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)
I have already! It's unlike any book I have read, it's hilarious but the sadness in it is inevitable.
When Hazel meets Gus!
Hazel for sure. She seems so real and she is hilarious.
Make your mark on the world, no matter how small.
I usually read paranormal books, so I don't know why I bought this one. Probably all the rave reviews. It is definitely one of my very favorites from Audible. I listen to them while I'm at work and I had trouble keeping back tears at some parts! That being said, it's an amazing and touching story. I will listen to it again soon.
The Narration was brilliant!! Kate Rudd - you are a star!!I also found the literary and philosophical themes really stimulating and refreshing for a YA novel. John Green is something else!
The night of the broken trophies!
Kate Rudd brings Hazel Grace to the story! She brings all her feelings and all her pain, her heartache, her love, her fear, her courage, her sense of humour and her quirkiness.
Kate Rudd you rock!
"You will laugh, you will cry, you will be changed forever" Cheesy but true!
Really Really Goooood Book!!
For me it was because I don't have time to sit and read; I'm driving for much of my day.
First of all - you will cry. Probably not just a sniffling wipe your eyes cry, but possibly an ugly choking cry. However, you won't mind. The characters and compelling and the story beautifully told. The narrator gets it just right. Somehow, you never feel sorry for the characters and are touched deeply by not only their strength, but also their insight and determination to face their challenge on their own terms. The Fault in Our Stars will stay with you for a long time.
Oh yes. It was a very good story. Very outside the kind of books I usually buy, but very good anyway.
None I've read. This isn't my usual reading style.
She doesn't ring a bell in my mind. I might have and just forgot.
Beautiful words, beautifully read.
She reads beautifully
I have recommended this book to many of my friends - to read and listen to. Even though it is aimed at young adults I think all adults should read it too.
I like to consider myself a manly-man, well atleast a manlier man, but even this book got to me. I've never felt so concerned with the health and happiness of a character in a book in ages. Hazel, the remarkable heroine of this story, is utterly dynamic. Every quote she says comes out as something to remember, to pause and think about. The ideological opposite Gus doesn't have the same punch but the best line of the whole book belongs to him. If I could describe this book in one sentence I would say "It's Romeo & Juliet told from Juliet's point of view but instead of warring families, they have a war within their own bodies" which is fitting considering how often Shakespeare is referenced within the novel itself and even in the title. The teenage years are a couple years back for me but the emotions felt still seem genuine and the pain and anger coming from the characters is close and cutting. If you've ever lost someone to cancer, you can't help but wonder if this the same way they felt during those painful episodes, particularly if it's someone younger.
The relative shortness of the book does disappoint alittle because I want to know more but listening to the author's Q&A at the end (last 15 minutes or so) you know he wanted it to be that way which means my hope for a sequel are relatively dashed out.
As for the performance, it's fantastic. I want to get it a 6/5 not because of the same cliched reasons you here otherwise but because the book is clearly a 5/5 but the performance elevates it well beyond just the words on the page. The fluid transitions between the shaking teary voices to the gasping for breathe sighs is quite potent.
*Mini-spoiler*: If you're like me, when you learn how the Hazel's favorite book ends and you start to worry that this book ends like that, I can assure you it doesn't.
It's bad enough being a teenager and trying to figure out the world. Now imagine you have a terminal illness and are "forced" to join a support group. You are trying to make life easier on your loving and grieving parents, keeping chipper and all that, and you meet the most wonderful friend anyone could have. He seems the picture of health, except he's missing a leg due to osteosarcoma. He's one of the lucky "survivors" - he teaches you many things about yourself and living your life while you still have one. Unexpected joy, sadness, and hope prevail in this tender story about a young woman and her first and probably last love.
It may make you cry, but listen anyway.
The kindness and honesty brought the characters to life.
The narrators give the story even more depth by changing tones, accents etc. Makes you feel as if you are lurking at the edge of the characters lives, watching the story unfold.
I cried. A few times. But they were good tears, and made me think more about death, and how well I am living my life...
Well written, hard to put down book. I love the insight that Mr. Green put into each character of the book. Highly recommend this book to any age of reader, not just young adults. I am not a person that writes reviews at all, but this book deserves 5 stars.
Love the inflection of her voices of the different characters. She makes each character sound different and individualized. Great performance of audio. Her narration of this book makes you feel like you are with each character in person.
"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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