It's difficult to compare audiobooks, even more so than the books themselves. So many things go into an audiobook. It's not just the writing, but it's the performance and the production as well. I happen to like John Green as a writer, and have both read his books and listened to some of the audiobooks. This particular narrator seems to do his work justice.
I think he is a very good narrator and captures the author's voice well. As a matter of fact, I chose to read and listen to this book before John Green's "Paper Towns" solely because I like this narrator. I'm going to read "Paper Towns" instead of listen to it because the narrator doesn't seem to capture what I feel is Green's tone.
I would recommend the book, but read it, don't listen.
The narrator sounded like he was asthmatic and much older. I don't think you have to have a young person read a teenage book...I've listened to many that have had older narrators or even the author, but this one seemed not to fit. It sounded as if he had smoked one too many packs of cigarettes. Especially strange since the character is even "younger" in many ways than his years and says, "I cried," a lot. It was jarring.
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