The Mad Reader
This story is beautiful, deep and meaningful and it will touch you to the core of your heart. It raises issues of life and death, of sickness and health and the utter importance of love.
What is love? How long lasting it has to be to be significant? How do you live a life in sickness? These are all questions that the author tries to answer in this marvelous novel.
Much as An Imperial Affliction, this book provides a different and more real intake to kids with cancer and how we idolize their lives after they’ve passed just because they were sick. It was interesting and mind opening, because as Hazel was always concerned, people should be remembered for who they were, not what illness they “battled”. It also portrayed our need to be remembered by humanity once we are gone, our desire to do great things.
In sum, this book was heartbreaking and compelling, and it got me thinking until way after I finished it.
I loved the characters and the depth they all had. Each one of them had their own concerns. For Isaac it was his broken heart, for Augustus was posterity, and for Hazel was her being a grenade. Apprehensions that signified humanity’s greatest fears towards death.
I particularly loved the way they related, and how they helped each other overcome their toughest moments. You can experience, through them, that love and friendship can change the perspective of everything.
This was my first audio book ever, and I’m so grateful I took the risk and got it, because I opened up to a whole new and wonderful world I was missing. I’m officially an audio book lover! Anyhow, even if it was my first audio book, I didn’t need to be an expert to tell that the narration was impeccable! Kate Rudd, did an excellent job, especially with the gender roles. It’s hard for a woman to portrait good male voice, and she did it superbly not only with one, but with several characters. I particularly enjoyed that you could immediately tell who was speaking. Not one voice was like the other, and I loved how she played Peter Van Houten and Lidewij, because she did a great job capturing their accents. Finally, I will like to add, her rhythm and breathing were smooth. I will be keeping my eye out for other narrations of her.
Realistic Engaging Characters
Hazel Grace coming to help Gus at the gas station.
The egging of the exgirlfriend's car
Living everyday as if it were the last
Real characters liviving real life tragedies.
This book was so good it made my stomach hurt. The synopsis of the book says it all. Rudd did an excellent job. I'm not going to say anything else because I'll muck it up.
The philosophies discussed are both subtle and well thought out and explored. You care about the characters; you want to meet them for real. The story is about two teenagers who happen to have cancer. It is a big part of their lives, but they struggle to not have it be the defining parts of their lives. They accept the 'cancer perks' just like they accept the cancer tragedies, but this book does a great job of letting you see the humans beneath the circumstances. We all die, but most of us think we have lots of time to sort out what it all means first. These kids know that they don't, so they think a little harder about it, and they grow from the effort.
The reader does an excellent job with the idiosyncrasies of the characters. I can't imagine it being read better.
It seems remarkable to me that a 57 year old man can relate so well to the thoughts of a 16 year old teenage girl, but I guess it shouldn't be so surprising given that the teenage girl's thoughts were well conceived by a man in his 30's.
In spite of the seriousness and sadness in this book, I came away feeling pretty good and was happy that I had taken the time to listen to it.
I absolutely loved this story. I am not the kind of person who cries at movies or goes awww during romantic moments, but this book is different. I laughed out loud at parts and i did cry a bit... only a few tears, but for me that is huge!
John Green outdid himself with this unbelievably touching story. The characters are amazing individuals who you like immediately. You enter a world where the character's problems are on such a different level that it feels almost foreign and you can lose yourself in it.
I don't want to drone on over every detail because that will ruin its twists and turns for all who read this review so i will keep it brief.
This story reminds us to be present in life and appreciate the things we take for granted. Please read this book, you will absolutely fall in love with it. You will feel for these characters and perhaps see life from a new perspective. Thanks to this story my life, "is a roller coaster that only goes up...." my friends.
Narrator: Did a great job with both male and female voices. The accents sounded authentic. A perfect choice for this book.
As a pediatrician, I have watched this story play out too many times. I too often have held back soul felt tears. Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac gave my past,present and future grief voice. The hearing of this story was cathartic and restorative. Bravo!
The book was entertaining from the start, while it had many sad parts i would recommend this book.
I liked Augustus because he did not allow his illness stop him.
She brought life to the story.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
I am not going to go into the whole discussion on whether or not adults should read books written about or for young adults. I think that's a very silly argument, in my view it's for everyone to decide what they want to read.
Personally I am way past the age where I decide what to read based on what someone else thinks about it.
Much has been said about this story so I won't bored you with details you already know.
This story is about young love and how devastating it's to see young people dying.
But it's also about the human spirit and our desire to be relevant and leave a mark during the short period of time we have on this earth..
Kate Rudd is a wonderful narrator, I have several titles on my library where she's the narrator and she never disappoints....
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant “The Fault in our Stars” is a great book on love and loss that I think everyone should read. Well written with wonderful characters that make you think and feel along with what they’re going through (which is what a book is supposed to make you do). Yes Hazel and Gus are probably idealized versions of teenagers, but it’s nice to have a young adult character that can make mistakes of their age and add to their character, but at the same time not be winey all the time. I really enjoyed this book!
Kate Rudd does an amazing job with this book, her timing, delivery and voices just add to the enjoyment and really bring the characters to life.
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.