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)
The premise doesn't sound like all that much fun, but it's incredibly well written, incredibly well told, incredibly engaging. The writing is crisp, capturing the feelings and conversations in a way that was totally believable. And I can think of at least a dozen times when I hit the "back 30 seconds" icon so I could listen again to the way a paragraph was constructed or the incredible wit delivered in a line.
It almost felt as if John Green had her in mind when he wrote it. It was just the right marriage of story and voice.
Yup, and I even listened to the author Q&A at the end because I didn't want to stop.
I was startled in that Q&A when the interviewer asked why he only wrote Young Adult books. Frankly, I had no idea that it was meant for teens. I mean, I guess in retrospect it's a bit obvious, but it was a book for everyone.
This was my first time reading a John Green book, and I can see why he's such a popular author. I immediately fell in love with the two main characters, Hazel and Augustus, flaws and all. They're young, brave, witty, and wise. It's a pleasure to spend your days with them.
I love to read, and I'm thrilled to get to listen to books this way- I can fit in much more reading time on a daily basis- thanks audible!
YES. The characters are amazingly real and Kate Rudd did a fantastic job narrating. I was listening to this as I went for a long run (bad idea to some extent, it's hard to cry and breathe at the same time!!!). Totally a keeper, I highly recommend!
BOTH, it's wonderful and it doesn't feel like "young adult"- it's just real teenagers going through tough times.
What I thought was going to be a bit too young of a read for me, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were fairly complex and the storyline, while classic, did go deeper emotionally than I anticipated. A love story. A story of resilience. Smarts and sarcasm. A story of selfishness and selflessness all rolled into one. Sweet yet salty leaving a huge lump in my throat and a tear down my cheek. Hated for it to end.
I loved the voice of the children. They spoke as tho it could have been a private conversation.
The warmth, and the intimacy.
The art of Living
I plan to read it again. The characters are inviting me back.
In the top third. It's not epic,...more a quick read but, wonderfully funny and witty....since I was unable to put it down - it was a quick finish. I will listen again and again, I know...
Okay For Now for it was emotional and painful. Also a quick read, it was still thought provolking and true.
Oh My......she brought so much to this book - each character better than the last. Authors that want to read their own books need to listen to this book as endorsement why they shouldnt.
It's a privilege to have your heart broken
I would recommend this to women friends and young adults. It is chick lit, in my opinion.
Kate Rudd brings a more honest picture of living with cancer than most books/movies.
Living with cancer
This book is a bit hard to get into. The main character is a sarcastic teenager in a trite way, not an interesting way. However, as the story developes, her honesty and unique view are an asset to the story.
The Fault in Our Stars is absolutely brilliant. It is perfect… Though it may be early to make this claim, it could possibly be my favorite book of the year! It’s always difficult for me to write reviews on books that I love this much. I feel that I can never quite do them justice. I will let a quote from The Fault in Our Stars describe it for me:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” – The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
That’s exactly how I feel... All of us have had our lives touched in some shape or form by cancer. Whether it be watching an actor fight it or a family member, it’s not a foreign thing to us. This book is not just about Hazel and Augustus, it’s about humanity. Anyone who reads this will be able to find some truth in Green’s words. Yes, I have never read any of his previous books… *GASP* I know, crazy right? But this experience has made me contemplate why have let such a gem of a writer go unread for so long… Green’s writing is beautiful, poetic, and completely genius!
Green wrote about a dark subject and yet maintained some glimmer of hope throughout. While this story did make me cry, it did not devastate me. In fact, it was extremely inspirational. The characters were easy to love, understand, and relate to. I couldn’t get enough of the playful banter between Hazel and Augustus! Even living on borrowed time, their relationship progressed naturally and developed into a beautiful, deep love.
I cannot forget to mention the phenomenal narrator of this audiobook, Kate Rudd. It would have been easy for the narrator to take the emotion too far and overdue it. But not Kate! She portrayed the perfect amount of emotion in every single situation. The narration was so real and believable, that it only added to the beauty of Green’s words! She is genuinely talented.
The Fault in Our Stars left me with what can only be described as "that wow feeling." As readers, you all know what I’m talking about: When you sit silently for awhile after finishing a book because you are so in awe of what you had just experienced. You don’t just read or listen to this book, you experience it in the deepest sense… It will make you want to live your life differently! It will change you. And it has certainly set the bar high for the rest of the upcoming YA books this year. The Fault in Our Stars receives my highest recommendation for any reader, regardless of genre!
I'm not sure how this book has so many great reviews. The dialogue between the two teenaged protagonists approached "Juno"-levels of annoyance and the book isn't particularly well written. This book is so inexpertly written, that I half expected that a teenager actually wrote it.
Seriously, save your credit. This is a young adult novel that I wouldn't even recommend to any self-respecting young adult reader.
A beautiful glimpse into the tragedy of young love and life.
I am an Episcopalian, and a nurse. Loved discovering that John Green aspired to be a priest. His work as a chaplain on the pediatric oncology floor inspired this novel. He is extremely gifted and captures the essence of being young. Great read for this 55 year old.
"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 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!
This audiobook is one of those audios that stays with you long after you stop listening. John Green adds a dash of brilliance to the genre of young adult fiction and this book is deceptively mature. The audio format was great for it and the characters brought to life by the narrator. I have gone back to it several times, over the past few weeks and it has become one of my favourite finds on audible. More John Green please!
"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!!!
"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.
"For me nothing great shaking!"
I found the narrative quite annoying and the dialogue of the two teenagers appears whinging and grating. I appreciate they have Cancer but they are constantly moaning and it comes across (in my opinion) as if they view themselves and their thoughts as superior to everyone else and their analysis as the definitive one. This (despite my wish to empathise with their terminal state) made me care little for them.
I am around teenagers a lot from differing backgrounds and none of them sound like these two. Their continuous use of metaphors and complicated vocabulary I found hard to see as typical teenage behaviour. To be honest they sounded more like 46 and 47 years old than the 16 and 17 years they were portrayed as. It felt like they had little depth to them and again with their use of language sometimes it seemed like they were just talking philosophically for the sake of it. I found it very hard to get even a little emotionally invested in them as a result.
It did give an insight to the difficulty of coping with cancer especially in the teenage years and the way in which it makes you reliant on others for almost everything.
The subplot around the author in Amsterdam I found slightly odd and as it turned out I do not see what it brought to the story apart from filling in time. If as the book suggests Hazel is an extremely intellectual girl I do not see how the fate of a hamster or the mother and tulip man would hold such significance to take over her life in such a way.
It did move along slowly and to be honest ended abruptly but I was glad when it did. I read it as I wanted to do so before I saw the film. I will not be putting myself through the film now that I have finished this.
I can see how for some this will appear wonderful fantastic life changing and I respect that but for me Im afraid 'no'
"Has to be read!"
A great read if not hard due to the content of the story. A book you won't ever forget. Nicely told considering the nature of the story. And no happy endings really. It would do us all good to read this book.
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