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.
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"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)
"It's a testament to John Green's writing and Kate Rudd's narration that, in a book about teenagers with cancer, there are still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Green's teens are precocious and clever, and Rudd sells it, delivering every 'or whatever' with perfect teenage inflection and fully inhabiting protagonist Hazel as she navigates the world with lungs ravaged by cancer. When Hazel has trouble breathing, we hear it in the way Rudd gasps and pants between words. It's a sad, funny, smart, beautiful book." (AudioFile)
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.
The Mad Reader
This story is beautiful, deep and meaningful and it will touch you to the core of your heart. It raises issues of life and death, of sickness and health and the utter importance of love.
What is love? How long lasting it has to be to be significant? How do you live a life in sickness? These are all questions that the author tries to answer in this marvelous novel.
Much as An Imperial Affliction, this book provides a different and more real intake to kids with cancer and how we idolize their lives after they’ve passed just because they were sick. It was interesting and mind opening, because as Hazel was always concerned, people should be remembered for who they were, not what illness they “battled”. It also portrayed our need to be remembered by humanity once we are gone, our desire to do great things.
In sum, this book was heartbreaking and compelling, and it got me thinking until way after I finished it.
I loved the characters and the depth they all had. Each one of them had their own concerns. For Isaac it was his broken heart, for Augustus was posterity, and for Hazel was her being a grenade. Apprehensions that signified humanity’s greatest fears towards death.
I particularly loved the way they related, and how they helped each other overcome their toughest moments. You can experience, through them, that love and friendship can change the perspective of everything.
This was my first audio book ever, and I’m so grateful I took the risk and got it, because I opened up to a whole new and wonderful world I was missing. I’m officially an audio book lover! Anyhow, even if it was my first audio book, I didn’t need to be an expert to tell that the narration was impeccable! Kate Rudd, did an excellent job, especially with the gender roles. It’s hard for a woman to portrait good male voice, and she did it superbly not only with one, but with several characters. I particularly enjoyed that you could immediately tell who was speaking. Not one voice was like the other, and I loved how she played Peter Van Houten and Lidewij, because she did a great job capturing their accents. Finally, I will like to add, her rhythm and breathing were smooth. I will be keeping my eye out for other narrations of her.
My chest feels like a vice grip has been tightened around it. This book was so painfully good. I laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. This to me was the definition of great story telling while dealing with a sensitive and serious situation.
The metaphors and deeper meanings in everything these two incredible teenagers said made me feel as if I was not quite intelligent enough, just like Hazel's mother.
Hazel Grace as she was called by the epic love her of life, Augustus Waters was the smartest and most amazing teenager. She lived most of her life preparing to die but not wanting to leave any pain behind for those that love her. Augustus Waters was the even more intelligent boy that wooed her and loved her like no seventeen year old should ever know how to love, but it was so beautiful to experience. He said cheesy & amazing things to Hazel Grace but they never sounded cheesy from him. His words were meaningful, honest, and swoon worthy.
The story took a turn and somehow we ended in a place that was even more horrific than I had originally imagined it going and I bawled my eyes out for at least the second half of the book. I just couldn't anymore... it gutted me and left me so painfully hurt and sad and forced to think about all of the horrible things that I never wanted to imagine. Life is never fair and sometimes we forget that. We forget to live like there's no tomorrow and to love like our life depends on it and to truly care about things that are important to us. This book is reality kicking us in the ass with a real and true love story wrapped inside and it's so beautiful. And the ending was just so fitting and wonderful and exceptional.
This will be one of those books that I will always remember and it will always stick with me. I recommend this to everyone.
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.
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.
"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!
a dedicated dilettante
This is a story of lives lived out in a compacted time due to cancer. I will not give the line that these two lived more in their brief time together than most live in longer lives, although that may be true. I will say that their time together is authentically loving. I think that is both the tragedy and the allure of the book. Well, the writing might be a bit of a draw as well, of course. I’m reminded of that famous Camus line: “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”
I applaud the book’s rejection of tripe and its honest struggle for meaning.
Kate Rudd has a challenge set before her in the narration of the book: breathless but snarky cancer-ridden teenage girl, confident but sensitive teenage boy and Dutch accents. She must cry and laugh but enunciate enough that we understand her. She does all of this and more. She refers to her work as performing a book, not narrating it. I think that’s an accurate assessment. I especially like how she portrays Augustus Waters’ confidence in his pacing as well as his tone. Admirably done Ms. Rudd.
I whole-heartedly encourage you to read the book; you might want to have a few tissues by your side both for tears of laughter and of pain.
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Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
Obviously Hazel, but I fell in love with Augustus, just as Hazel did.
Kate Rudd's narration was spot-on as a witty, intelligent, slightly jaded teenager. Even her laboured breathing sounded authentic.
This story is a bit of a tearjerker, but not a cancer sob story. It is a brutally honest look at a terminally ill teenager, but it does not devolve into a pity party for Hazel. I loved this book.
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.
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!
"The Fault in Whose Stars?"
I loved how the entire book is an emotional roller coaster keeping you hooked all the way through it.
Even though certain characters were quite un-imaginable, Green still managed to help support that with many more believable characters.
I didn't really like the narration pace of the story, only because, I found it a bit slow. When i tried to speed it up it was WAY too fast! For me it only really needed to be a fraction faster.
Yes, I cried and laughed during listening to this book. At the very end (no spoilers) it was devastating. Not only did Green portray this in a very humble way, it made it more upsetting for the listener.
Do be warned, i found, that Augustus' character was some what pretentious. But this barely takes away from the fact of how enjoyable the book is. Enjoy!
"One of the best, saddest, truest stories."
If you are not ready to end up sat on your bed in tears, this book is not for you. If you want to read a truly inspirational, gripping, beautiful love story, then it is. Kate Rudd reads it almost as perfectly as John Green writes it, and this wonderful story is worth more than just one listen, even with the tears. Okay? Okay.
"Just re-read it even better second time"
Both my teenage daughters have now read it and their talking about it made me go back again. This is a masterpiece in the true meaning of the word. The story is tender and deeply moving but totally avoids being soppy or sentimental.
The writing is fantastic and John has managed to fully convey how the characters would be. And the main characters are wonderful. Kate's reading totally catches it.
This may be a young adult piece but do not let that put you off. I am a mid 50s male and it worked perfectly for me.
I will always think differently about people with serious illness and that is a good think
Thank you for a brilliant book
"An OK read: Doesn't live up to the hype"
I finished it today. It was OK. Moving in parts. One section of the book (the protagonist's meeting with the author) annoyed me so much that I decided I really couldn't stand the main character, and stopped listening. I returned to it after a month and found the rest of it OK; a little hysterical in the romance stakes perhaps and a little obvious in the sardonic cancer humor, but OK. You see, I was expecting a lot better as I had heard loads about this book and expected it to be moving and amazing and heart-breaking and life-affirming. And it wasn't. Not really. I know it was written for a teenage audience, but often YA fiction transcends the genre and are brilliant reads. Not this one. Perhaps teenagers will/do love it and that's cool. It's just not really for the adults.
"An Amazing Listen!!"
It's a well written book that's been narrated amazingly. The story is beautifully touching and although the characters have cancer the book isn't about cancer. John Green made me relate to both Hazel and Gus and even Isaac and Kate Rudd bought it to life. It is a must listen and I've already gifted this audiobook to two of my friends and I just can't stop recommending it to anyone who will listen.
"Captivating but too dramatic"
I really liked the first part of the story, but thought the second part was a bit melodramatic and predictable. It did bring tears to my eyes but I am fairly convinced I would have skipped a lot through it was I to read it, rather than listen to it.
That being said, Hazel is quite convincing as a 16 year old teenager and the narrator is absolutely brilliant.
"Touching Teenage Love"
The characterisation of the two teenagers was great. I liked them as people although they talk in this impossibly witty and intelligent way (Dawson's Creek - esque)
I think if you are going to read a book where part of it is set in Holland and has dutch characters then you need someone who does a good dutch accent.
"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.
I absolutely loved this audible. It is a powerful story of life & Death. Moving, engrossing and tenderly written. Thanks to John Hill for writing it and for the fabulous narration from Kate Rudd.
"don't be put off by the suject matter."
this is not a story of people dying from cancer but of people living their lives with cancer.
this is a young adult book which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
kate rudd performed the book bringing the story to life. for me she embodied the character of hazel thus making the story more poignant.
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