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An Abundance of Katherines | [John Green]

An Abundance of Katherines

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines.
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Publisher's Summary

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself by Printz medalist John Green, acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    FanB14 05-04-12
    FanB14 05-04-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "John Green Fans will Enjoy"
    Would you try another book from John Green and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I fell in love with Green's sardonic, self-deprecating characters. Yes, I have and will read all of his books.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The main character is more difficult to relate to than others by this author and the other characters are a little too predictible and stereotypical. However, Green's wit shines through and makes this story better than many YA authors. Would recommend for John Green followers.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I like this narrator's voice and feel he is a great choice. He may sound a little older, but he manages to pull off the qualities of sounding smart, quirky, vulnerable, and funny.


    48 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ayrish Florida 11-09-08
    S. Ayrish Florida 11-09-08 Member Since 2008

    LitLady

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    "Loved It"

    I have become a huge John Green fan. I listened to Paper Towns first (his latest). Paper Towns is better than Katherines but both are well done, funny and the narrator is perfect for the male characters that tell the story.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 02-17-09
    Nancy 02-17-09

    Nancy

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    "Laugh out loud funny"

    I loved this book! As a middle school teacher and parent of a high school boy, I found this book engaging, hilarious, and tender. The characters are well developed and real. The author's style is sharp and concise, which makes this a great choice for a reluctant reader. I plan to listen to this in the car on the next family vacation.. One of my favorite audibles yet. Oh... the reader does a fantastic job with voices.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia South San Francisco, CA, United States 08-05-10
    Natalia South San Francisco, CA, United States 08-05-10
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    "Theorum"

    Another home run for John Green. Looking for Alaska, Abundance of Katherine's, and Paper Towns were amazing. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed his other work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kesha 04-11-12
    Kesha 04-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Glad I Gave It a Second Chance"

    The first time I tried listening to this book, I lasted less than half an hour. I found the narrator's voice too old-sounding for a book about a 17 year old boy, and I thought the main character sounded insufferably whiny. Months later, having thoroughly enjoyed "The Fault In Our Stars", also by John Green, I decided to give this one a second try.

    Ultimately, I really enjoyed the book and found myself really liking the characters, whininess and all. I would say, though, that if I had it to do over again, I might read it as opposed to listening to it, given how many equations and graphs have to be explained visually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 01-31-11
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "funny stuff."

    really good author.. funny stories.. i like the teen version of reality its carefree and some what lucky.. but i liked the whole thing..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DG The Woodlands, TX, United States 09-10-10
    DG The Woodlands, TX, United States 09-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Audible Candy"

    Funny and light hearted with engaging characters. It is laugh out loud funny without being mean spirited or unkind. If you've ever had to deal with a brilliant sibling, friend, offspring you will appreciate this story on a whole other level. Narration and sound quality were both excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 05-13-10
    Pamela J United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Very funny and well written"

    Alternately silly, funny, and slightly intellectual. Great concept and well written - - just a little short on plot. More just needed to happen to earn that fifth star. Narrator was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kgw 05-24-14
    kgw 05-24-14
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    "Good version of a John Green classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. Interesting characters, well narrated. You felt liek you were inside their heads.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although slightly predictable, there were enough twists to keep me interested. The characters were very engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Colin and Lindsay in the secret hiding place.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good stuff!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katyb 07-29-14
    katyb 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not his best"
    Would you try another book from John Green and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I love John Green but this one fell flat. It also really bugged me how the reader kept pronouncing "Katherine" as "Kath-a-rine" especially since it was repeated so many times in the story!


    What was most disappointing about John Green’s story?

    It was both pretty unrealistic and fairly boring. It didn't have the emotional impact his other books have.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Woodman?

    probably not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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