Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
©2012 John Green (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes - Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world? - by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking." (Jodi Picoult, best-selling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home)
Making the world better one review at a time.
I had a little trouble getting into this book at first (hence the four stars), but once I did I was swept away by it. I even won a "weekend warrior" badge for spending all day Saturday listening to it!
How does this book make the world a better place? It will remind you of how precious life is. Hazel and Augustus, the teenage protagonists who are battling terminal cancer, live more life in their short months together than many people live in years. Their diagnoses urge them on instead of holding them back. They appreciate the fragilitiy of life in a way that we all should, but only those touched by illness often do. Together they experience friendship, love, adventure, loss and ultimately death. Listen to this book and think of the people who are precious to you, then call them and tell them you love them. It's the kind of book that inspires you to do that.
ADDED BONUS!! At the end of the audiobook you get to listen to an interview with author John Green. Green talks about the book, the characters and even his thoughts about what happens to characters after a book ends. He also reveals that there is a version of this audiobook where he is the reader, for those of you who love to listen to authors narrate their own work.
To conclude, whether you are a young adult or an adult who is young at heart, you will enjoy listening to this book. It will remind you of how beautiful life can be, even - or especially - in the face of death.
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
I would place this one near the top of the YA titles I've sampled.
I enjoyed the couple's time in Amsterdam. I liked the author of Hazel's book. He was flawed, humorous, and inevitably redeemable.
I also thought the simplistic drawing of the circle diagram was hilarious.
I did cry at the end and chuckle during the middle. John Green has the ability to insert humor at almost every turn. This was his best attempt at creating sadness.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
As others have already said, I almost avoided this book because of the YA designation and the cancer topic. The outstanding reviews won me over and I'm glad I gave in. This not a Lifetime TV movie, all sugar and violin music. The "cancer kids" in the story are fighting tooth and nail to live every day in spite what that fight means. And they don't want pity, they want to matter.
The strength of this book is its heart. I have read reviews (chiefly on Amazon) critical of the dialogue, certain that teens don't really talk this way; disdainful of the many metaphors used to share insights on life and death. In some other books these might be serious flaws, but this story is more about heart and feelings than the words used to express them. More about living life than explaining it. The reality is that people of all ages with terminal diseases do not want to be defined by their disease. They need to maintain their identity separate from a medical diagnosis. This battle for identitiy and significance is what makes Hazel and Gus real - smart mouths and all. I loved the reading by Kate Rudd, communicating the breathlessness of oxygen-dependent Hazel, the teenage sarcasm of the "cancer kids", and the choked emotions of other characters. It is a monumentally overused cliche to say that a book "made me laugh and made me cry", but this one did without making me feel manipulated.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
I've never heard of John Green nor did I know this was a Young Adult book or I may have passed on it completely. I chose it because of all the 5 star ratings. There's no way to sugarcoat this. This book is about teenagers with cancer. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the narrator, is 16 and carries an oxygen tank with her everywhere. Augustus Waters lost his leg to cancer. These two teens meet in a support group and eventually fall in love.
Although the disease is always front and center, Green does an excellent job of creating an adventure that is not related to their illness. He has worked a beautiful story around it in order to follow something more important; a dream to meet Peter Van Houten, an author who lives in the Netherlands. Hazel needs to find out what ultimately happens to a character in one of his books and Augustus is going to do everything in his power to help her make that dream come true. These two teenagers are so inspiring they treat cancer like more of an inconvenience than a life sentence, a real life lesson on many different levels.
I connected to these teens and to their parents. I can honestly say I "enjoyed" this book, it was funny, haunting and tragic all at the same time. Don't pass on it because of the big "C", you'll be missing quite a gem.
Kate Rudd brought Hazel to life. She did an excellent job with the narration.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
It doesn’t matter that John Green’s target audience is teenagers – his characters are smart, honest, and funny no matter how old you are, and the universal themes captured in this book are, well, universal. Terminal cancer may not be the most uplifting of plotlines, but don’t let that stop you from listening to this wonderful story. Though I’ve listened to John Green before (Will Grayson, Will Grayson was also really good!), this was the first time I heard narrator Kate Rudd, and I was most impressed with how she handled all the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch. I will definitely be looking for more of her performances in the future!
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
As I get farther away from being a young adult, I find myself drawn more towards that time in my life to understand how I feel now. And John Green is my favorite author to stir up the emotions and perspectives that time in our lives holds. These characters brought joy and pain into my life as a person who has watched a loved one die from cancer, as a parent trying to shield their kids from pain, and as a flawed adult worried about the legacy I'll leave behind. Mr. Green does this without taking shortcuts or using the mystical or seeking easy answers. As reported by others, I could listen to Kate Rudd read a phone book and be happy. Fortunately this is quite far from that and only serves to make the best book I've heard in a long time even better. I think I owe Audible an extra "credit" for this one.
Laura the Listener
I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters. The narrator captures teenage sarcasm perfectly. The description of this book doesn't do it justice. I picked it up at the recommendation of a couple friends and loved it from the first word. Listen to this book.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Believe all the hype! This book is amazing. It will make you appreciate life and living in the now. Everything I felt about this book has already been said, so instead I will just say don't wait (like I did) and just get this one already. So worth it!
It's been a while since I listened a book that I couldn't "put down." I bought this book on a whim, but was captivated from the very beginning. This is the story about a terminally ill teenager who falls in love with another teenage cancer victim, and just how they cope with what is left of their lives. It is a sweet story, funny, sad, engaging, deep, superficial, heartwarming, heartbreaking. It is very well written. One gets the feeling that these teenagers crammed so much life into their short ones that perhaps we could all take a lesson from them. It is a YA novel but I would hope the young people who choose to read it are mature enough to appreciate and understand it. There is a lot to "handle" in this book.
The narrator, Kate Rudd, is absolutely exceptional. She has a great career ahead of her narrating books if she so chooses. She had me believing her every word.
Unabashedly asking for more.
This book is gut-wrenching hilarious. I pride myself on being a stoic-narcissistic-not-going-to-make-me-cry type of person and this book just undercut my very existence. I cried. I sat on my couch and I cried. I cried silently as to not wake anyone and have to deal with that awkward "what are you crying about" conversation- but nonetheless, I cried. And I hated John Green for it... I mean here is a story where you already know the subject matter, you already know that there isn't going to a (spoiler alert!) happily ever after. Yet, you dream of that happily ever after... And halfway through the book you start to reason with John Green. Like, I know they can't live forever and everything, but maybe...just maybe... you'll give them a good few years and I can close the book and be blissful about that.
But (spoiler alert!) that doesn't happen... And afterwards as you sit on your couch and cry and curse John Green, you're going to realize that this book is great. Not just great "I'm going to facebook about this book"- but great in a way that makes you want to listen again.
Simply put, stop reading and buy the book already...
First audio book I have ever restarted as soon as I finished. Somehow manages to avoid cliches, engage you in the characters, make you laugh and make you cry. It walks the line between pretentious and meaningful but falls the right side. Can't stop thinking about it. This is not a great book for teenagers, or a great book for adults, it is just a great book.
"Far too good to be left to teenagers"
John Green has won awards for his Young Adult fiction and this, his latest novel. features teenage protagonists but really this is a book which will be enjoyed not just by teenagers but by anyone who has ever been a teenager and still remembers at least a little of what that was like.
It begins in a teenage cancer support group and its subject matter is daunting but go beyond that and you'll find a novel full not just of love and courage but black edged humour and characters who feel real. For such a short novel it packs a real emotional punch and when I finished the book it felt like I was leaving friends behind.
A word of thanks too the narrator, Kate Rudd. The book is a first person narrative and she not only convincingly brings Hazel Grace to life but her friends and family. If this doesn't merit an Audies award then there is something wrong with the voting system.
I had read, the fault in our stars once before but listening to it was a completely different experience. Kate Rudd- AKA the perfect voice for hazel, did an amazing job conveying not only Hazel's but Augustus' and her mums feelings. She varied tone, pace and volume for the desired effects.
And of course, the author, John Green did an amazing job with the book. I shan't write too much about the book itself but I will tell you a few things. First off, this book is sensitive to Cancer in a way no other book is. Especially and John himself would say any 'cancer book'. And no, i'm not saying that books talking about cancer don't give enough sensitivity to it as they should, i'm saying that John created a whole new level for his book to sit on.
Another thing is, despite John being a 30 something year old man with a wife and child, he captured the essence of a teenage girl amazingly. Being a teenager myself I would say that he used the 'teenage stereotype' perfectly. He made her moody, and loving and happy and funny at the perfect times. Making it feel as though it was Hazel Grace Lancaster really writing that book.
This is no ordinary cancer novel. it is the truth and has such depth into the situation of having cancer. I have quotes from this book that are just genius. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me really reconsider my life. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT AND LIVE IT!
"Well written, well read"
This book is superbly written by an author who is intelligent, witty and gets the emotions across very well - add in a SUPERB reading by Kate Rudd and you have yourself an emotional, but fantastic listen
If you know only a little about different types of cancer, and want a book which shows how teenagers can be amazing during their struggles with illness, then this book will open your mind and your heart
The emotion that this brought up was more than I expected, especially later in the book, but this is one of the best books I've read or listened to
DO NOT miss this book, if you do, you'll be missing out on one amazing book!!!
"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.
"A Triumph Celebration of Life"
I felt unusually resistant to reading this book. I, like so many others, have said a final goodbye to loved ones taken too soon by the whims of this unforgiving disease. I wasn't sure I could face a story examining the life of such young sufferers of serious, indeed terminal, illness; I couldn't imagine what enjoyment (as that is, after all, why I read fiction) there was to be found between the covers of such a book. How wrong my innate assumptions have proved to be.
This story is a triumphant celebration of life in the face of death, a homily to the strength and determination of its characters to 'live their best life today' no matter what mountains they may have to climb tomorrow. The author explores with great sensitivity the impact of a terminal diagnosis on relationships and creates an achingly beautiful and unforgettable connection between Hazel and Augustus, as they struggle together to make sense of and come to terms with the hand they have been dealt.
There was plenty of laughter and some inevitable tears, but the greatest achievement of this work is in relegating cancer to a mere supporting role - there is no room for it centre stage here - that place belongs unquestionably to the bonds of love which live on beyond the farewells. For, whilst we hold on to our memories of those whose footprints we can no longer see in the sand, how can they ever truly leave us?
"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.
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!
This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.
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