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)
Absolutely. A great portrayal of childhood illness. Loved how the characters were explored and although I hate the idea of this book as a parent I couldn't put this down.
The entire time in Amsterdam. The terms of their relationship the twist of the illnesses and the growth of their love.
I purchased this book when it was on sale and wasn't sure whether I would really like it or not. I was immediately sucked in to the story and didn't want to stop listening to it. It made me smile, cry and want more when it was completed. I even listened to the interview with the author, which I never do!! I typically do not listen to YA books, but this one as really good.
I never read the print version of the book, but the audio edition was phenomenal. The reader was able to capture every feeling that the characters in the book had.
The best part of The Fault in Our Stars was the overall writing. John Green wrote this book with one thing in mind, to capture our hearts with every word.
Amsterdam. When Augustus and Hazel traveled to Amsterdam, I instantly felt the need to buy a plane ticket to visit there. His descriptive words used for Amsterdam made you feel as if you were truly there. The whole scene was just splendid.
When Augustus told Hazel that he loved her at the dinner in Amsterdam, I was shocked, thrilled, and in a way confused. With all those feelings mixed together, I was moved. It showed me that true love and soul mates exist. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're at in life, if love is there, then love is there.
I have recommended this book to my closer friends, however they are hesitant because this book is about several young people who are living with cancer, and they feel that this may be a difficult topic to read. I, however, feel that this wonderful story is full of beauty and insight into life and love and interaction with those dealing with challenges. We so often gloss over life's challenges, and this story reminds me to ... be the friend who interacts with love, humor and positive caring, and that today is the day to make a difference.
I find myself returning to my favorite bookmarked segments, there are several. The add for the swing set, Gus's letter to the 'old man'. The importance of allowing a friend to break the trophies.
She was excellent, I am relatively new to Audible. I will search her other options.
I am a physical therapist, working with patients everyday. There is much insight in this story. Thank you to the Author!! Enjoyed very much.
Gus's letter to the Author was Outstanding. Well Done. Excellent ending to a very good book. Thank you Audible.
Escape by Fiction
omg - THE SADDEST BOOK EVER.
So I bought this book when it first came out because I love John Green books. My daughter read it and loved it. I've read almost all of his books via audiobooks, but own them as well. I wanted to listen to this one. I listen to these at work; now imagine trying to listen to this while working. Right - that's why it took forever. I'd cry laugh and then bawl again.
Finally one day, I said to myself - I am finishing this book today. Und I did. (anyone get that?) I fucking cried so hard, I think I went a little crazy as a side effect. Holy hell is this a great book.Sobbing and bawling aside - GREAT job John Green!! I fall so in love with your characters, it hurts like hell when they hurt and even worse when they die. UGH..that's all I'm sayin'...
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
The Fault in Our Stars is a story about Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters who meet at a Cancer support group. It’s a book with cancer at the center but it’s also about love and life in general. The characters are wonderful, and so smart and funny. John Green gives his readers a lot of credit and doesn’t talk down to them, and I think that’s part of why this book appeals to such a wide audience. I would love to be friends with Augustus, Hazel and Isaac, but at the same time I could absolutely relate to their parents and their struggles.
I’ve noticed that some people who have been affected by cancer, or the death of a loved one avoid reading this book, fearing it will be a grief trigger or just too sad a read. In my own experience, I read the book first early last year and overall found it funny, touching, witty and yes sad at times. This time around I’m experiencing it through the eyes of someone who has experienced a big loss, so I had those same uneasy feelings about picking this book up again. But, I do think a lot of the book is hopeful, romantic and even funny. So to those of you on the fence about reading it, I say give it a shot.
I listened to the official audiobook version read by Kate Rudd. This audiobook is a quick listen at just over 7 hours long. Kate Rudd sounds the way I imagined the characters to sound, and expertly handles different ages, genders and accents. Though her interpretation of Hazel and Augustus was spot on, it was also a treat to hear her rendition of Peter Van Houten, and the Dutch accent of his assistant. Rudd puts a lot of emotion and heart into her narration, and the joys as well as the pain were felt even more than in the print edition. The sad parts of the book felt sadder listening to the audiobook, perhaps because I knew what to expect. At the end of the audiobook John Green talks about the book, so that was a nice surprise. I think this is a great starter audiobook for readers that want to try out the audiobook experience, even/especially if you’ve already read the book. I really enjoyed revisiting this book and appreciate it even more.
When I need an escape and cannot openly read a book, I whip out my headphones and press play on my Audible app.
I would not listen to the book again. Although it is a written masterpiece that delves into the 16/17 year old living with cancer, the story is absolutely tragic.
The part at Anne Frank's Annexwhere they are kissing for the first time. I've been to the Annex and could totally imagine being one of the onlookers.
The attitude, the hopelessness, the teenager-ness, the tragedy, and the comedy
I laughed and cried, mostly cried though, and it was all at the end.
Graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, workout junkie, new wife and read-aholic.
I highly recommend this book for any age listener, as it intertwines your heart as you follow along.
How heartbreakingly real it is.
The scene that moved me and has really stuck with me was after Augustus passed away, and the main character is in his room; she sees that he never finished his book... To me that is so sad.
Maybe in a few years, but I have a feeling I won't forget this amazing story anytime soon.
My favorite character is Augustus. His character is so well developed, likable, unique and believable. John Green has created a group of characters that now seem so real in my mind that I almost forget they are not.
Kate Rudd told this story beautifully, having said that, I noticed that by listening to the audiobook instead of reading it I never got the chance to have my own version of the characters in my head. Kate Rudd's various character voices changed the way I personally viewed the characters. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it may have been more fun to hear my own versions of Augustus and Hazel in my head.
There's no way I could pick only one moment. Hazel and Augustus stand out from every other book I've read because their characters are so unique, real and perfectly imperfect together. The entire book is a series of moments that moved me due to the beauty of these characters and their love story together.
Thank you, John Green for writing this book. Amazing.
This book is in my top 25 favorite books.
Both! It was the perfect balance!
This may be a young adult novel but I think it is perfect for adults too. Such a great story!
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