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
I'm an average sort of bloke. I drive a truck round the uk and have gotten into listening to audiobooks as I drive a round...
a week ending really but in line with the complete story
the 'nothingness' of ben is a good title, as nothing really happens.
having first read the return by the same writer/narrator. in which ben and his 'family' are mentioned I felt I should listen to this one to see how they fit together.. I wish I hadn't,the story is ok in itself and the narration not too bad, but there is no great wonder, no suspense.. even the walk round New York with Jason was a nothingness really.. just an excuse to throw in references to stonewall etc.. very weak,all in all a nothing story really.. I wasn't over impressed with 'the return' and this one is even less so..
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
I have not read the print version, but enjoyed listening to this story.
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.
I have listened to Charlie before and enjoyed his work, he did a great job here with these characters too.
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?
I enjoyed this story and I will be looking out for more books on audible by this author.
"A simple read"
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.
Unfortunately I haven't because it didn't really leave a strong impression on me.
"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.
The best audio book. I have enjoyed listening to the book at night. Love the book ever
"Couldn't put this down!"
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!
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'.
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.
"Loved it sooo much on audible!!"
Ben and Travis and the brothers
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.
yes if I had the time .but I enjoy it so much I listen to it very many times.
"I cried ....It was beautiful"
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
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.
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.
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.
"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!
"Feel good story. Horrible narrator."
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.
"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.
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