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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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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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  • alex
  • southampton
  • 21-02-18

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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  • Belen
  • 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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  • Belinda
  • 07-01-18

amazing

Love love love this whole series. The narrator is phenomenal! I read all Tjs books when they come out then buy them again on audible. Because they are that good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-18

I am devastated.

"Hey." "Hey yourself." I am obsessed with TJ Klune's stories...across the board (there are still quite a few that I haven't yet read/listened to). BOATK's story through the four books takes you on a roller coaster of such highs and lows that I'm getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it. I LOVED the Tales of Verania and the At First Sight series so much that I was afraid to start another, but once I'd started BOATK, I was immediately hooked. This family of characters is so real-life to me that saying goodbye to them as I am today tears me to pieces. I don't want our paths to diverge. It really hurts. HEA never hurt so good. I finished "The Long and Winding Road" yesterday and have listened to the last three chapters three times again. Sean Crisden is wonderful in the three of the four books that he narrated (If only Helena Handbasket's name had been pronounced right, it would have been perfect). I kinda hated Charlie David's characterizations (and ridiculous mispronunciation of words...it's cringe-worthy) in "Who We Are" but I endured. If you haven't listened to the first three books in the series, DO THAT FIRST! ABSOLUTELY! TJ Klune occasionally makes some silly mistakes, but I love him so much that I have to forgive him. He's taught me that. You'll understand after delving into his world of storytelling, if you don't know already. Thank you, TJ, for sharing the Bear/Otter/Ty/Creed/Anna/Mrs. Paquin/Dom universe with us. I'll never be the same again.

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  • Kevin L. Helems
  • 04-09-18

Loved

This series was beyond great I felt like it was my family and just as insane.

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  • Robby
  • 27-07-18

I can't accept this

I love the story, I live my imaginary family here in this word. I love all of them and don't want this to be the last one. he has other great stories he's written if love, but none of those are this family.

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  • Be True-Be Real
  • 11-03-18

Awesome Series and Convlusion

TJ Klune has spent 10 years crafting these wonderful group of flawed characters that find a way to make life work for them and achieve happiness. They make their own family. What a great ride. Beautifully written. So loved all of the books in the series. You laugh and you cry and throughout you are pulling for these characters. THANKS!!!