I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
This is perhaps the best book I've listened to on Audible. If it ties with anything, it would be The Book Thief.
Rarely have I come across a book where the characters were so real, that one becomes absolutely emotionally invested in their lives and futures. The subject matter should not deter anyone from reading this book - it's very honest, not depressing although astonishingly sad at times.
Green did an outstanding job of capturing the depth of emotion that especially teenagers experience. The fact that these particular teenagers are facing their futures with terminal illness makes the stakes not vastly different but much higher. It gives the everyday desires teens have and wants they express a gravity and importance that is otherwise hard to feel.
NOT SPOILER ALERT IF YOU GET THE BOOK...
The end of the book and what happens to the characters is not a suprise, but it doesn't need to be, nor should it be given that the characters understand their own fates. That knowledge doesn't stop you from cursing Green, as the creater and God of these characters, for not changing their fates. You do come to feel that their lives are very real and important - this is just a fabulous book. I loved it enough that I've bought it on paper so that I can savor reading it and keep it.
The narration was also pretty close to perfect.
This is a very moving book and well worth the listen. Kate Rudd is a good narrator who really helps bring the story to life.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I'd much rather listen to mysteries or history or just about anything except books like this with all kinds of gooey emotion. I couldn't ignore the ratings - and in spite of my preferences for "tough" books - I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. Yes, it's sad. But it's much more than this.
Even though I've been through deaths with people close to me, I never quite understood how people lived through that time between finding out the end is coming and when the end actually comes. What do you say? What do they want to do? I just never expected some of the answers to be in a book like this.
It's tough subject matter. But it's dealt with honestly and fairly. And the narration is perfect. I think this might be one of the best book club books for 2013. There's LOTS to talk about.
Dialog was awful. Plot was implausible. Spoiler... no 16 yr old kid is going to get an essentric author to tell her the end of a story... teenagers dont speak to each other this way which made the book very difficult to connect with. I do not see how this book was reviewed so highly. I finished the entire book hoping to find a saving grace but no...dont waste your time.
After finishing listening to the book, I read many of the reviews hoping to figure out what I missed. I didn't find the book or the characters engaging or sad. The character of the author was particularly annoying, and yet the plot needed him to work. Mr. Green does give us a very satisfying ending, unlike the character of the author. It was a tough topic, and I appreciate the author's respect for the subject without being sappy.
The bonus material at the end of the interview with the author was interesting, although I wondered if the woman asking questions was actually interviewing him. The interview seems very disjointed.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Take away the cancer, and what's left? A couple of teenagers who never fail to say the cleverest thing they can possibly say (contrary to real life), fall in love instantly for the shallowest of reasons (which does happen in real life, but is often left unrequited, or at least not acted upon this quickly), and ... well, without cancer, there's really nothing else, is there? And cancer exists only to give the teenagers a subject for their unerringly witty irony and to jerk endless streams of tears from the target audience.
In short, to use one of his cancer jokes, author John Green has received near-universal praise for this book because of cancer perks. How can you diss a book about the cruelty of kids getting cancer? Even if all you do is joke about it incessantly. Well, I will not hesitate to do so, when it's clear that Green has cynically used cancer as an exploitative tool to elevate an otherwise pedestrian -- nay, mediocre -- teen love story.
Green warns us at the start not to read anything autobiographical into this work of fiction, so I presume he wasn't writing about losing his own child to cancer. Even if he did, though, he still doesn't deserve cancer perks for being so unimaginative about it.
My daughter (13) read the print version last week, and then went to see the movie. I asked her what she thought. She didn't get what the fuss was all about. She didn't know anyone who talked like the kids in the book talk, or act like them. She found them to be shallow. No, I didn't coach her -- I had only just started to listen to the audiobook and was leaning in that direction of criticism but had too far to go to form a final opinion, although that is where I now find myself all the same.
I am not just an adult dismissing a YA novel because I'm old enough to know that the story has been told already, or I'm too old to relate to contemporary teens, or I just don't like stuff that everyone else likes (although that is often the case). I read a lot of the same YA books my kids read, and I loved The Hunger Games, Divergent, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mike Lupica's YA sports novels, and others -- in my older daughter's YA days, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hiaasen's Hoot and Chomp, etc.
In fact, the only other mega-popular YA book I had this kind of reaction to was The Book Thief, which I also thought traded too heavily on tragedy and was too full of itself with its post-modern Angel of Death device (as this book is too enamored of its own wit and its post-modern devices like cancer perks and the last best day). That one actually angered me -- this book, not altogether bad, some redeeming qualities, but as my daughter said, I just don't get what the fuss is all about. Maybe you will.
Well its my first audiobook, but it was an amazing book.
The narrator really added to my enjoyment of this book. I really enjoyed the expression in her voice. I have to admit though, having a female voice trying to sound like a man was a little strange.
There is a film to this book...can't wait to see it.
Worth the money. Read it.
audio book junkie
I'm not much of a YA reader. I find most of it predictable and formulaic; a handsome vampire, a girl who falls for a bad-boy who is really a nice guy after she breaks down his defenses etc... This YA book does not follow those formulas, what a relief. TFiOS is the first novel I've read by John Green and I get the hype. The book is smart, funny, tragic and romantic as hell. It is a story that's hard to tear yourself away from, these brilliant (OK no teenager really talks like that but I'm letting it slide because the book was such an enjoyable ride), sick teenagers are charming and their love is romantic and powerful. John Green as an author has a wonderful voice. Kate Rudd, also possessing a wonderful voice, owns this book. Wow, she killed it.
Clearly I'm impressed and can't wait to read more of Mr. Green's works.
I would. This book is just awesome.
Finding a love of a lifetime
This is a beautiful story. Not a story about cancer, but a story about Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. A story about finding a love of a lifetime no matter how long that may be.This book had me from cover to cover. I laughed, I cried and then I laughed some more. Easily my new favorite book. John Green did a fabulous job and I can't wait to read more by him.
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
I hesitated in buying this, but you gotta love the Daily Deal for making those decisions easier. I wasn't sure that I would have the tolerance for the somewhat smartass teenager tone; I think it's perfectly appropriate to the book, but I can only take so much of it. While I enjoyed getting to know the main character, I was most interested in Augustus and especially in his friendship with Isaac. I felt Hazel was a somewhat cliched teen, but Augustus and Isaac broke away from the cliches. The story is moving, heartbreaking, of course, and funny.