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The Nothingness of Ben | [Brad Boney]

The Nothingness of Ben

Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.
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Publisher's Summary

Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.

During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he's found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn't always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?

©2012 Brad Boney (P)2013 Brad Boney

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    Boys like Boys 10-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A simple read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If my friend had already listened to most of the other book in the M/M genre, had both money and time to spend, then yes I would recommend it. Not to say it was that bad of a book but for me, the plot that I'd gathered from the blurb wasn't all that compelling to begin with. And then it sort of dragged, going through the motions of the usual book with a "gay for you" (suburbs style) theme that you find in this genre. I found this book similar to the book "Nothing ever happens" by Sue Brown but ironically less climatic.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brad Boney before, how does this one compare?

    Unfortunately I haven't because it didn't really leave a strong impression on me.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-23-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Nice feel good m/m romance"

    Really nice feel good m/m romance. I liked it. I really didn't like the country accent David used for Travis character, but other than that...it was your basic m/m romance. Well take that back... it was a bit interesting in how Travis left Ben, when Ben broke up with Travis... it actually worked for the story though... Just enough angst, romance and storyline. I really liked the brothers too...

    Nice narration. Charlie David is best with Hispanic or Italian accents, but he did great here as well.

    Good credit or sale... Or just buy and save credit it the price is still under 10 dollars.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    book wench 10-04-14
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    "Couldn't put this down!"
    Any additional comments?

    A real slice of life that kept me deeply involved in Ben and Travis' story. Family and friends play a huge part in the story, giving it wonderful depth. Just loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Violet B 02-27-14
    Violet B 02-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Love MM erotica, enjoy well matched narrators with outstanding stories. They give me a great narration and I will listen to it many times.

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    "Loved it sooo much on audible!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben and Travis and the brothers


    What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does the voices so well and sounds very good on audio,
    He knew the characters well to sound them out as they would be.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes if I had the time .but I enjoy it so much I listen to it very many times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Bleary Tokyo, Japan 02-21-14
    Dean Bleary Tokyo, Japan 02-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I cried ....It was beautiful"
    Where does The Nothingness of Ben rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks in my top 5. I have a hard time putting a particular number on a book because I love them all...but this one drove me to tears


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nothingness of Ben?

    I loved when Ben finally broke down and came to terms with the fact that his parents were really gone. I didn't realize how important it was for me to see him acknowledge his parents death until he did, and my heart broke for him.


    What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved his voices, his southern drawl. It was sexy when it needed to be, strong when it needed to be and kept me enthralled as much as the story did.


    If you could rename The Nothingness of Ben, what would you call it?

    I couldn't rename this book. The title is so apt. We see a man at the height of his life brought to his knees, laid bare and empty. It forced me to see myself stripped to that nothingness and left me wondering how and if I could make it to the other side.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "WOW! Great Book"

    For the first time in quite a while i have absolutely no complaints about a book. This book was well written, well narrated, the characters were very realistic and easy to relate to and the story line flowed so well. An A+ Listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 12-03-13
    Marie 12-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Feel good story. Horrible narrator."
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    This is a feel good story. There isn't much character development or emotional attachment to any character. Sometimes though you want a simple book that you don't have to think about. Just something that fills the silence and keeps you somewhat occupied, so that if your mind wanders in and out your don't really miss anything.

    The narrator really is bad though that he ruined a simple feel good story. Made it pretty unbearable in fact. Travis is given an over the top stereo-typical Texan accent. Although amazingly, none of the other Texas residents have one. Lubbock is pronounced Lou-bock. Correct way is Lub-ick. It makes it distracting to try and puzzle out what the author is trying to say when a main character sounds like a buffoon. I kept expecting to hear something along the lines of Goofy's "Ah shucks" and laugh after ever sentence. There wasn't any need to make him sounds so stupid, it came across as if the narrator was prejudiced against Texans and southerners in general.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Riva 10-14-13
    Riva 10-14-13
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    "Great narration, OK story"

    5 stars for Charlie David, but 3.5 stars for the story itself. This is a story of Ben, a stuck up NY attorney, and his journey of self-discovery and budding relationship with Travis, an auto mechanic with a heart of gold. The story is pretty predictable and the smex is good, but it just kind of plods along. It is a sweet story with some very poignant moments, but didn’t really “stick” with me as memorable. Ben is not really a likeable character, although I did like Travis quite a bit. There is a side story of Ben’s relationship with his brothers that I enjoyed. All in all, worth a credit for Charlie David’s narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb start to AMAZING series"

    Ben lives in New York at the start of the story, he’s friends with the influential and looking to rise quickly in the world of lawyers. His parents die suddenly and leave him his younger brothers to raise – back in Texas. He’s sure the thing to do is move everyone back to NYC , there isn’t anything keeping him in Texas and many reasons to leave the dust behind. Until…

    Travis has been friends with the Walshes for a while now and is especially close to their sons. He plays an influential role in helping Ben reconnect with his brothers and somehow, along the way, finds himself being attracted to a man (Ben) for the first time in his life.

    The attraction is mutual, though the path to love is far from easy. First there are the brothers – they don’t trust Ben and don’t know how he’s going to fit in their lives again. Then there’s the fact that Travis has some pretty hefty hurdles to overcome concerning his own sexuality. Finally, once Ben and Travis are together and the boys have come around, there is the problem of location. Namely, Ben can’t see himself in Texas and no one else can see themselves in NYC – especially not Travis, who really is a good ol’ boy at heart.

    After some much needed time apart, the advice from friends and some unexpected visits from beyond the grave, Travis and Ben re-prioritize and we get our HEA.

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    I have to admit, I didn’t like this book nearly as much when I first read it as I do now that I have read the subsequent sequels. Without giving away too much, just let me say that Travis and Ben have much more to their relationship than we see here and the payoff is really, really worth it.

    This is essentially a GFY story for Travis and a sort of coming of age story for Ben in that he has a lot of growing up to do, despite his years. The book is heavy on dialog and the romance, the sex is subtle, slow building, but very sweet. Again, with a re-read after knowing more about the characters from the next books, the subtleties are really showcased as quiet clues to a much bigger, more amazing story that you will want to re-read this book just to catch them.

    I highly recommend this book and the subsequent books that follow.



    Audio:

    Charlie David is one of my favorite m/m narrators. He does a really fantastic job with the southern drawls and is very easy to listen to. The sound quality is excellent and I think that I enjoyed listening to the audiobook even more than reading it, due to the quality of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Belk North Bend, Oregon United States 05-28-15
    William Belk North Bend, Oregon United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I'd marry Boneyard if I wasn't so old (& he didn't live in Texas)."

    I love the Welch family, & I'd love to visit Austin. Too many things go awry when I leave my comfort zone.

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    "awesome writing, awesome narration"

    Engaging story momentum coupled with awesome writing. The narrator brought the characters to life in such a way one could almost imagine seeing the film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teddy
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    12/7/14
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    "The love of family and friends"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nothingness of Ben to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but enjoyed listening to this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Ben, he had so much to cope with, some difficult decisions to make. He got through it all making the best decisions he could, keeping his family together was hard work and he triumphed in the end.


    Have you listened to any of Charlie David’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Charlie before and enjoyed his work, he did a great job here with these characters too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was, as with many books on audio it's a bit like switching off a movie half way through, now tell me who does that?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story and I will be looking out for more books on audible by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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