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Bear, Otter, and the Kid Audiobook

Bear, Otter, and the Kid

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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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jo 06-04-12
    jo 06-04-12
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg D United States 09-04-15
    Greg D United States 09-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Is It Possible To Both Love and Hate a Book?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes! The voice used for Otter was a cross between David Putty (from Seinfeld), "Too Cool For the Room" Guy and (towards the end) Val Kilmer's Batman Voice. That combination of voices made it impossible for me to ever be won over by Otter.


    Any additional comments?

    Depending on what part of the book I was on, I either loved or hated what I was hearing. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but there were times where I couldn't get enough and other times where it was so silly and far fetched that I didn't think I could listen to another word. I really can't decide if I'm going to read the 2nd part of this or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-25-14
    Angela 04-25-14
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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.

    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 2016
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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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    Avid Reader Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 09-04-16
    Avid Reader Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 09-04-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story"

    Sean Crisden is a master. The story although endearing is obvious; the characters, however, come alive in his narration, even the impossibly smart kid. Under the spell of his voice it's impossible to put the book down. Highly recommend it.

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    Shannon Dee Augusta, GA USA 08-31-16
    Shannon Dee Augusta, GA USA 08-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Bear, Otter, and the Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful friends to lovers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Bear but the Kid is my favorite being the parent to a similarly intellegient beyond their years child. I enjoyed the life and depth the narrator gave to EACH character.


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

    Yes I've been a fan of Sean Crisden's work for a while. I think the first one I 'Read' was Keeping Promise Rock and I was hooked from there


    If you could take any character from Bear, Otter, and the Kid out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The kid. I'm pretty sure him and my daughter (the other smartest 10 year old in the world) would plot world domination


    Any additional comments?

    Had this audiobook for a few years and never got around to writing a review which really I should kick myself considering I've probably listened to this at least 4 times. Definitely one of my favorites and really my gateway drug into TJ's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nichole 07-30-16
    Nichole 07-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Homerun!"

    T.J. Klune has done it again! I freaking loved this book! Instead of the maniacal laughter that usually accompanies his books, this one broke my heart a thousand times and I loved every single minute of it.

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    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 07-21-16
    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE"

    New to audio books and loved this narration of what is a wonderful, wonderful book. Recommended listening

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