brunson must return home. Once part of a powerful border clan, John has not set eyes on the Brunson stone tower in years. With failure never an option, he must persuade his family to honor the king's call for peace. To succeed, John knows winning over Cate Gilnock, the daughter of an allied family, holds the key. But this intriguing beauty is beyond the powers of flattery and seduction.

    M. M. Robinson says: "Promising story - beyond terrible narration"
    "Promising story - beyond terrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was HORRIBLE. It wasn't bad enough that the story was intense, but the overdramatization just ruined the whole experience.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Read the dang story before you try to narrate it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't have wasted the credit if I had known she ruined a perfectly good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2084)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "I'm a Molly Harper junkie..."
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    I love the fact that there is a whole new crop of friends in Half-Moon hollow but we aren't ditching those whom we already love! Nola is feisty and independent, which I love in my heroines, but she's also a bit vulnerable which keeps her relate-able. (Okay, that's not a word, but it accurately conveys my opinion!)

    I love Molly Harper books! I just wish we had more of them or that they were released faster. Granted, she has to have time to write them, but I really enjoy the wit, snark, and fun that can always be found in her work. I am not a fan of my housecleaning days, but I really don't mind them when I have a Molly Harper audio book to keep me company while I wash floors and dust my living room. Even folding laundry isn't nearly as tedious when I can laugh over the antics of her characters!

    Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator, but there was just something off with her rendition of Nola. The Bostonian/Irish didn't work for me. There were times when it was inconsistent and just annoying. It will grow on you, but you really have to listen for awhile before that happens. Until then - well, its just annoying. I would have preferred that she just not have an accent or adopt a regional dialect in this case. I would have enjoyed it more without the Bostonian/Irish lilt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amanda Carlson
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

    Roberta says: "Terrible narration ruined it for me"
    "Not what I was hoping for or expecting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like to give this book a glowing review, however I detest cliff-hanger endings. If you can't resolve the storyline in one novel, let the reader know it will be serialized. Full Blooded can't even claim that the story was too big for a single novel. The first half was so drawn out and dull I seriously considered just not finishing the book. At the beginning of the second part, things got a little more interesting. This is when the romance started to creep in. This would not normally be a criticism, however, this was in the romance category so I have to hold this against the book. Reader (listener) beware! This is not a romance novel despite it being found under "ROMANCE". The little bit of romance found doesn't even rate as more than a blip on the romance radar!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the book was discovering a werewolf finding a true mate in a cat shifter. (But we don't know what kind of cat shifter, because that's saved for a later novel) While this is a unique and refreshing change from typical were-creature books, the teaser aspect really ruined the novelty for me. Just spit out the information or its a wasted effort, because it won't hold my attention long enough to find and read (or listen) to the next installment.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dull intonation and a lack of enthusiasm made listening a dry experience. I have hope that this narrator could be better with stronger material.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you just want a fantasy with little to no romance - skip this one. Save your credit.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Warrior: A Dream-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    The son of Warcraft and Hate, Cratus spent eternity battling for the ancient gods who birthed him. He was death to any who crossed him. Until the day he laid down his arms and walked into self-imposed exile. Now an ancient enemy has been unleashed and our dreams are his chosen battlefield. The only hope we have is the one god who swears he will never fight again.

    Adrienne says: "new reader needed"
    "New Narrator Please!"
    Overall

    The writing and storyline is very well done. I am a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's work (mostly anyway) but this narrator just RUINS the audiobook! Yeah I saw others had the same opinion before I purchased the book, but frankly I am out of material and wanted something new. I just did not understand the depth of horror that was waiting for my ears! Please find a new narrator and re-publish! The narrator just had so much trouble with pronounciation and OVER dramatizing every little thing that it was distracting and difficult to follow. It was like watching a bad Mexican soap opera! All of the moaning and groaning and angsty breathy junk he infused into the story was just too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Moon Rising: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (331)

    Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her.

    Chandler says: "Decent DH addition"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall

    This is the best narrator ever! I am guaranteed to purchase a book if half interested in the story if Holter Graham is the narrator. He makes each character live!

    Fang has always been one of my favorite characters from the Dark-Hunter series so yeah, the story was great too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (483)

    "I didn't think he wanted me. And I wasn't about to get involved with him, not after what I'd heard. Sure, Alex Kennedy was tall, dark and unbearably hot, but I've been burned before. When I solicited him to model for my erotic photography book, I didn't expect such a heated, passionate photo session. And now that we've crossed that line, our bodies aren't the only things that have been exposed."

    Candyce says: "LOVED IT!!"
    "Extraordinarily well written"
    Overall

    I was not expecting what I got when I ordered this book. However, that being said, the author did a magnificent job with weaving the story and bringing the reader into the emotions of the characters. I laughed, I cried and I ground my teeth over the nonsense going on. (sorry, no spoilers here!) I finished a couple of days ago and I'm not exactly sure yet why the storyline disturbed me so much. I'm okay with the bi-sexual stuff, I'm fine with the gay stuff, but there was something in there that left me feeling emotionally drained. Don't misunderstand me please! This book was an amazingly well written and complex piece of work! The fact that I'm still thinking about it and still discomfited by the storyline proves that! Megan Hart is very talented and I'm not disappointed that I spent a credit on the book. The sex scenes were HOT and the characters very well developed. It was worth the credit, if for nothing else than to get you to think about how you'd handle some of the situations that popped up. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the quality of the writing skill alone. I'm not sure yet where I'd put the rating based on the story itself, but maybe someday I'll figure it out.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1055)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "Entertaining listen"
    Overall

    I was hesitant to purchase this book. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood books and I was afraid that this one would leave me disappointed. The storyline seemed too different for me to maintain interest as strongly as I do for the BDB books. I was very wrong! I had a very difficult time finding stopping points and kept finding reasons to keep listening "just a little longer...". It also nicely correlates to the BDB books and gives you glimpses of characters familiar if you have read that series. Overall, I'm very glad that its in my library!

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful

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