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Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They've moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself.

But that's not the end of their story. How could it be?

The boys find that life doesn't stop just because they got their happily ever after. There's still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter's parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do... well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother's abandonment of him and his brother, only to delve deeper into their shared past. What he finds there will alter their lives forever and help him realize what it'll take to become who they're supposed to be.

Family is not always defined by blood. It's defined by those who make us whole - those who make us who we are.

©2013 TJ Klune (P)2013 TJ Klune

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  • M. Pauley
  • 05-07-2017

Great story, HORRIBLE narrator!

Charlie David should just shut up, he's awful and after having Sean Crisden in the first book, this was a big disappointment.

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  • Qwyattguy
  • 10-02-2017

Good story, narrator needs a dictionary

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. Please re-record with Michael Lesley as the narrator. This narrator had issues. He did an AMAZING job (IMO) on TJ's other books like "The Lightning-Struck Heart" and "Tell Me It's Real."

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator mispronounced or completely misread a number of "big" words the kid and others used. It drove me nuts as I shouted out loud the correct pronunciation or the correct word. "Egregious." "Stead" is not pronounced like a horse ("steed"). Etc.

Could you see Who We Are being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, I would actually love to see the whole series of 3 books (1 more promised) be made into a short streaming series on Netflix or Amazon. Seriously. Casting would be key though, and the internal monologues might be tough to pull off if not handled correctly.

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  • Joe Puzzo
  • 03-03-2019

this story went downhill quick

why is bear stupid and thoroughly neurotic for no reason? why is the kid a jerk now what happened to him being sweet and smart. why does Miss Paquin British? was this book written by somebody else and why did they change the narrator who dies none of the voices correct

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  • Danny
  • 26-10-2013

If you loved the first, you will love the second

If you could sum up Who We Are in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Funny, Heart-Warming

What did you like best about this story?

The main character's, Bear, witty insight and inner dialogue.

Any additional comments?

There are a lot of things that happened in this book and so I would insist that if you read, Bear Otter and the Kid, you definitely need to read this one.

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  • Amy
  • 09-09-2014

Why oh WHY do they change narrators in a series?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, but really not a fan of the narrator. One of my favorite series. Love the balance between angst and humor. Especially the seagull chapter.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Otter. I love his protectiveness, his complete happiness with his relationship.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made a 9 year old boy sound like a flaming queen. Just ick.

Was Who We Are worth the listening time?

Mostly. But I definitely going to reconsider buying a series where the narrators have changed.

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  • Orlando
  • 12-05-2014

Great, but just not as good as Bear, Otter and the

A good continuation of lives of Bear, Otter and the Kid. The author does an admirable job of squeezing another instalment from a storyline that wrapped up pretty nicely in the first book.

Not as good as the first book, but a really great end to a cute little love story.

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  • João
  • 04-03-2018

Virtually, unlistenable

After loving the first book, this one is virtually unlistenable. The gentleman reading should have listened to book one. I know the characters can't sound exactly alike but they're totally different. It's supposed to be only a few months after the first book but the kid sounds like he's now 17. Otter is now effeminate. And I can't listen past chapter 3.

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  • Belen
  • 13-05-2017

SO Good!

Any additional comments?

The beauty of these characters is in their imperfection.

And the dinner party. The Dinner Party - God you should read the book, if for no other reason, than the dinner party.

Humor, lots of emotions, a great cast of characters, I enjoyed the narration...recommended!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-2016

Silly Not 10 Stars Like Bear Otter & the Kid

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narrator! Where is Sean Crisden?!!!! He was awesome with the first book. In this book, Ty as a "9 1/4" year old suddenly sounds Gay, where previously he did not, has a potty mouth and in the few months between BOATK has gotten way out of hand for his age. In BOATK he was sweet, precocious and extremely smart and he tore at my heart strings. In this book he is just a little too advanced too quickly. Also Bear was really ridiculous, he started out as a shy diminutive steady, loving totally unselfish guy and turned into a potty mouth, acting more affected and down right girlish sometimes in this book - more so than Otter (who has been gay for a while). I liked the first book because I appreciate the normalcy (to me) of Bear, Otter and the Kid, despite their tribulations. I think most reactions and choices were within the realm of possibility and they were just really good loving people. While they remain good and overall loving, so many choices and actions (and speaking style and content) were over the top and somewhat flamboyant, hard to believe for our shy Bear really, regardless of drinking - and in some cases not drinking .

What other book might you compare Who We Are to and why?

I am comparing this to Bear, Otter and the Kid (which was excellent and very well narrated!). I have heard Charlie David before - but he wasn't suited for this one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I didn't like it, it was way out there for most of these returning characters except for Bear and Otter. The Narrator matters, the narrator is huge!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If it were written with a little restraint, more like the first one. This plot and the characters are all over the place. I realize there are growing pains to be had, both for a 9 year old and a "newly discovered" gay Bear, but this was extreme

Any additional comments?

Mrs. Paquin was ruined for me as well in this book, I understand eccentricity but this was off the charts. I did buy the Art of Breathing (third installment) because it is again narrated by Sean Crisden who made Bear, Otter and the Kid so precious to me - and TJ Klune's excellent writing in that installment. (I'm hoping the third time's the charm!)

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  • Steve
  • 23-11-2015

Another great installment

Would you listen to Who We Are again? Why?

I think I prefer the first book, but it was simply for narrative reasons. TJ Klune is a fantastic writer. However, I'm not a fan of Charlie David's narration. Pretentious pronunciation and a rather annoyingly terriblly awful and unnatural British accent for a character who wasn't previously British.

What other book might you compare Who We Are to and why?

There's really nothing to compare it to, besides its predecessor. The main character's narration is wonderfully verbal and neurotic. Its so deliciously funny!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlie David?

The previous narrator for Bear, Otter and The Kid. He did a fantastic job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's very long, which makes it rather impossible. But, if I could, I would have eaten it up in one sitting.

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  • BevS
  • 06-08-2015

One of my favourite series of all.....

What made the experience of listening to Who We Are the most enjoyable?

It's the story itself, the laughter, the tears, Bear's weird logic and the way he listens to the voice in his head...and then silence as everyone else around him waits for him to process (sometimes) what comes out of his mouth. Otter's steadfastness, Anna and Creed's friendship. Tyson and his tentative relationship with Dominic, starting off as friendship when neither of them have many friends. This story makes me really laugh out loud but I also carry a handkerchief, ready to catch the tears streaming down my face in the emotional parts...of which there are many.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Who We Are?

I'll just say one word...seagull. Anyone who's read the series will know what I'm talking about, and will probably crack up with laughter.

What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

I normally love Charlie David narrating (Hot Head is a prime example, sooo sensual. He made Griff and Dante come alive) but I HATED the way he portrayed Mrs Paquin in this audio rendition...as a high pitched English voice. Just didn't connect with it I'm afraid.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Impossible to listen to it in one sitting. A) it's too long and B) too important, you must do it justice and listen to it closely HOWEVER long it takes.

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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 11-10-2021

Fabulous series

If you don't love Bear, Otter and the Kid there really is something wrong with you. This is a brilliant series that will make you smile and cry and root for the characters, who you become invested in. Love it!

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 25-02-2020

Amazing

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

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  • MaryD
  • 04-08-2017

A joy to listen to

Always a joy to listen to TJ Klune. He can make you cry tears of sadness followed quickly by tears of laughter and this book is no different. I recommend listening to Bear Otter and the Kid first to get the whole picture.
Charlie David does an exceptional job of bringing TJ's story to life.

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  • Daniel Natt
  • 13-08-2016

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Different narrator to Bear, Otter and the Kid. Took a while to remember the new voices, but they're good voices

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  • Eugene Campbell
  • 03-07-2015

Great book

Loved listening to it - made me laugh, cry and smile. Great story well written and performed.

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