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)
Yes, it was beautifully narrated, and a poignant story that anyone would fine inspiring.
Her sense of timing, the cadence in which she delivers is spot on
It was easy to listen to. And the story was unique and unpredictable. Really liked the style of humour used in the face of such a serious illness/subject matter.
Liked them all, had no specific favourite.
I liked hearing the female and male voices read the particular parts.
Love story against all odds.
Yes, I like the writer, he made you feel that it was his experience too, not just his characters.
I have had cancer and it is scary, but I am twice the age of the characters, and my fears were different than what a teenage would face.
When the characters met and bonded over the book
I liked her voice and intonations.
This book is magic. Hazel Grace and Augustus transcend their daily lives with cancer and form a special world of their own together. They are warm, genuine and intelligent. They remind me of fireflies shining in the dark enjoying the transience of the light to their fullest capacities.
Kate Rudd does a superb job of voicing Hazel Graze. Their is a subtlety to her tone that allows you to hear such things as gentle sarcasm which might be missed in the written word.
It has been a privilege to enter Hazel Grace's and Augustus' world and heartbreaking to leave it.
didn't read it in print
Gus because he shows her the depths of his love in cashing in his wish for her.
I've already listened to this book more times than any other book I've ever bought. The way the story is written, the emotions portrayed, the setting, the explanations of the disease process - it is all written to capture the imagination.
Never enjoyed books until audible and now I'm an addict.
I've already listened twice and watched the movie.....
Very well written. Narrator was perfect. Just a great story.
So many feels.
Although the story was somewhat predictable, it didn't really matter. This is a well written book and Kate Rudd is a fabulous reader.
The nuance of voice, accent and character was wonderful, including timing and emotion. Just perfect. I'm very picky and return books often because of it, I will be on the look out for other books read by Kate Rudd.
I'm a light listener, but a heavy reader!
Not really, It was an " okay" book-- but it wasn't THE book that got me obsessing over .
Augustus and Issac
No not really... I sort of found the outcome predictable. They book didn't build enough on the characters so that i would fall in love with them. But i will admit, the eulogy from Issac was touching.
Its a good book! But not one of my favorites. To many people where telling me how AMAZING the book was, so i was expecting it to be phenomenal to a point where i would start obsessing. Had my hopes to high. Still a good read
Charming, touching, sad.
Rudd makes the narrator, and thus her friends, more lively than sad. This is a book about kids with cancer. That might be really depressing, but Rudd's reading show that it is really about an intelligent young woman who is full of life and feeling. She delivers some phrases so simply and truly that I thought I would have lost something if I had read it myself. When she is thinking of something lovely her boyfriends has done and says to herself simply, "That boy," she gives to two simple words that are true to the character, true, I am sure, to the author's intention, and beyond the power of this middle-age male reader's mental reader to do justice to.
The one I describe above.
This is not a perfect novel—I would not have dragged Anne Frank into this story—but it is a fine one, and Kate Rudd gives it an exemplary reading. I am just sorry that the "YA" designation will put some readers my age off.
The very end. Like- the very last paragraph. When Hazel Grace reflects on the meaning of it all, it struck me. In the feels. I never considered that point of view before. As cliche as it sounds, it changed me.
Inflection, connotation, personality
Again, the end.
Already liked John Green's vlogs, now I know I live him as an author.
"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.
"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?
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.
"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.
"A must read!"
This book will make you laugh, smile and cry. John Green has managed to bring a new perspective and emotion to cancer. Within the first chapter I instantly wish that I had a friend like Hazel Grace.
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!
Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.
"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!!!
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