Honest, Endearing, Bittersweet
There are too many to account for. Those moments when the relationship between Hazel and Augustus matures, those moments where the characters grant us very real insights into the human experience. I knew John Green was an intelligent man from his YouTube series, but never did I expect his writing to be so powerful and moving.
Kate did a phenomenal job of connecting with the story and immersing the listener entirely into the story. Her voice acting was superb, and I look forward to hearing some of her other works.
Yes. (SPOILER ALERT) Where they lay by the skeleton and talk, where Augustus confesses his love for her... and she didn't reply with an "I love you too". Her worry that to do so served only to hurt him later moved me in a way I did not expect.
I loved this book, and I loved this audiobook. If you are one of those people who listens to audiobooks in public, consider this: this story, while not all sad, can become very real and deeply moving at times... and if you would like to maintain your composure while at the Gym or whatever... I recommend listening to this at home instead.
Teenagers Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, fall in love, and help each other through ups and downs of living life as "side effects." Narrator Hazel, is delightful and Gus has a marvelous sense of humor. I laughed (and cried) as I listened to their story. The audio narration is strong.
I agree with other reviewers, don't pass this one by due to its Young Adult status. It is so very good, it will make you cry, it will perhaps make you realize that life is unfair. Things happen to people, because, they just happen. As my dear GP says, " sometimes life just hands you a land mine'" you didn't deserve it, it just happens. No good or bad, just is. That does not aleviate the suffering however, the desire for a meaningful life, the desire we have for meaning. Read it, experience it,
Kate Rudd does a marvelous job of narrating. Thank you John Green for allowing me this glimpse into this world, I am the richer for it.
As a cancer survivor, this was a little difficult but it is a beautiful story and it was beautifully narrated. Although everyone's experience is different, I felt this was very realistic.
My favorite was Hazel. She is wise beyond her years.
Say something about yourself!
A different twist to the usual teenage story. Great performance made all the difference!
The mystery of what happened keeps you hanging until the very end!
One of the top 5!
Don't want to be a 'spoiler alert'
Got teary eyed at one point, and smiled often.
This was great and easy to listen to. The story line really hit home for me. I recommcned this book to people of all ages.
Yes. Kate Rudd did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The verbal mannerisms of the young characters were spot-on. On the other hand, the characters discuss big ideas--philosophy and religion and the meaning of life, and a physical copy of the book would allow for easier study. For example, several poems were referenced, and I'd love to look them up. A print version would be more convenient in that instance.
Well, I'm guessing Gus is everyone's favourite. He is, as he puts it, "charismatic."
This is my first experience with Kate Rudd, but I will be watching out for her.
Well, that's a silly question given the book deals with dying teenagers and star-crossed love. "Moving" is to be expected. "Surprising" --that is what is interesting about this book--the surprising bits, but I can't comment on the many gasp-worthy moments or I would risk spoiling it for you...
Yes, yes: it's a tear jerker. I'd advise you not to avoid it because of the sad topic. There is so much to think about and celebrate in this beautiful book.
Say something about yourself!
As a high school teacher for more than 20 years, I loved the fact that the author was able to capture so clearly the voices of adolescents--their wit, senses of humor, abilities to empathize. I also loved the individual main characters in this story--all young people suffering from various types of cancer--going to "group" meetings to please their parents, yet finding friendship, love, hope and support in a very difficult setting.
I liked the realism of dealing with a cancer in a hopeful, if heartbreaking, manner. The author was not afraid to give specific details--death is not glossed over. Particularly poignant was when Hazel Grace read social media regarding the death of someone she knew, and her thoughts about the remarks that might be left on her own page. Also touching was the relationship of parents and children who were affected by terminal illness. Yet, though the situation was dreadful, the book itself offers more humor and strength than sadness.
Kate Rudd perfectly captures the voice of Hazel Grace. You could almost hear her "rolling her eyes" in some of the situations.
This is definitely a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. I usually work on projects while I listen, and I found myself working longer and longer so that I would not have to leave the story. One cannot help but care about the characters, and the story took some unexpected turns.
I was particularly impressed at the end of the book when the author is questioned. He recommends "The Empress of Maladies" which is one of my top audio selections. His ability to blend fiction with nonfiction makes this a particularly strong read.
I will probably listen to this book many times. I is such a human story that i think can resonate in the hearts of many people.
Kate Rudd brings this story to life, she adds feeling and depth to the story.