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've had this book on my list for a while, and I'm glad I finally downloaded it. While I definitely found myself with a few tears in my eyes, I also laughed a lot - which I think is a testament to John Green's talents in handling a subject as dreary as childhood cancer. Kate Rudd is a terrific narrator and adds great life to each character.
This story is my heart. I listened to it twice and cried and cried. Being a cancer survivor, this put into words what I had such a hard time explaining. I loved loved loved this book. Gus and Hazel Grace...
This book caught my daughter by the throat! Since her print copy was dog-eared, figured I'd listen ... and then share with her on her ipod. Well, I quickly became hooked!! The author did a fantastic job developing the characters and the narrator did a spectacular job bringing them to life! It seems the story has an impact whether you are a teenager, the mother of one (or 4), or ever were one...
I think I bought this book prior to my own cancer diagnosis, so it surprised me to hear the theme when I finally queued it up. I was prepared to have it be pretty raw...and it was...but John Green was so perceptive about the feelings of a cancer patient (young or old!) and the emotions they and their loved ones deal with every minute of every day, that it drew me in and kept me riveted. I loved that he could capture these young people, Hazel and Augustus, wise beyond their years, as they tried to make the best of a bad situation and even fall in love. I LOVED it, and will listen to it again.
I always prefer listening to a book over reading it; if the narration is as good as it was in this book you enter a different dimension and immerse yourself in the book....you are part of it and it`s fantastic. The voices; the sounds can make you feel a breeze and even a smell.
My sister`s keeper _ Jodi Picoult
No, this was the first but she is great! 5 stars!
I laugh many times with Hazel sarcasm and her bitter-sweet sense of reality. I didn`t cry but it made me count my blessings even more....for sure.
I recommend this book to anybody but specially for those who struggle with cancer or those who have a friend or a family member battling this terrible disease. It`s not only a teenager book as many reviewers said. It`s a book to the OPEN HEART and OPEN MIND ones. ENJOY!!!!
My first time reading John Green, and it didn't disappoint. The writing is clever and witty, and Kate Rudd's performance was excellent — I always appreciate a female narrator's ability to portray male voices without sounding cartoonish!
I would listen to this again. The love story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is sweet, funny, honest, and true, like them. all the characters are so well done, they are real and people I want to know, even Peter Van Houten at his drunken moments. The story was important, not because these are people dealing with cancer, although that is important, but because they are so real. A true journey of heart and mind and miles.
This is the first time I listened to Kate Rudd and she was stellar. She captured the young adult tones of voice perfectly.
Many, here are two. When issac's girlfriend broke up with him and he is destroying Gus's trophies, and when Gus and Hazel kiss in the Anne Frank house.
I want to read An Imperial Affliction and go to Amsterdam.
I subscribed to audible.com to help a friend, literally, to help Dustin from Smarter every day videos, who needed some link clicks in order to boost his ad revenues. I'm glad I did, not only because I helped his channel (and him) a bit, but because once I got my free credit I immediately bashed john green on the search box and found this book. I regret nothing, absolutely nothing. I also haven't heard any other audio books, so I can't really answer how it compares to others. But ask me in a couple of days and I'll now as I'm audible-addicted already!
That's the great thing, the Fault in our Stars is incomparable. The only comparable thing I can imagine is how reading it felt like a revelation, as if I had just discovered a new shape of literature, which is a feeling I had with Murakami or Rowlinger.
So I would say, just for the sake of being able to compare with "something", that Fault in our Stars gives you that refreshment, awe and inspiration that you feel when you read a life-changing author for the very first time.
I loved her narration. I honestly felt awkward and strange in the beginning being this the first audio book I heard, and maybe such feeling had to do in part because Kate, the narrator, was also getting a hang on the words and tempo. However, soon the strange feeling was gone and by the end of the book, I can't imagine it anymore unless it's with her reading it.
One of the things she does that it's so great is to impersonate the different characters without loosing her own voice in the process. And I gotta say, I got a huge crush on Hazel's tone and her way of saying "Okay", it was Perfect, capital P.
(I also have already promised myself not to see a upcoming movie, I can't imagine any of the characters talking differently and I don't want to!)
I didn't know what I wanted at first, I started listening to it a couple of hours at night one day, then I continued listening in the office a couple more hours (which is a terrible idea! as I spooked my coworkers by my bursts of tears, laughs and lack of any productivity whatsoever). I listened to the rest of the whole book (about 5 hours) in one sitting during the next day. So yeah, I finished it all in less than 3 days, and now I must get another audiobook!
Perfect book, perfect, perfect perfect. Bring tissues, that's important. And be sure to be allowed to be alone while reading it, as anyone trying to distract you will receive killer stares by you. Also, and this is very important, be ready to feel a impending urge to recommend the book to every single stranger you cross in the street.
Oh, and lastly (last one promise) check the internet fan-made images, book covers, favorite quotes and John Green's youtube channels if you can. Do such after reading the book of course. It all contributes to create a much richer, but optional experience.
I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie
One of those you pick up and don't put down, or in this case press play and listen to at every possible available moment ignoring the outside world. John Green is a literary artist his writing is engrossing in every detail and you can't help but fall in love with every inch of his characters. The subject matter is deep and heart wrenching while equally light and humorous. What I especially love about this novel is the way that Green's writing allows you to adapt your own interpersonal relationships into the characters and their experiences, it will likely be a uniquely different experience for us all, but a beautiful ride that I highly recommend!
This one will undoubtedly be in my audio library and on my shelf to stay.
I think Jeff Bridges would play a great Van Houten. Just saying.
The story grasped my attention from the very beginning. I laughed and cried with heroes. May be it's not something you want to do on your way to work so bewared.
I don't want to give any spoilers but there are so many moments in the book that I want to go over and over again. I am definitely getting a hard copy of the book.
Kate's performance was naturally interweaved with the story. It was a pleasure to listen to the book while she was narrating it.
This one one of the books that you don't want to stop listening. I usually listen when drive to work. I had to finish the last chapters while I was at home instead of prolonging them for another few days.
I wish there was a different end for Hazel and Gus but "the world is not a grant-wishing factory"
"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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