An excellent story and an engaging performance. John Green tells a touching story, and Kate Rudd performs it perfectly. I really enjoyed Ms Rudd's interpretation of Hazel.
As a pediatrician who has spent a lot of time with kids with cancer, this book hit close to home. Its made me think of all my patients who have survived and gone on to live full lives and about the ones who never reached adolescence or survived long enough to fall in love for the first time. As others have mentioned, it is "technically" a novel for teens, but anyone who enjoys a good love story will appreciate this book. It was well-written and the narration seemed realistic. My only recommendation is that you DO NOT listen to the last 30-45 minutes of the book while driving. Its obviously a tear-jerker, and crying and driving are not conducive to one another.
It was an easy read and a decent story line. Not too crazy though about the main character.
Kate Rudd was excellent!
No, not really
This story is very moving. I have not read much YA lit in my middle age, and I am happily surprised by the depth of language and metaphor in this story. Beautifully written and it feels real. I appreciate the opportunity to understand the personal experience of cancer by learning from Hazel and Augustus. Although it is ostensibly a sad story, I smiled quite a bit as I listened to the great characters and dialogue.
My main concern with the narration is that the first few chapters felt like the we're being read at breakneck speed. I kept checking my iPhone to make sure the speed setting was correct. Either I gotta used to it, or it slowed down and was then a fine performance.
No, it is not!
This little book really got me teary-eyed (a lot) even if I am not one who sheds tears so easily. At the beginning I was skeptical, I mean… teenagers with cancer… what do you expect? But then I gave it a chance and hell, I am so happy having done so!
I just loved to listen to it, the performance is super and so is the writing. Still at times it gets too pathetic for my personal taste – not so much at the beginning or end, it is more the middle part that annoyed me here and there.
Still, I would listen to it again, it is really worth the time and tears because it makes you laugh out loud plus it changes your view of sick persons. They are like you and me just that they are aware of dying while we still keep this fact out of our minds.
Wonderful book, also for adults!
The protaganist's voice. Hazel is instantly real and likable. I found myself relating to her even though the only thing we had in common was our gender. She had such wit, humor and an endearing vulnerability. The journey through & evolution of her various relationships in the story were masterfully written.
No but I will look to. She was great.
Without giving away details/spoilers some of the most moving moments for me were Augustus' grand romantic gestures & Hazel's realization that she can't protect everyone from her diagnosis
I read this because it kept coming up in my recommendations and the reviews were great. One reviewer said "if you pass on this book because of the "C" word (Cancer) you'd be missing a wonderful story" I second that. This novel gives a wonderful glimpse of young love, friendship, the strength & vulnerabilities of surviving. Please give it a try. I listened to the free sample and was instantly hooked.
Kate Rudd did an amazing job! She was Hazel Grace!
Wow...one of those books that stays with you, and stays with you! Very moving and funny! Wish I'd been that smart when I was a teenager!!! I really didn't want to cry, and yet I just couldn't get enough of the characters. I think John Green captured the emotions of them all! Excellent read! Thank you, John and your cast of wonderful people!
This was a very powerful story that I just couldn't turn off!! It was impossible not to love these characters.
The story is written in such a way that makes the characters feel so real. You find yourself wanting the most for them right from the beginning.
Kate Rudd has a wonderful voice that is very pleasant to listen to, but never detracts from the story.
This is one of those stories that stays with you long after you have finished the book.
Don't skip this one based solely on the subject matter. Funny, honest story with relatable, likeable, and interesting characters.
Characters wit an humor in the face of terrifying illness.
Reminds me a little of Harold and Maude: two people showing one another how to live.
First listen, but it won't be the last! She is wonderful.
When a beloved character is turned into another, unrecognizable person by cancer.
It may be a YA novel, but its themes are universal.