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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

    129 of 144 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 04-25-13
    AudioAddict 04-25-13

    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!

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    "Wonderful Poignant Story"

    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.

    5 of 5 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.

    116 of 142 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-29-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Gutwrenchingly Real Stuff Here"

    This book may be written for teens, but it's an excellent book for all who want to "get real" with what goes on inside the minds and hearts of those who suffer, those who are "different", and those who battle demons bigger than what party dress to wear. The bare honesty that John Green depicted in his novel is refreshing. We all remember our first loves. We all remember how self conscious we were about our own bodies . . . what most of us will never have to deal with is getting into bed and worrying about making love for the first time without a leg or with a canister of oxygen attached to our body. This book will stay with me for a long time . . . things like teenagers having to worry about if their parents will stay married after they die of their cancer . . . and having the courage to come out and ASK them . . . This book is about cancer, but it's really about living, not dying.

    3 of 3 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.

    66 of 84 people found this review helpful
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    Diana - Audible NJ, United States 05-25-12
    Diana - Audible 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!

    64 of 82 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.

    51 of 66 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 2015

    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!

    47 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-30-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Bright, Funny, Inspiring, Poignant & Powerful"

    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.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 03-29-13
    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes!"

    John Green did an amazing job. Hazel is such a fun character, and yet so tortured. It is clever. Augustus is clever. This is a definite read/listen. I am doing my best to pass this book around my circle. Everybody who I've turned on to it LOVED IT...adults and teens. There are parts of the story that get a bit predictable, but you still hope against hope that they don't happen. And it tears you apart when it does. The most enjoyable book of this ilk since I read "If I Stay" (another definite-must!)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Genevieve
    7/24/14
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    "Beautiful Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, but its so different. It starts with the acceptance that she is unwell rather than having to suffer with the character as she learns her terminal fate. Such a fresh approach and written so well, and interesting its written by a male author of a teenage girls perspective


    What aspect of Kate Rudd’s performance might you have changed?

    I think if anything, there was not too much differentiation between the characters, so when the parts of the book hit heavy dialogue, it can be difficult to differentiate the characters without giving that small section another listen.


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

    I did have an emotional reaction. My uncle passed after the book, and to read a book with described the thoughts of wanting to be at peace helped me accept the reality that I had been facing. This book wasnt written to make the audience sad, but understand that there are billions of versions of lives, and this just happens to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    7/10/14
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    "A good story, but a genre much covered"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, honest, predictable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the honest tone and story telling. The least interesting aspect was the predictability. It is a genre much covered in literature, and as good a read as this was, I felt like I knew what was going to happen before I heard it.


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

    20th Century Fox beat me to it...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    7/9/14
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    "i will make you cry"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    yes, because it had all the range of emotions that you want in a book and although it was sad at times it also made me so happy and smile.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel, i found the wittiness and sarcasm of appealing and she is very funny and i can't help but adore her.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    she brings the book to life, its like a film but you can use your imagination


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

    yes it was all in one sitting, and i was so intriguing, i'm proud to say i listen to the book in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    7/7/14
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    "BREATH TAKING STORY!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    of corse i would read the fault in our stars again! Ive already read it 6 times. Litterally. I only saw the movie aswell... And its weird not all movies are the same as the books... But this one is!! And to be honest, id read it again because i can realate to the book so much..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    For me, the most memorable moment has to be... When she went to her first group session!


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Oh my god... Where do i start! She was amazing! It sounded so real. I dont know how to explain it! But she was fanomanol.


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

    Yes! It is a book i wanted to listen to all in one sitting!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H.Bernard
    7/7/14
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    "Moving and humerous"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Yes, a great way to portray a difficult subject. Made my laugh and be sad at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    7/7/14
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    "A Truly moving tale of love and life."
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I definitely would! This is because it's an extremely moving story. It's one of those books that takes you days to get over. It's got a beautiful story line of love and life. I watched the film at the cinema and the amount of people crying. John Green is an amazing author with such creative and thought out ideas. My favourite book that will change your way of thinking. I would definitely recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Augustus. This is because he treated Hazel so kindly and cared about her so much even though she'd gone through so much. She had chemotherapy meaning she did not have much hair, she had tubes from her nose and her parents weren't very rich considering they revolved there life on treatment but yet he didn't look at the outside of her but could see what was inside of her. He helped her out and revolved his life around her. He seemed like a genuine person.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings to life the book and emphasises the way she speaks.


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

    It made me cry... A lot. I kept crying after. Brought to mind how much people go through and Not to judge people by sight. I never thought of how much people go through. It's even made me hate Cancer more and a better person for it.


    Any additional comments?

    I Just love it. So sad:(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jedberg
    WATERLOOVILLE, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Very emotional"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I read it as a beautiful look at the (often warped) priorities and emotions of a young girl who was like any girl of that age, in spite - or in some cases because - of what else she's going through. In the beginning I was almost put off by the 'teenage crap' but don't let that fool you; look beneath it for a sensitive and compelling story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pádraic
    Dublin, Ireland
    7/7/14
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    "A powerful, engaging, well-read story"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only just begun with audiobooks, though not the first I've bought. I finished this quickly. I just kept going back for more. It quickly became one of my favourite stories.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to, and why?

    I'm not sure what I could really compare it to book wise. Film wise it reminds me of Garden State.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent narration. Accents used for different characters were subtle but pleasant and consistent throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    7/7/14
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    "Wonderful book"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favourite audiobooks. I love a wide variety of books and found that this ticked all of the boxes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Augustus, but Hazel was the star of the show. So well written showing her attitude to cancer but her desire for life. When she describes herself as a grenade it moved me to tears.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I thought it was well acted and as an audiobook you are more guided in how you perceive the characters and she does this well.


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

    It made me do both, frequently!
    Touching, funny, desperately moving and just beautifully written.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read/listen. I defy you to not be affected by this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Rodgers
    7/7/14
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    "A Fantastic Coming of Age Bool"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I think on balance that I would listen to TFIOS again. The plot is wonderfully developed throughout the book. It has enough drama to keep it interesting without detracting from the gravity of the lead characters situation.

    It's marketed as a book for teenagers but I strongly feel that this book can be enjoyed by anyone. It's brutally honest yet overwhelmingly uplifting.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd was an absolute pleasure to listen to. Her voice for each character was consistent. I feel that she managed to convey both the text and style of the book in a manor that is true to the author.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The plot is full of twists. I think the part that most affected me was when the lead character lost hope. The desperation she felt was in my opinion the most moving time of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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