The different voices were great at keeping the two Wills straight in my head...that being said,mboth were wonderful in conveying each character's point of view.
I both laughed and cried...it was wonderfully written and performed!
After reading soo many glowing reviews, I was disappointed. I'm an adult male with teenage boys and I bought this for them, but neither of them finished it. I think young adult women would appreciate this more than most guys unless the guys were struggling with their sexuality or really got off on musicals. I guess we were not the target audience.
This is the second time I bought a book based on reviews, without checking the names (gender) of the reviewers. I've found if 90% of the reviewers are women, then I may be disappointed (with the exception of The Help) and I was.
On a whim and a general recommendation that anything John Green touches turns to gold, I used a credit on this audiobook and I'm so glad I did. While it didn't make me want to hit play and listen again as soon as I reached the end, this was a solid story with a lot of heart. I enjoyed the treatment of LGBT issues and how the authors balanced acknowledging the unique situation gay teenagers must deal with and treating gay characters the same as straight ones. The narrators were good and I liked the alternating chapters from the points of view of the two Will Graysons -- kept it interesting and fresh.
I really enjoyed the characters and how their lives interwined with each other in a modern, digital age. The story is very clever and funny! It was a unique way to write a novel.
The language was so deplorable that I couldn't listen beyond an hour.
The language and continual sexual issues - I couldn't even get to the plot!
I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I decided on this book by John Green without fully investigating the content or reviews. I am no prude but the language in this book was beyond that heard on teenage rugby fields or ice hockey practices. I only lasted about an hour after listening to more foul language than ever - some that I have never heard.
I would recommend this book to my friends who are openminded about sexual differences.
The most memorable moment was during the performance of Tiny Cooper when all the people calling themselves Will Grayson spoke up.
The performers were excellent!!
Yes, I cried during the performance.
Having Andrews and Podehl as readers made the book so entertaining. The singing voices were superb. It made me wonder how this would come across in the book itself.
I have to give myself 1 star for selecting a book focusing on adolescent issues. The narration was great, and the authors successfully crafted a story full of teenage dark drama; relevant to a (sadly) much younger reader then me.
I bought this book on a whim when it was the reduced priced "book of the day" a few weeks ago. I looked at the ratings, saw it was highly regarded, bought it and listened to it. What really disappointed me was I guess what I would call a "niche" feel to the book. Maybe a good way to describe it is a love it/hate it book. Turns out I'm not one of the people who found it funny or relatable. Just wanted to say you might not like this book if you don't have an adolescent mindset.
I'd say it compares poorly, but that's more of a comment on John Green's other work than on this book, which is very good.
The performance was exactly as it should be - unnoticeable. However, this particular book could have used two people who sound less similar. It would have cleared up some confusion in the earlier chapters. I spoke to someone who read this book in print and they said they had the same confusion I had, so it's not entirely the fault of the format. And... the confusion may have actually made the book more interesting.
The plot and writing manage to capture current teen angst well. The characters have to deal with some universal issues faced by teenagers as well as some unique to the characters. However for those of us who are no longer in the young adult category, there is not much to recommend here. I purchased another book by John Green, but after this am not sure I will read it.