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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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    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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    Jan 09-24-13
    Jan 09-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Older Young Adult to Adult..."

    Delightful and insightful book, opens the world of teens coping with cancer and the losses, grief, processing, friendships and joy. There is some swearing, some alcohol, sexual innuendos (plus encounter) and the death of a beloved character. Lots of deep thoughts and emotions. My favorite; Hazel (who is dying of cancer and trying to isolate self... to not hurt others) states, "I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?" This isn't a 12 year old YA book, but a wonderful book for older teens and adults.

    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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    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!

    48 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 01-12-12
    Nathan 01-12-12
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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

    Like many of you probably, Audible has become my best friend. I'm a huge fan of paranormal fantasies and mysteries.

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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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    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.

    43 of 59 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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  • Victoria
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    3/15/12
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    "Absolutely beautiful - buy this book!!!"

    This is my first audio book purchase and I spent a long time listening to samples of various books ...SO pleased I chose this one. It is such a moving, poignant, beautiful story, written so delicately and so artfully,and narrated perfectly.

    The audio version of "page turner".I couldn't stop listening to this, and finished it within a weekend. I'm not sure that teenagers would necessarily use all the language that the two teen characters used, but that is an aside. The story is clever, honest, original and entertaining. Really likable characters....when the book ended I felt sorry to be leaving them behind.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    2/27/13
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    "Wonderful Story!"

    This audiobook is one of those audios that stays with you long after you stop listening. John Green adds a dash of brilliance to the genre of young adult fiction and this book is deceptively mature. The audio format was great for it and the characters brought to life by the narrator. I have gone back to it several times, over the past few weeks and it has become one of my favourite finds on audible. More John Green please!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cian
    Essex
    6/20/14
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    "For me nothing great shaking!"

    I found the narrative quite annoying and the dialogue of the two teenagers appears whinging and grating. I appreciate they have Cancer but they are constantly moaning and it comes across (in my opinion) as if they view themselves and their thoughts as superior to everyone else and their analysis as the definitive one. This (despite my wish to empathise with their terminal state) made me care little for them.
    I am around teenagers a lot from differing backgrounds and none of them sound like these two. Their continuous use of metaphors and complicated vocabulary I found hard to see as typical teenage behaviour. To be honest they sounded more like 46 and 47 years old than the 16 and 17 years they were portrayed as. It felt like they had little depth to them and again with their use of language sometimes it seemed like they were just talking philosophically for the sake of it. I found it very hard to get even a little emotionally invested in them as a result.
    It did give an insight to the difficulty of coping with cancer especially in the teenage years and the way in which it makes you reliant on others for almost everything.
    The subplot around the author in Amsterdam I found slightly odd and as it turned out I do not see what it brought to the story apart from filling in time. If as the book suggests Hazel is an extremely intellectual girl I do not see how the fate of a hamster or the mother and tulip man would hold such significance to take over her life in such a way.
    It did move along slowly and to be honest ended abruptly but I was glad when it did. I read it as I wanted to do so before I saw the film. I will not be putting myself through the film now that I have finished this.
    I can see how for some this will appear wonderful fantastic life changing and I respect that but for me Im afraid 'no'

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
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    4/4/14
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    "This is not a cancer book"

    I don't read cancer books. So I didn't really want to read this one either. Too many people are dying of cancer around us so I'm silently waiting for it already. And I thought reading about it would only feed my hypochondria.

    But i read it anyway.

    And let me tell you one thing: it's not a cancer book! It's not even a book about cancer. It's a love story about two people who appreciate life. Sounds cliché, i know. But it really isn't.
    It has more funny moments than sad ones. And I think that is important, because you don't really have to cry in this book. They're all talking about the crying.
    But you probably won't sleep though..

    I'm very glad I read it, because it's without a doubt the best book I've read this year.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    3/5/13
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    "Has to be read!"

    A great read if not hard due to the content of the story. A book you won't ever forget. Nicely told considering the nature of the story. And no happy endings really. It would do us all good to read this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian Mackay
    2/6/16
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    "Wonderful, heartfelt book"

    I watched the movie before reading the book but this doesn't take away from the book in any way. Fantastically written and read. I would definitely recommend this, be prepared for a few tears along the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronika
    1/27/16
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    "A truly life changing book"

    It puts it all into perspective. And the best thing about it: I never read such a sad story that made me giggle and lough so much. Ultimately, it's more about life than death. And it made me truly more comfortable with death.
    On the practical note, it took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator's heavy American accent but learned to like her eventually. She impersonated the characters really well and did the Dutch accents beautifully. And hey, it is a book from an American teenagers point of view after all.
    Read it! And THEN watch the movie. Because it's the best movie ever, and true to this masterpiece of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/26/16
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    "Great First Choice"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first audiobook I have ever listened to and I am very happy with my first choice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that there were funny parts to the story, especially the beginning with the staring contest as I prefer books with some humor to them and not just sad, emotional parts.


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

    Kate Rudd used her voice to add perspectives of the characters that I would not usually hear when reading a book.


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

    I was close to tears a few times but managed to hold them back. I couldn't help but laugh at some parts of the book though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    1/24/16
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    "Great"

    Laughter, tears and a seriously good book! Now on to the film! Defiantly a book I would read again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren
    1/21/16
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    "Didn't cry? Then you're a monster..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I've started listening to audiobooks so that I can knit at the same time, on my commute to and from work. Having said this, not all audiobooks are voiced in a way that adds to the story, but this one does.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject matter is one usually touched upon gently, or not at all. But this shoves the hard and cold truth about cancer, and fills you with untold emotion.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

    The two main characters, obviously.


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

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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