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 truly enjoyed this audio book. The narration was excellent, and the story was one I didn't want to end.
The narrator did such a good job of allowing you to feel in touch with each character. The story made you smile, laugh and cry. Loved it.
The author's ability to share the exact feelings of what the characters must have felt. The knowledge of what the endured allowed me to bring much more understanding and empathy to those with cancer.
THe main character - Hazel Grace
Same title as the book!
All business but contemporary fun!
Here is the dilemma: would have this book been better off with adult characters or with the current teenage stars? Hazel and Augustus' early maturity could have been a result of their health struggles but the witty yet philosophical dialogues are not indicative of their assumed age. On the other hand, the rawness in their thoughts and conversations could have easily turned this book into an apathy infested script which is salvaged by the young and innocent stars. Somehow, it all worked for me.
The Fault in Our Stars ranks among my favorite audiobook performances.
I can't pick one--but my favorites scenes would include Augustus's snappy dialogue or one of Hazel's reflections on life.
There is a solid story in this book, but the narration made the listening over the top wonderful. Kate Rudd's performance brought these characters to life and I cared about every one of them. Listening to this book was so enjoyable that I'm rather afraid to attempt the movie. The witty thoughts and dialogue of Hazel and her friends had me laughing through my commute and, later, crying for obvious reasons. Although I suspect girls and women will like it more, I recommend this book for young and old adults without hesitation.
Maybe I had heard too much hype, but I was disappointed with this book. While it was interesting, and the story moved quickly, I didn't love the characters the way I wanted to. It was sweet enough, but definitely not my favorite.
This was by far the best audio books I have ever listened too. The book was very well written to begin with and the narrator did such an AMAZING job!
I loved that Gus gave his wish to Hazel and all the trouble he went to to surprise her with it.
I loved their trip to Amsterdam. You could visualize every detail from the sights, smells and food.
I started the book and loved it so much that I DID read it in one sitting!
I loved the interview with the author at the end of the book. I finished the book and immediately down loaded his other books.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
What an amazing book. I knew that this movie was coming out, and so I wanted to make sure that I read this book before seeing the movie. Man, I really loved it. John Green has stated that he has no interest in writing for "adults", as this book is geared towards teens. Well, I am 44 years old, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
The major characters, Gus and Hazel, were so easy to relate to. The fact that they were both sick leads toward an inevitable ending...but it was not what was expected. I will leave it at that, and let you discover it for yourself. Please do! This novel is so worth the time invested. Adding the Isaac character, as well as both sets of parents...and then the addition of the writer...as near perfect as a novel of this type can get. I truly loved it.
Kate Rudd is one of my favorite female narrators. I tend to prefer male narrators, but Kate always does such a great job.
There really is not much to criticize in this book. It was a great experience!
Loved this book and will definitely recommend it as an audiobook!
Different than many stories out there. Sad but wonderful!
Cannot pick! Loved all of it!
True Love Never Dies!
Magnificent, powerful, thought-provoking
I loved Hazel and Augustus both, and especially together. However, if I were to have to choose, it would be Hazel. She is a character wise beyond her years. She is brilliant, full of humor, courageous, and a beautiful person.
I loved Gus's last words to her, when she receives the email from Amsterdam. Can't give too much away!
Absolutely. I had it finished in less than 24 hours.
John Green has created a powerful and exceptional story! The topic is sad and hard to push through with minimal tears. However, it is sweet, thoughtful, and threaded with life lessons. I love the characters, their humor, and their courage. Kate Rudd is my favorite author and she has brought the characters and words to life....once again!
"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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