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The Long and Winding Road

Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles, Book 4
By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Series: Bear, Otter, and the Kid, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

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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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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Amazing

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

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Great end to a wonderful series

Loved everyone of these audio books. The characters draw you in and you become invested in their lives. TJ Klune never disappoints and neither do his narrators. I highly recommend this series, starting with Bear, Otter and the kid.

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great conclusion

I have followed this story from word 1 and including the side stories with Corey with a K and Paul in the other links

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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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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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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!)

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  • 31-12-17

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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  • danielle
  • 26-12-17

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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  • Belinda
  • 14-01-18

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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  • Pat Johnson
  • 11-01-18

“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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  • Miareadsbooks
  • 08-01-18

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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  • Annika
  • 12-01-20

Beautiful conclusion

🎧 Do you remember how it all began?

I do.

It was a heart-breaking and devastating first meet all those years ago. We've followed these guys for a long time now. When we got to know them they were really only two. A solid team, alone among people who tried their best to love them. Yet they were so very afraid to let them in

🎧 I'm his big brother. For the longest time, I was all he had. It's not like that anymore

We were there through the ups and the downs. We've cried with them, laughed with them. We've done so much with these people. They've become part of our family. And it's always hard to say goodbye to family. But sometimes you have to let go. And that doesn't mean there won't be visits in the future, but for now, it's time to move on.

The Long and Winding Road is written in three parts, the past, present and the future. And while the past doesn't bring any surprises it does bring clarity. We get to experience the missing years when the Kid was at college, breaking our hearts all over again - but then, what else is new with this series? We experience the happy moments and the scary moments when Bear and Otter finally are ready for more children. We meet Corey and Kori for the first time (kind of). Then we go back to where it all began, back to Seafare.

Then there is the now. When everything changes in the span of an afternoon. With the ring of a doorbell and the ring of a phone. Life changes in an instant - just as life in Seafare has a tendency to. We know this, that's nothing new. It's life. So we follow them when they are trying to figure everything out. We watch them live. Because when we first met them, they weren't living, they were only existing. They have come so fare since then. They are not alone anymore - it was inevitable.

🎧 family is not defined by blood. It's not always who you're born to that you're stuck with. It's what you want it to be, what you make of it. It's the people around you who see you at your worst and are not afraid to pick up the pieces when you fall apart. It's the people who can call you on your bullshit. It's the people who look at you each time they see you like they haven't seen you in years. It's the people who you fight for. It's the people you'd lay down your life for. It's the scariest thing in the world, but, if you let it, it's also the greatest.

There are a lot of times while listening (or reading) this book you think: so that happened.... or more likely just what did Bear just say??? I know I really should be used to it by now, but still.... It's nice to know that some things stay just the same.

Lastly, we see snippets from the future. We realise that life have moved on in Seafare. There have been ups and downs while we've been gone. But it's a life well lived. It's a bit bittersweet to say goodbye. But it is time. It won't be forever, and we know that life will go on, with all that it entails.

Sean Crisden was great. There were so many moments during this book that I wondered at Crisden's ability to keep from laughing like a maniac. Especially when Bear is... being Bear. Asking, ahem interrogating Anna about pregnancy and what to expect. Every tangent he goes on.... I don't know how he did it, because I sure burst out laughing more than once. He captured the characters and situations just right and every second I spent listening I was there, in Seafare experiencing it all alongside these wonderful people.

🎧 Roads can diverge.
It’s tough but true.
It’ll be okay. In the end.
So you’ll go one way.
And we’ll go another.
Maybe one day we’ll meet again.
But even if we don’t, remember this:
We have lived.
We have loved.
We have lost.
But we’re standing. For all that we are, we’re still standing.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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  • JessT
  • 29-04-20

Finale

The whole series is awesome. It was filled with so many laughs and tears that I felt like I went through an emotional roller coaster. But what made this book special in this series is how Bear talks about the past especially from The Art of Breathing from his POV thus, filling up the missing blanks of Tyson's life in college. Seeing how Bear, Otter and The Kid grow and how their family expands ("by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are") is really touching and the ending was very well written.

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  • Angela
  • 12-02-20

Absolutely amazing!

I absolutely love this whole series! It’s funny, emotional, it’s crazy. I especially appreciate the family dynamics of this book especially, since I haven’t found too many m/m books like this.
Sean Crisden, like always, did an amazing job narrating this book and bringing it to life.

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  • CMN0320
  • 02-12-19

I love this series so much

I am in tears, for Pete’s sake, over the end of this series. I love these people, every single one of them. What a journey. I read BAOTK first about a year ago and it was perfect. I was so happy with it, and laughed so hard over many parts, that when I read the blurbs on the following books, I didn’t read them. They sounded intense and unhappy. But in the last week I decided to try the second book. The hardest thing about that book was the lack of Sean Crisden. That one had another narrator, and he just didn’t seem right. Thankfully, Sean came back for the rest of the books. He WAS that huge family, and made them real. I finished the rest of this series one right after another. I have bought them all for my permanent library. Like Otter said of Bear, and Bear of Ty, I will never let them go.

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  • St. Mary
  • 09-11-19

A MUST READ

Awesome read., I laughed, and cried and laughed til I cried. I love this family. Wanted more. More of Dom and Tye, more of Izzy, more if the twins. Just more.