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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Audiobook

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Will Grayon, Will Grayson, is the story of two teenagers — both named Will Grayson — and the long list of coincidences that ends with their random meeting in an adult video store (where neither of them are actually shopping). in the text version, the two Wills are distinguished in several ways: The first Will — the one written by John Green and narrated by Nick Podehl — chimes in for the odd-numbered chapters and gets his name capitalized, while the second, written by David Levithan and read by MacLeod Andrews, takes over the even-numbered chapters and goes by the more idiosyncratic will grayson (all lowercase). Since both characters are written in first person, it’s up to Podehl and Andrews to make the distinction clear in the audio version, and they do it well: Podehl’s Will is a teen who’s made a point of not getting too involved with anything or anyone, and the narrator balances the guarded tones of Will’s speaking voice with the less-controlled run of his thoughts, while Andrews gives his will a fast-paced, sarcastic tone that matches the character’s typical teenage cynicism.

While the story builds to the chance meeting between the Wills, the narrators take on a lineup of secondary characters: parents, girlfriends, boyfriends, and one large boy named Tiny Cooper who ties them all together. Podehl has more to work with in his chapters, bringing Will, Tiny, and their friends to life; much of Andrews’ time is spent reading online chats and back and forth dialogue that will prefaces with “me:” and “her:” or “him:” so he has fewer opportunities to develop those voices. But both narrators infuse their readings with the emotions, attitudes, and sentiments that will be familiar to anyone who knows (or was) a teenager. —Blythe Copeland

Publisher's Summary

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

©2010 John Green (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 04-29-14
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    "Wish it didn't end!"

    I don't know why I absolutely enjoyed this story so much - maybe b/c it brought me back to high-school days or maybe its b/c John Green did such an incredible job making his characters so real, the reader could relate to each and every one. The narrators were both fantastic and actually I searched for more books read by each. This book is a typical John Green novel and it was worth the credit and more. The storyline about a straight and a gay HS boy was genius - and quite honestly, esp today (I would know seeing how my daughter is in show choir and has many gay friends) coming out as a HS boy is tough and JG portrayed it perfectly in his novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson. My Favorite character other than the gay WG, was def. Tiny Cooper!

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 04-17-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Full of teenaged angst!"

    I think I picked this book up on the $4.95 special list. I don't regret listening to it, but it is full of teenage drama that can get tiring after a while. I generally tend to like Adolescent Literature, but this one was not of high quality. I have a feeling that teenagers might enjoy the book a whole lot more. The characters are endearing, and the book is funny at times, albeit not very realistic.

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    Janice M. Johnson 04-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favorite"
    What disappointed you about Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    I just could not get into this book. Maybe if I try it at another time it will strike me differently but I just didn't care about the character.


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    Barbara 03-09-14
    Barbara 03-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Casting of readers was the problem here."

    My book group read this (yes, it's a YA novel and we are adults, but there were reasons) and had a very lively discussion about it. But the two of us who listened to it had the same problem: the 2 Will Graysons are read by two different actors but their voices and personalities sound alike -- so much so that we couldn't tell who was speaking and were confused most of the way! Those who read the book form told us that one is italicized so you always know who's "speaking." This should be re-recorded with two distinct voices.

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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique, especially for John Green."
    Where does Will Grayson, Will Grayson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average. WGWG was a good listen since the characters were so very different and it helps when there are two narrators.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    The ending. I didn't cry but I was darn close.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Tiny was my favorite, even if he was also annoying.


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

    I was taken aback by the prevalence of homosexuality in this book. The book is NOT about homosexuality but it certainly generated thoughts on the subject that I did not anticipate. WGWG is purposefully and poignantly provocative and at times I was quite uncomfortable. Ultimately, the story worked very well.

    I laughed a few times, mostly during the John Green chapters, but the book isn't overtly funny. As I said before, I didn't cry but that's only because I'm stubborn.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read and very interesting.

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    LJM VO United States 03-01-14
    LJM VO United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!

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    "Awful, Awful, Awful"

    The story was dumb, the narration was terrible, so overacted. I have read books by both of these authors and enjoyed them very much. But this story was a miss, and I usually enjoy the YA genre.Not much more I can say, would not recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer United States 02-01-14
    Amazon Customer United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unique and heartwarming"
    Where does Will Grayson, Will Grayson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is definitely in the top ten of the audio books I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    One of the most memorable moments of the book is when the two Will Grayson's meet for the first time.


    What about MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ’s performance did you like?

    Both of the narrators did an excellent job!


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

    There were several places in this book where i found myself literally laughing out loud. That's a rare thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book is funny and heartwarming. The characters draw you in so completely that I often found myself thinking about them. I couldn't wait to get back to the story. Though I was sorry it had to end, I thought the ending was perfect!

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    Inon redbank NJ USA 01-26-14
    Inon redbank NJ USA 01-26-14 Member Since 2015

    I love sci-fi and fantasy books

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    "a jem of a book"

    it's a book that I'm sorry that wasn't around when I was a teenager. the characters are the engine of this book, and they make it a great reading.

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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-23-14
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-23-14
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    "Immerse Yourself in Teen Drama"

    It's like 7 hours of lame high school drama, with occasional pockets of insight and thoughtfulness, but seriously, not that much.

    Here, I'll summarize the entire book for you: Omg, he kissed who?! She said what?! Oh no he did'ennnt! Woe is me.... my life is terrible.... omg he broke my heart.... blah blah blah blah.

    These kids are all self-absorbed morons that haven't yet developed a sense of maturity. So I guess that makes them normal... but c'mon... they're all idiots. I wanted to punch every single one of them in face and tell them to stop being a whiny little *$^#*.

    I absolutely adored Fault in our Stars... but you can skip this one.

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    Cindy 01-17-14
    Cindy 01-17-14
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    "Horrible"
    What disappointed you about Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    I just did not like the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry just did not like the story

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