Audiobook Review – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenTitle: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Narrator: Kate Rudd
ISBN: 9781455869923
Audiobook Length: 7 hours, 14 minutes
Genre: Young Adult; Fiction
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Release Date: 10 January 2012
Bottom Line: I adore this story and hearing Green’s words come to life made me fall in love with Hazel and Augustus even more.

“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.”

Thoughts: Listening to Kate Rudd’s audiobook performance transforms this amazing story into something transcendent. She provides the perfect voice for Hazel, capturing her emotions, her wit, her penchant for existential observations, and most importantly, her fight for breath. One gets a true idea of just how weak Hazel is through Ms. Rudd’s performance, making it impossible to ignore how precarious her health really is. In turn, this compounds the drama and the emotion of the end tenfold.

The Fault in Our Stars was good the first time. It is even better the second time, and the audiobook version narrated by Kate Rudd makes it that much more sublime. The emotions pouring out of Hazel are raw and real, while the dialogue is charmingly pretentious and yet so utterly normal. Hazel and Augustus make the world’s most adorable couple. Their story is definitely one for the ages.

12 Responses to Audiobook Review – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  1. Carrie K.
    March 29, 2014 | 2:19 PM

    I was thinking about rereading this one before the movie comes out, but maybe I should listen instead.

    • Michelle
      March 30, 2014 | 4:46 PM

      I am so conflicted about the movie. The story is so beautiful; it would be a real travesty if they don’t make the movie perfect. I thought the audio was outstanding, but the print version is just as good.

    • Krys
      May 12, 2014 | 3:34 PM

      I’m with you on this. I might opt for a road-trip of tears rather than something exciting or thrilling 😉

      • Michelle
        May 13, 2014 | 8:24 AM

        I still haven’t decided if I am going to see the movie or not. I have such tremendously high hopes. It might be better to save my money and just continue to view Hazel and Gus through my own mental images.

        • Krys
          May 14, 2014 | 11:02 AM

          Maybe that’s the best, but I don’t fawn over characters after a certain time. It just becomes another movie. I just hate seeing a movie without reading the book first, unless of course I had no interest in reading the book in the first place.

          • Michelle
            May 15, 2014 | 8:07 AM

            I understand completely. I’m the same way when it comes to movies and books.

  2. Juju at Tales of Whimsy...
    March 29, 2014 | 4:06 PM

    I own this one and keep waiting for the right time to read it. I’m SO glad to hear the audio rocks.

    BTW, your tweet about how many books you’ve read blew me away! You’re like a book reading super star.

    • Michelle
      March 30, 2014 | 4:49 PM

      This is one of my favorite books of all time. The story is SO beautiful. You definitely need to squeeze it in sooner rather than later.

      LOL! I’m just a mother who spends all of her free time chauffeuring her kids to various practices. I have no life.

  3. Lisa
    March 29, 2014 | 5:29 PM

    I’ve been wanting to get to this one for a while; I think I’ll have to pick up the audio!

  4. Kailana
    March 31, 2014 | 4:30 PM

    I have a couple audios from Green because of the Audible daily deals. I can’t wait to listen to some of them. I think I have this one. I can’t remember. haha

    • Michelle
      April 1, 2014 | 8:01 AM

      I’ve listened to all but two of Green’s novels now. I love them on audio. I can’t even tell you why other than he finds the best narrators for them.

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