I just started the book yesterday and reluctantly finished it this afternoon. How I wanted to finish it in one sitting... yet I didn't want it to end! And all I can say is WOW! It truly makes me appreciate what I have - no matter how small. Even though I thought I didn't take things for granted before. I laughed. I cried. I want to visit far away lands that I've never considered before, but also stay home or visit the local park to watch kids play - something again I've never considered before. Hazel and Gus feel so real that I imagine I could pass them along the street. And yet I am sad to realize that even if they were real, their time and love would be irrevocably fleeting. And that's the beautifully conflicting thing about The Fault in Our Stars - even though I KNEW that its not going to be a happy ending, I still had a smile on my face at the end. Ok? Ok.
The Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - another brave, fatalistically intelligent, strong girl battling against the odds to become a female writer in 1906 rural upper New York State.
She gave a strong and beautiful performance. I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I listened to it. I've listened to audiobooks for many years, but Kate Rudd really breathed life into Hazel and Gus, Isaac and every other memorable character.
Absolutely! I was almost disappointed when my family came home and I knew I couldn't finish it that evening. And I still feel guilty for that thought!!
3 1/2 stars, thus gave it a 4. Insightful, sensitive novel,told through teenager, Hazel, as she deals with incurable cancer, manages friendships and family relationships , falls in love, suffers what major and incurable diseases bring to her and those she loves. Hazel is a bright young woman who brings humor and perspective to those she's with, including an author she and her boyfriend travel to Europe to meet and find to be bitter and mean. The author treats all of the characters with respect and understanding of their perspectives, needs, and feelings. Interesting interview with the author at the end of the audio version.
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I have mixed feelings about The Fault in Our Stars, and it took me a long time to figure out my overall takeaway.
Most important to know about this book is that even though everyone says "this is a story about life and love", this is actually a book about death. While I understood the story line, I believed that I would walk away with profound insights on how to live, and how love survives, and all that... I didn't. If you read it, you will be subjected to the sadness that is every cancer filled page. I did not find this book profound, or philosophical. I mostly took away the fact that life just ends, and people get forgotten. There wasn't even any redemption in how the other characters survive death. It felt a lot like the move (not the book) My Sisters Keeper. You should know if you are going to buy this book that you are getting exactly what you'd expect in a teen cancer novel... don't be fooled.
That said, I did enjoy the book and actually couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the narration, and thought the characters were very realistic. John Green is a fantastic writer, and I have enjoyed his other books (especially Looking for Alaska). This book did as promised; it made me laugh and cry (mostly cry). It also made me want to tell my loved ones how awesome they are, which I think may have been the point. To sum it up, I would recommend this book, just as long as you are under no illusions about what you are buying.
astounding, beautiful, anguished
The death of Augustus Waters, and Hazel's response to it.
The way she told the story, the way you could hear the tears when you knew Hazel was crying.
This, cannot say enough this. I started listening to this at work yesterday, and at the end of the day with 2 hours left in the book, I didn't want to go home.
It was just something about her
Uhm I am not really sure. Hum When they went on the date in Amsterdam something about that part of the book just made me happy.
YESSSS! I did an extreme amount of both of them.
Its amazing just read it
I'm an Aspen, CO based journalist/aspiring novelist and love to listen to popular fiction to get a sense of what's currently on the market!
I had no idea this was a Young Adult book -- it's such a beautiful, moving story and so humanizing that it could be enjoyed by adults and children of many ages. Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. A powerful, moving tale.
pit bull advocate
I have recommended this book to friends. It is a great story with characters I really cared about. I teach high school and I think the author's portrayal of teenagers was spot on.
I really enjoyed Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters equally. They were both characters to look up to.
I thought her portrayal of Hazel Grace was near perfection. She really captured her struggle to fight her disease and live life. There were times that listening to her made my lungs hurt.
Live your best life.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
I loved the story line. I thought it would be really sad buts it's not!
I've listed to a few books narrated by Kate Rudd and she is very easy to listen to
I don't want to say because I don't want to spoil any bits in the book
I don't usually listen to books that are under 10 hours, but I read the reviews and thought I would try this one. It really was worth it!! Such a great story. I see it's been turned into a movie that's released very soon.
We are all born to learn this or you never learn... but this book is so different from all the fairy tales you hear around. Raw essence of life when you have no time to waste. I could not read/listen to anything else for a week after this book I needed time to comprehend it. Spoilers are not my favorite kind of reviews so I do not want to spoil your experience but I encourage you to go trough this initiation and raising into something wonderful. Your life will never be the same after this book.