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)
This was a book that was recommended to me by a friend. I read the description, I was not at that interested at the time. I added it to my favorites any way. I kept hearing how great this book was so finally I used a credit to get the book knowing in the back of the mind if it ends of being unbearable I can always return it. Well, in the end I spent an entire Sunday listening to this book. I had to stop it a few times to take care of a few things but if it would not have been for these interruptions I would have completed it all in "one sitting."
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
I loved the book was written from a girl's point of view. Hazel is not your average girl dealing with something that is not the average teenage girl problems!
Listening to the book is my preference as I age.
I like that it is written for the young person but a grandmother of 71 can share the experience with her 12 year old granddaughter.
Ms. Rudd's performance draws the listener into the story as an intimate observer.
I liked the period in Amsterdam and the walk through the Anne Frank house.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
I know I am an odd one out with this review but I am writing this as a grandfather of five grandchildren and my eldest granddaughter is a prolific reader. (Second place in her school last year for AR.) She fell in love with John Green and his writing and I felt the need to read a few of his books. The language in this book is better than others but I do not feel it is appropriate for a 14 year old and unfortunately the young adults category includes this age group. If you are a Christian, you might find the negative comments and the context of some of the statements anti-God. (I did)
However, with all of that stated, the thesis behind the book is outstanding and the message about young (or old) people with cancer or similar diseases needed. I wish the book wasn't filled with all of the cussing (f-bombs) and more because I believe it should be read by YA but I cannot recommend it to them.
There are multiple references to sex but nowhere as many as "Looking for Alaska" which is filled with enough vulgarity to move it to R in my ratings.
A better story line, without terminally ill Prince Charming.
Prince Charming, hated his voice and his character. Overall a good performance.
Bored to sad, to angry. Bored because I felt half the story was about a typical sad teenager with the one exception, she has cancer. Sad because it's a sad story I guess. Angry because I spent my one free token in this book and everyone told me I just 'have' to read it.
I downloaded this book because of all the hype surrounding the book/movie. I was not disappointed. Even though this is a YA novel it is very well-written, funny, and emotional. The performance was wonderful and I was sucked into her reading of the novel.
I loved listening to the story; I didn't try to read the print version. I love having the vocal personality present.
The plot kept me married to the listen.
The characters were so real to me -- great job Kate!
I listened to it all in one day; couldn't put it down!
I can go see the movie now.... I've read the book.
I'm expanding my genre in books. I haven't been heavily into books in the past, this is changing rapidly. I enjoy hot & heavy mysteries.
I would listen to this again. This book has a great narrator and the book is witty, funny and demonstrates struggles of reality (even though this is a fiction).
Both main characters are favorites.
She did a great job. She performed the "mood" of the characters very well.
Definitely made me laugh out loud (lol), and yes, there were tears.
John Green is incredible, very moving and captures deep subjects of life in a way I haven't experienced before.
yes its super great and romantic
I dont really know any books this good
she brings the whole romance along with everything
yes when they talked about the sicknes
is book is just wow must read
Originally published at: A Girl that Likes Books
Sometimes people don't understand the promises they are making when they make them
Why I read this book
The trailer for the movie based on this book is all over the place and I have to admit, my curiosity got hold of me. What is it about this book that so many people are raving about?
What the book is about
This is a love story between 2 teenagers that encounter themselves through a support group for cancer survivors. Hazel has a rare cancer that has compromised her lungs and Augustus had osteosarcoma. Their relationship grows through the illness and through a book that has marked Hazel. They will both change each others with their first love.
From the moment I thought about acquiring the book I told my boyfriend: apparently I will cry a lot with this book. However as I advanced in the book, while I encountered pretty sad moments, nothing moved me to tears. I couldn't help but think that the whole raving about "the feelings" in this book oversold it for me and I had way to higher expectations.
Have you seen any of the videos from John Green? He has a very particular style and oh boy does it transfer to this book. I cannot say to his writing, since this is the first book from his that I've read, I think that is amazing, to be able to transfer yourself so well on paper...well, on audio in this case.
The characters were very likable, which is not always the case, and good thing is, I felt that they would be likable even without the cancer. Hazel is smart albeit a bit of a Debby downer (yes, I know she has cancer) being, I suppose, the voice of tragedy somehow. And Augustus was very sweet and also smart...but sometimes overly optimistic, so the voice of comedy?...I think that the intention was to show the two extreme reactions to being sick so young. You could either take your eventual death and be very pragmatic about it or go the other way around and try to act like the illness is not there while taking profit of every single minute.
The story builds up nicely, and I appreciated the fact that at the end Green talks about consulting with specialists to be as accurate as possible and admits that in some cases he took the liberty to ignore their advice in order to make a literary option instead of a scientific one.
The descriptions of Amsterdam were lovely. How lucky for him to be able to get to know the city!
It was a nice love story. It was a nice cancer story. But it was a predictable story. I don't think this was Green's fault. I think is the fault of the internet.
I enjoyed Kate Rudd as a narrator; she was fun, very good inflections and voices.
The dead are only visible in the terrible, littlest eye of memory
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