We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
What Binds Us Audiobook
What Binds Us
Written by: 
Larry Benjamin
Narrated by: 
Richard Magnus
 >   > 
What Binds Us Audiobook

What Binds Us

Regular Price:$17.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Thomas Edward is only a teenager when he escapes his working class neighborhood. He's ready for anything—except the arrival of Donovan Whyte in his life. Sophisticated and dazzlingly handsome, Dondi quickly becomes the center of Thomas Edward's universe, introducing him to a world full of drama, passion and feuding families.

When their relationship fizzles, they remain uneasy friends until Dondi invites Thomas Edward to his family's summer house. Thomas Edward is immediately attracted to Dondi's mysterious brother, Matthew—and finds himself hopelessly drawn to both men.

As time passes, Thomas Edward develops a unique bond with both brothers as they orbit around each other, although he knows only one of them can be his lifelong love. Will the three of them be able to find a way to hold on to each other? Or will love, its loss, and the threat of death destroy their connection once and for all?

©2012 Larry Benjamin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (97 )
5 star
 (50)
4 star
 (23)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.0 (93 )
5 star
 (48)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.2 (92 )
5 star
 (50)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (12)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 08-09-12
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1974
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    285
    273
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    600
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth the Lost Sleep"

    This is easily the best book I've listened to in a very, very long time. I'm very into erotica and romance. This was not purely romance and definitely not erotica. But it was about love, both romantic and familial and primarily centered around males. I'm a female, but I absolutely, unquestionably loved it. The story was great. But beyond that, it's the language, the terminology used by the author. He has a finesse for stating things in such beautiful ways that every word resonated with me deeply. It's not a feel good book, but still, through my tears, I was both happy and sad. It was moving in both positive and sad ways, which few books manage to accomplish. I could go on, but I think you get the message. I don't think I've ever given any book 5 stars across the board. But I couldn't identify anything negative about my experience with this book. I'm writing this shortly after I finished the book, so my rating may be based on my continual afterglow. Whatever the cause, this book is worth a listen.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charles Metuchen, NJ, United States 06-20-12
    Charles Metuchen, NJ, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a great surprise!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was expecting another light read, something that I'd fly through quickly. But what I got was a beautifully written engaging story involving complex characters who touched my heart. I can't wait for Larry Benjamin to publish another book. This was a real find, and it will stay with me for a long time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas Edward, the narrator, shows the reader a world much different from his own. He is kind and loving, and these traits make him credible and finally someone the reader cares a lot about.


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

    I loved it. The story is unique and dynamic, populated with richly drawn complicated characters. I was very moved.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nic Australia 03-19-14
    Nic Australia 03-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Nic

    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A unique journey!"

    This was another book I listened to by audio version and I really enjoyed it. The narrator, Richard Magnus, together with an engrossing story, kept me riveted for the whole 7 hour duration.

    This story was a journey. It is the story of Thomas Edward who is swept up into the world of Dondi and his brother Matthew. Dondi and Matthew's upbringing is a world away from Thomas Edward's own background and the character's themselves are unique.

    The story begins with Thomas Edward having a relationship with Dondi. But Dondi isn't the sort of man to be tied down in a relationship. However his friendship with Thomas Edward maintains steadfast and he flits in and out of his life. Importantly, he introduces Thomas Edward to his unusual family including his brother, Matthew.

    This is a story of love and family and craziness. It's interesting and unique. It's emotional and it's sad. Somewhat into the story I began to expect what the outcome might be but it made it no less emotional.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Riva 03-24-13
    Riva 03-24-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    700
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    540
    281
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    117
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Masterpiece!! Fabulous narration."
    What made the experience of listening to What Binds Us the most enjoyable?

    Everything. The characters, the story and definitely the narrator. He made the characters come alive. This is one of those books that stays with you for years after and you smile about it.


    What other book might you compare What Binds Us to and why?

    The Great Gatsby. The author is a master of the English language.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Magnus – was your favorite?

    Dondi,but all are great.


    Who was the most memorable character of What Binds Us and why?

    Dondi. Although the story is not told from his POV, it is mostly his story as seen by his best friend Thomas Edward. Thomas' romance is also beautiful but it mostly a historical memoir about Dondi's experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I've ever listened to and one of the best books period.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ben 06-25-15
    Ben 06-25-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    207
    48
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    18
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Far beyond the average MM romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It was a very satisfying, very emotional book. It is way beyond the standard of the usual MM romance fiction.


    What other book might you compare What Binds Us to and why?

    It has some of the feel of the Great Gatsby and even Brideshead Revisited. The glamorous but dangerous and self-destructive scion of a wealthy family is a sort of modern American equivalent of Lord Sebastian Flyte. But it is a much more modern novel than either of those.


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

    Nothing particularly unexpected, but he did a very good job.


    If you could rename What Binds Us, what would you call it?

    Don't know


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jarvise Orlando, FL 07-01-14
    Jarvise Orlando, FL 07-01-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story"
    Where does What Binds Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Compared to the other audiobooks I've listened to, "What Binds Us" is a great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story are the characters and their developing relationships. In some way I was able to relate to their friendships and in someway their story line.


    What about Richard Magnus’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the way he maintained a distinguish between the characters by using a different tone of voice, and the way he portrayed the characters personality.


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

    I wanted to read this book in one sitting but was unable to due to work. I did chapters 1-7 driving to and from work, and 8-30 on my day off work today, finished in 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    A definite must READ!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 12-21-12
    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 12-21-12

    Janetnaz

    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    212
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    29
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love lasts forevrr"
    Would you listen to What Binds Us again? Why?

    Absolutely. The premise of the love story is more than two people and more than just romantic love. It is about making a family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edward Thomas. He started as a young college student in love/lust and became a man that understood the different forms of love and built a family on that foundation.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Magnus – was your favorite?

    Dondi


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In sickness and in health love blossoms


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Livin' For Love Books UK 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    130
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Yes depressing but so darn good!"
    Would you listen to What Binds Us again? Why?

    Absolutely


    What other book might you compare What Binds Us to and why?

    The return by Brad Boney


    What about Richard Magnus’s performance did you like?

    He is a solid narrator.


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

    Impossible. There is too much to process. It needs breaks.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Meredith 10-02-13
    Meredith 10-02-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Overwrought and Melodramatic"

    The author has talent - unfortunately, enough that I kept listening past the point where I wanted to stop. By the end though, I just wanted it over. The story became more and more melodramatic. The characters were unrealistic and unbelievable, except for perhaps the mc. The situation was predictable. Just take a pass.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randal Tampa, FL United States 06-17-12
    Randal Tampa, FL United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2014

    I am an avid audio book listener. I have over 340 in my library and re-listen to them until I know my favorites by heart.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    70
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    138
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    31
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Save your money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is not something I can recommend. It was tedious and did not get any better from the start. I only listened to the first few chapters and they were painful. It is a period piece which is part of what I found difficult to listen to.


    Has What Binds Us turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but definitely the author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Magnus?

    The narrator was ok. If the story had been better I would have had no problem with the narration. The story is so bad it colors everything else.


    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • BevS
    East Anglia, U.K.
    7/23/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A superior story...."

    For starters, I have to admit I wasn't that keen on the narrator, his bored nasally drawl for Dondi in particular seemed so affected, and there wasn't much variation in his characterisations so that one voice seemed to bleed into another sometimes. Having said that and to be perfectly fair, I would venture a guess that this story was quite difficult to narrate with so many male characters to distinguish between, so Mr Magnus’ narration gets a 3.5/4 from me.

    The story however is a different matter – it’s a must read story. I didn't fall ‘in love’ with any of the characters as I normally do. Having lived through that particularly awful period in history, when what seemed to be an entire generation of young gay men were brought to their knees (absolutely no pun intended) by that ruthless killer known as AIDS - well, it’s not something you forget quickly.

    I found the writing itself to be theatrical, flamboyant, amazingly descriptive and thoroughly ‘of the moment’, and yes, I do consider Mr Benjamin to be something of a word-smith. I did shed tears at the end. It’s a shame that Dondi seemed to live up to the stereotype that exists when heterosexual people usually think of gay guys…that they’ll 'sleep' with anyone that moves and has a pulse but I'm here to tell you I knew straight guys like that, so no, it’s just plain old human behaviour. I don’t condone Dondi’s behaviour, but I can understand why he was as he was, and why people were drawn to him. Thomas Edward, black and working class, who was the narrator and principal character of the story, was there for all of them.

    As far as the filthy rich Whyte family is concerned, I could honestly only gasp in wonder (read... was gobsmacked, it just boggled the imagination) at the wealth that Dondi and his brothers were surrounded by and took for granted as they grew up, and to discover that each of them – Colin, Matthew and Donovan (Dondi) – was gifted $25 million by their ‘father’ on their 18th birthdays, well it beggars belief that only Dondi went off the rails. I found Colin and Matthew to be pretty level headed all things considered, and you’ll notice I put father in inverted commas….you’ll have to read/listen to the story to get the background details on both Gio and the boys mother, Mrs Whyte (I don’t excuse her viciousness towards Dondi, but I can sort of understand it in a way, given what went on before and the fact that she was duped)…and of course, I did pick up on the line ‘the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree’ when it was uttered. I'm not going into the details of the story any further; you must read it for yourselves…oh, and watch the film ‘The Normal Heart’ , which is also set at the onset of that dreaded plague. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . This story gets all the stars from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.