I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
I generally find Teen/Young-Adult fiction tedious but I laughed more than I cried (I did both, sometimes simultaneously) during this wonderful book. I have not been a teen for several decades (and was never a teenage girl), but I could not put this book down, and sighed when it came to an end. This is decidedly NOT a book about cancer, this is a book about life. The narration was fantastic, depicting subtle and incongruous teen emotions and the breathless panic of oxygen deprivation. The characters are mostly teens, with fledgling self-images yet they are written with nuance and power and grace. I find most books in this genre sappy, boring, and (unintentionally) uninspiring. I found this book deeply inspiring. It is about choice, particularly the choice to love, regardless of the inexorable outcome of pain, or death, or both.
I really enjoyed sharing many books with my daughter when she was young, in installments on short car trips, or whole books on long trips. Although I would have recommend this book to her, this book has a particularly personal narrative style that I think is better absorbed personally, at least the first time.
Quite a few reviews say things like “heartbreaking” or “sad”. I did not find this book ever sad or heartbreaking, but instead intensely poignant. This is not a tear-jerker. This is a classic that I expect will be recommended and read for many decades to come.
Nothing I say or don't say can make you understand how wonderful this book truly is, but believe me when I tell you that you are making the right choice by buying it. I mean seriously, this story could have been boring and depressing, instead, I find it fun, interesting, touching and insightful. I simply did not want it to end!
I've rarely read a book that is filled with such raw honesty, so when I come across one, I appreciate it. I was perfectly able to connect with the characters. I couldn't detect a single trace of fakeness in them. The Fault in Our Stars isn't just some random book you read and forget, as I'm sure in my case, it will stick in my head for a very long time.
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.
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.
Unabashedly asking for more.
This book is gut-wrenching hilarious. I pride myself on being a stoic-narcissistic-not-going-to-make-me-cry type of person and this book just undercut my very existence. I cried. I sat on my couch and I cried. I cried silently as to not wake anyone and have to deal with that awkward "what are you crying about" conversation- but nonetheless, I cried. And I hated John Green for it... I mean here is a story where you already know the subject matter, you already know that there isn't going to a (spoiler alert!) happily ever after. Yet, you dream of that happily ever after... And halfway through the book you start to reason with John Green. Like, I know they can't live forever and everything, but maybe...just maybe... you'll give them a good few years and I can close the book and be blissful about that.
But (spoiler alert!) that doesn't happen... And afterwards as you sit on your couch and cry and curse John Green, you're going to realize that this book is great. Not just great "I'm going to facebook about this book"- but great in a way that makes you want to listen again.
Simply put, stop reading and buy the book already...
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.
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.
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.
i have not yet read the print myself, but i cannot imagine reading this book without the enthusiasm and skill of Kate Rudd. if you ever read this review, Kate, know hat you added such depth and color to the story, and breathed into black and white characters a breath of life we cant normally imagine. thank you for making this reading the best purchase and experience i have made, and had in years.
hazel's reaction to augustus' situation with the G-tube in his car. one thing. just one damned thing, he wanted to do by himself. buy a pack of cigarettes. but how she knelt beside him in the car, wiped vomit from his chin, and only said, "oh, sweetie.." as a 23 year old man, it may be embarrassing to admit, tears welled up, and i thought we would lose him right then and there. i have not yet finished this book, as i fear the hollow place i will be left with as these characters seem to be headed out of my life. yet, the story must continue, until it cannot.
the car scene at the gas station.
absolutely, and not quite yet. but it's not over yet. i will reread/re-listen to this for years, and i feel i cannot smoke another cigarette. yet i may always keep a pack. for our Augustus.
just a very deep, and sincere "thank you" to John Green for sharing this part of his soul with the world, you made an impact on so many, and that makes a difference. and to Kate Rudd for drawing life into the story and putting your heart into this reading. you are amazing.