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Bear, Otter, and the Kid | [T. J. Klune]

Bear, Otter, and the Kid

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.
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Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world ... something or someone.

©2011 TJ Klune (P)2012 TJ Klune

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    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 06-05-12
    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 06-05-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Nothing But the Best!"

    I vaguely remember this title previously being given five-star reviews on some known review sites, but admit that such ratings never swayed me before. Truthfully, I bought this book entirely on merit of Sean Crisden being the narrator. He did not disappoint me! Neither did the novel itself. Admittedly, I'm a huge gay-for-you fan and as Sean Crisden is one of my top ten favorite audiobook narrators, I knew I would not regret this purchase.
    Even at its angsty-est moments, this novel is a cut above the rest. Personally I found that the storyline reminded me quite a bit of the movie Shelter (2007) and as the previous reviewer mentions, there is an overdone ocean imagery that could have been reigned in. I'm also not the biggest fan of the main characters (incl. the supporting cast!) bursting into tears at any given emotional moment. But all this is forgiveable in light of a well-written, well-narrated story. And it is indeed a well-written novel! I never got bored, never had a moment when I was tempted to skip forward. The pace and the story arc was excellently done, balancing angst with humor very well. To his credit, Sean Crisden does what he does at his best, giving personality to the characters and diving into every scene with such enthusiasm and fearless animation that it was difficult to turn the audio off, and I never really wanted the book to end. With over 12 delicious hours to enjoy, I say forget listening to the sample. Just go ahead and buy this one!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-14-12
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    "Loved it!!"

    I've always loved Sean Crisden as a narrator! He just makes the characters come to life...I will always be a fan of his...this story was so good I found myself becoming emotional...
    I know when a story is good is when I shout at the characters!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Murfreesboro, TN, United States 06-10-12
    Amazon Customer Murfreesboro, TN, United States 06-10-12
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    "Laugh almost cry and want to strangle Bear"

    The story is great and less predictable then most male/male romance books in many ways. it is funny, very few books can make me laugh out loud. The Kid quickly became a fav of mine funny smart and perceptive. The ocean metaphor got overdone for me. but that is a small thing. Bear is one of those people we are encouraged to like and I do for most part but some points you want to strangle him for missing what's staring him in the face.

    The narrator is not the best is ok and i have noticed if like this type of book you're stuck with him

    In short buy this book its cheap and fun and in today's world we all need some escapes

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fara madison, WI, United States 02-10-13
    Fara madison, WI, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Heart Warming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I already have. This was one of the sweetest most heart warming stories that I have heard in a long time. It was totally worth the purchase and I will be listening to it again and again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bear, Otter, and the Kid?

    There are so many...but I think my favorite part, with out giving too much away, was Bear and the kid sitting in the tub to be safe from the "Earthquakes"


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but this was pretty good. He has a good voice and he really seemed to portray everything the way it should be. The only negative thing I have to say is that sometimes his voice got so low that the word he was saying seemed to be whispered and was kind of hard to hear.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 10-22-12
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Odd title, but engaging and heartwarming read"
    What made the experience of listening to Bear, Otter, and the Kid the most enjoyable?

    It's a comfortable read, the emotions are real you're easily drawn into the lives of Bear and the kid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is peppered with emotional extremes, the good kind. The story takes you into the thick of it; it's like your watching the funny bits play out, like the heartbreaking bits are happening to you, but most of all, you know it's all going to be okay in the end.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sean Crisden is one of my preferred narrators. Well done


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

    All the time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-12-13
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Silly title, incredible book"
    What made the experience of listening to Bear, Otter, and the Kid the most enjoyable?

    The perfect narrator for this story. Sean Crisden.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bear, of course. Followed closely by Ty and Otter. Even the secondary characters were wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sean narrated all but the first two in Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series. Loved them. All stellar performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh, you mean all the times when my heart was ripped out through my ribcage?


    Any additional comments?

    The story was heartwarming, gut-wrenching, sweet, hot, hilarious... a rollercoaster of emotions. Very well written and brilliantly narrated, especially Bear's internal dialogue. The secondary characters were nearly as well developed as the three main characters. A solid five-star story and performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13
    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Engrossing from step one."

    I have to say - before anything else - that the narrator, Sean Crisden, absolutely nailed this one. Every character has a voice, and those voices built upon the characterization that T.J. Klune gave them, and brought them even more to life.

    Not that they needed any help. Bear, the Kid, and the cast of characters that surround them (especially Anna and Otter, of course) are so richly designed that they live and breathe for the reader (or, in my case, listener.)

    Without giving anything away, the situation is this: At eighteen, Bear is left with guardianship of his younger brother because his mother takes off with her boyfriend. His entire life narrows down to the realization that he needs to take care of his brother - the wonderfully written Kid from the title, who is barely six or so at the time. That his best friend, his best friend's bother (Otter) and his girlfriend Anna are there to help - not that Bear feels he can trust anyone ever again.

    This is the crux of the story, that Bear can't open himself up to accept help without mallet to the head, and that trust for him does not come easily.

    Also - there's the way he feels about his best friend's older brother - Otter - not that he wants to think about that at all.

    T.J. Klune spins a wonderful story here - it's engaging, it's enraging (seriously, Bear is so incredibly infuriating at times, but in a way that makes you keep going), it's sexy, it's emotionally disarming (the Kid is freaking adorable), and - frankly - it's completely engrossing. I was absolutely hooked on this story from step one.

    I'm definitely finding more T.J. Klune.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer chicago, il 01-09-13
    Amazon Customer chicago, il 01-09-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Don't judge a book by its title"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bear, Otter, and the Kid to be better than the print version?

    The print version was better only because I liked the sound of Kid's voice in my head better than the narrator's attempt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Bear the most because of the voices in his head that he argues with. I can relate.


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    I didn't really care for Ty or Otters voices. I liked Creed and Bear. He portrays emotion really well


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

    The fight for him is all he's ever known...


    Any additional comments?

    I Would like to hear the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andra TIFTON, GA, United States 09-10-12
    Andra TIFTON, GA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book and Great Listen!!"
    Would you listen to Bear, Otter, and the Kid again? Why?

    I would in a few years.


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    I've enjoyed a number of his books even though his male characters sound alike, lol. I thought for a hot second I was listening to Fish & Chips, lol.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bear, Otter, and the Kid and why?

    The Kid of course! He was funny but almost "not real" or to grown up. I just can't imagine any kid saying the things he says or making the realizations. He seems to made Bear's character seem like a kid when it came to adult thinking. Bear was there to keep the bills paid, thats it, lol.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still at a loss over the mother. I just knew she arranged for the ex-boyfriend to show up or maybe he was going to pay the mother some money to help him get Otter back but it seems she just showed up for a few hours and vanished. It was like she made an empty threat and didn't even show back up to sell wolf tickets. I thought i may have missed her second return. All in all though, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Riverside, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Michael Riverside, CA, United States 08-07-12
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    "Such a great story!"

    This almost doesn't qualify as a gay romance novel, in a very good way. Yes, there is some of that, but only enough to cement the relationship between Bear and Otter, and it's not nearly as graphic as some of the novels I've come across. The Kid is a great character, and he's supposed to be super smart with great intuition, but he sometimes seems far too intelligent for a 9 year old, almost to the point of unbelievability. But that's really the only big flaw in this story. You will find yourself rooting for Bear, Otter and the Kid. I didn't want it to end, and I hope there's more to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A roller coaster of emotions"

    I loved this book, it made me cry and laugh out loud. Recommended listening for all romantics.

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