The characters felt real, the emotions felt powerful. I found myself crying at several points. Full disclosure: this is my first audiobook ever, and the first YA novel I've read since high school.
"Love Story" (1970), by Erich Segal, or the 2001 movie "Sweet November", with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. They are also wonderful books about love and illness and loss.
Hearing it told in a young female voice brought a new level of realism to the story. It was as if the narrator WAS the character. Her tonal changes when reading dialogue from other characters was strong enough to clarify who was speaking, but gentle enough to avoid distraction. Very well-read.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! DON"T READ THIS PART IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!!!!
Yes, the last hospital scene near the end had me crying, as did the reading of Gus's letter at the end.
I didn't think I would like listening to audiobooks, but this has changed my mind. I might very well be hooked.
I listened to this long before all the hype from the movie (which I haven't seen), This is a wonderful story that is both sad and triumphant. While portions of the story definitely smack of the YA genre that Green is known for, it can appeal to all readers in my opinion. Young people dealing with real life, grown up problems, even facing death, may seem like a downer but the story is sprinkled with so much more than that. Another winner from John Green as he tackled heavy subject matter and had me crazy about these kids to the last page.
I'm just a new kid trying to explore the world in faster, easier , and maybe safer way through reading books .
i only have a small comment although i haven't finished the book yet but from the beginning of this book ,form the first chapter as soon as i heard about her daily routine and her sickness and her community , the people she is meeting with i felt something strange , i felt that how much I'm thankful for my health and my life , it totally showed me a new prospective of life that i had never imagined . this book is so stisfying and i highly recommend it for any age , category or mood it's a must have book .
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
I thought the narration was excellent and as such I recommended for everyone to listen to it on audio.
I bought this audio several months ago for my sons (ages 12 and 15). I was surprised how much I liked it too, though I found it much sadder than they did. We enjoyed the literary allusions and humor throughout. I haven't seen the movie, but they both thought the audiobook was superior.
Yes, Great writing, Great narration.
Visiting Amsterdam and Anne Frank's attic.
A book about living not dying
I want to rate this book higher than a 5.
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.
Kate Rudd did an amazing job with the characters voices! I really enjoyed her performance.
Okay... Wow. This book was awful in the best possible way. Cancer sucks and this book did an amazing job depicting that. I wept. At one point I could not even handle it so I had to put it down. Going into this book I knew that it was not going to have a happy ending I mean cancer stories rarely end happily. It didn't stop me from rooting for the characters though. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to get their heart broken by a bunch of fictional characters who live very real lives.
haven't listened to very many yet
both the main characters were equally favorable because of their wit and clever prose
the way she read and made the character's voices their own. I could tell he was in pain when she spoke his voice and I felt short of breath when listening to her speak her voice. amazing.
I cried 3 times; very easy to get engrossed in the story and feel the book
Devoted fan of Audible books since the days of the little plastic Audible MP3 player. Love fantasy, scify and poetry.
The story line captured my attention and I could not put the book down until I finished it. The book wrestled with the topic of death and one would think at the start that theme could hardly lead to a complex plot but it did.
There was the typical prattle of afterlife themes and they could have been developed in better ways. Some will find the irreverent handling offensive. I found it more genuine than most.
Even if you are put off by the opening, the humor and honesty of the characters will draw you in and you'll be hooked like I was.
I think I like the Amsterdam trip the best. The process of Hazel's falling in love was touching, open, and brutally honest. The setting could not be better.
I know Hazel was the main character and the one we most become familiar with. But I found Augustus to be the most lovable character in the book for me. Though I have to admit I miss everyone from Isaac to even van Houten. Yes, I even loved the equally tragic old author and wondered how much of himself John Green put into the character.
The moment when Hazel realized she was in love with Augustus. I could feel the conflict in Hazel as she fought with herself over the idea of falling into love with someone in her state. John Green brought amazing subjects to life in a topic I would never have considered and I am changed from the journey myself.
Like the fiction book by von Houten, this book feels like it stops abruptly with the story unresolved. I found myself feeling like the climax of the story never happened. What was the end of Hazel's life like. I was fully invested in her story yet it was left unresolved. Though I must say, I will be rereading this book again at some point. There is little doubt.
I figured out part-way that this novel is probably targeted to teenagers. If you're older, please don't let that put you off. It's full of beautiful insights, smart humour & philosophy, and wonderful characters. Be prepared to cry, and if this is not your world, to learn. I am so pleased to have stumbled across this book. I'm impressed by John Green's ability to channel a teenage girl with a terminal illness. Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator, and Hazel is someone I want to know.