The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Audiobook Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Published in audio by Brilliance Audio; published in print by Dutton Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin

Synopsis:

Hazel Grace Lancaster isn’t a huge fan of her cancer support group. It is the same thing over and over, other than the fact that the list of the dead grows ever longer. When smart and cancer survivor cynical Augustus Waters joins the group to support a friend, though, Hazel finally has a reason to go, and a reason to connect to the people around her. As a cancer kid who has been out of school for years, Hazel is no longer particularly close to her peers, but Augustus understands her in a way that others cannot. And, perhaps most importantly, he understands her love of Peter Van Houten’s book, An Imperial Affliction. In fact, Augustus is even willing to use his wish for a trip to Holland so that he and Hazel can meet Van Houten and attempt to gain closure on his story.

Thoughts on the story:

Many people have felt emotionally manipulated by The Fault in Our Stars, but I don’t think it is particularly manipulative. The main characters are, after all, a boy who is in remission with bone cancer and a girl with terminal thyroid cancer. There is inherently some measure of manipulation in such a story, unless the author goes the direction of being completely unrealistic. Once you sign on to read a book where nearly everyone is incredibly sick, you must expect some incredibly sad moments. John Green definitely brought the sad and emotional moments in The Fault in Our Stars. One of the most emotionally affecting moments is Hazel’s determination that she will not be a grenade in the lives of people she loves, hence her attempt to distance herself from those around her.

Thoughts on the audio production:

Kate Rudd is a wonderful match for The Fault in Our Stars. She perfectly captures both Hazel’s fear and her sarcasm. It is amazing how she and Green’s words can cause a listener to actually laugh out loud about the plight of being a teenager with cancer, but she does and it is incredibly effective. It is important to be careful to when and where you are listening to this, though, because the audiobook is, at times, tear-inducing.

Overall:

Yes, this is a very emotional book, and as such won’t be for everyone. I can certainly understand that some people have felt manipulated, but I found The Fault in Our Stars to be a tragically lovely book, one that is certain to work well in either print or audio.

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16 comments to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Audiobook Review

  • I like what you say about it being about cancer and how realistically there will be sad bits.

    Also, I totally agree about Kate Rudd being a great narrator for TFioS. I think she did a fabulous job portraying Hazel and she just nails the emotion with her voice.

  • This sounds like a great read. And I agree, I don’t know how you can write a book about people-particularly young people-with cancer and not have it be somewhat heart-breaking. Unless you’re totally unrealistic. That being said I don’t know that I can read this one right now. Too many similar sad events (no children involved) to read it now but I’m putting it on my list.

  • Pam

    I like that you broached this issue. I’ve always been hesitant to read Green because I do think he grabs the reader and demands emotional depth. I, however, do not know whether he does that by pulling at your heartstrings like a LMN movie. I’m still unsure about reading, but your review made me feel better about considering it.

  • finally catching up on books read last month. here are 2 audiobooks: Cleopatra’s Daughter, and And Then There Were None, 2 great audiobooks

  • I’m actually listening to this one right now and I agree that Kate Rudd is a phenomenal narrator. She really does this book justice. At the same time, I also read the book as well and despite Kate’s stellar performance, I feel like this book is just so special that it needs to be read. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this book as much had I JUST listened to the audio. Reading it made it a much more special experience – and I am someone who LOVES listening to audiobooks so that is hard for me to say.

  • I really loved this book and found it a very emotional read. I like that you pointed out that “Once you sign on to read a book where nearly everyone is incredibly sick, you must expect some incredibly sad moments”. I think this is a really great point and one people should consider before picking up the book.

  • I read and both listened to TFiOS and I was suprised by just how much Kate Rudd’s narration matched the voices in my head.

    I did however make the mistake of listening to it on the bus to work…

  • MJ

    I usually like sad books, but this one seems a bit too much for me.

  • Bob

    I’ve heard so much about this. Not my typical type of book. Really not sure if I can handle anything about Cancer right now, but I’m thinking about giving this a listen somewhere down the road.

    I recently listened to a Kate Rudd narration and really think she did a really good job with a technically difficult audiobook (it was a scifi audiobook spanning thousands of years with multiple cultures), and I’d like to here what she does with something more intimate.

    Forgot to add my audios for the week before heading to work Friday, so I’m sneaking them in now.

  • I didn’t feel emotionally manipulated. I read about one book on cancer a year because it is a subject that I am not crazy about in books (not entirely sure why), and I thought that Green captured things really well. The story seemed rather plausible to me.

  • I really want to try this one out!

  • Tough this sounds like a wonderful book and narration, I think I have to stay away from tear-jerkers. It’s too easy for me to overindulge and stay in a funk for days afterwards!

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