"Absolutely beautiful - buy this book!!!"
This is my first audio book purchase and I spent a long time listening to samples of various books ...SO pleased I chose this one. It is such a moving, poignant, beautiful story, written so delicately and so artfully,and narrated perfectly.
The audio version of "page turner".I couldn't stop listening to this, and finished it within a weekend. I'm not sure that teenagers would necessarily use all the language that the two teen characters used, but that is an aside. The story is clever, honest, original and entertaining. Really likable characters....when the book ended I felt sorry to be leaving them behind.
This audiobook is one of those audios that stays with you long after you stop listening. John Green adds a dash of brilliance to the genre of young adult fiction and this book is deceptively mature. The audio format was great for it and the characters brought to life by the narrator. I have gone back to it several times, over the past few weeks and it has become one of my favourite finds on audible. More John Green please!
"For me nothing great shaking!"
I found the narrative quite annoying and the dialogue of the two teenagers appears whinging and grating. I appreciate they have Cancer but they are constantly moaning and it comes across (in my opinion) as if they view themselves and their thoughts as superior to everyone else and their analysis as the definitive one. This (despite my wish to empathise with their terminal state) made me care little for them.
I am around teenagers a lot from differing backgrounds and none of them sound like these two. Their continuous use of metaphors and complicated vocabulary I found hard to see as typical teenage behaviour. To be honest they sounded more like 46 and 47 years old than the 16 and 17 years they were portrayed as. It felt like they had little depth to them and again with their use of language sometimes it seemed like they were just talking philosophically for the sake of it. I found it very hard to get even a little emotionally invested in them as a result.
It did give an insight to the difficulty of coping with cancer especially in the teenage years and the way in which it makes you reliant on others for almost everything.
The subplot around the author in Amsterdam I found slightly odd and as it turned out I do not see what it brought to the story apart from filling in time. If as the book suggests Hazel is an extremely intellectual girl I do not see how the fate of a hamster or the mother and tulip man would hold such significance to take over her life in such a way.
It did move along slowly and to be honest ended abruptly but I was glad when it did. I read it as I wanted to do so before I saw the film. I will not be putting myself through the film now that I have finished this.
I can see how for some this will appear wonderful fantastic life changing and I respect that but for me Im afraid 'no'
"This is not a cancer book"
I don't read cancer books. So I didn't really want to read this one either. Too many people are dying of cancer around us so I'm silently waiting for it already. And I thought reading about it would only feed my hypochondria.
But i read it anyway.
And let me tell you one thing: it's not a cancer book! It's not even a book about cancer. It's a love story about two people who appreciate life. Sounds cliché, i know. But it really isn't.
It has more funny moments than sad ones. And I think that is important, because you don't really have to cry in this book. They're all talking about the crying.
But you probably won't sleep though..
I'm very glad I read it, because it's without a doubt the best book I've read this year.
"Has to be read!"
A great read if not hard due to the content of the story. A book you won't ever forget. Nicely told considering the nature of the story. And no happy endings really. It would do us all good to read this book.
"Wonderful, heartfelt book"
I watched the movie before reading the book but this doesn't take away from the book in any way. Fantastically written and read. I would definitely recommend this, be prepared for a few tears along the way.
"A truly life changing book"
It puts it all into perspective. And the best thing about it: I never read such a sad story that made me giggle and lough so much. Ultimately, it's more about life than death. And it made me truly more comfortable with death.
On the practical note, it took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator's heavy American accent but learned to like her eventually. She impersonated the characters really well and did the Dutch accents beautifully. And hey, it is a book from an American teenagers point of view after all.
Read it! And THEN watch the movie. Because it's the best movie ever, and true to this masterpiece of a book.
"Great First Choice"
This was the first audiobook I have ever listened to and I am very happy with my first choice.
I like that there were funny parts to the story, especially the beginning with the staring contest as I prefer books with some humor to them and not just sad, emotional parts.
Kate Rudd used her voice to add perspectives of the characters that I would not usually hear when reading a book.
I was close to tears a few times but managed to hold them back. I couldn't help but laugh at some parts of the book though.
Laughter, tears and a seriously good book! Now on to the film! Defiantly a book I would read again!
"Didn't cry? Then you're a monster..."
I've started listening to audiobooks so that I can knit at the same time, on my commute to and from work. Having said this, not all audiobooks are voiced in a way that adds to the story, but this one does.
The subject matter is one usually touched upon gently, or not at all. But this shoves the hard and cold truth about cancer, and fills you with untold emotion.
The two main characters, obviously.