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 can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - As a rule I don't like sad books or movies, but I decided to take a chance on this one for the sake of variety and also the very high ratings. I was not disappointed. The only reason I didn't rate this book a 5 is because it was -- well, predictably sad. The story is about two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who both have cancer and fall in love. They are both very smart, mature for their years and have healthy attitudes about their illness. The story doesn't dwell on tear-jerking descriptions of their symptoms and suffering. It is more about how they struggle to just be normal teenagers and try to do what other kids their age do. That is what's so sad, the fact that they just accept amputations, tubes and treatments as normal, often joking about their own shortcomings.
Despite the sadness, it is a beautifully written story and I couldn't stop listening. Hazel and Gus are loveable teenaged characters and their story seems very real. The truth that serious illnesses affect children is something we don't like to think about, but sometimes we need to be reminded.
NARRATION - The reading of this story is good, but there is nothing special about the performance.
OVERALL - If you don't mind a good cry, I would definitely recommend this book.
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
I would place this one near the top of the YA titles I've sampled.
I enjoyed the couple's time in Amsterdam. I liked the author of Hazel's book. He was flawed, humorous, and inevitably redeemable.
I also thought the simplistic drawing of the circle diagram was hilarious.
I did cry at the end and chuckle during the middle. John Green has the ability to insert humor at almost every turn. This was his best attempt at creating sadness.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
I've never heard of John Green nor did I know this was a Young Adult book or I may have passed on it completely. I chose it because of all the 5 star ratings. There's no way to sugarcoat this. This book is about teenagers with cancer. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the narrator, is 16 and carries an oxygen tank with her everywhere. Augustus Waters lost his leg to cancer. These two teens meet in a support group and eventually fall in love.
Although the disease is always front and center, Green does an excellent job of creating an adventure that is not related to their illness. He has worked a beautiful story around it in order to follow something more important; a dream to meet Peter Van Houten, an author who lives in the Netherlands. Hazel needs to find out what ultimately happens to a character in one of his books and Augustus is going to do everything in his power to help her make that dream come true. These two teenagers are so inspiring they treat cancer like more of an inconvenience than a life sentence, a real life lesson on many different levels.
I connected to these teens and to their parents. I can honestly say I "enjoyed" this book, it was funny, haunting and tragic all at the same time. Don't pass on it because of the big "C", you'll be missing quite a gem.
Kate Rudd brought Hazel to life. She did an excellent job with the narration.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
It doesn’t matter that John Green’s target audience is teenagers – his characters are smart, honest, and funny no matter how old you are, and the universal themes captured in this book are, well, universal. Terminal cancer may not be the most uplifting of plotlines, but don’t let that stop you from listening to this wonderful story. Though I’ve listened to John Green before (Will Grayson, Will Grayson was also really good!), this was the first time I heard narrator Kate Rudd, and I was most impressed with how she handled all the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch. I will definitely be looking for more of her performances in the future!
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
I generally find Teen/Young-Adult fiction tedious but I laughed more than I cried (I did both, sometimes simultaneously) during this wonderful book. I have not been a teen for several decades (and was never a teenage girl), but I could not put this book down, and sighed when it came to an end. This is decidedly NOT a book about cancer, this is a book about life. The narration was fantastic, depicting subtle and incongruous teen emotions and the breathless panic of oxygen deprivation. The characters are mostly teens, with fledgling self-images yet they are written with nuance and power and grace. I find most books in this genre sappy, boring, and (unintentionally) uninspiring. I found this book deeply inspiring. It is about choice, particularly the choice to love, regardless of the inexorable outcome of pain, or death, or both.
I really enjoyed sharing many books with my daughter when she was young, in installments on short car trips, or whole books on long trips. Although I would have recommend this book to her, this book has a particularly personal narrative style that I think is better absorbed personally, at least the first time.
Quite a few reviews say things like “heartbreaking” or “sad”. I did not find this book ever sad or heartbreaking, but instead intensely poignant. This is not a tear-jerker. This is a classic that I expect will be recommended and read for many decades to come.
Me, myself, and I.
There are books that you experience in a state of welcoming bliss. They stick with you because you needed to read them JUST RIGHT NOW. And somehow the universe converged at the perfect moment to drop a wonderful story about this or that into your hands. You read with great fervor the adventures, sadness, mystery, or humor of your fictional doppleganger, and when you are done, you feel awash in both elation and deflation, wondering if you will ever find another story like this one.
This was not one of those stories. It could have been, and at times it seemed on the verge of becoming one of them, but it ended and I did not feel that. I have no doubt that it probably instills in others the feelings that I wrote about above. For me, I experienced the roller coaster of Hazel Grace's young life and was properly enchanted, worried, and hopeful for her. I think that I wanted something even more profound in the end, and it just wasn't there for me.
This, in no way, should discourage you from reading this story. It is beautifully written and wonderfully executed. Kate Rudd does a fantastic job of bringing Hazel Grace to life, to the point that I'm not sure they aren't the same person. This story of life, and its byproduct cancer, is filled with moments of pure happiness, humor, and devastating sadness. John Green's compelling storytelling is on full display here, and I cannot fault the story for any shortcomings.
An excellent read no matter what my unreasonable expectations may have been.
Making the world better one review at a time.
I had a little trouble getting into this book at first (hence the four stars), but once I did I was swept away by it. I even won a "weekend warrior" badge for spending all day Saturday listening to it!
How does this book make the world a better place? It will remind you of how precious life is. Hazel and Augustus, the teenage protagonists who are battling terminal cancer, live more life in their short months together than many people live in years. Their diagnoses urge them on instead of holding them back. They appreciate the fragilitiy of life in a way that we all should, but only those touched by illness often do. Together they experience friendship, love, adventure, loss and ultimately death. Listen to this book and think of the people who are precious to you, then call them and tell them you love them. It's the kind of book that inspires you to do that.
ADDED BONUS!! At the end of the audiobook you get to listen to an interview with author John Green. Green talks about the book, the characters and even his thoughts about what happens to characters after a book ends. He also reveals that there is a version of this audiobook where he is the reader, for those of you who love to listen to authors narrate their own work.
To conclude, whether you are a young adult or an adult who is young at heart, you will enjoy listening to this book. It will remind you of how beautiful life can be, even - or especially - in the face of death.
A sad story of two teenagers with cancer who fall for each other. Ultimately, as I read this book I kept thinking “things can’t get any worse”; and then they would. REPEATEDLY. Things were constantly taking a turn for the worst. It was best described as “emotional blackmail”. I cried, a lot, and often every time something got worse.
The book was good; not the best I ever read, but the narration really gave it something extra.
Her performance was AWESOME! That was actually a very enjoyable part of listening.
I wouldn't pay to watch it, but I entertain it if it was on TV to see how they portrayed the characters in the movie.
Kate Rudd did an awesome job with the characters. Overall though it just wasn't my style of story. It's more of a teenage love story for girls. My point was proven when my teenage girl cousin told me all her friends are dieing to watch it in the theater.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
It's been a while since I listened a book that I couldn't "put down." I bought this book on a whim, but was captivated from the very beginning. This is the story about a terminally ill teenager who falls in love with another teenage cancer victim, and just how they cope with what is left of their lives. It is a sweet story, funny, sad, engaging, deep, superficial, heartwarming, heartbreaking. It is very well written. One gets the feeling that these teenagers crammed so much life into their short ones that perhaps we could all take a lesson from them. It is a YA novel but I would hope the young people who choose to read it are mature enough to appreciate and understand it. There is a lot to "handle" in this book.
The narrator, Kate Rudd, is absolutely exceptional. She has a great career ahead of her narrating books if she so chooses. She had me believing her every word.
"Predictable Story. No connection with characters"
I did not enjoy this book at all. After all the rave reviews I had heard and being a big fan of John Greens YouTube videos I was excited to listen. Unfortunately nothing about the story captured me. I guessed from the beginning what would happen based on the name of the book (and lets face it when 80% of the characters has cancer you should expect something sad to happen) but when it did I wasn't sad, I didn't even well up. I failed to connect with the characters at all, I wanted to and lord knows I tried but I just couldn't.
"What on earth is all the fuss about?"
Found something more interesting than some else's demise to write about.
To one tracked and bleating.
Fed up of books being made to sound sensational when they read like something constructed at a bus stop.
"A Mixed Bag Really for YA only"
What I like about this book was how much the author strived to keep a realistic perspective on teenagers living with cancer. Like the powerful and vivid descriptions in sci-fi books that make readers mentally visualise different fictional worlds and characters, this book placed you into the world, hearts and bodies of the characters and at some point, convincingly places the reader in Amsterdam - everything including the disease and medications specified with such intricacy and detail seemed soooo real!!
However, this book may not appeal as much to an adult looking for a good romantic, gripping story, and the author, who's interview is included at the end of the audiobook, clearly states that the YA were his target audience. The book is an amicable read, I don't dispel that.
I read this book because of its awards and commendations, and for the fact that the movie is described as romantic and emotional....I can understand and agree to some extent why the book is a best seller and the movie a box office success, if I try to look at it from an YA's point of view. But alas, I am not a YA; so, my relatively average rating should not not be taken as an affront or negative reflection on the book; my score is one based on my review as an adult - sorry fans!!
"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'
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 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!
"This is not a cancer book"
I don't read cancer books. So I didn't really want to read this one either. Too many people are dying of cancer around us so I'm silently waiting for it already. And I thought reading about it would only feed my hypochondria.
But i read it anyway.
And let me tell you one thing: it's not a cancer book! It's not even a book about cancer. It's a love story about two people who appreciate life. Sounds cliché, i know. But it really isn't.
It has more funny moments than sad ones. And I think that is important, because you don't really have to cry in this book. They're all talking about the crying.
But you probably won't sleep though..
I'm very glad I read it, because it's without a doubt the best book I've read this year.
"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.
Believable characters. More editing! The writing is pretentious
Written a different book
Don't believe the hype this book is dull.
Any version. The read one has its undisputable appeal.
No particular moment, just overall feeling from the book. Sad book with hopes shattered, dreams we know are only dreams and love found and lost. I felt miserable in the course of reading and was happy once I had finshed it. I cannot make up my mind if I run through it so quickly over one weekend because I so much wished it ended soon or just because it was really a good book. Decide yourself.
You cannot enjoy this really, too much of personal misery involved, and, knowing how a misery (albeit much different one) feels, it only revives your own feelings. However the scene just after Anne Frank's house was satisfying. You expect and want and wish for this to come. If I enjoyed something in particular, it was the banter with Isaac. It is exactly the way how one can at least partly shield of the crap in one's life. I would also like to mention that the parents are great. Both couples. As for some reviews - I do not think Augustus changed in any way towards the end of the book. Maybe the reviewer got it a all wrong, maybe I just judge according to my own perception.
I almost did. I liked it. It is marvelously written. I will never listen to it again. I will see the movie. Once and alone.
As above; a very good book. Actually a book that I would put at any "must read" list. Nevertheless it is likely my top five heartbreaking books I ever encountered and I likely ever will. I am not likely to go through this again.
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