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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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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    Jessica 03-23-13
    Jessica 03-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"

    This book was so good it made my stomach hurt. The synopsis of the book says it all. Rudd did an excellent job. I'm not going to say anything else because I'll muck it up.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt W. Swenson 06-17-12
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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 8 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 24 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes 01-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Natalia

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    "Okay i cannot stress how GRAND this book is!"

    I absolutely loved this story. I am not the kind of person who cries at movies or goes awww during romantic moments, but this book is different. I laughed out loud at parts and i did cry a bit... only a few tears, but for me that is huge!

    John Green outdid himself with this unbelievably touching story. The characters are amazing individuals who you like immediately. You enter a world where the character's problems are on such a different level that it feels almost foreign and you can lose yourself in it.

    I don't want to drone on over every detail because that will ruin its twists and turns for all who read this review so i will keep it brief.

    This story reminds us to be present in life and appreciate the things we take for granted. Please read this book, you will absolutely fall in love with it. You will feel for these characters and perhaps see life from a new perspective. Thanks to this story my life, "is a roller coaster that only goes up...." my friends.

    Narrator: Did a great job with both male and female voices. The accents sounded authentic. A perfect choice for this book.

    31 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Mommy Booknerd (Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews) #MMBBR Appleton, WI 02-21-16 Member Since 2014

    Lover of life!

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    "my heart may never heal"
    Any additional comments?

    How can I still be so heartbroken??? I listened to the book and it broke me in two. I watched the movie and it broke me all over again. Brilliant, but so emotional!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    7radiant13 USA 11-07-15
    7radiant13 USA 11-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart rending, but beautiful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a beautiful story. It doesn't end like you'd think it will. It's heart wrenching and beautiful all at the same time.


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

    Some of the epic quotes.


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

    No. This was the first one.


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

    I ugly cried. I'd seen the film when it was first out, not realizing what the story was about. It was a bad move then, as I'd just lost my grandmother to cancer. I'd heard the book was great too so more than a year later, I finally listened to it. Even though I KNEW what was going to happen, I sobbed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reese 06-28-15
    Reese 06-28-15
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    "Extraordinary"

    As a pediatrician, I have watched this story play out too many times. I too often have held back soul felt tears. Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac gave my past,present and future grief voice. The hearing of this story was cathartic and restorative. Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Billa Phila.,PA 06-01-15
    Karen Billa Phila.,PA 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "sad story but a good read"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The book was entertaining from the start, while it had many sad parts i would recommend this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Augustus because he did not allow his illness stop him.


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

    She brought life to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-18-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "I LOVED IT!!! COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    WONDERFUL, TOUCHING, BEAUTIFUL


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a tie between Hazel, and Augustus....


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

    No,but she is really good and I will...I have already looked her up!!!


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

    This whole book will move you, and if it doesn't you are completely heartless!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this movie, so I bought the book when it was on sale...I waited till now to listen to it...and I should have listened sooner...it was so good...well written and narrated....The story is so real, even if it is tragic...and after listening to the book I appreciate this movie even more , because the movie represented it well...I cried a lot listening to this, and my lip quivered on and off the whole time...lol I give this story 2 thumbs up and a highly recommend....and this is one I will listen to again....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-29-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-29-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Well written and throughful"

    Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant “The Fault in our Stars” is a great book on love and loss that I think everyone should read. Well written with wonderful characters that make you think and feel along with what they’re going through (which is what a book is supposed to make you do). Yes Hazel and Gus are probably idealized versions of teenagers, but it’s nice to have a young adult character that can make mistakes of their age and add to their character, but at the same time not be winey all the time. I really enjoyed this book!

    Kate Rudd does an amazing job with this book, her timing, delivery and voices just add to the enjoyment and really bring the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • togumuc
    8/25/16
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    "Struggled to finish"

    Probably a good story for a movie, but not enough for a book. I never really managed to get into the story, I was wandering when it would kick-in... But it never came...
    Also did not like the reader. Too many fake accents and impressions which did not fit.

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  • Moira Hough
    8/22/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Excellent story truly brought to life by the brilliance of the narration. Cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Gets you on all levels.

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  • missmandii
    8/17/16
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    "Loved it!"

    What an amazing book! I loved every chapter and character, a definite must read,awesome! 😊😊

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  • ColonelJames
    8/11/16
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    "Shameless tear-bait for teenage girls"
    Would you try another book written by John Green or narrated by Kate Rudd?

    Quite possibly. This one came up as a pick for my book club. It is only 7 hours of listening so I got through it without bother.


    What could John Green have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Surprised me, I suppose.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

    Sure. She wasn't so bad.


    What character would you cut from The Fault in Our Stars?

    It almost wouldn't matter. The characters are so thin - [insert physically 'hot' and vocally irreverent teenage boy] [insert vulnerable, alienated, and vocally irreverent teenage girl] [insert square parent] [insert eccentric friend for the girl]...etc. Cut anyone. You still have a bunch of stock teen drama characters playing out their story with no creative risks taken whatsoever.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that I am complaining. It is generic, cynically composed, teenage tear-bait by committee. That's fine, it doesn't pretend to be anything else and it is short. I tried a Will Self recently - just as cynically composed but so flabby; such indiscriminate waste of its readers' time. Green is an honest hack at least. Hit the familiar notes. Give the audience what they came for. Don't outstay your welcome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tracy jones
    8/11/16
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    "Ok but meh!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to the book whilst travelling to and from work was ok; it lacked a little something or maybe I was just too old for the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I found the book to be quite young in its wording, maybe that's the target audience, but it didn't resonate with me. Less "teen" writing would have enhanced the story for me, but that's just my view others may prefer it's simplicity.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that the book dealt with a delicate subject openly, but again I found it a little naive


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Possibly,


    Any additional comments?

    The book tells a good tale, it's not a bad book, however for me it was just a little to simplistic, there wasn't anything wrong with the story or pace just a little simple for my tastes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karon
    7/25/16
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    "It had me in tears"

    I know The Fault in Our Stars was intended for young adults but, as a 'mature' listener, I really loved this book. On a number of occasions it made me quite tearful as I recognised the authenticity of the sentiments expressed. It is beautifully crafted and well written - a fantastically constructed, though relatively simplistic story, which describes the action so realistically as the story unfolds. I hadn't expected the twist in the story either.
    I also loved the narration -brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/23/16
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    "A fantastic read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no because I like to listen and sometimes I just like reading in to myself.


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

    The book its self was just fantastic I would give it another read.


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

    Augustus Waters the way she read the line for his character just made love him more.


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

    Everthing in the book just moved me so much it can make you cry and laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Lightbody
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    7/15/16
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    "Well read"

    Hazel Grace great catch phrase 😎 very real story not just for youngsters download this book... 😎

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • charlotte green
    5/30/16
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    "Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Very good performance. Plot pretty simple -easy listening


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

    I thought the narration was very good


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

    Not really. ME before you was a much better listen for this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Dixon
    5/23/16
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    "Great Book!"

    Great book, great performance, bought back a lot of memories. Well done John Green and Kate Rudd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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