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Paper Towns | [John Green]

Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.
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Publisher's Summary

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

©2008 John Green; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    S. Kohl Florida 03-31-14
    S. Kohl Florida 03-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Had such high hopes"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    What was most disappointing about John Green’s story?

    There was virtually no story. Characters were unrealistic, and the ending was not worth getting to.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narration was fairly good. One character was a little over the top vocally


    What character would you cut from Paper Towns?

    Ben


    Any additional comments?

    I had such high hopes, because I thought The Fault in Our Stars, was one of the 10 best books I can remember reading/listening to. Still, one masterpiece is more than most authors can hope for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-31-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Good story"

    I am torn between 3 and 4 stars - so 3.5. I did like this coming of age story. I always have fun with stories when they reference areas I know. So, since this story talks about growing up in Central Florida, and Winter Park High School - that is a plus. Good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 01-12-14
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Comfortably familiar John Green book"
    What made the experience of listening to Paper Towns the most enjoyable?

    I truly believe that there’s nothing John Green can’t write that I won’t love. This book is very sincere and has many life lessons, as does all John Green books. I would describe this book as a “feel good book”. The dialogue between the friends was funny and immensely entertaining, as you would expect from a John Green book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I adored Quentin but I have to admit, I didn’t much care for Margo. I think her character should have been more likeable. That being said, I did thoroughly enjoy Margo’s intricate plans on revenge as well as her escape/run-away plans.
    Ben and Radar were such enjoyable and loveable characters. They made reading Q’s journey so much more enjoyable.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's an incredible narrator and I look forward to listening to more of his narration in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    However, I only gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because of the ending. The ending was very anticlimactic and could’ve been much better. In my opinion, John Green dropped the ball on the ending.
    Love, love, love all the road trip antics! The road trip with Lacey, Q, Ben and Radar was my favorite part of this book.
    Oh, and the black Santa’s: PERFECTION!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scarmandos 01-10-14
    Scarmandos 01-10-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you listen to Paper Towns again? Why?

    Maybe in a few years. . . the story still imprinted in my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've been to many of the places the story takes place in and it was easy to picture the characters and how they fit into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Very nicely done. I don't have any fancy words for this story only that I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Corona, CA, United States 09-25-13
    Leah Corona, CA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "For the fans of John Green"

    Not bad really. Not superb as in his other books. Mr. Green has a talent to write youth in the most stark light possible. Which considering how cagey teenagers can be, it's a real gift. Paper Towns had a satisfactory ending and characters you could care about. All in all not bad.

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    Nichole Glendale, CA, USA 03-22-13
    Nichole Glendale, CA, USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not my favorite Green book, but still good"
    What made the experience of listening to Paper Towns the most enjoyable?

    Ok, so I know this book is in teen lit, and I am not a teen, but I love these books. I love the character development of John Green's books, but I must admit this was not my favorite. I felt that at the end the main femal e character was not particulatly likable, but the story was still a fun read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 12-08-12
    Michelle SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2011

    I have a CRAZY commute... Audiobooks help keep me sane. I love fiction with story lines that I can imagine happening today.

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    "I really wish it kept going!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow! I REALLY enjoyed this book. I listen to audible books to break up my long commute, and this is one of those books that makes you look very strange to the drivers around you. I was laughing out loud, and at other times talking back to the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the few lines that Radar had. GREAT!!!


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was perfect for the story line. Humor was delivered dead-pan, and the philosophical thoughts were presented with intonation when needed.


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

    Laugh out loud! The characters were endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    Now to read anything and everything else that the author has written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amandalyn Dickson, TN, United States 09-05-12
    Amandalyn Dickson, TN, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great story by John Green!"
    If you could sum up Paper Towns in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, Q. He is extraordinarily ordinary.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brought the characters to life. On prom night when Ben keeps saying "yes" is hilarious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't know if it moved me, but it really stuck out. Metaphysical eye spy. I really think I need to play this.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many moments in this story that are great. I need a hard copy so I can highlight all the quotes.

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    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 08-18-12
    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 08-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Whiney"
    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the characters has a thing about capitalizing letters. The narrator, instead of just reading the words as they are (ex. "That"), says "capital T. that". It got annoying when a list written by this character was read


    Was Paper Towns worth the listening time?

    Very anticlimactic. I was disappointed with the writing (relied heavily on poetic interpretation)


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    Amazon Customer Chandler, AZ, United States 11-17-11
    Amazon Customer Chandler, AZ, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging YA"

    Overall I enjoyed this audiobook. I had two complaints. One was about the story and the other about the audiobook itself.

    First, the narrator sounded more like someone reading a book aloud than someone telling a story. This wasn't bad, but different from other audiobooks I've listened to.

    Second, the story dragged in places for me. I saw connections in the story that the characters sometimes did not see for several chapters. This was incredibly frustrating, but I find this happens a lot when reading YA novels.

    In the end I would recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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