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)
I'm a library student and book blogger. I love audiobooks as much as I love print... sometimes more. It's my format of choice.
I’m going to go ahead and say that my feelings about this book may be a little different than some because of how close to home some of it hits. I have a family member who has been battling cancer for the past two and a half years. Without saying too much or going into anything, I’ll just say the results have been less than desirable. That being said, listening to this audiobook was an emotional, but rewarding experience. I also listened to the audiobook in its entirety while I was at home sick one day. I’m not sure if my reclusive tendencies while I’m sick skewed any of my emotions while listening. All I know is this: my love for John Green has only been heightened, and pretty dramatically.
Cancer is slowly becoming “the topic.” I’m not saying that to undermine the topic or the books that authors are writing about it. It’s a very real and present part of our world. There should be books written on it. I’ve only read a few, but they have been amazing. This one was no different. It dealt with the subject in a very real way, full of raw emotion, sadness, and some much needed hope. Not necessarily hope that “we can beat this thing” or whatever, but hope that you don’t have to “become your disease,” as Augustus would say. You can still be you and still have positive, enriching experiences. And though I may be one of those people who doesn’t really understand because I’m not actually going through it, it didn’t make this book any less precious to me.
I have a huge appreciation for a few of the supporting characters in this book. Hazel’s parents became so important to me. Their presence wasn’t a huge one, but it was an important one. Cancer is something that doesn’t just affect the people its happening to. It also affects those people permanently tied to the diagnosed by unconditional love. There is no escaping the despair, hope (false or otherwise), and fight that those individuals feel on their loved ones behalf. Trust me. Hazel was not someone I loved from the start, mainly because Augustus was right about her. She was letting her disease win by refusing to live her life. His influence and love helped her, and that is one of my favorite things about this book. And, good God, do I love Augustus Waters. If you have doubts, make sure you read the whole book before saying you don’t get it.
I was concerned that the subject matter would be very depressing. But the way John wrote it was fantastic! My son read the book first and highly recommended it so I read it. I loved it immediately and could see why my son did as well. I thank John Green for not writing 'down' to young adults and giving them the respect to challenge them with these topics. I am glad Mr. Green is now my son's favorite author!
yes! it is overflowing with emotions!
You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you.
she read with emotions!
The author, John Green, confesses to us in the beginning that "this book is a work of fiction" and that he simply made it up.
Trust me, Mr. Green. At no point did I believe this book was based on any sort of reality. Not when you have 16 and 17 year old children saying things like, "The symbolic resonances are endless."
Or "That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."
Or "...having the Whitmanesque revelation that the definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation or whatever."
I'm sorry. But no teenager, terminal or healthy, talks like that. No one my age (early forties) talks like that. In fact, the last time I've heard dialogue like this was on Downton Abbey. Or really bad high school plays.
Alas, despite myself, I did enjoy the story. It was certainly original. And for all of its bad dialogue, there were some terrific characters and truly poignant moments.
Kate Rudd did a decent job narrating. But I'm not sure if she sounded affected, or if the writing just made her sound that way. There was a little too much crying on her part, but I suppose that's the nature of the story.
Be warned, commuters: not the most uplifting book after long, vicious days at the office.
I tend to enjoy listening to stories in first person the most, and this one in particular allowed me to identify quite strongly with the protagonist. The flow of the story and the exploration of Hazel's thoughts and feelings drew me in.
I really liked Augustus Waters, and his unique and thoughtful view of the world.
This is the first performance by Kate Rudd that I have listened to, but I will definitely listen to others.
The night of the broken trophies was particularly moving, but there were many touching scenes throughout the book. The Anne Frank House was another.
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
I couldn't get beyond the first hour or two. The book came highly recommended, but the story was so far into the head of a teenage girl that it was just uninteresting to me. If I was a teenage girl? Or a woman who experienced a lot of these things? I'd probably love it. And I tried bearing that in mind as I listened, "hey try to see things from someone else's perspective" but in the end, there was just so much mundane girly high school setup that it lost me.
Due to the extremely great reviews out there on the book, (and the upcoming movie) I'm positive this is a personal thing and hardly a reflection on the writing, the story, and the narration.
I listened to this at work, and wept for probably 30 solid minutes. Boy did I get sucked into this one! It was very moving.
It has sort of a star-crossed lovers theme, because you know the situation is doomed from the very beginning. Otherwise, I can't really think of anything comparable.
No, but I listen to audiobooks a lot, and so I can say compared to other audio narrators, she was great! Excellent.
I covered that already. It involved a lot of weeping.
I'm not a young adult, I'm pretty old, and I was able to enjoy this, so I would say all ages can read this and like it.
Absolutely. I have recommended it to many friends - adults and teens. It is a remarkable book about two unforgettable characters.
I found the humor most memorable. The sadness is the ever present undercurrent but the humor frequently reminds us that these are witty, funny characters who are simply enjoying the days they have together. I laughed frequently and still remember many of the funny lines.
It was a seamless performance. There was never a moment as a listener when I felt distracted by the voice or the presence of her narration. She disappeared into the story yet brought it to life.
This book was moving from the first sentence to the last. I was especially touched by the parental relationships. The parents in this book were as well written as the kids, and as tender. So many parents of teens are written from a 'parents suck' perspective. Not these parents and not this writer. Yet the parents seem like real people with their occasionally annoying quirks.
John Green is simply brilliant. He created two unique teenagers, both with terminal cancer, and let them fall in love. It is a beautifully romantic book about young love. Both Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are SO much more than their diseases. There isn't a false word in this book, and in spite of the difficult subject matter, there isn't a trite phrase.
There is nothing I would change about this book. Green takes a painful subject and makes us invest in the characters, even though we know this won't have a perfect ending. It is so easy to turn away from the bald kid we see in a mall, or the frail teen on oxygen, but Green makes us want to look because we care about Hazel and Augustus.
I am only sad that this is constantly referred to as a 'teen' book. I am in my mid sixties and this book was my recommendation to my very intelligent book group. Everyone felt it was a remarkable read and we had an amazing discussion which lasted almost two hours.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I was putting this off because of the cancer and the death and the sadness (all anticipated and provided in the story as well). I'm glad I finally decided to listen. The book was thoughtful and funny and touching and just really well done. The narrator was also excellent.
Don't worry, you will cry, but you will be glad you read it.
"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.
"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.
"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.
This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.
"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!!!
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.
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!
"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.
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