I would listen to this again. The love story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is sweet, funny, honest, and true, like them. all the characters are so well done, they are real and people I want to know, even Peter Van Houten at his drunken moments. The story was important, not because these are people dealing with cancer, although that is important, but because they are so real. A true journey of heart and mind and miles.
This is the first time I listened to Kate Rudd and she was stellar. She captured the young adult tones of voice perfectly.
Many, here are two. When issac's girlfriend broke up with him and he is destroying Gus's trophies, and when Gus and Hazel kiss in the Anne Frank house.
I want to read An Imperial Affliction and go to Amsterdam.
I subscribed to audible.com to help a friend, literally, to help Dustin from Smarter every day videos, who needed some link clicks in order to boost his ad revenues. I'm glad I did, not only because I helped his channel (and him) a bit, but because once I got my free credit I immediately bashed john green on the search box and found this book. I regret nothing, absolutely nothing. I also haven't heard any other audio books, so I can't really answer how it compares to others. But ask me in a couple of days and I'll now as I'm audible-addicted already!
That's the great thing, the Fault in our Stars is incomparable. The only comparable thing I can imagine is how reading it felt like a revelation, as if I had just discovered a new shape of literature, which is a feeling I had with Murakami or Rowlinger.
So I would say, just for the sake of being able to compare with "something", that Fault in our Stars gives you that refreshment, awe and inspiration that you feel when you read a life-changing author for the very first time.
I loved her narration. I honestly felt awkward and strange in the beginning being this the first audio book I heard, and maybe such feeling had to do in part because Kate, the narrator, was also getting a hang on the words and tempo. However, soon the strange feeling was gone and by the end of the book, I can't imagine it anymore unless it's with her reading it.
One of the things she does that it's so great is to impersonate the different characters without loosing her own voice in the process. And I gotta say, I got a huge crush on Hazel's tone and her way of saying "Okay", it was Perfect, capital P.
(I also have already promised myself not to see a upcoming movie, I can't imagine any of the characters talking differently and I don't want to!)
I didn't know what I wanted at first, I started listening to it a couple of hours at night one day, then I continued listening in the office a couple more hours (which is a terrible idea! as I spooked my coworkers by my bursts of tears, laughs and lack of any productivity whatsoever). I listened to the rest of the whole book (about 5 hours) in one sitting during the next day. So yeah, I finished it all in less than 3 days, and now I must get another audiobook!
Perfect book, perfect, perfect perfect. Bring tissues, that's important. And be sure to be allowed to be alone while reading it, as anyone trying to distract you will receive killer stares by you. Also, and this is very important, be ready to feel a impending urge to recommend the book to every single stranger you cross in the street.
Oh, and lastly (last one promise) check the internet fan-made images, book covers, favorite quotes and John Green's youtube channels if you can. Do such after reading the book of course. It all contributes to create a much richer, but optional experience.
I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie
One of those you pick up and don't put down, or in this case press play and listen to at every possible available moment ignoring the outside world. John Green is a literary artist his writing is engrossing in every detail and you can't help but fall in love with every inch of his characters. The subject matter is deep and heart wrenching while equally light and humorous. What I especially love about this novel is the way that Green's writing allows you to adapt your own interpersonal relationships into the characters and their experiences, it will likely be a uniquely different experience for us all, but a beautiful ride that I highly recommend!
This one will undoubtedly be in my audio library and on my shelf to stay.
I think Jeff Bridges would play a great Van Houten. Just saying.
The story grasped my attention from the very beginning. I laughed and cried with heroes. May be it's not something you want to do on your way to work so bewared.
I don't want to give any spoilers but there are so many moments in the book that I want to go over and over again. I am definitely getting a hard copy of the book.
Kate's performance was naturally interweaved with the story. It was a pleasure to listen to the book while she was narrating it.
This one one of the books that you don't want to stop listening. I usually listen when drive to work. I had to finish the last chapters while I was at home instead of prolonging them for another few days.
I wish there was a different end for Hazel and Gus but "the world is not a grant-wishing factory"
I felt like I got to know the characters on an intimate level through hearing the spoken words. I felt it allowed me to imagine the appearance of the characters. Because of the emotional nature of the story, I found that listening provided a greater sense of the constantly changing emotions of these young adults.
I enjoyed the moment when the main character receives the information about which she has long wondered. It consoles her at a time of loss realizing the depth of affection that slipped away from her.
I enjoyed the scene when the two young adults traveled to see an author to discuss their favorite. It was a bittersweet journey for them.
Live your best life without regret
My name is Mary-Ann, but friends call me Annie. I love reading and have recently fallen in love with audible!
Moving, Inspiring, Laughing-thru-Tears
The night of the smashing trophies - so beautifully described and reflected upon in hindisght. Also, the dinner in Orange and the trip to the Anne Frank house...
I was honestly laughing and crying thru the entire story! I think I might have blown thru the book without much thought, but hearing the story read aloud just brought it to life. This might be my all-time favorite audiobook of all time!
Forget the book and listen to the audio version first! THEN you can go back and read the story, relishing the ungbelievalbe imagery forged the first time around...
Me before You, tackles a poignant subject beautifully
definitely shed a tear
Definitely a younger persons book, but as a fully fledged adult still a lovely (sad) story
The love story that won't leave my mind. I picked up this book because there is too much cancer in my life, and I need help dealing with it. This book not only helped me laugh and cry, it gave me a new literary couple with whom I have fallen in love with. Don't miss this story.
Say something about yourself!
Like another reviewer wrote, do not let the premise turn you away. After all, how can young people who know their lives are limited, and that they must endure some horrific medical issues, and that the people they love the most are hurt the most, and that, and that...life really reaches for what you CAN have.
This story is fiction and the author obviously has had to deal a lot with that truth. It is sad, it is funny, it is heartwarming, and it is VERY GOOD. We should all know teenagers like this! Well, maybe not...
Worth the credit and worth listening too again.
All the hype is true. You need to read this book even if the blurb doesn't sound interesting.
What I Liked:
1. The writing is beautiful. Every line is perfection. Every piece of dialogue is perfectly picked out. If only I could talk like the characters in this book.
2. The book was quite tight and flowed nicely. I didn't feel that the book rambled or needed more.
3. I really enjoyed the reader, and I am very picky about my readers.
What I Didn't Like:
1. As much as I loved the dialogue, I don't feel that teenagers talk like Hazel and Augustus (or even most adults). The dialogue was the type of dialogue that you get when you have the option to really think about each and every word that you are going to say before you say it. Granted, I loved the dialogue; it just felt "written" not "real."