Penguin Audiobooks presents Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. An unabridged recording voiced by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl.
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, teenager Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson! Two teens with the same name who run in two very different circles suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions.
Culminating in epic turns-of-heart on both of their parts, they team up to produce the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage. Told in alternating voices from two award-winning, popular names in young-adult fiction - John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) and David Levithan (author of Boy Meets Boy) - this unique collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humour that has won both authors legions of fans.
** John Green has a huge online presence through his 1.1 million Twitter followers and YouTube channel Vlogbrothers, which has been viewed over 200 million times and has 660,000 subscribers, making it one of the most successful online channels in history.
©2014 John Green (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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"Excellent book but perhaps for a younger audience"
Not exactly. It was a well written story but maybe not for me.
The narration was excellent by both readers
I think I would have given this book 5 stars had a read it 10 or 15 years ago but now I'm a bit older (31) I felt it was just too young for me. To be more precise the characters are teenagers and view the world from this perspective which I found a little immature and annoying at times. Don't get me wrong I love a bit of Glee I just think I personally have grown out of high school musical-type narratives.
"Tiny Cooper, you are utterly fabulous!!"
Narration excellent by both narrators, although obviously Nick Podehl had the harder job of trying to make the listener actually like OWG...the other Will Grayson. The Will Grayson who suffered from depression, but who was full of angst, foul mouthed and rude, ranting against everyone and everything else in the world....and come on, I know teenagers can be challenging but blimey!! I'm also assuming that angsty OWG was written by David Levithan....I do have a couple of his reads lined up, Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing, but to be honest, I may wait a while before getting stuck in to either of those other books.
Given what I've said above, it's pretty easy to assume that Will Grayson, Jane and Tiny Cooper came from the imagination of John Green. Will and Jane seemed like perfectly normal teenagers....if such 'beings' can ever be described as normal. ;) Tiny was just in a class of his own entirely...I loved him to bits, and Macleod Andrews [whom I'll definitely be listening to more of] did a wonderful job of getting the listener to really interact and bond with these three in particular, but especially Tiny. I got a good Will Grayson and bad Will Grayson vibe throughout the whole story, but really they were just two totally different young people who happened to live in the same city and have the same name.
If I let my imagination to run riot into the future, I'd hope that angsty WG stayed with cool,calm and collected Gideon, the flamboyant WG who turned up to Tiny's musical got together with Tiny and OWG [original Will Grayson] stayed with Jane and everyone lived happily ever after....but probably not, sighs. 4 stars from me.
"Teens at their most angsty"
For teen and teen-friendly listeners, this title really hits the angst on the head. At one point, one of the characters even cries "I didn't ask to be born!"
I liked the way two perspectives alternate throughout the book, as the two stories intertwine. The characters come across as tortured in a way that perhaps only middle-class teens can feel. The melodrama is serious, at least to them, and this draws you into the story. There's also some OTT showtunes-style singing, which is highly amusing.
Recommended for fans of both authors' other work, including The Fault In Our Stars and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, as well as other similar titles such as Eleanor & Park.
"Download this NOW"
Life affirming stuff. Incredible characters brought to life with fantastic narration.
I haven't listened to or read a piece of fiction before that has created such a vivid image in my mind. I know these characters and I missed them as soon as it finished.
A perfect story about friendships, relationships, love and truth that goes far beyond the teen genre.
"Insightful and sensitive"
I think that this is a smart collaboration between two excellent authors.
I connected with both of the characters and loved how they grew throughout the novel.
The ending is touching in an insightful way, looking at how their relationships develop with their own personal growth. Both characters' eventual acknowledgment of their impact on others is what makes this book.
"One of the best books I've read"
This book can relate to almost anyone and has some of the best quotes . A must read if your a john green fan .
"will the real will Grayson please stand up."
side split tingly hilarious! booking my tickets for tiny dancer asap
multiple narrators held my interest & the various characters make u want to read on & follow their story. several intertwined live stories, all with different endings.
"Average, Unusual but sadly not Awesome"
Excellent narration. I found it difficult to empathise with the characters who are all self centered teenagers. This audio books may appeal more to teens/ young adults. It was all too trivial to be fully engaging.
Poorly fleshed-out characters, and with muliple teenage boys in tears or moods or tantrums over broken relationships, I got bored very quickly. I did keep going, hoping it would get better but sadly it didn't. Definitely not for me. Maybe if you're an emotionally-underdeveloped, self-obsessed teenage boy, it would feel more relevant.
"too much profanity"
the story was building quite well, but I couldn't continue to listen as I was wincing at the excess of profanities used. though that may be a true vocabulary of school children today, it's not something I use or enjoy to here every couple of sentences. didn't finish the read for that sakes I'm afraid.
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