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Kory was having enough trouble in high school. His girlfriend just dumped him, his poetry made him a target for ridicule, and college applications were looming. The very last thing he needed was to fall in love with another boy.

©2008 Kyell Gold (P)2015 Kyell Gold and Robert Clark

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Great story! Gives me a new perspective on its subject!

I loved the story. Being a straight man, I used to not think much about homosexual people. Now I have great sympathy for them, because I realize that they often have to go through a great deal of pain and grief just to be able to show affection for someone they truly care about. This book actually made me cry, which is a nearly impossible feat for a book.

It also helps that all of the characters are furries! I'm sorry, but anthropomorphic animals will always be cuter to me than humans.

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  • tomleo
  • San Diego, USA
  • 03-21-15

Great story plus great narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to my friends because I know they will fall in love with the characters and the story like I did when I first read this book back in 2009.

What did you like best about this story?

Waterways has been one of my favorite book from Kyell Gold. Ever since I first read this story, the characters has provided inspirations for me during difficult times of my life. I find myself relating to the things that happen to Kory in the story, some of which parallel what was going on in my life at the time. I've read and re-read both the entire book and sections from the story multiple times and it helped me find the strength to believe I can get through the obstacles I was facing and that things get better. Then there were a couple years during which some very big events of my life took place and in that time I hadn't been able to revisit Waterways and many other books that I greatly enjoyed. However, when I saw the author's blog post about the audiobook release, I did not hesitate in clicking the add to cart and buy button and listening to the story felt like falling in love all over again. I was pleased that I remember all the things that happens in the book, but what came as a surprised for me was that it was a completely different experience than before. The past 3 or 4 years of my life had changed me and my outlook on things tremendously, but when listening to the story, I was reminded of a younger, more naive version of myself by Kory while at the same time I was seeing how much I had changed and grown. By the time I finished listening to the audiobook, I felt a sense that I also came out on the other side of my struggles just as Kory did with his.

What about Robert M. Clark’s performance did you like?

Robert Clark's narration is by far my favorite from the audiobooks I listened to on audible, albeit I've only listened to about 7 different narrators so far. He puts so much life into each of the characters that I love and hate. I would definitely like to check out other books he narrates.

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

Yes, it was really emotional for me, I cried and laugh and rewind to listen to specific scenes over and over.

Any additional comments?

Buy it!

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One of my first books I could ever get into

Would you listen to Waterways again? Why?

Yes. This book has had an emotional impact on me.

What did you like best about this story?

The connectivity that you can have with the characters

What about Robert M. Clark’s performance did you like?

He reads smooths and understandable

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

It made me cry and feel emotionally secure

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone of the LGBT community.

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Bringing up emotions long since buried

When I first started listening to the audio book it was just something to listen to while doing other work. Very quickly it became a reflection on life and feelings not so different from my own around their age. The constant worry about what others think still plagues me to this day, but just like Kory it came out and became more natural around the same timing as him. I would very much recommend this as either a good read or listen when it comes to dealing with issues that you more than not will face inside yourself. More than not your situation will end up starting off better but the recurring theme of being true to your feelings is a lot more important than what someone could say.

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A tragically realistic insight into 'coming out'

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this title to any older teen or adult, as it instills an empathy for those who are coming to grips with their sexuality, and in turn their identity in this world. I think it would also hit close to home for those who are familiar with growing up in a strict religious home.

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

Honestly, this book climaxed a few times (no pun intended) and each emotional passage had me in tears. I empathize with the main characters a good bit, though as the book went on, I found myself understanding Kory more than I had judged him previously.

Any additional comments?

This book threw me for a loop with all the emotional intricacies and inner monologue, but it was written in a familiar way for the heart to understand what is meant. Being the furry that I am, it was far easier to retain my interest with anthro characters, but the quality writing might just negate the need for them. I'm interested to see what else the author has put out :)

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Couldn’t finish it

I couldn’t finish this book. Not sure what everyone else who gave this good ratings saw in this book. Story was boring and the reader was horrible.

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This story hit extremely close to home.

it's insane on how close this reflects my personal struggles being of being gay and having to learn to be myself and not worry about what others think.

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Simple, and Effective.

While the writing does reflect the youth of its subjects, it does so in a way that allowed me to relax into the happy, and sometimes anxious, moody, or heated spirit of the story. These are characters that appeal to the furry audience for good, and familiar reasons. I don’t feel changed into a new furson (hah) by this story, yet I am reminiscent of a person I am glad to have once been.

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Coming of Age for an otter and a fox.

This was a sweet coming of age story, set in Kyell Gold's oh so very realistic anthropomorphic world. I love Gold's "out of position" series. And while i very much enjoyed this book, I think my empathy toward MC Kory was just mildly tempered by the fact that I am way way beyond my teen years, making it difficult to connect with some aspects of MC Kory's actions and thinking. I loved Sumaki, but found Kory a little too whiney at times, but the realistic scenerios were true to the situations and I think that was more "me than him...lol".
As in all of Kyell Gold's books, I love the way he pulls in aspects of each furry characters animal lifestyle. The way the otter's homes have waterways and pools incorporated into the regular design of the house to accommodate the aquatic animals nature was just awesome.
Descriptions of full body dryers at home and pool for the fully furry, so subtle yet adding such colorful illustration to the story.
This is Kory the otters coming of age story, and it is poignant, pleasurable and sad, told with realistic scenes paralleling young gay teens of today. Some great side characters.
I wish there had been some resolution between Kory and his estrangement of lifelong best friend Sal, but the HEA between him and Sumaki was sweetly satisfying.
The narrator did a good, but not great job. His voice is pleasant and clear, but not a whole lot of distinction between character voices at times.

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Loved it!

One of the best coming-of-age stories about a boy coming to terms with his sexuality I've ever read.

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  • Olipie
  • 10-30-15

Furry Romance at it's finest

Waterways is a masterpiece in deep emotional furry romance, it made me laugh and cry on multiple occasions and I really felt for each and every character, it is so amazingly and realistically written, I want to live in the world of this novel.

Kyell Gold has managed to capture my heart with the tale of Kory and Samaki, the book is highly relatable for me and it has a very special place in my heart.

Not only is the writing so amazingly realistic and well done, the narration is also flawless, making this a novel you will want to listen to time and time again, start to finish, with no breaks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

Wish it went on forever

Such an amazing book i loved it wish there was more to read such a talented author!!!!

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  • Alexander
  • 10-31-15

amazing again and again

I have just finished listening to this amazing novel for the 5th time and it always brings a tear to my eye and a warmth in my heart.
couldn't recommend a greater book to listen to

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  • Elmo Dean
  • 11-12-17

good story

a great, well written, comforting and helpfull story, especially for someone like me who realised that they weren't straight and had some level of anxiety over it.

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  • Lyall
  • 01-02-17

A must read

This is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. The characters feel very human (ironically) and relatable. Gives a great preapective on LGBT relationships and really pulls on the heart strings. Really didn't want this one to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-22-16

Amazing.

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It felt relatable, and realistic, aside from them being furries. I cried, laughed and felt engaged with every character from start to finish. A wonderfully crafted story, that is sadly missing another book. The performance from the narrator was actually extremely good and engaging. Overall, I can't fault this story and I can't wait to read it again. :)