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Will Grayson, Will Grayson | [John Green, David Levithan]

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 03-05-12
    Lisa 03-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Worst Language Ever"
    What would have made Will Grayson, Will Grayson better?

    The language was so deplorable that I couldn't listen beyond an hour.


    What was most disappointing about John Green and David Levithan ’s story?

    The language and continual sexual issues - I couldn't even get to the plot!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I decided on this book by John Green without fully investigating the content or reviews. I am no prude but the language in this book was beyond that heard on teenage rugby fields or ice hockey practices. I only lasted about an hour after listening to more foul language than ever - some that I have never heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mimi Columbia, SC, United States 03-05-12
    mimi Columbia, SC, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent story about teenage journeys"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who are openminded about sexual differences.


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

    The most memorable moment was during the performance of Tiny Cooper when all the people calling themselves Will Grayson spoke up.


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

    The performers were excellent!!


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

    Yes, I cried during the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Having Andrews and Podehl as readers made the book so entertaining. The singing voices were superb. It made me wonder how this would come across in the book itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-20-11
    Steven The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Technically good, but teenagers are just annoying"

    I have to give myself 1 star for selecting a book focusing on adolescent issues. The narration was great, and the authors successfully crafted a story full of teenage dark drama; relevant to a (sadly) much younger reader then me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 02-05-14
    Jon 02-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Deceiving Rating"
    What disappointed you about Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    I bought this book on a whim when it was the reduced priced "book of the day" a few weeks ago. I looked at the ratings, saw it was highly regarded, bought it and listened to it. What really disappointed me was I guess what I would call a "niche" feel to the book. Maybe a good way to describe it is a love it/hate it book. Turns out I'm not one of the people who found it funny or relatable. Just wanted to say you might not like this book if you don't have an adolescent mindset.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor BRANCH, MI, United States 09-21-12
    Trevor BRANCH, MI, United States 09-21-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Confusing, but it clears up."
    Would you try another book from John Green and David Levithan and/or MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ?

    Absolutely.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Green and David Levithan before, how does this one compare?

    I'd say it compares poorly, but that's more of a comment on John Green's other work than on this book, which is very good.


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

    The performance was exactly as it should be - unnoticeable. However, this particular book could have used two people who sound less similar. It would have cleared up some confusion in the earlier chapters. I spoke to someone who read this book in print and they said they had the same confusion I had, so it's not entirely the fault of the format. And... the confusion may have actually made the book more interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Racine, WI, United States 04-09-12
    Lawrence Racine, WI, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Does Not Transcend Its Genre"

    The plot and writing manage to capture current teen angst well. The characters have to deal with some universal issues faced by teenagers as well as some unique to the characters. However for those of us who are no longer in the young adult category, there is not much to recommend here. I purchased another book by John Green, but after this am not sure I will read it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Racine, WI, United States 04-09-12
    Michelle Racine, WI, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Does Not Transcend Its Genre"

    The plot and writing manage to capture current teen angst well. The characters have to deal with some universal issues faced by teenagers as well as some unique to the characters. However for those of us who are no longer in the young adult category, there is not much to recommend here. I purchased another book by John Green, but after this am not sure I will read it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brighyehn Evergreen, AL, United States 06-11-11
    Brighyehn Evergreen, AL, United States 06-11-11
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    "One of the best. (and im a harsh critic)"

    I found myself swaying to the beat of this book, and trust me, it had one. I loved it from the start! (well, okay.. from about chapter three.) The characters are great! Really, they are. Maybe great isn't a good word for them.. words like AMAZING, PHENOMENAL, and BRILLIANT come to mind.. But they just sound stupid when I use them in a sentence. On a serious note, this book was worth your credit and money. It was everything I expected from two great authors! If you want more, like I did... Try Looking for Alaska by John Greene and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Great book/audiobooks.. OH, and P.S. the reading on this was just great! It really made the book. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke United States 07-02-12
    Brooke United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Just a book fool.

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    "Awful Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not at all. Its actually a good story -really funny- but the narrator was like nails on a chalk board!


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ’s performance?

    It was over done.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig A. Knoblock 01-16-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good performance, ok story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Will Grayson, Will Grayson to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the performance was very good.


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

    I liked the premise of the story, but it got a bit boring and dragged a bit.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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