I would definitely recommend this. It is an emotional ride for sure, but I love it when a book really gets you in the feels.
The protagonist, Hazel Grace is forced by her circumstances to be introspective, and John Green must have been channelling a teen girl when he wrote this as I believe he nailed it.
She has a well modulated and very soothing voice. Very pleasing to the ear.
Cry, blub, sob, use a box of tissues.
My first review of my 300+ audible book collection. I chose this as my first as it has certainly managed to pull on my heart strings. It has also been fun to share a reading experience with my teen daughter who is voracious in her YA fiction "fan-girling".
I love the overall pace and feel of the book. And for a cancer book, it wasn't really about cancer. It was more about the love between two people complicated by cancer. This is one of the reasons that I love the story. The voice of the main characters Hazel and Augustus didn't really sound like normal teenagers. But then, they weren't really normal teenagers. I love their vocabulary. Granting that not a majority of teens speak like them but I’d like to think that because of their condition, they are more mature than your regular 16 and 17 year old.
The part where Augustus said "Maybe OK can be our always." Referring to them officially going out.
I love Kate Rudd's narration. I love the changes in voices that she used, especially between Hazel and Gus. When her voice breaks and cracks at the appropriate times is just brilliant! I actually felt like it was Hazel talking to me.
I liked the pacing that she used and I was able to follow the story without any problem at all. I also think that her narration added to the overall effect of the book. I liked that she sounded like a teenager trying to be an adult. Since I listened to this book without pause, I did not get bored or get annoyed by her voice. Overall, this was one amazing listen. I would definitely find out more about the books read by Kate Rudd.
When it was clear that Gus relapsed and was getting worse.
Say something about yourself!
Yes - because it's something everyone should experience at least once.
No others, seriously, a book has never affected me as wholely (it's a word ;) ) and completely as this book. John Green is a wordsmith of the greatest proportions.
I don't think she necessary brings anything extra to be honest, but she tells the story so fluently that it doesn't take away from the experience of 'cheating' through audiobook. I can do the housework and many many errands while reading and it's thoroughly enjoyable.
If you are in the middle of a big project or have something to focus on in, around or in the following week after completing the book...I wouldn't recommend reading it. This book connects so much that it is very hard to get the emotion out of your system for some time, and being 'productive' takes a bit of a back seat - in saying that - it felt like an experience so completely honest and touching that I feel more complete for having experienced it.
John Green did a superb job at keeping you present in Hazel's emotions throughout the story. He demonstrates mastery at bringing the reading to an emotional climax and then forcing you to confront it through the narrative rather than allowing you to release. I have no idea how many times i nearly cried reading this book, but at each moment the narrative pulls you forward. Confronts the fear, sorrow, frustration and anger. This is my third attempt at writing a review for The Fault in Our Stars but each kept turning to my personal experiences with friends and family and cancer. In the end it touches all of us (in fact we are all cancering to some degree all the time), but our personal relationship to cancer differs with each case and throughout our lives. I think that is the most impressive aspect of the novel. We see so many faces of life with cancer in this work, and each complex and affecting. No one has a singular, one-dimensional relationship with cancer or the people living with it. Everyone is at a different stage of love for someone with cancer. Some handle it better than others. John Green captured all of those facets and created something special.
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.
The best of them all. The best of them all. The best of them all.
All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it.
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There is a movie. There is a movie.There is a movie. There is a movie. There is a movie.
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