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Sequel to The Art of Breathing.

Family is not always defined by blood. It's defined by those who make us whole - those who make us who we are. 

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they've never been before.

There's a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There's a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There's a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.

©2017 TJ Klune (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Funny, emotional...wonderful.

The Long and Winding Road is broken up into three parts: Past, Present, and Future. The Past is a lovingly done recap of the series, including explaining the events that lead up to The Art of Breathing.

I LOVED THIS. I cried, I laughed, and my heart was so full of love for these characters and these stories. TJ does not let fans of this series down: he doesn't rip your heart out (too) much, and what he does bruise he absolutely makes all better by the end. Make no mistake, this is a love letter to the characters and to those of us who love them so much.

Honestly, I was just a teeny bit disappointed in the narration. One of the reasons to have the same narrator perform all the books in a series is for continuity, and I felt like Sean Crisden was off in the character voices. Maybe it's because I recently re-listened to the other audios in the series, but the voices seemed different upon this listen; some subtly and some drastically, but it was noticeable to me.

That being said, the narration is still really good. The character voices that are used are distinguishable and consistent throughout, and Sean brings out the humor and emotion of the story beautifully, and his pacing and timing are wonderful, as always.

I 100% recommend this, but I strongly encourage you to read the other books in the series first. In my opinion, this should not be read as a standalone.

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I have been waiting for the audible version...did not disappoint

I have listened/read to all episodes of BOTK and I love Sean Crisden as a narrator. I could not wait to hear his rendition and I was sooo excited to find out that the final episode was soon to be released. Excellent narration and excellent storytelling. So worth the credit

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Bittersweet

I have laughed out loud and cried uncontrollably throughout the series. The final story was all that I hoped it would be. TJ is amazing. I don’t know how he manages to write characters that make you feel like you know them personally, it truly is gift. I read more than I probably should so I definitely know what I’m talking about. Thank you. The narration was overall done well with the a few exceptions. Otter and Creed were spot on. When you feel you know Bear, the depth of his voice was not right and the Kid never seemed to become the man that he was in the end. Overall though I enjoyed it, I never had a problem knowing when the characters changed. I would recommend this journey.

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“Hey, Yourself “.

I am absolutely stunned with this masterpiece of words and voice..
This series Bear , Otter , and the Kid chronicles are the most wondrous series I have read I was taken on a journey in this book to places that were extremely sad and extremely beautiful.
I have laughed and laughed hysterically then cried happy and sad tears ...
Thank you TJ for your words and to you Sean Crisden your 100% awesome absolutely brilliant...

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The perfect(ly Bear) conclusion

This concluding book in the BOATK series has been given the perfect narration by Sean Crisden. Farewelling Bear, Otter, the Kid, Dom, Creed, Anna and co was always going to be an emotional ride however in his narration, Sean has paced the flow perfectly to allow us to laugh, cry, breathe and celebrate with this wonderful family. Wonderful.

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amazing

Love love love this whole series. The narrator is phenomenal! I read all Tjs books when they come out then buy them again on audible. Because they are that good.

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The best ending

I hate to see the end of this series but it couldn't have ended better. Tears and a whole lot of laughter. I couldn't put this down.

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  • Orlando
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  • 01-29-18

Oh TJ, you made me cry

The perfect end to BOATK - no huge upsets, no big plot twists, no really big earthquakes (only little ones), but the very best ending to this saga you could wish for.

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Tears of Joy

TJ does a marvelous job bringing everything together. The family feels so full and complete. As always the narration is so spot on, with every voice embodying the character. I want more Kid, but that's just me. This story leaves you wanting more because it makes you part of the family, but not needing it because your family is whole.

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I’m not crying YOUR crying!!

Damn you TJ. That was the perfect ending. The one these characters deserved. We’ve followed them for so long they’ve become real. This was bittersweet and oh so epic and exactly what we needed. Thank you sir! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future.

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  • BevS
  • 01-11-18

Magnificent series finale and read from Sean...

Another superlative audio narration from Sean, and all the stars for this, the last read in the BOATK series. I didn't plan to make this my first finished read/listen of 2018, but what can I say...that's just how things worked out. One of my top 15 fave reads of 2017 [and as a series, for me definitely up there with Cut & Run and all of my other absolute fave series], this audio narration will take some beating this year...I already know that. His characterised voices are superb, I cried real tears, laughed my head off several times [Bear's off-topic rants were amazing] and Otter Thompson, I am going to miss you so damn much!!

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  • alex
  • 02-21-18

what can we say.. excellent as expected

Was a good final book.. as TJ himself says a good time to end. TO go further would spoil it .. this one is good as not only does it conclude but fills in a lot of gaps. I really enjoy TJ Klunes work.

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  • laurel
  • 01-26-18

Tearful

Omg I can’t believe that this story has come to an end. I want more!
This has taken into the lives of Bear and Otter I want to have what they have - a family
This needs to be made into a film
Amazing xxx

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  • 12-28-17

I can’t believe it’s over!

This is my first ever review and I hope I do it justice.

When I first came across this series, and saw the title of the first book, I was “WTF? It must be play on gay stereotypes in a creepy cheese fest way....” HOWEVER, after starting it, I must admit that I have become thoroughly besotted with the characters. Reading these stories have been akin to a visit with old friends. I have even missed doing work, gym, and rescheduled second dates with hot guys to finish chapters.

I have spent much of the last year laughing and crying and rejoicing with these books, this series as well as the At First Sight series with which this is intertwined. Finishing this book has had a wonderfully cathartic release for me. I’m a scientist, engineer and researcher and I prefer logic & reason over emotional entanglement, therefore am unlikely to gush nonetheless, I must say that I have loved every moment.

I waited somewhat eagerly for the last book to arrive and TJ Klune has not disappointed. Rather more sedate and far less risqué than previous novels, I feel it was appropriately so. I think that the dampened salaciousness of this book, was necessary to develop the characters in a rich meaningful way in order draw the loose ends of the story lines to a natural close.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series in fact, (if you haven’t read any of the books yet!)