Why We Fight

At First Sight Series, Book 4
By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Series: At First Sight Series, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Corey Ellis sure doesn't. Oh, everyone around him seems to have found their happy ending, but he's far too busy to worry about such things. He'll have plenty of time for romance after he survives his last summer before graduation. So what if he can't get his former professor, Jeremy Olsen, out of his head? It's nothing more than hero worship. And that's the way it should stay.

Except bi-gender Corey - aka Kori - is interning at Phoenix House for the summer, an LGBTQI youth center. A center that recently hired an interim director until someone can be found to fill the position permanently.

Because life is extraordinarily unfair, the director just so happens to be a certain former professor, now turned current boss.

Desperate to keep things professional as he and Jeremy grow closer, Corey makes a major mistake: He turns to his friends, Paul Auster and Sanford Stewart, for help.

But Paul and Sandy have some ideas of their own....

Contains mature themes.

©2019 TJ Klune (P)2020 Tantor

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Helena “Hell-in-a” Handbasket

Loved the story but why why why Sean Crisden? Love him with Bear, Otter and the Kid books but so Disappointed what he did to this here.

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Perfect ending to a fantastic series

I don’t think that anything in this review that will do the book justice. I’m not exactly coherent right now. I’ve been waiting years for Corey/Kori’s story and now it’s here! Well in audio, the print version has been out for a while. I fell for them the first time they appeared as Ty’s friend in the Bear, Otter, and the Kid series and I couldn’t wait for their story. But wait I did, and wait… And now I can say that the wait was worth it.

This book and these characters are insane. It’s been a while since I’ve read the previous books in the series, and I’d kind of forgotten just how insane they are. They are a lot of fun, but wow are they intense and quirky and exuberant and loud in every way possible, the best possible way. And I love every single person of the bunch. They make you smile and laugh, they make you slap your forehead exclaiming “what the hell were they thinking”. They make you have a great time – and what else can you expect from a great book?

Trust me on this one; do not listen to this book in public. I mean the looks I got from strangers when I just burst out laughing from apparently no reason…well… I could just see everyone write me off as a crazy person and to keep far, far away. Still, it was worth every look.

Why We Fight wasn’t only all over the top and ridiculousness. There were many serious undertones that we didn’t really get with the previous books. We had the Phoenix House and the troubled LGBTQ teens at the center. And as this book takes place 2016 there were a lot of references to the election from hell and the potential consequences if a certain orange someone would actually become president. I think it all fit very well with the story that unfolded (orange not included) and added some more depth to it. Not that there wasn’t any before, but you know, layers.

I was a bit hesitant when I saw that Sean Crisden was narrating this story and not Michael Lesley who did the others. But you know what, I think this might just be Crisden’s best performance yet, top three at the very least. I loved everything about it, he truly lived every single moment of this book and made each character so vivid and real for the listener that it felt like we were backstage watching Helena Handbasket getting ready for her show or talking with the kids at the Phoenix House, and I most definitely saw the war with the leather pants, or the banana making a splat on Sandy’s face. Not sure that the latter was an image I really needed, but what can you do?

Crisden made all the characters so real that you started to interact with them. Wanting to give them a hug when they were feeling down. Trying to persuade them that giving up control over the egg app in public might not be the best idea ever and a million other little things. Crisden captured the essence and feel of the characters and really nailed everything about them. It was pure bliss listening to this book and I would have gladly listened to many hours more.

Why We Fight is a celebration of diversity, of living and loving no matter what colour your skin is, your gender or sexuality. It celebrates individuality and everyone’s right to be who they truly are and being loved for it. It was beautiful.

Now that I’ve finished this book I feel torn. I’m so happy to have finally gotten Corey/Kori’s happily ever after, to know them and their story better. At the same time I’m also sad, because the ending of this book is an ending of an era of sorts, there won’t be more books about these characters in the future... And since I don’t like goodbyes, I think I have to settle for a “see you again later”.

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Have to finish this one by reading it

I'm sure the narrator is a lovely man, but wishing no offense if he was used for Cory/Koris parts only I would have been able to finish this audible. It was just way too jarring of a difference if you repeatedly listened to the first 3 At First Sight audibles. Sorry to have to rate it so poorly, but I just can't finish this. I'm buying the book and will just imagine the voices as I have got to know them over the years.

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Disappointed

I was really looking forward to this story. However, I was disappointed I love TJ Klune and this series, but this book just didn’t make me happy. It felt like he was excessively pushing his political views on the reader. I understand why there was political content in the story, but it just felt like it was constantly being shoved in your face. And there didn’t seem to be as much comedy as the other books. Also, if you listened to the other three books in this series, you got used to the other narrator. The way this narrator pronounced Helena’s name was so grating to me, that I internally screamed at him every time he said it. That detracted from the story for me. Overall, glad we finally got this story, but wasn’t extremely happy with it.

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Loved the Book

OK..here's my disclaimer..I LOVED this book when I read it and I have loved absolutely every single book in this entire series. However...Sean Crisden...while I love his narration in the BOATK (Bear, Otter and The Kid) series it was not at all good for this characters story. He didn't convey the sass that is Corey/Kori I just kept thinking to myself...why is Otter in this book. Maybe that's just me and I have typecast him as that group of characters but there was some pronunciation problems and just not the voice in my internal voice cannon. The book itself is amazing truly, wayyyy more political than any of the others in the series but that's not a drawback. So for those readers who have loved the entire series you might be a little disappointed in the narration of this iteration. There are moments that are well performed but overall not the Corey/Kori I was looking forward to journeying with. I love your other work Sean I really do I just wanted more from Corey/Kori.

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Well Done

The final book in this series did not disappoint. There was hilarity, there were tears. But there was also truth, and love, and family. While the message of this story was a bit heavier than the others, it was necessary. Everything about this book is why the fight will never end. Every human deserves to be loved and respected as an individual - no matter the form that individuality may take. Well done, Mr. Klune, well done. ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍

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Finally!!

I loved this book as much as the rest in this series. I’m heart broken that Michael Lesley didn’t narrate this book. Sean Crisden is great but doesn’t have the same range that Lesley has. The book it self is more political than most of Klune’s other books. I think it represents the climate we are facing beautifully. It touches my heart reading his books and I love that e references both the bear otter and the kid series along with how to be a normal person and how to be a movie star. It’s fun to see all his worlds coming together in one final book. I’m sad to say goodbye to this cast of characters

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TJ Klune

Brilliant as always! Sweet, romantic & hilarious, TJ Klune never disappoints. I'm already anxiously awaiting her next book.

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Love this series!

First off, I want to say that I love Sean Crisden’s performances in other books. That being said, I only bought this audiobook because I bought the rest of the series. I understand Michael Lesley didn’t feel comfortable portraying Corey/Kori in this book, but it didn’t feel right with a different voice actor. I have a picture and sound of every character I my head and I had trouble losing myself in the story because no one sounded right (except Ty of course).

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An appropriate conclusion

Wow. TJ has done it again. The story perfectly meshes the comically absurd with the heartfelt. This was an appropriate conclusion to not only the At First Sight books but also a nice throwback to the BOATK series. It was lovely to hear Sean’s voice again — it has a rather comforting quality to it — but a different narrator is always hard, and I am so used to him from BOATK that I would forget from time to time which characters were which. Overall, though, I loved it thoroughly!

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  • alex
  • 01-21-20

DONT BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK

Absolutely awful narrator .. as ever the story is wonderful as most Tj Klune books.. unfortunately it is ruined by the change of narrator. all the humour is lost.. unfortunately I am return I g this one as there's no way I can listen to it again

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 02-25-20

Amazing

One of the best LGBTQ authors paired with a great narrator. No matter how many times I listen to this series I'm laughing out loud one minute and filling up the next.

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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 02-21-20

This is the final book in the series and its great

The narrator of this book is different from the rest of the series and it was a little difficult at first as the character voices are do different. However, it's another great story and really wraps up the journey of this wonderful found family.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-31-20

Amazing

Fantastic story.
Great narrator.
Took a few.mins to get use to the different voices from previous book but once I did it wasn't a problem.

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  • Naomi
  • 01-29-20

Another amazing read!

I'm a huge fan of anything written by TJ Klune, and this book (the fourth in the At First Sight series), was as compelling a read as the first three. I am so in love with each and every one of the colourful characters, and laughed so hard at some of their antics that tissues were needed. But what I admire most is the way that Klune educates as well as entertains in his stories. I have gained a much better understanding of what those in the lgbtq community has had to endure and fight in the past, and present, and am thankful and hopeful that his books can both educate, and entertain, many more people in the future.

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  • Kallie Harris
  • 01-21-20

Excellent

I rarely use the pre-order facility but I knew the final week of January would suck for a multitude of reasons so when this popped up at the back end of last year and I still had money to spare I used a credit, got this and I am so glad I did. I've followed this series since my earliest days with audible - I think the first in the series was one of my first purchases - and I've stuck with them ever since. I admire TJ Klune greatly as an author, although I wish he could find an editor that could take him firmly in hand and curb his frustrating tendency to use twenty words when five would suffice, but his ability to create diverse, engaging characters has never been in doubt. The PC 'woke' mentality is a bit too on the nose at times but all in all I know I'm going to get a good, entertaining, emotion led story that celebrates the uniqueness of the individual and why people fall in love with them. I mostly stick to audio versions of his works as I have very little time to sit down and physically read and I'm committed to following him as a reader but I *have* been discouraged from some books by his choice of narrator. Michael Lesley is an excellent performer but an overpowering one and I haven't been able to make it to the second book and beyond with the Tales from Verania series for this reason. He worked for me with the Until You series (Why We Fight is the 4th book in this series) but I must admit I was quietly relieved that he wouldn't be narrating this book and I'm now really, really pleased that Sean Crisden has taken up the mantle. This is a flawless narration. Assured, no attempt to draw focus from the story and to his own performance and you aren't overwhelmed by attempts to differentiate between the voices. The talents of the author and narrator have created something beautiful here (much like the collaboration on 'How To Be A Normal Person with Derrick McClain) and I can't recommend this enough. All the much loved characters are here revelling in their unique family unit and its a glorious, colourful mess of love, relationships and developing into the person you're meant to be with people that don't want anything for you but just that and will love you for it. I know I'll be coming back to listen to this again and again and will certainly be seeking out more of the narrator's audio work. Excellent use of a credit.