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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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    JB Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-26-14
    JB Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-26-14
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    "Original story. Atrocious dialogue."

    The author, John Green, confesses to us in the beginning that "this book is a work of fiction" and that he simply made it up.

    Trust me, Mr. Green. At no point did I believe this book was based on any sort of reality. Not when you have 16 and 17 year old children saying things like, "The symbolic resonances are endless."

    Or "That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."

    Or "...having the Whitmanesque revelation that the definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation or whatever."

    I'm sorry. But no teenager, terminal or healthy, talks like that. No one my age (early forties) talks like that. In fact, the last time I've heard dialogue like this was on Downton Abbey. Or really bad high school plays.

    Alas, despite myself, I did enjoy the story. It was certainly original. And for all of its bad dialogue, there were some terrific characters and truly poignant moments.

    Kate Rudd did a decent job narrating. But I'm not sure if she sounded affected, or if the writing just made her sound that way. There was a little too much crying on her part, but I suppose that's the nature of the story.

    Be warned, commuters: not the most uplifting book after long, vicious days at the office.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 02-21-14
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 02-21-14

    I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.

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    "A Teenage Girl's Blog. Good I guess?"

    I couldn't get beyond the first hour or two. The book came highly recommended, but the story was so far into the head of a teenage girl that it was just uninteresting to me. If I was a teenage girl? Or a woman who experienced a lot of these things? I'd probably love it. And I tried bearing that in mind as I listened, "hey try to see things from someone else's perspective" but in the end, there was just so much mundane girly high school setup that it lost me.

    Due to the extremely great reviews out there on the book, (and the upcoming movie) I'm positive this is a personal thing and hardly a reflection on the writing, the story, and the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Lenhardt texas 01-14-14
    M. Lenhardt texas 01-14-14 Member Since 2015

    great reader

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    "Abandoned"
    What would have made The Fault in Our Stars better?

    My complaint is with the "voice" and it is two-fold. First, the dialogue would sound more realistic from 40 year old characters than teenagers. The narrator nails obnoxious pretentiousness.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Green? Why or why not?

    I am going to try to read the book in the hope I can scrub the narrator's voice from my mind. Maybe August and Hazel won't sound so annoying in my own mind.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less self-important condescension from August. Less whinyness from Hazel.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never disliked a narration as much as this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-20-12
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-20-12 Member Since 2015

    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 26 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 01-24-12
    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautiful! Highly recommended."

    Although this book is in the young adult genre (my 13 year old was excited to see I was listening to this) I really liked this book. It tells the story of adolescent cancer patients and their lives, loves, and hopes in the face of terminal illness.

    The prose and story line are engaging from the start. I wished it was longer!

    The narrator did a great job with the vocal inflections of teenagers as well as the other characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 01-12-12
    Nathan 01-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"
    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I couldn't imagine the story being told any other way. Easily one of the best readings I've heard on audible.


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

    Yes. But I didn't and I'm glad i didn't. Not that the book didn't call for it. It actually screamed for it to be honest. The performance begged for it as well. She was brilliant. My drive was over and felt that a break would be best.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret this purchase. Like all good stories I don't want to ruin one detail for you. But I believe you will want to buy the ebook as well. To many things to highlight, to reread, to contemplate. I'm not saying skip the audio book. This one is to well done to decide between the two. I would really like it if Audible started to offer a bundle of the two.. Even if it cost extra.

    23 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 01-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Pure Awesomeness!"

    Nothing I say or don't say can make you understand how wonderful this book truly is, but believe me when I tell you that you are making the right choice by buying it. I mean seriously, this story could have been boring and depressing, instead, I find it fun, interesting, touching and insightful. I simply did not want it to end!

    I've rarely read a book that is filled with such raw honesty, so when I come across one, I appreciate it. I was perfectly able to connect with the characters. I couldn't detect a single trace of fakeness in them. The Fault in Our Stars isn't just some random book you read and forget, as I'm sure in my case, it will stick in my head for a very long time.

    33 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    k.khaos Bardstown, Kentucky, United States 01-21-13
    k.khaos Bardstown, Kentucky, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Unabashedly asking for more.

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    "Gawwwww, the feels!"

    This book is gut-wrenching hilarious. I pride myself on being a stoic-narcissistic-not-going-to-make-me-cry type of person and this book just undercut my very existence. I cried. I sat on my couch and I cried. I cried silently as to not wake anyone and have to deal with that awkward "what are you crying about" conversation- but nonetheless, I cried. And I hated John Green for it... I mean here is a story where you already know the subject matter, you already know that there isn't going to a (spoiler alert!) happily ever after. Yet, you dream of that happily ever after... And halfway through the book you start to reason with John Green. Like, I know they can't live forever and everything, but maybe...just maybe... you'll give them a good few years and I can close the book and be blissful about that.

    But (spoiler alert!) that doesn't happen... And afterwards as you sit on your couch and cry and curse John Green, you're going to realize that this book is great. Not just great "I'm going to facebook about this book"- but great in a way that makes you want to listen again.


    Simply put, stop reading and buy the book already...

    17 of 23 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 55 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 02-17-12
    Pamela J United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2014

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "...heartachingly real..."

    As I get farther away from being a young adult, I find myself drawn more towards that time in my life to understand how I feel now. And John Green is my favorite author to stir up the emotions and perspectives that time in our lives holds. These characters brought joy and pain into my life as a person who has watched a loved one die from cancer, as a parent trying to shield their kids from pain, and as a flawed adult worried about the legacy I'll leave behind. Mr. Green does this without taking shortcuts or using the mystical or seeking easy answers. As reported by others, I could listen to Kate Rudd read a phone book and be happy. Fortunately this is quite far from that and only serves to make the best book I've heard in a long time even better. I think I owe Audible an extra "credit" for this one.

    42 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    "Epic book, epic love story"

    I loved this book and loved how engrossed I became in the story. Amazingly beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiki
    5/4/15
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    "Hilarious and painful in equal measure"

    I listened to this in about four sittings, but having finished it, I'm left wishing I'd taken my time. The dialogue had me laughing out loud at some moments, filling up with tears at others. John Green and Kate Rudd are an excellent team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nanasheila
    5/4/15
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    "Not as I expected"
    What would have made The Fault in Our Stars better?

    Narrated by someone else with more feeling in their voice and less droning.


    Has The Fault in Our Stars put you off other books in this genre?

    No not really but I would definitely listen to the clip before buying another.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

    anyone with a more sympathetic and varied toned voice would have been easier to listen too, perhaps an American voice on par with June Barrie.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fault in Our Stars?

    None as they all seemed to flow with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am just very disappointed as This book was suggested as a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. H. Barnes
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    3/24/15
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    "Great read - better than expected!"

    Thought this would be only enjoyable for teenage girls but have to say I really enjoyed it (as a man in my thirties). Thoroughly recommend this version in particular as performance from
    Narrator is great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • suey72
    Plymouth
    3/23/15
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    "Love it!"

    Having known and lost people to cancer, this book has given me an insight into what it's like to be the person with cancer, appose to being an outsider looking in. It's hard to pick my favourite bit, but I guess the part where Anna gets told she going to Amsterdam. I didn't want this book to end. incredible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashleigh Marlow
    3/11/15
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    "makes me realise how presious life is"

    made me count my blessings and realise that you are only here for a while

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Nixon
    Wandsworth,London
    2/26/15
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    "Beautifully written"

    Wow! What a beautifully written story that brought tears to my eyes in places. I became hooked and could not wait to listen what happened next. What courageous characters! I wanted to read this before I watch the film. A truly wonderful read that puts life into perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/26/15
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    "love at its best."

    lovely book, I felt everything Hazel talked about, I could imagine her love for Gus. It brought tears to my eyes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rukshana Quddus
    2/20/15
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    "Emo"

    AMAZING!!! Such a beautiful story. Wish I was young again, so I could have my own Augustus Waters brains/funny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roseiix
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    2/16/15
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    "You laugh and cry in the same breath"

    A touching story of young love, of hope and little eternity's . A story that makes you laugh and cry in the same breath.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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