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)
One of the best.Riveting story. It was unpredictable until close to end.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
This is perhaps the best book I've listened to on Audible. If it ties with anything, it would be The Book Thief.
Rarely have I come across a book where the characters were so real, that one becomes absolutely emotionally invested in their lives and futures. The subject matter should not deter anyone from reading this book - it's very honest, not depressing although astonishingly sad at times.
Green did an outstanding job of capturing the depth of emotion that especially teenagers experience. The fact that these particular teenagers are facing their futures with terminal illness makes the stakes not vastly different but much higher. It gives the everyday desires teens have and wants they express a gravity and importance that is otherwise hard to feel.
NOT SPOILER ALERT IF YOU GET THE BOOK...
The end of the book and what happens to the characters is not a suprise, but it doesn't need to be, nor should it be given that the characters understand their own fates. That knowledge doesn't stop you from cursing Green, as the creater and God of these characters, for not changing their fates. You do come to feel that their lives are very real and important - this is just a fabulous book. I loved it enough that I've bought it on paper so that I can savor reading it and keep it.
The narration was also pretty close to perfect.
Fresh, different - loved the realistic, smart characters and book sub-plot! Reader was perfect! Can't wait to hear another book by Green!
This is a very moving book and well worth the listen. Kate Rudd is a good narrator who really helps bring the story to life.
I have not had the chance to read the print version ......YET.
Hazel, because this was her story.
I'm feeling too many emotions to be able to state right now.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
Cancer books seem to fall into IMPORTANT categories, like factual and vaguely or actually scary (Siddhartha Mukharjee's 2010 "The Emperor of All Maladies"); herbs/alternate life style/dietarily inspirational ("A Dietician's Cancer Story" Diana Dyer, 2010); humorously practical (Fran Drescher's "Cancer Schmancer" 2003); or melancholy and ending with the death of a neighborhood curmudgeon and/or a loved one (too many to name) who passes on an Important Life Lesson just before dying. If you're looking for one of these kind of books, then John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" (2012) isn't for you.
I had avoided Green's book for a long time because I was afraid it would be one of those latter Inspiring Stories, a saccharine sweet tale that tastes okay going down, but leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. I was wrong.
"The Fault in Our Stars" was a heartbreaker, but in a clear, unsentimental and pragmatic way. 16 year old Hazel Grace and 17 year old Augustus Waters probably had my fellow commuters wondering just what kind of breakdown I was having. They would have had time to notice: I sobbed through an entire chapter, with traffic stop and stop again.
Is "The Fault in Our Stars" true to a 16 year old girl? I don't know. I was a 16 year old girl for a year, and I'd like to think I can relate - but I was 16 in a different century. Kind of LATE in a different century, but still - a different century.
Green's an unobtrusive voice, but he comes through in Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters scared parents. The parents want nothing more than to spend what time is left with their children; and their teens want nothing more than to be normal - you know, embarrassed by hovering moms; sneaking out the window on naive dads; and taking absurd risks and going on adventures. Come to think of it, it was the Mom in me crying with the parents.
"The Fault in Our Stars" haunts and is haunting. It's a good listen.
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Kate Rudd did an amazing job with the characters voices! I really enjoyed her performance.
Okay... Wow. This book was awful in the best possible way. Cancer sucks and this book did an amazing job depicting that. I wept. At one point I could not even handle it so I had to put it down. Going into this book I knew that it was not going to have a happy ending I mean cancer stories rarely end happily. It didn't stop me from rooting for the characters though. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to get their heart broken by a bunch of fictional characters who live very real lives.
haven't listened to very many yet
both the main characters were equally favorable because of their wit and clever prose
the way she read and made the character's voices their own. I could tell he was in pain when she spoke his voice and I felt short of breath when listening to her speak her voice. amazing.
I cried 3 times; very easy to get engrossed in the story and feel the book
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.
Devoted fan of Audible books since the days of the little plastic Audible MP3 player. Love fantasy, scify and poetry.
The story line captured my attention and I could not put the book down until I finished it. The book wrestled with the topic of death and one would think at the start that theme could hardly lead to a complex plot but it did.
There was the typical prattle of afterlife themes and they could have been developed in better ways. Some will find the irreverent handling offensive. I found it more genuine than most.
Even if you are put off by the opening, the humor and honesty of the characters will draw you in and you'll be hooked like I was.
I think I like the Amsterdam trip the best. The process of Hazel's falling in love was touching, open, and brutally honest. The setting could not be better.
I know Hazel was the main character and the one we most become familiar with. But I found Augustus to be the most lovable character in the book for me. Though I have to admit I miss everyone from Isaac to even van Houten. Yes, I even loved the equally tragic old author and wondered how much of himself John Green put into the character.
The moment when Hazel realized she was in love with Augustus. I could feel the conflict in Hazel as she fought with herself over the idea of falling into love with someone in her state. John Green brought amazing subjects to life in a topic I would never have considered and I am changed from the journey myself.
Like the fiction book by von Houten, this book feels like it stops abruptly with the story unresolved. I found myself feeling like the climax of the story never happened. What was the end of Hazel's life like. I was fully invested in her story yet it was left unresolved. Though I must say, I will be rereading this book again at some point. There is little doubt.
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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