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)
As a 25 year old with a YA fiction addiction, i can tell you, from experience, that sometimes YA is flat, empty and disappointing. John Green, however has never failed to achieve what we all look for in a good book: he connects with his readers, and taps into their emotions.
This book had be both laughing out loud and crying softly to myself.
John Green does not condescend to his audience as many YA writers today do, he writes like he expects them to be intelligent young people capable of critical thought, and I think any one who listens to this wonderful book (or any of his others) will not be disappointed.
The narrator has a not-annoying voice, and takes John's witty, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes sensitive characters and gives them life.
a good buy!
Pain demands to be felt...and life demands to be lived.
This book was a wonderful surprise, loved the characters, don't let the idea that it's about cancer stop you from reading it! I had a hard time putting it down and the narrator certainly did it justice!
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
This is a beautiful love story in which the protagonists, incidentally, are terminally ill. It was engrossing and moving without ever descending into the maudlin. It felt as authentic and genuine as I, the mother of a child-survivor, could hope for. This is a book that is, in my opinion, not only worthy of reading but worth of being put on the reading list of high school English classes.
between the best
No, I have not listened before and I loved it. One of the best I've listened
No I did not. I just felt peace and light and I learned how much I should value my healthy life and every day that is given to me.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
Not a lot to think about, but a good listen. A love story written about the perfect guy and an unlikely perfect girl and a best friend, but all have cancer. The love story, the problem, the solution, and a sad ending.
I have already recommended this book to both my teens - as well as my reader friends. These characters are so vivid, so likeable, so real that I know they will stay with me as if they were a part of my real life.
I can't pinpoint one. The two main protagonists - Hazel & Gus have an authentic connection and their conversations are beautiful. The sarcasm intermingled with fear and joy are beautifully balanced.
No, but I will consider her perfomances a selling point to any download purchase.
I did both. In fact, I re-listened to it the second I finished it... back to back listens to savor the characters, story & emotions.
With all the fantasy, post apocalyptic world, vampire stories for young adults - it was so refreshing to read a slice of life story with real people and emotions. Readers will be stirred to ask questions and examine lives. Beautiful book.
I've listened to this story three times and it gets better every time. The story is sweet, funny, and sad but all in equal measures. My only complaint is that I've only listened to this story and never read it so Augustus Waters is doomed to always sound like a girl. That killed the swoon factor by 25%. I'd absolutely recommend this book.
I enjoyed the narrator. The protagonist was worth getting to know from the author's voice.
The young boy, Gus, burst into the scene and allowed the girl to express her thoughts without overwhelming the listener with her illness.
The restaurant in Amsterdam where she calls him out on her friendship not being enough.
The interaction between Grace and her father was particularly moving. He wasn't a central character, but the few times he had a voice was fraught with emotion.
A very believable portrayal of two families living with children with illness.
I have always loved books. Now that I'm a part-time student, full-time wife and mother, and full-time employee, I enjoy Audio books!
Although this book is classified as fiction for teens, I'm a thirty-four-year-old mother to a teenager, and I loved it. I enjoyed the book's sarcastic humor. Even though this is a love story, it is not a drippy, sentimental romance. Instead, I think it portrays what true love really is--selfless, dedicated, and enduring. The Fault in Our Stars it is so much more than a romance. It is also a story of friendship and of survival.
Kate Rudd does an amazing job with her narration. I think she captures the book's teenage characters remarkably well. She somehow manages to convey the myriad emotions of the characters in a way that does not seem fake or forced. Really, besides The Help, this was the best narration I have heard in an audio book.
I first listened to this book by myself on my work commute, and then I listened with my fourteen-year-old daughter. As expected, she loved the book as much as I. My daughter left with her grandparents for an eight-day cruise, but we had about an hour left of the book. It drove her crazy that she didn't get to hear the end. I had to upload my Audio account to her iPod so she could finish the book on the cruise!
I highly recommend The Fault in Our Stars, and I think anyone--teenager or adult, male or female--will enjoy this book AND will enjoy the audio version.
To make the audio better than the print version it would need a younger narrater. The author's comments at the end really added to the experience.
It made me laugh and cry. The story is a roller coaster. You want a happy ending though you know it won't come.
The characters were memorable and stay with you. The book dealt with cancer in the young in a way that was original and important. It showed that people are just people, we all have faults, and illness can bring out the best and worst in people.
"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.
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 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?
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!
"Not for me"
This book had exceptionally good reviews, which convinced me to buy!
I really got sick of the self obsession of the characters, I am not unsympathetic to pain and suffering, but those that I have witnessed in this sort of situation do not behave in this way. Parts of the story were OK, but I really got cheesed off with most of it. I didn't understand the obsession with the story that the characters read and their need to know the 'ending', many books have endings that are left 'in the air' - get over it!
I did listen right to the end - so not a 1* review - but - certainly not my sort of story, too maudlin' and irritating for me!
Believable characters. More editing! The writing is pretentious
Written a different book
Don't believe the hype this book is dull.
"This is not a cancer book"
I don't read cancer books. So I didn't really want to read this one either. Too many people are dying of cancer around us so I'm silently waiting for it already. And I thought reading about it would only feed my hypochondria.
But i read it anyway.
And let me tell you one thing: it's not a cancer book! It's not even a book about cancer. It's a love story about two people who appreciate life. Sounds cliché, i know. But it really isn't.
It has more funny moments than sad ones. And I think that is important, because you don't really have to cry in this book. They're all talking about the crying.
But you probably won't sleep though..
I'm very glad I read it, because it's without a doubt the best book I've read this year.
"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.
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