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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 07-01-12
    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 07-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Heartwarming and well-written, if a tad too long"

    An affectionate story with interesting main and secondary characters. The continual first person perspective, always through the same character, is a difficult task but it was done well here, especially since the internal monologue was largely credible and established clearly the main character's difficulty in focussing and facing things directly. At the same time, at some point (early or late in the book depending on one's tolerance for self-pity and an unfailing habit of jumping to conclusions), I imagine most readers will see their patient sympathy turn into exasperation. Overall though, the patience is well rewarded by a good 12 hour journey into the author's universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 06-04-12
    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "sweet story"

    some of the writing was repetitive, could've used a bit more editing. there was a somewhat overdone ocean metaphor. that said, now that the book is over i miss the characters! i really enjoyed getting to know them. solid romance novel, with a touch more complexity in plot and characters than some others in the genre.

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    Ric New Orleans, La. 05-09-14
    Ric New Orleans, La. 05-09-14 Member Since 2013

    R. Allen Freeman

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    "Cute sweet and sometimes intense"
    If you could sum up Bear, Otter, and the Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Entertaining, charming.


    What other book might you compare Bear, Otter, and the Kid to and why?

    Good to know by D.W. Marchwell. Good to know is similar to Bear, Otter, and the kid, a story of two men and a little boy, the boy in this story is very smart and sweet and funny just like Tyson. The two men found love with each other and there number one job is to take care of and love there son I enjoyed it.


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

    Not that I know of.


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

    When bear was trying to get otter to tell him why he left. And when bear had a fight with his girlfriend about how he feels about otter.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is very charming and sweet there is so much love to go round I love how everyone loves and takes care of Tyson that's one little boy who doesn't lack in love everyone loves him and they adore him. The relationship between Bear and Otter is sweet but intense it's sweet to see how much they love each other.

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    Angela 04-25-14
    Angela 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Honey, I shrunk the Kid?....... Eh?"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say that Bear is my favorite and least favorite character at the same time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Crisden?

    As I am writing this after listening to both audio books I would have to say Charlie David.


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

    Listen, no. I did want to read it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator turned the Kid and Anna into frigging Rick Moranis! Oh ick! I did see a lot of reviewers saying they really like this guy's narrating and I wouldn't discount him altogether, but I am hoping this Rick Moranis voice is not a common occurrence. I am so glad I read the book before listening to the audio. I liked the narrator of the second audio book MUCH better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 02-24-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 02-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Long!"

    This audiobook was 200 pages too long. I came in really excited because of the kid angle and I got a book of 5 matyrs.

    17 year old Derek "Bear" as his baby brother Tyson couldn't pronounce Derek came home one day to find a note for his mother. She was leaving with her latest loser boyfriend for parts unknown. Since the loser didn't want her kids, she was leaving Tyson "Ty" in Bear's care. She had the presence of mind to print ouf a power of attorney form from the internet, and signed it (though it was incorrectly executed). Then she so graciously left him $137.50...but drained Bear's bank account because she and loser needed start up money.

    Luckily Bear was turning 18 in a couple of weeks, and had been planning to go away to college. Now he was stuck with an 8 year old boy and he was petrified. Thus began Bear's journey as "Brother-parent" as well as finding himself as a man. Luckily, he had some friends who stood by him and pitched in where they could. Bear's best friend Creed, Creed's older brother Otter, Anna--Bear's girlfriend, Mrs. Paquin, Bear's neighbor all became an adopted family that rallied around Bear and Ty. In the process Otter became more than a best friend's older brother too.

    I don't know if there was much that I really enjoyed except Otter's longsuffering and patience. He was awesome. I actually liked the kid too. I mean seriously, how many 8 year olds religious watch Anderson Cooper and are vegetarians based solely on his own research into animal cruelty. He was wise beyond his age.

    What I didn't like: Everyone was a matyr..well except for his deadbeat mother. Also, there was a lot of flashback, going from first person narrative to third person and a lot of monologue. This story could have been told in 150-200 pages. It was way too long. It wasn't angsty at all. It was just meh for me. I wouldn't be reading book 2.

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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14 Member Since 2012

    T.Henry

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    "Best book, audio ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have never cried, laughed and sighed so much in a book. I have already reread and relisten to this book 3 times. Great banter in this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bear, Bear and Bear


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    The best, one of my favorite narrators!


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

    Yes! and it was a long day, but worth it


    Any additional comments?

    Best author, if you have not read this author, you are missing out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tish Wichita, KS, United States 01-06-14
    Tish Wichita, KS, United States 01-06-14
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    "Great Book!"
    If you could sum up Bear, Otter, and the Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, warm, sweet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The closeness and bond between Bear and Otter. That is what we all want in our romantic relationships, but most books seem to skip over that part and focus just on the the sex. The sex is always so much better when the intimacy is there first.


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

    Not sure. I liked his narration, except his voice for the Kid.


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

    I instantly loved Bear's internal dialogue. So funny,


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very well written. I never got bored and was always eager to pick it back up when I had to stop listening. I have listened to it three times. When I need to relax or distract myself from the stresses of life, I just listen to the story and escape into a world full of humor, love, and romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. Mayo Waterford, NY 04-16-13
    A. J. Mayo Waterford, NY 04-16-13 Member Since 2005

    I enjoy audiobooks, with being on the road for work, it helps to pass the time

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    "Great Book and performance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story and the narrator did a great job. I was also like Bear, coming out of the closet was not easy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beach seen when Bear tells Otter he loves him.


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    Crystal RICHMOND, VA, United States 07-11-12
    Crystal RICHMOND, VA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilarious!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was listening to this at work and couldn't stop laughing. An extremely touching, heartfelt and laugh inducing book. Sean Crisden is one of my favorite narrators and he once again, did a splendid job.


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    Joseph Lance Tonlet SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 06-22-12
    Joseph Lance Tonlet SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but not original"

    Wonderful narration - okay story - basically the gay flick from a few years back called Shelter in book form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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