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)
The philosophies discussed are both subtle and well thought out and explored. You care about the characters; you want to meet them for real. The story is about two teenagers who happen to have cancer. It is a big part of their lives, but they struggle to not have it be the defining parts of their lives. They accept the 'cancer perks' just like they accept the cancer tragedies, but this book does a great job of letting you see the humans beneath the circumstances. We all die, but most of us think we have lots of time to sort out what it all means first. These kids know that they don't, so they think a little harder about it, and they grow from the effort.
The reader does an excellent job with the idiosyncrasies of the characters. I can't imagine it being read better.
It seems remarkable to me that a 57 year old man can relate so well to the thoughts of a 16 year old teenage girl, but I guess it shouldn't be so surprising given that the teenage girl's thoughts were well conceived by a man in his 30's.
In spite of the seriousness and sadness in this book, I came away feeling pretty good and was happy that I had taken the time to listen to it.
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...
I absolutely loved this story. I am not the kind of person who cries at movies or goes awww during romantic moments, but this book is different. I laughed out loud at parts and i did cry a bit... only a few tears, but for me that is huge!
John Green outdid himself with this unbelievably touching story. The characters are amazing individuals who you like immediately. You enter a world where the character's problems are on such a different level that it feels almost foreign and you can lose yourself in it.
I don't want to drone on over every detail because that will ruin its twists and turns for all who read this review so i will keep it brief.
This story reminds us to be present in life and appreciate the things we take for granted. Please read this book, you will absolutely fall in love with it. You will feel for these characters and perhaps see life from a new perspective. Thanks to this story my life, "is a roller coaster that only goes up...." my friends.
Narrator: Did a great job with both male and female voices. The accents sounded authentic. A perfect choice for this book.
Lover of life!
How can I still be so heartbroken??? I listened to the book and it broke me in two. I watched the movie and it broke me all over again. Brilliant, but so emotional!
Yes. It's a beautiful story. It doesn't end like you'd think it will. It's heart wrenching and beautiful all at the same time.
Some of the epic quotes.
No. This was the first one.
I ugly cried. I'd seen the film when it was first out, not realizing what the story was about. It was a bad move then, as I'd just lost my grandmother to cancer. I'd heard the book was great too so more than a year later, I finally listened to it. Even though I KNEW what was going to happen, I sobbed.
As a pediatrician, I have watched this story play out too many times. I too often have held back soul felt tears. Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac gave my past,present and future grief voice. The hearing of this story was cathartic and restorative. Bravo!
The book was entertaining from the start, while it had many sad parts i would recommend this book.
I liked Augustus because he did not allow his illness stop him.
She brought life to the story.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
WONDERFUL, TOUCHING, BEAUTIFUL
Its a tie between Hazel, and Augustus....
No,but she is really good and I will...I have already looked her up!!!
This whole book will move you, and if it doesn't you are completely heartless!
I loved this movie, so I bought the book when it was on sale...I waited till now to listen to it...and I should have listened sooner...it was so good...well written and narrated....The story is so real, even if it is tragic...and after listening to the book I appreciate this movie even more , because the movie represented it well...I cried a lot listening to this, and my lip quivered on and off the whole time...lol I give this story 2 thumbs up and a highly recommend....and this is one I will listen to again....
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant “The Fault in our Stars” is a great book on love and loss that I think everyone should read. Well written with wonderful characters that make you think and feel along with what they’re going through (which is what a book is supposed to make you do). Yes Hazel and Gus are probably idealized versions of teenagers, but it’s nice to have a young adult character that can make mistakes of their age and add to their character, but at the same time not be winey all the time. I really enjoyed this book!
Kate Rudd does an amazing job with this book, her timing, delivery and voices just add to the enjoyment and really bring the characters to life.
The characters felt real, the emotions felt powerful. I found myself crying at several points. Full disclosure: this is my first audiobook ever, and the first YA novel I've read since high school.
"Love Story" (1970), by Erich Segal, or the 2001 movie "Sweet November", with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. They are also wonderful books about love and illness and loss.
Hearing it told in a young female voice brought a new level of realism to the story. It was as if the narrator WAS the character. Her tonal changes when reading dialogue from other characters was strong enough to clarify who was speaking, but gentle enough to avoid distraction. Very well-read.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! DON"T READ THIS PART IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!!!!
Yes, the last hospital scene near the end had me crying, as did the reading of Gus's letter at the end.
I didn't think I would like listening to audiobooks, but this has changed my mind. I might very well be hooked.
I liked the story very much! It was a unique and unexpected experience. Definitely recommend to read it!
Any version. The read one has its undisputable appeal.
No particular moment, just overall feeling from the book. Sad book with hopes shattered, dreams we know are only dreams and love found and lost. I felt miserable in the course of reading and was happy once I had finshed it. I cannot make up my mind if I run through it so quickly over one weekend because I so much wished it ended soon or just because it was really a good book. Decide yourself.
You cannot enjoy this really, too much of personal misery involved, and, knowing how a misery (albeit much different one) feels, it only revives your own feelings. However the scene just after Anne Frank's house was satisfying. You expect and want and wish for this to come. If I enjoyed something in particular, it was the banter with Isaac. It is exactly the way how one can at least partly shield of the crap in one's life. I would also like to mention that the parents are great. Both couples. As for some reviews - I do not think Augustus changed in any way towards the end of the book. Maybe the reviewer got it a all wrong, maybe I just judge according to my own perception.
I almost did. I liked it. It is marvelously written. I will never listen to it again. I will see the movie. Once and alone.
As above; a very good book. Actually a book that I would put at any "must read" list. Nevertheless it is likely my top five heartbreaking books I ever encountered and I likely ever will. I am not likely to go through this again.
"Struggled to finish"
Probably a good story for a movie, but not enough for a book. I never really managed to get into the story, I was wandering when it would kick-in... But it never came...
Also did not like the reader. Too many fake accents and impressions which did not fit.
Excellent story truly brought to life by the brilliance of the narration. Cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Gets you on all levels.
What an amazing book! I loved every chapter and character, a definite must read,awesome! 😊😊
"Shameless tear-bait for teenage girls"
Quite possibly. This one came up as a pick for my book club. It is only 7 hours of listening so I got through it without bother.
Surprised me, I suppose.
Sure. She wasn't so bad.
It almost wouldn't matter. The characters are so thin - [insert physically 'hot' and vocally irreverent teenage boy] [insert vulnerable, alienated, and vocally irreverent teenage girl] [insert square parent] [insert eccentric friend for the girl]...etc. Cut anyone. You still have a bunch of stock teen drama characters playing out their story with no creative risks taken whatsoever.
Not that I am complaining. It is generic, cynically composed, teenage tear-bait by committee. That's fine, it doesn't pretend to be anything else and it is short. I tried a Will Self recently - just as cynically composed but so flabby; such indiscriminate waste of its readers' time. Green is an honest hack at least. Hit the familiar notes. Give the audience what they came for. Don't outstay your welcome.
"Ok but meh!"
Listening to the book whilst travelling to and from work was ok; it lacked a little something or maybe I was just too old for the book.
I found the book to be quite young in its wording, maybe that's the target audience, but it didn't resonate with me. Less "teen" writing would have enhanced the story for me, but that's just my view others may prefer it's simplicity.
I liked that the book dealt with a delicate subject openly, but again I found it a little naive
The book tells a good tale, it's not a bad book, however for me it was just a little to simplistic, there wasn't anything wrong with the story or pace just a little simple for my tastes
"It had me in tears"
I know The Fault in Our Stars was intended for young adults but, as a 'mature' listener, I really loved this book. On a number of occasions it made me quite tearful as I recognised the authenticity of the sentiments expressed. It is beautifully crafted and well written - a fantastically constructed, though relatively simplistic story, which describes the action so realistically as the story unfolds. I hadn't expected the twist in the story either.
I also loved the narration -brilliant!
"A fantastic read."
Yes and no because I like to listen and sometimes I just like reading in to myself.
The book its self was just fantastic I would give it another read.
Augustus Waters the way she read the line for his character just made love him more.
Everthing in the book just moved me so much it can make you cry and laugh.
Hazel Grace great catch phrase 😎 very real story not just for youngsters download this book... 😎
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