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Bear, Otter, and the Kid Audiobook

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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    rebecca wheeler 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gorgeous, emotional story!!"

    This was my first m/m romance, and I absolutely loved it! It was emotional, heartfelt, amusing, rich with a heartbreaking story and beautifully entwined characters.
    But the thing that really made this special, was the narrator's voice. He perfectly matched Bear, the main character, and all the side characters perfectly.
    I highly recommend this!

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    Mark Mahar 04-18-15
    Mark Mahar 04-18-15

    Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.

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    "Beyond Perfection"

    There are two things I liked about this book: TJ Klune is a remarkable, wonderful and fantastic wordsmith and Sea Crisden making me laugh and cry and fall in love with Bear, Otter and the Kid! I'm a finnicky male/male romance reader-listener. Sex in a story is fine but it has to take the back seat to a character-driven plot and storyline and - SUCCESS - this story hits all the right mark. Seriously, Mr. Crisden has a remarkable voice; he could narrate a story about spark plugs and I'd be riveted. Please bring him back for more stories, be it non-fiction, regular fiction, or anything. This man's voice is what is golden.

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    Brian Kiester Boise, ID United States 04-14-15
    Brian Kiester Boise, ID United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprising"

    I can't express how much I loved this book. I found it very easy to get into and it held my attention like few books I have read recently have. I did not find the repetition a few others have noted a detriment to the overall feel of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone, as long as they aren't squeamish about gay sex.

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    kelvin phoenix 03-13-15 Member Since 2013

    I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.

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    "The Kid gotta love the Kid"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Kid such a smart little guy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    sand crabs funny as hell you'll get it.


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

    I cried, laugh, got angry, laughed, cried, cried, and laughed some more.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always hated how parents can just abandon their kids. you bring them into the world take care of them. Bear is a great guy a little screwed up but a good guy.

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    Adam 01-30-15
    Adam 01-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "So amazing..."

    This book had so much in it. A struggle for love, friendships that triumph over everything, and tear-reducing comedy! I absolutely loved it!

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    K.S. 10-07-14
    K.S. 10-07-14
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it is well written with a lot of humor and love and all the charaters are alive. The relationship between Bear and his brother is both humorous and heartbreaking.


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

    I think maybe when bear tries to make a romantic dinner at the beach and uses Tys (the kid's) poem - toe-curling embarasing, funny and lovable at the same time.


    What does Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes the people real - couldnt think of anyone doing a better job


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

    Love, strength and earthquakes?


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely worth a credit.

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    Mara 09-01-14
    Mara 09-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I never thought I would love it but I do so much"
    Any additional comments?

    I saw this book around and thought I would hate it. I thought it would be dumb and one night I wanted a love story and this one kept popping up so I bought it and I am so glad I did. It is now one of my favorite books. I feel in love with the characters. I laughed, I cried, I even yelled at the characters from time to time.(I think a few of the people from work thought I was loosing my mind or having a bad phone conversation.) It was amazing and I had to get the second book. Now there is a third book and I have read it already but I am so excited for it become an audiobook so I can listen to it when I am driving or working or just sitting around doing nothing. I say get it and enjoy it just like I did. It is really worth it.

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    Kenny 08-24-14
    Kenny 08-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED!!!! I HOPE THEY MAKE THIS INTO A MOVE!!!!"
    Where does Bear, Otter, and the Kid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVS OF ALL TIME... I LOVE IT SO MUCH...


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

    I DONT KNOW IT WAS A BOOK THAT WAS ITS OWN


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    ALL OF THEM I LOVED BEAR ... I LOVED OTTER, AND I LOVE THE KID


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

    YES ... I COULD NOT STOP.....


    Any additional comments?

    I HOPE THIS BECOMES A MOVIE

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

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  • Rebecca Woodman
    12/7/15
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    "Brilliantly beautiful"

    This is one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time in any genre. The story is compelling not only clever and funny, touching too without being trite or too cliched. All the characters except for the mother [who was a bit evil villianish], are well rounded with their own foibles and idiosyncrasies, yet are grounded in a sense of reality.This was only improved by the genius that is Sean Cisden reading it.

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  • BevS
    East Anglia, U.K.
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    "A Wonderful Narrator for a Wonderful story...."
    If you could sum up Bear, Otter, and the Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Sad, Fabulous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Otter...I'm an Otter girl through and through. ;) It's just the thought of his sadness at Bear never being able to return his love...or so he thought.


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    I loved his ability to give each character a different voice.


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

    Both, there were lots of giggles and an equal number of tears too. TJ is an amazing writer, one of my absolute favourites!!


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  • C. Fisher
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    7/23/15
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    "Great listen"

    Great book and well read, enjoyed it start to finish and immediately purchased the rest of the series.

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  • Jason
    7/4/14
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    "Favourite book ever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bear, Otter, and the Kid to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but I'd consider buying it as well just to support this author.


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

    You can't really separate any individual parts of this roller coaster ride. You need the lows for the highs to be meaningful. What I can say is that few books have made me feel as much of a range of raw emotion as this one.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favourite?

    I finished the book feeling like I knew Bear, Otter and Tyson personally, and I miss them like absent friends, so I guess they made quite an impact.


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  • Mark
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Absolute pleasure "

    I have yet to find a book by TJ Klune that I don't love. This is a totally absorbing book and makes you smile and cry. Brilliantly read by Sean Crisden.

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