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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Categories: Romance

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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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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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never has a book given me so much to think about

this book has given me so much to think about. I wish I had read this when I was in high school. just like kory, I too came to the realization I wasnt straight, in high school. but, after reading this, I wish I had come out in high school. also just like kory i grew up in a religious house hold and believe in the teachings of god, but I felt I could never tell anyone anything about how I was feeling. I thought God, although loved me, didnt care about me anymore. maybe I was just confused and was fooling myself. but unlike cory, I kept inside and it really tore me up for years.

sorry about the life story, but what I'm getting at with this review is that, if your a young adult who is going through the same struggles that kory and I went through, trying to come to term of who you are, read this book. because the moral of this book is summed up in the very beginning, "to any gay teen who feel they cant keep their head above water, remember, your an otter, you can swim."

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I love it

I couldn't put it down. It reminded me so much of my younger days when I met my husband, almost 11 years ago now, so many new experiences, good and bad, but this book really stuck with me, and it was just amazing.

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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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my favorite all-time book

this is probably one of the most memorable books I've ever read or listened to!

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Best book I have ever read!

I loved this book! This book has great character development, and plot. Kory and Samaki are both relatable to young people trying to find there ways. This book really brought emotions to me that I never had thought I could get from reading a book. This is why I rate this a 5/5. This is my favorite book!

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God Loves Us

I've heard mant stories about young people coming to terms with their sexual identity and having to reconcile that with their faith. Few attemp to tell such a story in such an honest way as this one did.

A big part of what I love about these types of stories is encountering non-humans that portray more honest expression of humanity than most human characters I read about.

I could see parts of my own within both of the protagonists and was even able to reconcile with some old feelings I had left from my earlier days.

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Another Great Story by Gold

Kyell does pretty great at building relationships that feel believable and magical. This one in particular hit close to home for me. There are those rare phrases and bits of imagery that stick with you. I feel seen in these pages. Vulnerable. It is one of the few books that has brought me to tears. Clark does a pretty good job of keeping a consistent performance, there are some instances of background noise and less than stellar microphone quality. Still, the story is fantastic nonetheless.

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A Need to read

I really relate to this story and bought the paperback years ago , listening to it again it is just as great as the first time. this story helped me understand my own situation more as well as who I was . great read and highly recommend!!

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  • 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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  • 08-10-20

Absolutely Stunning, A Recommended Read For Sure

I adored this, both the narrator and writer did an excellent job with this story

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. :)