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)
"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)
Me, myself, and I.
There are books that you experience in a state of welcoming bliss. They stick with you because you needed to read them JUST RIGHT NOW. And somehow the universe converged at the perfect moment to drop a wonderful story about this or that into your hands. You read with great fervor the adventures, sadness, mystery, or humor of your fictional doppleganger, and when you are done, you feel awash in both elation and deflation, wondering if you will ever find another story like this one.
This was not one of those stories. It could have been, and at times it seemed on the verge of becoming one of them, but it ended and I did not feel that. I have no doubt that it probably instills in others the feelings that I wrote about above. For me, I experienced the roller coaster of Hazel Grace's young life and was properly enchanted, worried, and hopeful for her. I think that I wanted something even more profound in the end, and it just wasn't there for me.
This, in no way, should discourage you from reading this story. It is beautifully written and wonderfully executed. Kate Rudd does a fantastic job of bringing Hazel Grace to life, to the point that I'm not sure they aren't the same person. This story of life, and its byproduct cancer, is filled with moments of pure happiness, humor, and devastating sadness. John Green's compelling storytelling is on full display here, and I cannot fault the story for any shortcomings.
An excellent read no matter what my unreasonable expectations may have been.
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.
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.
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!
After finishing listening to the book, I read many of the reviews hoping to figure out what I missed. I didn't find the book or the characters engaging or sad. The character of the author was particularly annoying, and yet the plot needed him to work. Mr. Green does give us a very satisfying ending, unlike the character of the author. It was a tough topic, and I appreciate the author's respect for the subject without being sappy.
The bonus material at the end of the interview with the author was interesting, although I wondered if the woman asking questions was actually interviewing him. The interview seems very disjointed.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Take away the cancer, and what's left? A couple of teenagers who never fail to say the cleverest thing they can possibly say (contrary to real life), fall in love instantly for the shallowest of reasons (which does happen in real life, but is often left unrequited, or at least not acted upon this quickly), and ... well, without cancer, there's really nothing else, is there? And cancer exists only to give the teenagers a subject for their unerringly witty irony and to jerk endless streams of tears from the target audience.
In short, to use one of his cancer jokes, author John Green has received near-universal praise for this book because of cancer perks. How can you diss a book about the cruelty of kids getting cancer? Even if all you do is joke about it incessantly. Well, I will not hesitate to do so, when it's clear that Green has cynically used cancer as an exploitative tool to elevate an otherwise pedestrian -- nay, mediocre -- teen love story.
Green warns us at the start not to read anything autobiographical into this work of fiction, so I presume he wasn't writing about losing his own child to cancer. Even if he did, though, he still doesn't deserve cancer perks for being so unimaginative about it.
My daughter (13) read the print version last week, and then went to see the movie. I asked her what she thought. She didn't get what the fuss was all about. She didn't know anyone who talked like the kids in the book talk, or act like them. She found them to be shallow. No, I didn't coach her -- I had only just started to listen to the audiobook and was leaning in that direction of criticism but had too far to go to form a final opinion, although that is where I now find myself all the same.
I am not just an adult dismissing a YA novel because I'm old enough to know that the story has been told already, or I'm too old to relate to contemporary teens, or I just don't like stuff that everyone else likes (although that is often the case). I read a lot of the same YA books my kids read, and I loved The Hunger Games, Divergent, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mike Lupica's YA sports novels, and others -- in my older daughter's YA days, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hiaasen's Hoot and Chomp, etc.
In fact, the only other mega-popular YA book I had this kind of reaction to was The Book Thief, which I also thought traded too heavily on tragedy and was too full of itself with its post-modern Angel of Death device (as this book is too enamored of its own wit and its post-modern devices like cancer perks and the last best day). That one actually angered me -- this book, not altogether bad, some redeeming qualities, but as my daughter said, I just don't get what the fuss is all about. Maybe you will.
Well its my first audiobook, but it was an amazing book.
The narrator really added to my enjoyment of this book. I really enjoyed the expression in her voice. I have to admit though, having a female voice trying to sound like a man was a little strange.
There is a film to this book...can't wait to see it.
Worth the money. Read it.
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
What a wonderfully sad, funny, powerful and well done book about loving and dying. There is no spoiler here...you can find the fact that this book deals with a terminally ill teenager in any description. It is one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time...surpassed only by the fabulous The Sea of Tranquility. I highly recommend this book but it is not for the faint of heart. It deals in a most realistic way with the process of being human when your body is thinking otherwise. The characters are so beautifully written, including the support group participants, the parents, and the Dutch writer and his assistant. Literally years in the writing, the author took his time to write it right and I thank him for that. You will laugh out loud, you will smile to yourself, you will get angry, you will shout "NO!", you will find tears that slowly trickle down your face; you (well, at least I did) will sob out loud and you will hear the end with the understanding that death can occur on many levels. It is an extraordinary book.
That being said, the one issue I had with the audio version was the continued use of "she said" and "I said" to the point of frustration. The narrator was wonderful but could have created a slightly different way to differentiate between conversants than 'he said', etc.
The other issue was not with the book but with the Q&A with the author that comes at the end of the recording. I was so moved by the ending and the entire book that the Q&A was not even on my radar; I just needed time to gather my wits about me and savor what a magnificent job Mr. Green did.
This will be a book that I will listen to a number of times simply because it is so well written (for the most part, it does falter and lag in some places) and because the characters are so well constructed as to become real (and most of them probably are) and the story is such a moving and powerful one that is riddled with terrific use of humor. You will no be sorry you listened to this book.
A sad subject presented from the teenagers point of view. I thought this was quite an engrossing story, although it stretched on a bit longer than I would have liked. The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed hearing John Green's interview at the end.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - As a rule I don't like sad books or movies, but I decided to take a chance on this one for the sake of variety and also the very high ratings. I was not disappointed. The only reason I didn't rate this book a 5 is because it was -- well, predictably sad. The story is about two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who both have cancer and fall in love. They are both very smart, mature for their years and have healthy attitudes about their illness. The story doesn't dwell on tear-jerking descriptions of their symptoms and suffering. It is more about how they struggle to just be normal teenagers and try to do what other kids their age do. That is what's so sad, the fact that they just accept amputations, tubes and treatments as normal, often joking about their own shortcomings.
Despite the sadness, it is a beautifully written story and I couldn't stop listening. Hazel and Gus are loveable teenaged characters and their story seems very real. The truth that serious illnesses affect children is something we don't like to think about, but sometimes we need to be reminded.
NARRATION - The reading of this story is good, but there is nothing special about the performance.
OVERALL - If you don't mind a good cry, I would definitely recommend this 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.
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.
"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?
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 book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.
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!
"Not for me"
This book had exceptionally good reviews, which convinced me to buy!
I really got sick of the self obsession of the characters, I am not unsympathetic to pain and suffering, but those that I have witnessed in this sort of situation do not behave in this way. Parts of the story were OK, but I really got cheesed off with most of it. I didn't understand the obsession with the story that the characters read and their need to know the 'ending', many books have endings that are left 'in the air' - get over it!
I did listen right to the end - so not a 1* review - but - certainly not my sort of story, too maudlin' and irritating for me!
Believable characters. More editing! The writing is pretentious
Written a different book
Don't believe the hype this book is dull.
"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.
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook."
I would definitely recommend this to a friend, if this book were not just as Hazel describes An Imperial Affliction in her book, that it's so special it just 'yours'.
My favourite character was certainly Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters not far behind. Hazel is a character I can relate to a lot. Though I myself do not suffer from cancer or a terminal illness, I think in the same way and understand many of her thoughts and emotions. She's real, she's down to earth and not like these over-sexualised girls you get in some stories. The lack of depth into the lives of other characters and the lack of several characters close to Hazel and Augustus is actually a good technique, and makes the book feel closer to you, like although she doesn't literally say 'you're my friend' because obviously, you're reading the book, you feel like you're one of the only people being let into their lives. When Hazel says 'my only friends are my parents and an author who doesn't know I exist', she knows what's real but she still feels a connection to AIA, that I find myself feeling to TFIOS. I see a lot of Hazel in me, to be honest.
Metaphorically and literally, a voice. I have in fact read the book before hand, but being a British 14 year old it was sort of hard to imagine how they would speak, never having spoken to an American before. She made Hazel more real to me. Don't get me wrong, the book on it's own is brilliant, but there's something about Kate Rudd that makes me believe the story happened, like it's literally Hazel explaining it to me.
Oh definitely. I was crying for hours at the end, and some parts like with Issac kissing Monica and Augustus' comments on 'young love in all it's awkwardness' (or something similar) made me laugh until I cried. I felt like I knew them in a way, it felt so personal.
The fact this book is an audiobook makes me incredibly happy, thank you for selling it. Now, even if I'm too tired to read, or too busy to pack a book, I can listen to my favourite story over and over.
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