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The Fault in Our Stars | [John Green]

The Fault in Our Stars

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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Why we think it's Essential - 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. Narrator Kate Rudd is most impressive in handling all of the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch alike – and is definitely a rising (no pun intended) star. — Diana D.

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    FanB14 05-24-12
    FanB14 05-24-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would place this one near the top of the YA titles I've sampled.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.

    117 of 129 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-20-12
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-20-12 Member Since 2013

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Don't let the subject stop you"

    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.

    105 of 127 people found this review helpful
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    10ecgrl 12-02-12
    10ecgrl 12-02-12

    JMC

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    "Not just for teens."
    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book because all of us are touched by cancer in some way. And, all of us want to love and be loved.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 05-25-12
    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2010

    "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket

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    "Kate Rudd is my new favorite narrator"

    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!

    59 of 74 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-07-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "A story about LIFE, not death..."

    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.

    46 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 03-23-12
    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 03-23-12

    Me, myself, and I.

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    "Just barely, barely, barely off the mark"

    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.

    59 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-24-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2014

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "BEST. BOOK. EVER."

    Believe all the hype! This book is amazing. It will make you appreciate life and living in the now. Everything I felt about this book has already been said, so instead I will just say don't wait (like I did) and just get this one already. So worth it!

    41 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt W. Swenson Portland, OR 06-17-12
    Kurt W. Swenson Portland, OR 06-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Engaging and thoughtful."

    The philosophies discussed are both subtle and well thought out and explored. You care about the characters; you want to meet them for real. The story is about two teenagers who happen to have cancer. It is a big part of their lives, but they struggle to not have it be the defining parts of their lives. They accept the 'cancer perks' just like they accept the cancer tragedies, but this book does a great job of letting you see the humans beneath the circumstances. We all die, but most of us think we have lots of time to sort out what it all means first. These kids know that they don't, so they think a little harder about it, and they grow from the effort.

    The reader does an excellent job with the idiosyncrasies of the characters. I can't imagine it being read better.

    It seems remarkable to me that a 57 year old man can relate so well to the thoughts of a 16 year old teenage girl, but I guess it shouldn't be so surprising given that the teenage girl's thoughts were well conceived by a man in his 30's.

    In spite of the seriousness and sadness in this book, I came away feeling pretty good and was happy that I had taken the time to listen to it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 03-20-12
    Amazon Customer Utah 03-20-12 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    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.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Laura New York, NY, United States 01-26-12
    Laura New York, NY, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Laura the Listener

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    "Amazing"

    I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters. The narrator captures teenage sarcasm perfectly. The description of this book doesn't do it justice. I picked it up at the recommendation of a couple friends and loved it from the first word. Listen to this book.

    40 of 51 people found this review helpful
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  • Gemma
    6/30/14
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    "Must read!!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I Would defiantly recommend, I really enjoyed the book. It really is worth buying. I will be listening to this again.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    6/18/14
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    "Five star love story"
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    Wow, this audiobook was amazing, I cried in the car from halfway through to the end of the book. A great love story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shirley moaa
    6/16/14
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    "John Green's witty yet heart-breaking"
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    The multi-million number one bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
    "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
    Despite the tumour-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 heart-breaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jill middlemas
    6/13/14
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    "Heart pulling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio as a lot of people go through these situations everyday. We don't all have it easy . Worth a listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the true feeling you got from the emotion from hazel and Augustus and will be going to see the movie to see if they can portray as much empathy on screen


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any others


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes first one I couldn't put it down but my life and hospital appointments got in the way


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen for sure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    It was very easy to listen to. I listened to it in one go without stopping.
    The story is gripping, very real, funny and sad - the perfect combination. Also, I love the perspective and style the book is written in. what a brilliant book! I would definitely recommend it!


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She does the voices and accents very well and it is easy and relaxing to listen to her.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    tragic, true, fighting, sad and love


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it yourself! You will love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankiedoodle
    6/11/14
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    "A lovely surprise"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to like this book, mainly because of all the hype around it and for me, usually when there is a big hype, I tend not to enjoy things as much as people make it out to be. Nevertheless, I bought the book and surprisengly, I did like it.

    The story itself is a little too teenager-ish for me as an adult but still it was good enough that it took me less than a week to listen to all of it.

    I do recommend it but honestly I would recommend Looking for Alaska before this one. The characters are much more intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abigail
    6/5/14
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    "The Fault in Whose Stars?"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved how the entire book is an emotional roller coaster keeping you hooked all the way through it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though certain characters were quite un-imaginable, Green still managed to help support that with many more believable characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't really like the narration pace of the story, only because, I found it a bit slow. When i tried to speed it up it was WAY too fast! For me it only really needed to be a fraction faster.


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

    Yes, I cried and laughed during listening to this book. At the very end (no spoilers) it was devastating. Not only did Green portray this in a very humble way, it made it more upsetting for the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Do be warned, i found, that Augustus' character was some what pretentious. But this barely takes away from the fact of how enjoyable the book is. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    6/5/14
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    "One of the best, saddest, truest stories."
    Any additional comments?

    If you are not ready to end up sat on your bed in tears, this book is not for you. If you want to read a truly inspirational, gripping, beautiful love story, then it is. Kate Rudd reads it almost as perfectly as John Green writes it, and this wonderful story is worth more than just one listen, even with the tears. Okay? Okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "Just re-read it even better second time"

    Both my teenage daughters have now read it and their talking about it made me go back again. This is a masterpiece in the true meaning of the word. The story is tender and deeply moving but totally avoids being soppy or sentimental.
    The writing is fantastic and John has managed to fully convey how the characters would be. And the main characters are wonderful. Kate's reading totally catches it.
    This may be a young adult piece but do not let that put you off. I am a mid 50s male and it worked perfectly for me.
    I will always think differently about people with serious illness and that is a good think

    Thank you for a brilliant book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mo
    County Kerry, Ireland
    5/5/14
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    "An OK read: Doesn't live up to the hype"

    I finished it today. It was OK. Moving in parts. One section of the book (the protagonist's meeting with the author) annoyed me so much that I decided I really couldn't stand the main character, and stopped listening. I returned to it after a month and found the rest of it OK; a little hysterical in the romance stakes perhaps and a little obvious in the sardonic cancer humor, but OK. You see, I was expecting a lot better as I had heard loads about this book and expected it to be moving and amazing and heart-breaking and life-affirming. And it wasn't. Not really. I know it was written for a teenage audience, but often YA fiction transcends the genre and are brilliant reads. Not this one. Perhaps teenagers will/do love it and that's cool. It's just not really for the adults.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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