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Stephanie Smith

Chiswick, Australia
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Irving at his best!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Any additional comments?

John Irving has returned to his earlier form with his favourite themes. Reminiscent of Garp and Hotel New Hampshire there are complex characters, wrestling, sexual ambiguity and wretched mothers. If you like Irving's earlier work and aren't concerned about profanity you'll love it.

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Funny and Moving

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-12

What does Kristen Johnston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to Kristen tell her story made it very personal and real. This is her story, all the pain, the highs and especially the lows are told to entertain, she acts it out flawlessly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is laugh out loud funny. Kristen tells it warts and all and makes awful situations hysterical.

Tragic yet uplifting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

To make the audio better than the print version it would need a younger narrater. The author's comments at the end really added to the experience.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and cry. The story is a roller coaster. You want a happy ending though you know it won't come.

Any additional comments?

The characters were memorable and stay with you. The book dealt with cancer in the young in a way that was original and important. It showed that people are just people, we all have faults, and illness can bring out the best and worst in people.