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.
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"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 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.
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.
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Although I went in prepared for sad, I wasn't prepared enough. At times I felt like John Green was pulling my heart out and stomping around on it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall, I felt it was a life-affirming and beautiful story despite its focus on (and very realistic treatment of) illness and death. Definitely the best Young Adult novel I've read in a long time, and Kate Rudd's narration was great.
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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.
The author, John Green, confesses to us in the beginning that "this book is a work of fiction" and that he simply made it up.
Trust me, Mr. Green. At no point did I believe this book was based on any sort of reality. Not when you have 16 and 17 year old children saying things like, "The symbolic resonances are endless."
Or "That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."
Or "...having the Whitmanesque revelation that the definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation or whatever."
I'm sorry. But no teenager, terminal or healthy, talks like that. No one my age (early forties) talks like that. In fact, the last time I've heard dialogue like this was on Downton Abbey. Or really bad high school plays.
Alas, despite myself, I did enjoy the story. It was certainly original. And for all of its bad dialogue, there were some terrific characters and truly poignant moments.
Kate Rudd did a decent job narrating. But I'm not sure if she sounded affected, or if the writing just made her sound that way. There was a little too much crying on her part, but I suppose that's the nature of the story.
Be warned, commuters: not the most uplifting book after long, vicious days at the office.
Tangential, 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.
"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!
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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.
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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.
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.
"Moving YA romance which moved me to tears"
A beautifully crafted story which held me from the beginning and - for the first time since I was 12 (some decades ago!) made lumps in my throat and literally had me in tears. Beautifully written, it took me a long while to realise it's aimed at late Teens; in fact all of us should read it and understand just how lucky most of us truly are. A privilege to 'read', and beautifully read.
Moving, real, genuine
When the two main caracters come up with saying "always" in the word "ok"
Her closeness and humour living the caracters
A memorable book that i will carry with me
Hearing the dialogue spoken aloud was much better than reading it - when I returned to this story in book form, I found the language clunky and unbelievable.
The book's incredibly touching, there were moments while listening that I had to stop whatever else I was doing.
"Worth a read"
This book was recommended to me by a friend & I enjoyed reading it.
The story was true to life and not all 'puppies & kittens' about a serious topic.
I thought the narrator was ideal and believable as the main character.
The theme all through the book was that Hazel Grace was annoyed that the author of her favourite book of all time had left the reader hanging, not knowing what happened to the other characters in the story - I felt that's exactly what John Green did too. Whether or not it was intentional I don't know, but I did feel slightly peeved at the end. That aside I really enjoyed the book.
"Not just for teenagers"
I was told by a friend I should read that book and she is someone who works as a psychotherapist with patients who suffer from cancer so I knew this would not be an easy read and there where some parts I had tears in my eyes.... But I really liked the characters and the part about the author was surely far fetched but I think this was more a symbolic way of supporting the story
Incredibly emotional and engrossing right from the very first chapter and all the way through to the last!
"Heartwrenching without sentimentality"
Perfect narration. Crisp and to the point writing. Terrific characters I could believe in...John Green never disappoints. Not in the least sentimental, which makes it all the more moving. I don't want to give away anything about the plot, just listen ...
"Very emotional - not to be read by teens only"
I bought this book on basis of recommendations, but was not aware it was "Young Adult" material. Good I didn't, as I would have probably passed it and missed some of very nice, but also sad moments in following emotions of terminally ill and about-to-die 16-year girl Hazel.
Book is written and narrated in first person, making it even more powerful. Hazel is still discovering many parts of life, from love, to sexuality, existantialism and life philosophy. Some questions are asked which kids her age do not need to ask themself. It is a book about children with cancer, but without much clichees I was afraid of when I started reading it.
Performance is excellent. One of the best I heard in last year...
Very recommended, even if you are not in its target group, i.e. I am 38-year old male ;)
"Approach with tissues!"
I have never read anything by John Green before but he did a beautiful job in writing this book. This is a very insightful book in to the world of youngsters with cancer and makes you feel eternally grateful for your good health. It is beautifully written, I couldn’t put it down and I was completely drawn in to the point that I could have actually been there. It will make you laugh, cry, wanna fall in love and go out and live life to the full.
When Augustus makes THE kindest and most selfless sacrifice to make Hazel's dream come true – don’t wanna give too much away.
Kate did a superb job at portraying Hazels world and bringing the other characters to life.
The whole book!
"Typical John Green Awesomeness"
A really heart warming story that had me in tears even though I'd already read the book. I didn't really like the readers voice.
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