Audiobook Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book cover for Paper Towns by John Green.

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Narrator: Dan John Miller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: October 16, 2008
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. 

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John Green hits another one out of the park in this audio version of Paper Towns narrated by Dan John Miller. Listeners will be lured into this mysterious book with ease. It is brimming with well-developed characters, connections to contemplate and a storyteller that mesmerizes.

The carefully crafted characters in Paper Towns, albeit the typical characters found in Green’s novels, are both relatable and believable. The protagonist, Quentin (Q), is your average geek who becomes completely obsessed in finding his childhood friend who has disappeared. With the help of his friends, an eclectic cast of characters, and the trail of clues left by the elusive Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q transforms into a selfless hero.

While listening to this well written narrative, there are so many connections that can be made. John Green has created quite a few metaphors and well chosen symbols used to represent the underlying themes of this story. Throughout this book, listeners will speculate how they perceive others and the meaning of friendship. There are also references to Whitman’s Song of Myself and Moby Dick by Herman Melville, which tie into this book so perfectly.

Dan John Miller has phenomenally narrated John Green’s Paper Towns. His impressive vocal characterizations make this story enjoyable to listen to. Q’s friend, Radar, is my favourite of Miller’s vocal characterizations as his southern drawl adds to the character’s charisma. There are so many laugh out loud moments that are performed so well in this audio version.

Audiobooks are another method to find enjoyment in reading a favourite author or book. This audiobook of Paper Towns really delivers with its amazing characters, connections and narration. One of my favourite books to listen to this year!

Soundtrack Saturday is a book meme created and hosted by The Hardcover Lover to share and connect books music with readers. Here is a mini soundtrack that I created for Soundtrack Saturday based on John Green’s Paper Towns:

1. Fearless by Taylor Swift

2. What Goes Around…Comes Around by Justin Timberlake

3. I Need a Hero by Jennifer Saunders (from Shrek 2)

4. Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran

3 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Paper Towns by John Green

  1. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover says:

    I haven’t read Paper Towns, but I love all of those songs that you included in your mini soundtrack.

    Thanks again for participating! It means so much to me. 🙂

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