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 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.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
I was very, very impressed with the narrator, Kate Rudd. I found myself wondering how she could read with such emotion at times, and yet maintain such control during the story.
Hazel, obviously. I love well written female protagonists.
As mentioned, Ms. Rudd does a wonderful job. I can only imagine what it would have been like to read the book without her interpretations of the characters, particularly her Gus, because she nails a speech pattern that so perfectly parallels his personality. Augustus has the most distinct voice in the book, and she really finds something there that is so right for him.
Cry. Of course. It would make a zombie cry.
Everyone should read this, as it does such a great job illuminating a world of characters we rarely hear about.
"Didn't cry? Then you're a monster..."
I've started listening to audiobooks so that I can knit at the same time, on my commute to and from work. Having said this, not all audiobooks are voiced in a way that adds to the story, but this one does.
The subject matter is one usually touched upon gently, or not at all. But this shoves the hard and cold truth about cancer, and fills you with untold emotion.
The two main characters, obviously.
"oddly interesting "
I really enjoyed listening to this book. the ladies voice,her tones. she read the book very well. with every word sounding so real. with the use of different tones and pitches and making listening easy. I loved the story line it was not a book I would normally go for however it really had me hucked, captivated and I cried over this book and laughed. I fully enjoyed the story line with all the unexpected twist and the way it's told from hazels point of view.
I would rate this book 10/10 for performance, story line, ending and thought and detail that went into the story and characters. :-)
I would recommend this book.
"Such a poignant well written book"
Some authors have talent & sensitivity in abundance. What a gift this man has & what a gift to readers this book is.
Yes because it is such a tender and touching story whilst still having a gritty edge to it.
The characters were real and believable
told in arealistuc way
"Very sad but very good"
A very good but sad YA book with well crafted, likable characters. Great narration and a short interview with the author at the end.
"The most beautifully written book, crafted!"
I loved the way this book was written. Every sentence seems to have been crafted, hewn from the best of our language - and go figure, written by an American!! Congratulations John Green, so good to see talent is not dead.
This story is not just for teenagers, although it is about them and we've all been there, so it all relates. It is about a really normal, funny, intelligent girl that happens to be ill. Her story develops without letting her illness take a priority; she would be an appealing character whether she was ill or not! However it did open my eyes to some of the difficulties she has to overcome.
Don't hesitate to download this book, it's just lovely.
Had no idea what to expect; needless to say the film has alot to live up to.
this book was brilliant. a story of good times in bad times. well narrated too
"Never stop living"
There is massive potential for this book to have been a relentless piece of "misery porn" in the same fashion that some made-for-television films deal with the same subject - adolescents dealing with cancer. Though here the story is told from a point of real positivity.
The subject matter is quite sad, looking at people who should be starting to live their own lives as they approach adulthood but instead live with an acceptance that there are already fewer days ahead than there are behind. The book focuses on the relationship that forms between Hazel and Augustus, and how they jointly accept that the days that they have (however few) are not things they can waste.
The ending of the book leaves you aching to know what happens. You never learn what happens to Hazel, what she does with her life after the book finishes. The story has great potential to be really upsetting, but in truth it serves as a reminder that none of us really know how much time we have and what matters is that we do the best we can with what we have right now.
Just finished fault in our stars ! This book has to be one of the best books I have read this year ! I've cried so much , laughed and learnt so much it's an amazing book ! Thanks you John green for this book ! I recommend this to everyone !!!!! Xxxx
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