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
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.
Everything. The singing was especially entertaining.
Tiny Cooper is one of my favorite characters in a while and MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl do such a great job of bringing out his personality. Great job by both guys and of course by John Green and David Levithan for making the story so interesting.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
This book is not for adults. It's a book for kids who are looking for a rather soap opera style "me and my gay angst" book.
This about the third book I've fallen into based on reviews of originality and great story lines that simply aren't there. There is little in an audio book I dislike more than launching into an anticipated listen only to discover it's some hack teen pap that lies about 10 notches below Dog with a Blog.
Oh me, I'm kissing a boy! Yahoo. Whoopeeee. Deep stuff.
If you are over 14 years old this will be below your maturity level. Skip it.
Since I'm on a nasty tear I might as well slam the narrator. MacLeod Andrews can turn an 18 year old boy/man into a whiny 11 year old. He has a gift. I've not heard such sappy narration in a book read by anyone else. No 17, 18, 19 year old would sound as deserving of a kick in the butt with an admonition to grow up as the characters Andrews portrays.
Am I angry? Probably. I wasn't paying attention and stepped in this mess right after cleaning my shoes of "Jumper", an equally awful book.
So, 12-13 year olds can ignore this if your standards are relatively low. 14 - 18 year olds? I'm sorry for you if you think is worth your time. If you are over 18? Well, stay away from playgrounds please.
Audible: PLEASE MARK CHILDREN'S BOOK AS SUCH.
Final Note. Am I just anti teen? NO. Read Skippy Dies. It's BRILLIANT. Read the Virgin Suicides. BRILLIANT. It can be done.
I haven't read the book in print but I did appreciate that the characters perspectives were from different voices.
Um, Not sure its pretty different. Its about high school and friendship so any book slike that but it tells it in a different way
a lot of comic tones.
yes! 100% both ways
The writing was exceptional. The story while thought-provoking, was character driven. And the characters & dialogue were true. Contemporary topics are easy to relate to.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
This book is extraordinary and the material is so relatable to my days in high school.
The performance of this audible book by far made the experience of LISTENING to this book the most enjoyable. There were many parts where singing was involved and not only did the performer add unique characteristics for each individual, but he has a great singing voice too! He truly enhanced the experience of this book!
Defiantly,the audiobook contained music and singing that hardcovers can't provide. IT IS WORTH IT!
The theme of friendship was so sweet. Love is friendship and it conveys a message to the readers. "Who would you wake up at 5 in the morning for even though you don't know what they need."
This was the first one and it was FABULOUS.
The way Tiny Cooper's best friend Will Grayson tries to find himself is full of quotes and themes that stick with every reader. "It's gonna hurt because it matters". I don't believe this quote hold true to only picking one part of the book that moved me ;). EVERY WORD OF THIS BOOK WILL MOVE SOMEONE!
If you are looking for a John green book that will not lead you into tears... well only happy ones. This book dealt with many serious issues in a realistic way that is very hard to capture. From Will Grayson's finding themselves to Will Grayson battling depression. Each word is written in a way that can be both meaningful and hilarious. Not what I expected but
I would not change a single word. ENJOY
I love books!
First time authors, a high school coming of age story. Two Chicago area high school kids named Will Grayson are brought togetther under strange circumstances. Both are trying to find themselves and that's what the story is about. It was well written, witty, and the narration was really good. It's a fiarly short story and doesn't take long to get through.
It must be. The singing parts could never be captured in print as well as on audio.
Can't tell. I deviate between Tiny Cooper and Will Grayson's girlfriend.
The way they shared responsibility for both Will Graysons was insightful and dramatic.
Laugh. Very funny and quirky.
Sure. The narration was definitely not my issue with this book, in fact it was the saving grace. And I loved the barbs and subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor woven through the story enough to keep me listening. I feel writing off the authors or narrators would be doing them a disservice, since my main issue was my lack of connection with the main characters, not with the way the book was written or narrated.
I am not a fan of either Will Grayson. They were self-absorbed, whiny/petulant characters that I could not really connect with.
The musical was definitely my favorite. They actually sing some of the songs, and it is simply outstanding. The narrators really went for it, and it definitely pays off. By this point, the Wills have pulled their heads out of their asses to make them more or less likable too, which is a plus.
No. Everything is well wrapped up at the end, and other story would needlessly extend things.
My dislike of this book is irrevocably tied to my dislike of the Wills. If I were rating the last third of the book, my rating would definitely be higher, 3.5 or 4 stars. The humor and witty execution of the writing was a nice constant throughout the book that would often startle a laugh from me because it often caught me off guard. If you connect with either or both of the Wills, I imagine you will have a much more positive experience, but they simply did not resonate with me.
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