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 love the overall pace and feel of the book. And for a cancer book, it wasn't really about cancer. It was more about the love between two people complicated by cancer. This is one of the reasons that I love the story. The voice of the main characters Hazel and Augustus didn't really sound like normal teenagers. But then, they weren't really normal teenagers. I love their vocabulary. Granting that not a majority of teens speak like them but I’d like to think that because of their condition, they are more mature than your regular 16 and 17 year old.
The part where Augustus said "Maybe OK can be our always." Referring to them officially going out.
I love Kate Rudd's narration. I love the changes in voices that she used, especially between Hazel and Gus. When her voice breaks and cracks at the appropriate times is just brilliant! I actually felt like it was Hazel talking to me.
I liked the pacing that she used and I was able to follow the story without any problem at all. I also think that her narration added to the overall effect of the book. I liked that she sounded like a teenager trying to be an adult. Since I listened to this book without pause, I did not get bored or get annoyed by her voice. Overall, this was one amazing listen. I would definitely find out more about the books read by Kate Rudd.
When it was clear that Gus relapsed and was getting worse.
Say something about yourself!
Yes - because it's something everyone should experience at least once.
No others, seriously, a book has never affected me as wholely (it's a word ;) ) and completely as this book. John Green is a wordsmith of the greatest proportions.
I don't think she necessary brings anything extra to be honest, but she tells the story so fluently that it doesn't take away from the experience of 'cheating' through audiobook. I can do the housework and many many errands while reading and it's thoroughly enjoyable.
If you are in the middle of a big project or have something to focus on in, around or in the following week after completing the book...I wouldn't recommend reading it. This book connects so much that it is very hard to get the emotion out of your system for some time, and being 'productive' takes a bit of a back seat - in saying that - it felt like an experience so completely honest and touching that I feel more complete for having experienced it.
I just started the book yesterday and reluctantly finished it this afternoon. How I wanted to finish it in one sitting... yet I didn't want it to end! And all I can say is WOW! It truly makes me appreciate what I have - no matter how small. Even though I thought I didn't take things for granted before. I laughed. I cried. I want to visit far away lands that I've never considered before, but also stay home or visit the local park to watch kids play - something again I've never considered before. Hazel and Gus feel so real that I imagine I could pass them along the street. And yet I am sad to realize that even if they were real, their time and love would be irrevocably fleeting. And that's the beautifully conflicting thing about The Fault in Our Stars - even though I KNEW that its not going to be a happy ending, I still had a smile on my face at the end. Ok? Ok.
The Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - another brave, fatalistically intelligent, strong girl battling against the odds to become a female writer in 1906 rural upper New York State.
She gave a strong and beautiful performance. I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I listened to it. I've listened to audiobooks for many years, but Kate Rudd really breathed life into Hazel and Gus, Isaac and every other memorable character.
Absolutely! I was almost disappointed when my family came home and I knew I couldn't finish it that evening. And I still feel guilty for that thought!!
The best of them all. The best of them all. The best of them all.
All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it.
All of them.All of them. All of them. All of them. All of them.
There is a movie. There is a movie.There is a movie. There is a movie. There is a movie.
I have mixed feelings about The Fault in Our Stars, and it took me a long time to figure out my overall takeaway.
Most important to know about this book is that even though everyone says "this is a story about life and love", this is actually a book about death. While I understood the story line, I believed that I would walk away with profound insights on how to live, and how love survives, and all that... I didn't. If you read it, you will be subjected to the sadness that is every cancer filled page. I did not find this book profound, or philosophical. I mostly took away the fact that life just ends, and people get forgotten. There wasn't even any redemption in how the other characters survive death. It felt a lot like the move (not the book) My Sisters Keeper. You should know if you are going to buy this book that you are getting exactly what you'd expect in a teen cancer novel... don't be fooled.
That said, I did enjoy the book and actually couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the narration, and thought the characters were very realistic. John Green is a fantastic writer, and I have enjoyed his other books (especially Looking for Alaska). This book did as promised; it made me laugh and cry (mostly cry). It also made me want to tell my loved ones how awesome they are, which I think may have been the point. To sum it up, I would recommend this book, just as long as you are under no illusions about what you are buying.
astounding, beautiful, anguished
The death of Augustus Waters, and Hazel's response to it.
The way she told the story, the way you could hear the tears when you knew Hazel was crying.
This, cannot say enough this. I started listening to this at work yesterday, and at the end of the day with 2 hours left in the book, I didn't want to go home.
It was just something about her
Uhm I am not really sure. Hum When they went on the date in Amsterdam something about that part of the book just made me happy.
YESSSS! I did an extreme amount of both of them.
Its amazing just read it
I had no idea this was a Young Adult book -- it's such a beautiful, moving story and so humanizing that it could be enjoyed by adults and children of many ages. Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. A powerful, moving tale.
I have recommended this book to friends. It is a great story with characters I really cared about. I teach high school and I think the author's portrayal of teenagers was spot on.
I really enjoyed Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters equally. They were both characters to look up to.
I thought her portrayal of Hazel Grace was near perfection. She really captured her struggle to fight her disease and live life. There were times that listening to her made my lungs hurt.
Live your best life.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
I loved the story line. I thought it would be really sad buts it's not!
I've listed to a few books narrated by Kate Rudd and she is very easy to listen to
I don't want to say because I don't want to spoil any bits in the book
I don't usually listen to books that are under 10 hours, but I read the reviews and thought I would try this one. It really was worth it!! Such a great story. I see it's been turned into a movie that's released very soon.
"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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