What Binds Us

What Binds Us hrs minThomas 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

  • Title: What Binds Us
  • Author: LarryBenjamin Richard Magnus
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • 7 hrs 1 minThomas 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, they7 hrs 1 minThomas 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

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    1. This is the story that had to be told,the story of the Sun,the Earth and the Moon.I'm left feeling exactly the same way I felt after readingUnbroken by this Author.I have no idea how to put into words how much I loved this book.One thing is for certain,Larry Benjamin is an extremely talented Author.His writing is beautiful,almost poetic at times and I was swept along in a sea of emotions reading this.The story is narrated by Thomas-Edward,but it's not just his story that's told.'s Dondi's as wel [...]

    2. What Binds Us is more a gay historical drama than an m/m romance. There is a certain degree of romance but it isn't what drives the narrative. At least it didn't feel like that to me. So, to that extend, the blurb isn't very indicative of the plot.This is essentially Dondi's story as told by his ex-lover and best friend Thomas-Edward. I dare say it's the story as Thomas experienced it. The first person POV adds to that effect.The book is divided into three parts: Sunrise, Eclipse, and Sunset and [...]

    3. I had read and loved What Binds Us some time ago and when I saw the audio book was really cheap on Audible I bought it right away.Reading Unbroken by Larry Benjamin, which is another gay fiction by the same author, had formerly blown my mind and I couldn’t wait to read more books by him. Larry Benjamin knows how to beautifully tell a story.In this case, the story of three men whose lives are forever bound together.When I finished the book for the first time, I was sitting there amidst a ton of [...]

    4. Story and Audiobook Reviewage on Prism Book AllianceWhen I started listening to this story, I didn’t know where I was headed. Then it became clear. I was made to wait, just like they were made to wait, for the end, and the beginning…~ ~ ~ The Earth, the Moon and the Sun ~ ~ ~Make no mistake about it, this is plainly a love letter to this book, these characters, and to love itself. This is my life. My friends’ lives, those of my family. It’s the story of all of us. This is a personal revi [...]

    5. I read What Binds Us in September and I can’t believe I missed to post a review of this wonderful book. Looking back now, I have highlighted so many paragraphs of beautiful writing that it's difficult to pick which to quote. Here is one of my favourite:“What did you wish for?”“I wished I was handsome. I wished I was special,” I answered“You are special.”“No, I’m not. I’m ordinary as dirt.”He reached into the planter beside him and extracted a handful of dark soil. “This i [...]

    6. If I have to pick a thing that really resonated with me, a thing that drew me to the story, it will be the WRITING! I must write it all down—quickly, before it leaves me. Like he did. Gone too soon. 'Memories of a love lost and a love found. Memories of a life shared and a life lost.' YES, it was the writing that kept me turning the pages. Thomas-Edward, the narrator, a young black guy, tells TWO stories- his and Matthew's and above all Dondi's. How DONDI lived, loved and dealt with the devast [...]

    7. 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 wit [...]

    8. It's a Sunday night. I am trying to write 2 reviews but the words have got stuck so I browse my TBR shelf and come across this book. That is a decision I won't regret.This book is beautiful. I love the authors prose and ended up awake until the early hours unable to put it down.Thomas and Dondi meet at College and form a deep friendship. For a while it is sexual but Dondi is like a whirlwind that can't stay still and shies away from love and commitment. When Thomas spends the summer with Dondi a [...]

    9. a beautiful and moving book. DOES IT HAVE SPECIAL MEANING FOR YOU? Absolutely. I don't think I can articulate how wonderful this book is without sounding corny. I cried. From happiness and melancholy and a deep, yet satisfying sadness. This is an amazing story. Beyond amazing. No review is going to do this book justice so just read it. The story has three parts : Sunrise, Eclipse and Sunset. And each part ha story for 3 main characters. Iam goin to leave you with my favorite line from the book: [...]

    10. This is not a typical romance winding its way through the garden of tropes to an expected HEA. But it's definitely a love story. It's a powerful love story that spans about ten years from the 70s and into the 80s and encompasses an enormous amount of growth.My little issues, quick-like, before moving on--I want them out of the way because this story is so much bigger. And I'm me I've gotta lay out the honesty. I found the writing to be almostoverly narrative at times. There was some beautiful im [...]

    11. 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 matt [...]

    12. This book reads like a fairy tale, from the deliciously crafted language (Larry DOES have a way with words, and him describing himself as a wordsmith is really spot on) to the description of characters, milieus and sceneries.The story is a fairytale of the middle class black boy meeting the filthy rich white kid and the whole happily efter after, had it not been for the fact that this is the 1980ies and AIDS was slashing homos like a scythe cutting fresh green grass. I remember seeing my first m [...]

    13. I don't often review books. They have to be fabulous or moving in some way. I usually let the stars I give them speak for themselves. I have to say something about this book, and yet have no words to give What Binds Us justice.This book was an afterthought purchase. I bought it on a whim while buying a book I couldn't wait to read. When I opened my Kindle and saw What Binds Us, I opened it just to see the first chapter. I didn't get to the book I couldn't wait to read. Instead, I was drawn into [...]

    14. A wonderfully written book that will stay with me for a very long time, if not for as long as my memory will still serve me.

    15. No rating, DNFThis is one of those books that I know I'm going to dislike - or at least get a headache from constantly rolling my eyes - from the very beginning. Not because the story is bad, I can't comment on the story because I gave up on the book very early on. The writing style is not for me. I read that the author calls himself a wordsmith, but imo a wordsmith is not someone who uses 3547382 metaphors/comparisons in a paragraph to give their writing more meaning. A wordsmith is someone who [...]

    16. This review will contain mild spoilers. I don't think its too much of a spoiler, because the blurb does hint at it. Such a wonderful book. And so out of character for me to say so, because I usually avoid any book with sadness, and/or death of a loved character. And there is that in this book. This book has all kinds of love, romantic love, family love and love of friends. It is about Dondi Whyte, his brother Matthew, and the man they both love, Thomas Edward. The story spans several years. Told [...]

    17. This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully JayThomas-Edward and Dondi first meet as roommates when they begin college in 1977. Thomas is encountering the world for the first time outside the loving but somewhat smothering embrace of his family. And he meets Dondi who is in many ways larger than life - gorgeous, sophisticated, dramatic, and wonderful. Dondi is wealthy beyond imagining and lives in a totally different world. Yet the two men become close friends, and over the course o [...]

    18. This is an epic story of the kind that doesn't come along very often, but stays with you for a long, long time. But what to say that hasn't already been said?For me, being in the same age-group as the main characters, there was a lot that really resonated, including some very dark memories of the years when, not long after coming out, I used to visit a gay club in the weekends, and would constantly be told stories about so-and-so who was diagnosed with AIDS that week, or someone else who had die [...]

    19. This is an incredibly touching book, with such in-depth characterisation that you will live with this story for a good while after you've finished reading it. The story follows the main character's move away to college, his relationship with his wealthy room-mate and brother and the extraordinary love they share. I can't say much more than this without spoiling the plot, but this is a beautifully told story of love, with all the highs and lows that go with it.I absolutely loved What Binds Us. It [...]

    20. I am not sure I know how to write a review of this book.cially because I can’t see very well with the tears in my eyes. I loved it, clearly. Felt every emotion in the book. Agree with previous reviews which stated this is not a romance’s more a story of friendship and family and love. Only problem I see with this author is that after one of his books you need two or three simple love books to give time for your heart to mend before you dive into a new Larry Benjamin’s epic read!!!

    21. Great book. It's not really a romance. There's certainly a romantic plot and the relationship between Thomas-Edward and Matthew is definitely a key element, but for me, this book is about Dondi. He's the character the whole book is structured around. That's not a problem for me at all; the book is great and the writing is really lovely. I thought about the characters for a while after I put the book down, which is the mark of an excellent read as far as I'm concerned. (Also, I seriously wept at [...]

    22. What a beautiful and unforgettable story of friendship, love and loss. I was left speechless and profoundly moved at the end of this amazing book. As your reading you can kind of predict the outcome but it still caught me off guard and left me sobbing. Usually I won't read a book if I know the ending will be sad but this is something you really need to read to fully understand the depth of love these men have for each other and I'm so glad I did!!!

    23. Wow. I don't even know what to say about this book. Um, have some tissues handyr the next few days maybe? Really great story that starts out with two mcs, adds another, drops one, adds anothernd of. Yes, it's love story but really so much more than that. More like a life story. Excellent!!

    24. This book had me laughing and crying. It was beautiful and consuming. Reading this book transcended beyond seeing words on a page. I became a voyeur to these characters lives, and it happened effortlessly.

    25. Almost an exact replica of Unbroken. Great story, no steam, and the romance got lost in the horrific era of AIDS in the 80s.

    26. WellI wanted to give this book 1 star. I wanted to give this book 5 stars. It's amazing in both measures. So I shan't rate it. (Audible version).

    27. I just finished reading this book today and am still thinking about it and still drying my eyes. I knew nothing about the book or the author, but am so very glad I have discovered him. This is a book that takes the reader gently through these turbulent years of 1977 to 1989. The three main characters are referred to numerous times as the 'sun', the 'earth', and the 'moon'. This will make sense to you once you get into the characters.I don't want to say a whole lot about it, as the story needs to [...]

    28. What Binds Us is a beautiful story which examines the true meaning of the love that exists between lovers, family and friends. At one point in the story, the three young men are described as the sun (Dondi), the earth (Thomas) and the moon (Matthew) and I think that is a pretty good indication of their personalities, as well as their relationship. Dondi is someone who likes to live life to the fullest and while there is nothing wrong with that, he is promiscuous and tends to leave a trail of bro [...]

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