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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 New York 10-26-13
    Boys like Boys New York 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.


    3 of 3 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 2012

    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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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 10-14-13
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2011
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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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    A. Clark California 05-26-14
    A. Clark California 05-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "DNF"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There are many thing that I would change about this book. I love long audiobooks, but the story was longer than it was supposed to be. I did not like the main characters love interest, I actually liked his ex a lot more. And biggest of all, it just didn't seem 'real'.


    Has The Nothingness of Ben turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Could you see The Nothingness of Ben being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of those m/m stories where there were too many sex scenes. I don't mind some in my story, but it don't like when the plot revolves around it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carmen Haslet, TX, United States 04-01-14
    carmen Haslet, TX, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "City boy meets country boy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't know where to start, some parts I liked such as the children are well behaved and honest. Ben however is a snob who is boaring and thinks he's al that. It seems
    If his parents hadn't died he would of never talked to Travis. Speaking of Travis a mechanic who rents a room from neighbors and don't have a pot to piss in falls for Ben and then puts up with his crap and belittling, he leaves town and upon return he dosen't make Ben grovel. It seems there weren't to many men to choose from.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Violeta H. Berkenkamp CA 02-27-14 Member Since 2014
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danique Bleary Tokyo, Japan 02-21-14
    Danique 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.


    0 of 0 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 2011

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 12-03-13
    Marie ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Feel good story. Horrible narrator."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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