Charming, touching, sad.
Rudd makes the narrator, and thus her friends, more lively than sad. This is a book about kids with cancer. That might be really depressing, but Rudd's reading show that it is really about an intelligent young woman who is full of life and feeling. She delivers some phrases so simply and truly that I thought I would have lost something if I had read it myself. When she is thinking of something lovely her boyfriends has done and says to herself simply, "That boy," she gives to two simple words that are true to the character, true, I am sure, to the author's intention, and beyond the power of this middle-age male reader's mental reader to do justice to.
The one I describe above.
This is not a perfect novel—I would not have dragged Anne Frank into this story—but it is a fine one, and Kate Rudd gives it an exemplary reading. I am just sorry that the "YA" designation will put some readers my age off.
The very end. Like- the very last paragraph. When Hazel Grace reflects on the meaning of it all, it struck me. In the feels. I never considered that point of view before. As cliche as it sounds, it changed me.
Inflection, connotation, personality
Again, the end.
Already liked John Green's vlogs, now I know I live him as an author.
A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.
This book had it all... laughs, tears, anger, exasperation... I listened to it over the course of a 2-day drive based on the recommendation of my son - a 20-something Navy guy. Even though it is far from my usual 'taste', I couldn't help but give it a go. It was, by far, a well done story. And, just to clarify, when I say it had that (anger, laughter, tears, exasperation) I also meant from me. This book, to quote my son, may cause you to cry but it's a gift to have enjoyed the story.
There were many, but mostly it was the vivid life that is brought out so clearly from the least expected people.
Rudd was a great narrator. Her pace was flawless and her understanding of how to read these characters was spot-on.
Plenty... all of which are spoilers.
How the story folds out, the end I really didn't saw that one coming
Isaac, I really don't know why but through out the book I just felt emotional connected to him.
If I had read the story myself I don't think it would have come so much alive as it did when I listen to it.
Be prepared this book will make you cry
There really wasn't anything about this book I didn't love EXCEPT the very beginning. I didn't like the way it started with the foul language. I almost didn't continue with it BUT so glad I did. Couldn't stop listening. Very well narrated as well. I think this is a book that likely is best listened to rather than read. Up there with one of my favorites.
Hey there! I like Teen novels and books with female leads.
I would 100% recommend this audiobook to anyone. John Green's story was both beautifully written and beautifully portrayed.
When Hazel placed the pack of cigarettes in Augustus' coffin.
Her voice flowed smoothly with the story, it didn't sound or feel awkward at any point.
I was in tears and laughter the entire time.
I am so glad I got the book.
Yes, there are very special moments that moved me, sometimes it's all so goofy and others so deep in the mechanical of life, I love it!
Augustus Waters, because he is very creative and sarcastic but in essence he want to extract the special moments in life.
I loved her voice! she is an excellent performer I liked the voice changes with the protagonists in the novel, very nice, I want to hear another book narrated by her.
Laugh at certain moments, It didn't make me cry but I was sad in some chapters.
Recommended! for all people that need to take a break from daily routines and want admire life.
Husband, Dad, sailor, guitarist, movie addict, gadget geek, travel junkie, truck safety professional. Not necessarily in that order... ;-)
The characters felt real, the emotions felt powerful. I found myself crying at several points. Full disclosure: this is my first audiobook ever, and the first YA novel I've read since high school.
"Love Story" (1970), by Erich Segal, or the 2001 movie "Sweet November", with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. They are also wonderful books about love and illness and loss.
Hearing it told in a young female voice brought a new level of realism to the story. It was as if the narrator WAS the character. Her tonal changes when reading dialogue from other characters was strong enough to clarify who was speaking, but gentle enough to avoid distraction. Very well-read.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! DON"T READ THIS PART IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!!!!
Yes, the last hospital scene near the end had me crying, as did the reading of Gus's letter at the end.
I didn't think I would like listening to audiobooks, but this has changed my mind. I might very well be hooked.
This book was absolutely amazing and a great first audio book experience. It was read in a way that let you feel like you were watching a movie in your imagination. There were times when I felt like maybe it wasn't as sad for me because I was hearing someone else's voice rather than my own, but still an amazing book. I can't wait to buy the actual book and compare experiences!