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 story grasped my attention from the very beginning. I laughed and cried with heroes. May be it's not something you want to do on your way to work so bewared.
I don't want to give any spoilers but there are so many moments in the book that I want to go over and over again. I am definitely getting a hard copy of the book.
Kate's performance was naturally interweaved with the story. It was a pleasure to listen to the book while she was narrating it.
This one one of the books that you don't want to stop listening. I usually listen when drive to work. I had to finish the last chapters while I was at home instead of prolonging them for another few days.
I wish there was a different end for Hazel and Gus but "the world is not a grant-wishing factory"
I felt like I got to know the characters on an intimate level through hearing the spoken words. I felt it allowed me to imagine the appearance of the characters. Because of the emotional nature of the story, I found that listening provided a greater sense of the constantly changing emotions of these young adults.
I enjoyed the moment when the main character receives the information about which she has long wondered. It consoles her at a time of loss realizing the depth of affection that slipped away from her.
I enjoyed the scene when the two young adults traveled to see an author to discuss their favorite. It was a bittersweet journey for them.
Live your best life without regret
My name is Mary-Ann, but friends call me Annie. I love reading and have recently fallen in love with audible!
Moving, Inspiring, Laughing-thru-Tears
The night of the smashing trophies - so beautifully described and reflected upon in hindisght. Also, the dinner in Orange and the trip to the Anne Frank house...
I was honestly laughing and crying thru the entire story! I think I might have blown thru the book without much thought, but hearing the story read aloud just brought it to life. This might be my all-time favorite audiobook of all time!
Forget the book and listen to the audio version first! THEN you can go back and read the story, relishing the ungbelievalbe imagery forged the first time around...
Me before You, tackles a poignant subject beautifully
definitely shed a tear
Definitely a younger persons book, but as a fully fledged adult still a lovely (sad) story
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
The love story that won't leave my mind. I picked up this book because there is too much cancer in my life, and I need help dealing with it. This book not only helped me laugh and cry, it gave me a new literary couple with whom I have fallen in love with. Don't miss this story.
Say something about yourself!
Like another reviewer wrote, do not let the premise turn you away. After all, how can young people who know their lives are limited, and that they must endure some horrific medical issues, and that the people they love the most are hurt the most, and that, and that...life really reaches for what you CAN have.
This story is fiction and the author obviously has had to deal a lot with that truth. It is sad, it is funny, it is heartwarming, and it is VERY GOOD. We should all know teenagers like this! Well, maybe not...
Worth the credit and worth listening too again.
All the hype is true. You need to read this book even if the blurb doesn't sound interesting.
What I Liked:
1. The writing is beautiful. Every line is perfection. Every piece of dialogue is perfectly picked out. If only I could talk like the characters in this book.
2. The book was quite tight and flowed nicely. I didn't feel that the book rambled or needed more.
3. I really enjoyed the reader, and I am very picky about my readers.
What I Didn't Like:
1. As much as I loved the dialogue, I don't feel that teenagers talk like Hazel and Augustus (or even most adults). The dialogue was the type of dialogue that you get when you have the option to really think about each and every word that you are going to say before you say it. Granted, I loved the dialogue; it just felt "written" not "real."
Elementary special education aide, finishing my credential in elementary education with an added authorization in reading and computers
This book is so amazing!!!!!!!! I cried and laughed more then i ever had before!!!
I like books.
I LOVED her performance! Definitely one of the best narrations I've heard. She gave life to the characters and was just wonderful. I'm afraid to actually read the book now, knowing my own narration in my head won't compare to Kate's.
“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” - directly from the book.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Right near the top.. it touches you, and causes you to think about how people deal with cancer day in and day out, and how maddening , frustrating and bewildering it can be.
I think when Hazel Grace and "gus"- August went to see the author, left and went to see the hiding place of Anne Frank. I really smiled when Hazel read the facebook page when she saw all the posts, sympathizing, and wishing well, etc... and not giving away any thing.. but just how that fits in the world.. how people act like they are right there, yet they havn't been around for ? year or years, and they are just trying to make themselves feel better, but only make the griever feel worse.I loved this book.
Hazel, and the author to her fav. book,Peter van Houghton, an important part to the story later on.. and the connection between Hazel and Gus, and the parents.
Yes, I grabbed my Kindle every chance I got to continue with it.. it was that good.
Yes, there is sadness, but it causes you to come into touch with our own mortality, and others around us. It was a very good book. I wish they would make it into a movie. I want to re-listen to it again. It was worth every cent , and woudn't hesitate to tell others that should read it.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
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.
"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!!!
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