Paper Towns by John Green – Audiobook Review

Paper Towns by John Green

When Quentin was in grade school, he and his next-door neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman come across a dead body in the park near their houses. That was one of the last times he actually hung out with Margo. He became a huge dork, basically a band geek that couldn’t play an instrument, and Margo became, well, Margo. Roth. Spiegelman. The be all and end all of high school girls. Also a bit of an adventure junkie. Suddenly, just weeks before the end of their senior year, Margo shows up at Quentin’s window and his life will never be the same again.

Okay, Love.

Seriously, why oh why did I wait so long to actually read anything John Green?

The story was super entertaining, if not entirely plausible. The characters were lots of fun, although I sort of wanted to smack Quentin’s friend Ben for repeatedly referring to women as ‘honey bunnies.’ Amazingly, Quentin’s parents didn’t even suffer from disappearing/evil/overly clueless parent syndrome so prevalent in young adult fiction – although there was one point where I was surprised that nobody’s parents had tried to call them.

And then there’s the audio component. The narrator was really great, he did a good job with using different enough voices that I could tell them apart but not so different that he was trying too hard. The only thing that really bothered me was that at the end of each disc there was a little message to put in the next disc and the beginning of each disc replayed the last couple sentences from the previous disc. Super obnoxious when you’re listening on your iPod.

So, again, overall, love! I will be reading me some more John Green, and I’d highly recommend this for a fun read.

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11 comments to Paper Towns by John Green – Audiobook Review

  • I listened to this one on audiobook too. The honey bunnies thing was irritating at first but then I started appreciating it, especially because Ben was one of my favorite characters. This is the only John Green book I have read but I own Waiting for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines.

  • Amy

    Sounds like an interesting read. I haven’t read anything by John Green so I’ll keep an eye out for him.

  • I really want to read John Green! I haven’t read any yet and you’ve reminded me that I really have to.

  • I won this book and should be receiving it soon, and I can’t wait. I am thinking that maybe my daughter might be able to read it too (I’ll have to read it first…I’ve gotten in trouble with that kind of thing before!)

  • I have 2 of Green’s books waiting patiently for my attention. You’ve made me want to drop everything and grab one of them right now!

  • I’m going to have to get on the Green-wagon. Thanks for the tip.

  • I read this last month and very much enjoyed it, as I have all John Green books. That road trip at the end had me laughing out loud it was so funny. As they planned to make their first pit stop? Too funny.
    There is a whole wiki, or whatever they called it in the book, about the book online if you look it up.

    Now go read another one of his books.

  • You must read Looking for Alaska next! I can never decide if I prefer Alaska or Paper Towns, I love them both. Although there’s a great cheerleading scene in Alaska…

  • I’m so glad to see yet another person climb aboard the Green-train! His other books are equally awesome (although I haven’t read his latest one yet… that’ll be coming up in May!)

  • “Okay, Love. Seriously, why oh why did I wait so long to actually read anything John Green?”

    Gulp — I’d better get my Green on and finally start reading him. I have three of his audios but I haven’t listened yet.

  • Dude I listened to Paper Towns while working out (and let me stress how much I HATE working out. :/ ) It was my first introduction to Green – and I’m a fangirl ever since. I actually would opt to STAY ON THAT DARN TREADMILL longer than necessary to continue listening.

    I agree with above poster, though, you must read Looking for Alaska. *le sigh*