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Bear, Otter, and the Kid | [TJ 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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    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"
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    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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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 02-24-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    Tish 01-06-14
    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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    A. J. Mayo Waterford, NY 04-16-13
    A. J. Mayo Waterford, NY 04-16-13 Member Since 2013

    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 07-11-12
    Crystal 07-11-12 Member Since 2013
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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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    Randal Tampa, FL United States 06-11-12
    Randal Tampa, FL United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I am an avid audio book listener. I have over 340 in my library and re-listen to them until I know my favorites by heart.

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    "Really great book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is a tear jerker. I loved the range of emotions it evoked and that there was a happy ending.


    What about Sean Crisden???s performance did you like?

    His voice is always easy to listen to. The pronunciation is great and easy to understand. I will listen to books he narrates even if I don't know the author.


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

    The kid stole the show. If this is ever made into a movie the kid will be the Jonathan Lipnicki (from Jerry Maguire) who steals every scene.


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    Kindle Customer The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14
    Kindle Customer 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 1 people found this review helpful
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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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