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The Mother Road

Narrated by: Greyson Ash, J.F. Harding
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (357 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago. What is supposed to be a fun family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day-old beard clippings. Paul's know-it-all attitude and Porter's devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven-day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980s RV.

©2016 Meghan Quinn (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Super Funny

The Mother Road is a super funny, second chance RomCom. I was definitely laughing my butt off when I started this book.

Marley's brother and Dad plan a nostalgic family road trip, the one her Mom had always wanted them to go on before she had lost her battle with cancer. But they failed to inform Marley that there was another guest taking the trip with them.

"My love for Marley is strong enough for me to let her go; too bad my heart is still battered and bruised from the first time I said goodbye."

This was a cute story, if a bit predictable. Heavy on the potty humor and d*ck jokes. Just the thing if you are looking for a laugh out loud second chance romance with some lovable characters.

"Porter winks at me and kicks his feet up on the bench across from my seat. I want to kick the arrogance right off his face with a snaggle foot…right after I lick his entire body and pee around him so everyone knows he’s mine."

My rating 3.5 stars

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scatological humour taken way too far

This novel is well enough written for me not to return it but:

-The humor is too forced. On every chapter there is a weird situation that involves everyone being extremely inappropriate (e.g.: a father telling his kids about their deceased mom's sex life, an old lady talking about orgies she used to have to complete strangers, someone drinking pee or sniffing someone else's but without a real reason behind it,...). I like crude humor, but not when it is so artificial.

-The hero (the main character's love interest) is plainly dislikable. He is portrayed as a handsome and rugged yet sensible man, but he doesn't act according to that description. He treats his 'best friend' as if said best friend was dumb, and every single moment of angst in the novel is caused by his insecurities or lack of communication with the main character. The heroin would be better off just finding a new boyfriend...


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Laugh out Loud FUNNY!!

Would you listen to The Mother Road again? Why?

Yes...It was funny and entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Porter, Marley's brother. The way he would fight with his sister or just give her a hard time was enjoyable.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Marley almost drank the pee bottles that Porter and his father filled on the way to get Marley.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was laughing so hard while listening to it at work they think I am going nuts.

Any additional comments?

Definitely a MUST listen! I will read/listen to this one again.

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A little juvenile for my tastes.

Although this book had moments of hilarity, I think I would recommend this for the later teenage reader. A lot of brother and sister ribbing with very juvenile undertones and the gross factor contributing to most of the jokes.
The narrators did well with the characters and the premise of the story was great, but I got very bored in the middle with the repetitive gas and penis jokes. Just not my cup of tea I guess.

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The Mother Road

I love this book! I’ve read it and now, after listening to it, love it even more! Hearing Marley and Porter come to life adds so much to the story. It’s still hilarious, laughter out loud funny!

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A Mixed Review

I have very mixed feelings about this book. The idea of taking a family trip along Route 66 to honor the wishes of their deceased mother is touching and sweet. The games they played along the way and the dad's habit of swearing with presidents' names was genuinely heart-warming and funny. But the constant bathroom humor was tiresome and over the top. And all four adults constantly sounding like 12 year old boys? I just can't believe people talk like that. It was too much.

The male narrator did an amazing job -- especially with the dad's voice. The female narrator was adequate but her rhythm was off on occasion.

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Couldn't finish!

This book is so bad I couldn't finish listening. The sexual innuendos and references are so bad that they are distracting from the story. It may be a decent story but I just couldn't take it any longer. I had to turn it off. I would NOT recommend this book.

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Laughter until you cry!!

This audiobook book was the funniest thing I have ever heard!! There were many times on my commute to work I almost had to pull over because I was laughing so hard. I pretty much looked like a looney toon every time I listened by myself in the car! The characters are so well developed they will stay with you long after you’ve finished. This is my first Meghan Quinn book, but she’ll be a one-click in the future!!

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A whole lot of fun!

5 Crazy Ass Must Read/Listen Stars!!!!!

Meghan Quinn's humor knows no bounds. Just when you think you've heard it all, she comes out with something that has you laughing out loud. No, I'm not gonna give you a quote. You have to experience her humor first hand to really appreciate it.
This was sweet, funny, a little heart-wrenching, sexy, and a whole lot of fun.
I loved the narrators. Greyson and J.F. did an amazing job with Marley and Porter along with the other characters as well. They gave them distinct voices and brought the story to life.

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Laugh out loud

Need a good laugh this is the book to read!!! Make sure you don't read or listen to in public, people will think you are crazy!!! Paul and his knowledge of facts with have you cracking up!!!

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I LAUGHED SO MUCH WITH THIS BOOK

I absolutely loved this book!!

laugh? Oh boy, I laughed so much.

I enjoyed the sass of Marley and the banter along with childish pranks she played on her brother Paul and what a predicament she faced when finding out she was going on the road of route 66 with her dad and brother as a memorial to her mother only to then find out joining them will be her brothers best friend and childhood crush Porter.


The Mother Road is a sweet and spicy friend's to lovers romance filled with lots of belly laughs along the way.

So many moments had me gushing, swooning or laughing.

This is not a book to be read in a quite doctors surgery, for instance, it has the ability to make you com-bust with laughter when you least expect it.

I listened to this in audio which really made it feel more realistic, the narration was brilliant and they really got into the role characters.

A highly recommended Rom Com. Told in first person dual pov and leads to a swoon-worthy hea.