I like to pick books based on their ratings sometimes, ignoring the subject matter, and have discovered some great books this way. This one was depressing, made me cry, and left me feeling miserable. There is a little snarky dialogue that is fun, but the characters and story don't feel real, if you can dig yourself out of the emotional hole and examine them. I didn't hate the story enough to return it - but I expected something better from the stars it received.
I really enjoyed this book. I especially loved the narration. It is extremely well done.
I liked the way it was written and executed.
Great book. Can't wait to listen to the author's other books!
I could not tell you because honestly, I have not read the print version. What I am able to acknowledge is the brilliance of this story, and how well Kate translates it. She was an impeccable choice for the audio version. I highly enjoyed it.
The only thing I think that was different for me, (this being my first audio book) was that I didn't find myself getting over-emotional. I wasn't as intensely invested in the characters as I typically am when reading. It's not a flaw in the book, I am sure. Just in the way I perceived it.
How can I choose only one? I absolutely adore Hazel Grace. She is so brilliantly written. I felt that Kate's voice really embodied this character. More so than the others.
That being said though, I really, really love Augustus. His presence in this story was not in any way inadequate. His character brought so much more passion and fervor into Hazel's life. Their love story was so beautifully penned. I loved how clearly their views of the world around them meshed.
As a mother, I can also connect with Hazel's (and Gus's) parents. I cannot fathom the way it must feel to any parent to watch your child suffer. I felt like even though we weren't in their heads, their feelings of consideration and distress were logically composed.
Just the way she enveloped the characters. I felt like she connected most with Hazel, as it is written in her perspective. I would gladly listen to a story performed by her again.
Oh, I wanted to. Absolutely. It flows so well. Not an easy one to put down.
The only thing I can think of at this moment in time, is that I would not be surprised if this book were to be adapted to film.
This my favorite Audiobook thus far. I LOVED it.
I cried at the end because the book was over. Honestly, I wanted more. It is a sweet, touching, and very real book. I wouldn't have normally chosen a book about kids dying of cancer, but I am so glad I did. I will be giving this book as a gift, as I know many people who would enjoy it.
I use audiobooks as means of an escape from reality. Nice to just relax with a book. Ienjoy a very eclectic array of genres...anywhere from chick lit romance to mystery to science ft. Just a common mother of three.
I did buy this book for my sister....before I read the heartaching ending. Very sweet and witty in the begin. I expected a sad ending, but was not prepared to feel so depressed afterwords, that is the only reason I gave only 4 stars.
I loved all of them.
I have a few. I dont want to spoil anything.
It did, I felt so involed with the characters that when they lost I felt like I did also.
My daughter normally takes all books in her stride - however the subject matter of this book really unsettled her and we decided not to continue with the book. Be very sure that your youngster can handle the issue of mortality and terminal illness before you buy.
Wonderful narration of a great book
True and uncompromising story of the fear of oblivion.
Hazel of course
This was a really heartwarming read.
And as a minister, I’m glad I read it because it gave me insight into some of the typical pitfalls when befriending someone who is staring at a possibly shortened life, etc. I did cry.
The story was also very captivating and engrossing and seemed to fly by and I could listen to it twice. The reader was terrific on audiobook.
The main character, Hazel, was quirky, brutally honest, reminded me of my teenage daughter, and so very lovable!
That having been said, I was saddened to see the hope of the resurrection completely downplayed and Jesus marginalized.
Alos, the main characters are perhaps just a little too brilliant for reality. It's as if...because of their disease... they will gain 40 years of metaphorical literary and romantic wisdom in one month.
Like others, I hesitated on this title because of the topic. I half-expected a Jodi Picoult type novel and wasn't too interested in that. But, based on other reviews, I listened to it. And, I LOVED IT. Beautifully written and narrated, a funny but tragic story of life and love.
This book made me laugh and cry. The narration was perfect, both the pace and the believability of someone on oxygen trying to speak at the times when she really couldn't get enough air.