Me, myself, and I.
There are books that you experience in a state of welcoming bliss. They stick with you because you needed to read them JUST RIGHT NOW. And somehow the universe converged at the perfect moment to drop a wonderful story about this or that into your hands. You read with great fervor the adventures, sadness, mystery, or humor of your fictional doppleganger, and when you are done, you feel awash in both elation and deflation, wondering if you will ever find another story like this one.
This was not one of those stories. It could have been, and at times it seemed on the verge of becoming one of them, but it ended and I did not feel that. I have no doubt that it probably instills in others the feelings that I wrote about above. For me, I experienced the roller coaster of Hazel Grace's young life and was properly enchanted, worried, and hopeful for her. I think that I wanted something even more profound in the end, and it just wasn't there for me.
This, in no way, should discourage you from reading this story. It is beautifully written and wonderfully executed. Kate Rudd does a fantastic job of bringing Hazel Grace to life, to the point that I'm not sure they aren't the same person. This story of life, and its byproduct cancer, is filled with moments of pure happiness, humor, and devastating sadness. John Green's compelling storytelling is on full display here, and I cannot fault the story for any shortcomings.
An excellent read no matter what my unreasonable expectations may have been.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
It doesn’t matter that John Green’s target audience is teenagers – his characters are smart, honest, and funny no matter how old you are, and the universal themes captured in this book are, well, universal. Terminal cancer may not be the most uplifting of plotlines, but don’t let that stop you from listening to this wonderful story. Though I’ve listened to John Green before (Will Grayson, Will Grayson was also really good!), this was the first time I heard narrator Kate Rudd, and I was most impressed with how she handled all the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch. I will definitely be looking for more of her performances in the future!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Believe all the hype! This book is amazing. It will make you appreciate life and living in the now. Everything I felt about this book has already been said, so instead I will just say don't wait (like I did) and just get this one already. So worth it!
Laura the Listener
I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters. The narrator captures teenage sarcasm perfectly. The description of this book doesn't do it justice. I picked it up at the recommendation of a couple friends and loved it from the first word. Listen to this book.
Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
Obviously Hazel, but I fell in love with Augustus, just as Hazel did.
Kate Rudd's narration was spot-on as a witty, intelligent, slightly jaded teenager. Even her laboured breathing sounded authentic.
This story is a bit of a tearjerker, but not a cancer sob story. It is a brutally honest look at a terminally ill teenager, but it does not devolve into a pity party for Hazel. I loved this book.
I couldn't imagine the story being told any other way. Easily one of the best readings I've heard on audible.
Yes. But I didn't and I'm glad i didn't. Not that the book didn't call for it. It actually screamed for it to be honest. The performance begged for it as well. She was brilliant. My drive was over and felt that a break would be best.
You won't regret this purchase. Like all good stories I don't want to ruin one detail for you. But I believe you will want to buy the ebook as well. To many things to highlight, to reread, to contemplate. I'm not saying skip the audio book. This one is to well done to decide between the two. I would really like it if Audible started to offer a bundle of the two.. Even if it cost extra.
I've already recommended this book over and over and over again!
So many moments...so many feels!
Kate did AMAZING!
Sooooo sooooo sooooo many!
Oh! Em! Gee!!! I blew through this book! It was a very quick read and it was amazing! So this is my first dive into YA contemporary, and I’m so unbelievably happy that I picked The Fault in Our Stars to be my first in this genre because it was freakin’ awesome!
So, first of all, I read The Fault in Our Stars in audio. But I was so caught up in the story that for the last few hours I listened to the book, I also followed along in my signed hardcover (thanks to Kristina.) The audio was fabulous, and the audio reader really did this book justice!!!
The one thing I have to say for sure is that I was a major hot mess while reading this dang book. I was like full on ugly crying for the last TWO HOURS of reading this freakin’ book. Yep, I was sobbing so much that I had to blow my nose more than a few times. I actually had to have a full roll of toilet paper sitting with me on my bed, and I even had to use an empty box next to my bed as a trash can. Yeah, there were a few moments where I was only just tearing up a little, but once I got to this one particular, DANG part, I was full on sobbing! And then I just couldn’t stop! It was bad! Like really, Really, REALLY bad. And, then, even when there were really funny parts in the book after that (and there were a LOT of funny parts!) I would be laughing while I was STILL crying. Thank goodness that no one was watching! I can honestly say that I’ve never been that emotional over a book before. I think the only movie/book I’ve ever cried that hard over is the movie A Beautiful Mind, but that’s only because the story to A Beautiful Mind hits me really close to home.
In fact, The Fault in Our Stars made such an emotional impact on me that, at one point (when I was feeling awful over the realization that Grace wouldn’t be a qualified candidate to receive a lung transplant because she was too sick), I thought that when I die I want to make sure I donate my lungs ONLY to someone who’s too sick to be a transplant candidate!
I need to confess my love, heart and soul to Augustus Waters! I’m not a poem writer or even a poem reader, but he makes me want to write poetry dedicated only to him! I love you Augustus Waters. LOL!
I guess I should talk about all the other awesome characters, other than Augustus Waters. I love Hazel Grace Lancaster as well! Reading from the first-person POV of Hazel was perfect! Her thought process kept the story extremely entertaining. And another one of my fave characters is, of course, Isaac. He adds just the right touch to the story. All of the characters in this book were very well developed…to the point where, even if we got to see a character only briefly, their character was very vividly developed in my mind.
This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone, but make sure you keep more than a few tissues handy.
Kate Rudd did a phenomenal, outstanding job narrating this highly emotional read. Considering the subject matter and the emotionally charged nature of this book, it would have been so easy to overdo the narration. But Kate Rudd’s performance was perfection, bringing to life these amazing characters and telling this heart-wrenching story so naturally that it was as if I was listening to Hazels private thoughts. And yes, I could still recognize a great narration even when I don’t know how I heard anything over the sobbing mess I was reduced to throughout this book. I highly recommend this audiobook experience to anyone that is interested in reading this book.
The story itself, well, I mean its John Green so of course it was amazing. I love this man’s writing. It’s like he effortlessly creates these wonderfully realistic characters; characters that I’d want to know, that I’d want to become friends with. And by the end of the book, I feel like I DO know them and that we’ve been friends forever and I’m so emotionally entwined in the story that its actually difficult to move on to another book when it is over. I felt like that with Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and I certainly feel like that with this incredible book.
I don’t know that there are many of us whose lives have not been touched in some way by cancer, but even if it hasn’t, almost everybody has lost a loved one too early and has felt the utter unfairness of that loss. The Fault in Our Stars is the story of several kids suffering from cancer and is told from their perspective. It is unapologetically and brutally honest, morbidly humorous, simply just real. This book was so filled with unfiltered truth that it was almost uncomfortable to read in some places. But I still recommend that you do.
By the end of this book, I had cried so many tears that the front of my shirt was wet, and days later I’m still tearing up as I recall the story while I write this review. The Fault in Our stars was a powerful, emotionally intense, and incredibly important read. I highly recommend it to anyone regardless of genre.
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
What a wonderfully sad, funny, powerful and well done book about loving and dying. There is no spoiler here...you can find the fact that this book deals with a terminally ill teenager in any description. It is one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time...surpassed only by the fabulous The Sea of Tranquility. I highly recommend this book but it is not for the faint of heart. It deals in a most realistic way with the process of being human when your body is thinking otherwise. The characters are so beautifully written, including the support group participants, the parents, and the Dutch writer and his assistant. Literally years in the writing, the author took his time to write it right and I thank him for that. You will laugh out loud, you will smile to yourself, you will get angry, you will shout "NO!", you will find tears that slowly trickle down your face; you (well, at least I did) will sob out loud and you will hear the end with the understanding that death can occur on many levels. It is an extraordinary book.
That being said, the one issue I had with the audio version was the continued use of "she said" and "I said" to the point of frustration. The narrator was wonderful but could have created a slightly different way to differentiate between conversants than 'he said', etc.
The other issue was not with the book but with the Q&A with the author that comes at the end of the recording. I was so moved by the ending and the entire book that the Q&A was not even on my radar; I just needed time to gather my wits about me and savor what a magnificent job Mr. Green did.
This will be a book that I will listen to a number of times simply because it is so well written (for the most part, it does falter and lag in some places) and because the characters are so well constructed as to become real (and most of them probably are) and the story is such a moving and powerful one that is riddled with terrific use of humor. You will no be sorry you listened to this book.
A sad subject presented from the teenagers point of view. I thought this was quite an engrossing story, although it stretched on a bit longer than I would have liked. The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed hearing John Green's interview at the end.