• The Art of Breathing

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (660 ratings)

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The Art of Breathing

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to Who We Are

Tyson Thompson graduated high school at 16 and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.

But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn't seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.

In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother's devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past.

©2014 T J Klune (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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Perfect!

"Bear, Otter and the Kid"'s third instalment should suffer from believability - what are the chances Ty and Dom are also gay and in love? Suspend your disbelief for a bit and dive into another masterpiece from TJ Klune. I'm pretty sure TJ wrote three instalments over a number of years, or at least it feels like it. "Bear, Otter and the Kid" is irreverent and optimistic. "The Art of Breathing" is darker and more real. He's kept his irreverent style I loved in the first book, but by this third book, he's story telling is real and relatable. He wraps up "Bear, Otter and the Kid"'s story with such elegance. With a throw back to the beginning, he ends Ty's book with an "off the rails" rant from Bear. Just perfect!
There aren't enough stars to rate this book - buy it, live it and love it like I did. The best series of books bar none! If you love this book, you have to check out "Into This River I Drown".

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Well, we finally get the Kid's story. And what a story! Tyson Thompson (was McKenna) narrates his story and we get to see his relationship with Dominic grow from their initial meeting when Ty is nine, to when Tyson returns home for a summer from university.

There's a world, hell a universe, that happens between those two points, but I don't want to spoil it - I want you to read it.

I cried during this story no less than three times. Ugly, hard cries, where my heart lay broken open. But TJ isn't a total b**tard...he gives a happy ending. He just destroyed me in the process of giving it to me.

NOTE: Usually, misunderstanding or miscommunication tropes drive me completely crazy. I HATE THEM! But I didn't hate this. It's just beautifully done.

Sean Crisden does a great job with this edition of BOATK. His version of Dominic is almost exactly how I pictured it in my head. I *loved* his Bear and Otter voices as well.

Note for fans of the At First Sight Series - some characters from that series do appear in this story, but this is a different narrator. I have to admit I prefer Michael Lesley's character voices for Sandy, Paul, Vince, and Corey/Kori, but Sean does do a serviceable job for their voices too.

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Not what I was expecting

Here’s a brief run-down of the story:

Ty has fallen for Dom, Dom ends up getting married and having a baby. Ty gets freaked the eff out and runs away to school where he gets addicted to anti-anxiety drugs. Ty makes a friend/boyfriend but it’s not “all that”. Ty gets off drugs. Ty goes on a trip to the Southwest. Ty reconnects with Dom. Crazy stuff happens in the last few pages showing us what will likely show up in the next installment.

It took me forever to write this review – so long in fact, the audiobook came out! So…I decided to combine the two, save everyone some time.

I think the main reason it took so long to write this is my ambivalence towards the book.

Things that I loved: It was great seeing everyone again. I love these characters. They make me laugh and cry and howl. They are so very entertaining. I had longed to see Ty and Dom together and was so satisfied when they finally do hook up. TJ is a hysterical writer and I am always entertained by his writing. The forward movement of the story looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see Bear and Otter as parents again! Hopefully we will get to see more of Ty and Dom as an established couple in the next book.

What I didn’t love: So much of the story was NOT about Ty and Dom together. The story felt fractured into these widely divergent pieces. There was the “remember when”, “the reunion”, “the trip to meet Sandy”, “lots of lots of Ty angst” and only a teeny tiny smidge of “Ty and Dom the couple”. I wanted that, the couple part. I yearned for it. And they were almost never together on page.

What I both loved and hated:
Bear’s ramblings: He’s funny and I love where his mind goes, but sometimes he took the light away from Ty and Dom.

Dom: He changed. I really felt like the sweet, never going to leave Ty-guy, did. He left Ty. That was really hard to swallow. And I don’t know that I felt like that change was ever really fully justified. On the other hand, new-Dom was a more complex character and I really appreciated that he actually seems like a grown-up with grown-up concerns and priorities in a land of perpetual “Young Adults” like Bear and Creed.

The Cross Over: I both loved and hated the cross over with “Tell Me It’s Real”. It felt superfluous. Sure, I LOVED that book and thought all the interactions between the characters were funny. But necessary? No. Not really.

Kori/Core: As the best friend cum boyfriend s/he did fulfill an important roll, but again, sometimes I felt like this was more about Ty and Kori than Dom. Kori got more pages (it felt) than Dom.

I think that, at this point, some of the ramblings and meanderings that have become sort of the hallmark to TJ’s writing could really use a more forceful editing. He clearly has talent, creativity and an amazing sense of humor, but I wish that this book could have been more focused and more tightly drawn to show Dom and Ty more and the others, less. (Even though they’re funny, they took away from the story. IMHO)

So, though I hate to do it, I’d give this a 3 of 5 stars. I liked it (at times I loved it) but when I look back at what I wish the story was and what I got, I’m disappointed. It won’t stop me from being a fan and from devouring the next book, but I am hopeful there will be some positive changes.

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I love Sean Crisden. I think he does a terrific job and I really liked his Dom voice. He also did great work with Sandy and though I wouldn’t have thought of Vince as a kind of stoner, it worked. Ty was appropriately whiny and Otter rumbly. I think I enjoyed listening to this more than reading it because Sean gives the characters even more color and charm. Of course it’s sooooo long, 15 hours, so pace yourself, but it’s worth it! 4.5 of 5 stars.

Overall 4 of 5 stars.


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Amazing characters

This series is one out of Two competing for first place in my m/m series self - i simply love the characters in the books and the amazing Way klune makes Them come Alive. You really get to know Them all Well though this series. I still Think Bear is my favorite and because of that i liked the first books better. But still loved the story of dom and ty. Klune should really quit his dayjob if there is more stories like theese in his head so that he had more time to share Them with the rest of us. Narrator is good but i Think i liked the narrator of Who we are better.

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4.25 Stars 🌟

This is the third book in this series and we get to switch up the way the story is being told. This time, we get to hear/read Tyson's POV (in other words, The Kid).

Tyson is growing up and he has gone away to college in New Hampshire. The story starts when he leaves at the tender age of 15 years old - almost 16. He was the Valedictorian of his high school class - remember that he is brilliant and graduated early - and he had colleges fighting to have the "boy wonder" attend their universities. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, things are never easy.

One thing that we have learned and watched as we get to see the story of Bear and The Kid unfolding, is that their past has had an unfortunate effect on their mental stability. The solid foundation that most people get with loving parents, well, these boys did not have that. Bear did his best to fill in the cracks and honestly, he did a fantastic job. But, whether or not is was biological or whether it was just because.......well, each man has their own set of issues. This is what we see in this book.

Tyson has always known that he is brilliant. He has always known that he is going to change the world. Unfortunately, knowing something and actually accomplishing it...well, sometimes those two things are not as easy to achieve. We finally get to see Tyson and Dominic's story...or rather....their exposion. It is not pretty. Tyson's life is not pretty. Things do not turn out like anyone expected.

But, you know what? That is life. Anyone who has lived more than 5 years on this planet knows that life is a journey. Sometimes it is great, and other times it is a struggle to make it from one day to the next. This is Tyson's journey.

I enjoyed this book - I did. Not as much as the book before, but it was necessary in the road that it life. Tyson had to grow up and he had to learn to deal with it. There were major pitfalls, but Tyson had Bear and Otter to pick him up and help him with his stumbles.

Then there was Dom. Anyone who has been invested in this series knew that there was going to be a time when this was going to happen. Honestly, I LOVED the fact that we finally got there.

So - if you are already invested in this story, this book is a must read. This is NOT a stand alone. You HAVE to read the first two books to completely understand this book. Yes, you can probably get most of it - but you will not REALLY get all the underlying issues.

Life is hard. But, we also get to see that life can be AMAZING. Family is not necessarily made up of those that share blood with you. It is made up of those that you bring into your circle to love and to fall back on. This book - more than anything else- this book showcases that.

We are almost at the end of this journey. Part of me does not want to continue onwards because it is going to be over, but the other part of me can not wait. I can not wait to see what happens.

This family that T.J. Klune has created has burrowed into my heart and it has found a home DEEP inside. Unfortunately, I do not think it is going to be easy to get it out.....

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Great story

I loved Ty’s story so much.There is plenty of angst and growth in this book. I just was not a fan of Sean Crisden, granted he is a hit or miss narrator for me. I hated his voice for young Dom. I listened to Tell Me It’s Real before this series so I also had an issue with his voices for the Tucson crew. This is a fantastic story and I know I’m probably in the minority in regards to the narrator.

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Just as amazing as the other books in the series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bear. He is a complete oblivious and adorable idiot, but he has a heart of gold.

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

Yes, I both laughed and cried, I also felt truly angry at parts.

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so many feels!!

I couldn't stop listening to it. It was playing anytime I was alone or in the car or going to bed. I have grown to care so much for these characters.

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Love

I love this little family. From Bear, Otter and the Kid to the last story so said uts almost over..

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Good but annoying

I have to be honest I was annoyed with everyone trying to make Tyson feel guilty for running. He had his heart broken what was he supposed to do sit there and smile like nothing was wrong. And then scene with Dominic’s ex was beyond annoying. How dare she make Ty feel bad and then mention their attraction and still decided to go through with pursuing him. I get the age difference but weren’t they inevitable. Couldn’t Dom wait. And he’s like 19teen, present time, right? And he left to college even younger than that.
And seriously Ty and Dom never discuss his drug addiction or barely spend time together. Too many other side characters take up space. I would’ve preferred more struggle. And dear lord I have so many of Tj Klune’s work and they all have tangents nonstop. Makes it hard to want to re-listen.

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  • Mama Honey
  • 12-19-18

Wonderful

Made me cry and laugh.
It’s so emotional and full of everyday stuff and what we feel and don’t want to face upto.

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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 10-17-21

This is a wonderful series

This is Tyson an Dominic's story and it continues the emotional, funny journey of this family, friends and lovers. It also introduces some new characters who you can find more about in another fab series. Love it and highly recommend.

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  • BevS
  • 10-06-21

Who needs Michael Lesley or Charlie David??

Review dated 2015.

5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Sean is just brilliant!! His version of Helena Handbasket is sooo much better than Michael Lesleys. I laughed my head off and cried buckets too. Can't wait for final book.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 09-10-20

Once You Start, You Can’t Stop!!!!


TJK is astounding!

The storyline, characters, emotions and empathy just keeps getting better and better each audiobook.
The humour, the snarky insults (which reminds me all too much of my brother and I - he’s Bear and I’m definitely the kid) is hilariously entertaining and his writing to transport you into this world is world is just amazing!

Again, the laughter flows, as well as the tears and can’t wait to listen to the final instalment ‘The Long & Winding Road’ - I know already I’m going to be a blubbering mess and that is what I love ❤️ about TJK’s books.

Also again, Sean Crisden does an outstanding performance 🎭 - he is the best to bring out these characters to reach the audiobook listeners.

If I could give 10🌟’s, I would!!

Highly recommend - you won’t be disappointed 😁

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 02-25-20

Amazing

Heartbreakingly beautiful and laugh out loud funny, nobody can play with your emotions like T J Klune.

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  • Bobbie
  • 02-21-19

Fantastic telling of the book

I've read this book numerous times and it's one if my favourite ones. Actually listening to it had made the journey even better. I love Dom and to actually hear it out loud what he went through was heart breaking but it made the end so much better. recommend you listen to it even if you've ready or before

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  • Bookworm
  • 04-28-18

Fantastic

Another fabulous rendition of a fabulous TJ Klune book. All the character voices were well developed, and thankfully no British Mrs Paquin!

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  • jason g. ogilvie
  • 12-30-17

Love these stories

Love these stories each and every one has been brilliant. They have made me laugh out loud and even cry out loud. This author is fantastic and also a brilliant performance from the narrator 10/10

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  • MaryD
  • 08-05-17

Excellent

Once again I've laughed and cried with the ups and downs of Bear Otter the Kid and now Dominic. I can't wait for the next and last instalment of their story. The three, soon to be four, have always been a firm favourite of mine.
Sean Chrisden has done justice to this family with his narration. Wonderful job, especially when Sandy, Paul and Vince were part of it.

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  • Mark
  • 05-02-15

Another brilliant instalment

This book lived entirely up to expectation. I can't wait for the next (and final, sadly) instalment.
This quirky family is, once met, never to be forgotten. Why someone hasn't optioned the film rights and started a series is beyond belief!!