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 tend to enjoy listening to stories in first person the most, and this one in particular allowed me to identify quite strongly with the protagonist. The flow of the story and the exploration of Hazel's thoughts and feelings drew me in.
I really liked Augustus Waters, and his unique and thoughtful view of the world.
This is the first performance by Kate Rudd that I have listened to, but I will definitely listen to others.
The night of the broken trophies was particularly moving, but there were many touching scenes throughout the book. The Anne Frank House was another.
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
I couldn't get beyond the first hour or two. The book came highly recommended, but the story was so far into the head of a teenage girl that it was just uninteresting to me. If I was a teenage girl? Or a woman who experienced a lot of these things? I'd probably love it. And I tried bearing that in mind as I listened, "hey try to see things from someone else's perspective" but in the end, there was just so much mundane girly high school setup that it lost me.
Due to the extremely great reviews out there on the book, (and the upcoming movie) I'm positive this is a personal thing and hardly a reflection on the writing, the story, and the narration.
My complaint is with the "voice" and it is two-fold. First, the dialogue would sound more realistic from 40 year old characters than teenagers. The narrator nails obnoxious pretentiousness.
I am going to try to read the book in the hope I can scrub the narrator's voice from my mind. Maybe August and Hazel won't sound so annoying in my own mind.
Less self-important condescension from August. Less whinyness from Hazel.
Disappointment and irritation.
I've never disliked a narration as much as this one.
Say something about yourself!
This is a very moving story line. You are drawn to the characters immediately. You heart just breaks for these kids. As a mother, I relate to the parents as well and can't imagine their heart break.This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I recommend it to everybody I know. Though it is a teenager book, it will move anybody that reads it. It doesn't get much better than this!
This book obviously tackles a very difficult topic and it is done beautifully. Blending teenage love and cancer isn't the easiest task. Thankfully I haven't had to deal with this but I thought it did a great job of helping the reader understand the parents and the kids perspective which was great and definitely made me stop and think. And the dialogue is sharp witty and fun. There is a surprising lightness to this book. I swung from smiling to crying throughout.
I listened to this at work, and wept for probably 30 solid minutes. Boy did I get sucked into this one! It was very moving.
It has sort of a star-crossed lovers theme, because you know the situation is doomed from the very beginning. Otherwise, I can't really think of anything comparable.
No, but I listen to audiobooks a lot, and so I can say compared to other audio narrators, she was great! Excellent.
I covered that already. It involved a lot of weeping.
I'm not a young adult, I'm pretty old, and I was able to enjoy this, so I would say all ages can read this and like it.
Wow! What a Read. This book came highly recommended and it met the mark. The book was a really hard, emotional read. I was continually going through ups and downs. My heart broke for both the main characters, yet at the same time I was thrilled for them. Yes this book has received a LOT of 5-star reviews and it deserves every one of them.
Absolutely. I have recommended it to many friends - adults and teens. It is a remarkable book about two unforgettable characters.
I found the humor most memorable. The sadness is the ever present undercurrent but the humor frequently reminds us that these are witty, funny characters who are simply enjoying the days they have together. I laughed frequently and still remember many of the funny lines.
It was a seamless performance. There was never a moment as a listener when I felt distracted by the voice or the presence of her narration. She disappeared into the story yet brought it to life.
This book was moving from the first sentence to the last. I was especially touched by the parental relationships. The parents in this book were as well written as the kids, and as tender. So many parents of teens are written from a 'parents suck' perspective. Not these parents and not this writer. Yet the parents seem like real people with their occasionally annoying quirks.
John Green is simply brilliant. He created two unique teenagers, both with terminal cancer, and let them fall in love. It is a beautifully romantic book about young love. Both Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are SO much more than their diseases. There isn't a false word in this book, and in spite of the difficult subject matter, there isn't a trite phrase.
There is nothing I would change about this book. Green takes a painful subject and makes us invest in the characters, even though we know this won't have a perfect ending. It is so easy to turn away from the bald kid we see in a mall, or the frail teen on oxygen, but Green makes us want to look because we care about Hazel and Augustus.
I am only sad that this is constantly referred to as a 'teen' book. I am in my mid sixties and this book was my recommendation to my very intelligent book group. Everyone felt it was a remarkable read and we had an amazing discussion which lasted almost two hours.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I was putting this off because of the cancer and the death and the sadness (all anticipated and provided in the story as well). I'm glad I finally decided to listen. The book was thoughtful and funny and touching and just really well done. The narrator was also excellent.
Don't worry, you will cry, but you will be glad you read it.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Delightful and insightful book, opens the world of teens coping with cancer and the losses, grief, processing, friendships and joy. There is some swearing, some alcohol, sexual innuendos (plus encounter) and the death of a beloved character. Lots of deep thoughts and emotions. My favorite; Hazel (who is dying of cancer and trying to isolate self... to not hurt others) states, "I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?" This isn't a 12 year old YA book, but a wonderful book for older teens and adults.
"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?
"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.
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!
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