Audiobook Review – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Title: Will Grayson, Will GraysonAudiobook Review
Authors: John Green and David Levithan
Narrators: Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews
ISBN: 978-1-4418-4259-6
Audiobook Length: 7 hours, 52 minutes
Genre: Young Adult; Fiction
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Release Date: 5 April 2011
Bottom Line: This just might be my favorite John Green novel of all time.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David LevithanSynopsis:

“It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old — including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire — Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.”

Thoughts:  Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews are the perfect narrators for Will and Will. Neither man’s voice is too young or too old, an important distinction for young adult novels. Also, each narrator embodies his particular Will in a fashion that is just uncanny. Some of this is due to the brilliance of the words they read. The rest is due to their understanding of their character. The fact that both narrators are not afraid to sing songs from Tiny Cooper’s musical is a particular highlight. Together, their nuanced performances emphasize the creative genius that is the team of John Green and David Levithan.

There is so much to love about Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The writing is fabulous, and the characters are even better. Tiny Cooper all but steals the show. Everything about him is larger than life, and one does not mind his unabashed confidence. His musical is absolutely hilarious and yet so achingly real. The two Wills are distinctly different, each with their own personalities and issues. The entire story is one that will have readers experiencing the full gamut of emotions and will leave each reader just a bit richer in human understanding.

5 Responses to Audiobook Review – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  1. Rachel
    June 6, 2014 | 7:19 AM

    Tiny Cooper is truly a character that stays with you. Your review makes me want to go back and reread this, or at least the musical part.

    • Michelle
      June 8, 2014 | 12:01 PM

      I was so impressed with the narrators that they sang the songs. The musical is absolutely brilliant.

  2. Anita
    June 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM

    A friend of mine just started reading this one. I may have to pick it up in audio since it was such a good experience for you. my list keeps growing daily!!

    • Michelle
      June 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM

      I really do think it is my favorite John Green novel. It was such an amazing auditory experience.

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