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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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    Chuck Simmons Michigan 08-21-14
    Chuck Simmons Michigan 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very moving"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The characters felt real, the emotions felt powerful. I found myself crying at several points. Full disclosure: this is my first audiobook ever, and the first YA novel I've read since high school.


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

    "Love Story" (1970), by Erich Segal, or the 2001 movie "Sweet November", with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. They are also wonderful books about love and illness and loss.


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

    Hearing it told in a young female voice brought a new level of realism to the story. It was as if the narrator WAS the character. Her tonal changes when reading dialogue from other characters was strong enough to clarify who was speaking, but gentle enough to avoid distraction. Very well-read.


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

    SPOILER ALERT!!!! DON"T READ THIS PART IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!!!!
    Yes, the last hospital scene near the end had me crying, as did the reading of Gus's letter at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I would like listening to audiobooks, but this has changed my mind. I might very well be hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 08-11-14
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 08-11-14 Member Since 2012

    romans55

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    "Sweet & Touching"

    I listened to this long before all the hype from the movie (which I haven't seen), This is a wonderful story that is both sad and triumphant. While portions of the story definitely smack of the YA genre that Green is known for, it can appeal to all readers in my opinion. Young people dealing with real life, grown up problems, even facing death, may seem like a downer but the story is sprinkled with so much more than that. Another winner from John Green as he tackled heavy subject matter and had me crazy about these kids to the last page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bashar 07-08-14
    bashar 07-08-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a new kid trying to explore the world in faster, easier , and maybe safer way through reading books .

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    "i haven't finish the book yet but ..."
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    i only have a small comment although i haven't finished the book yet but from the beginning of this book ,form the first chapter as soon as i heard about her daily routine and her sickness and her community , the people she is meeting with i felt something strange , i felt that how much I'm thankful for my health and my life , it totally showed me a new prospective of life that i had never imagined . this book is so stisfying and i highly recommend it for any age , category or mood it's a must have book .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-05-14
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Excellent for whole family; sad but uplifting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I thought the narration was excellent and as such I recommended for everyone to listen to it on audio.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audio several months ago for my sons (ages 12 and 15). I was surprised how much I liked it too, though I found it much sadder than they did. We enjoyed the literary allusions and humor throughout. I haven't seen the movie, but they both thought the audiobook was superior.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 07-03-14
    Debbie 07-03-14
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    "Smart, Witty, Intelligent writing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Great writing, Great narration.


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

    Visiting Amsterdam and Anne Frank's attic.


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

    Augustus Waters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A book about living not dying


    Any additional comments?

    I want to rate this book higher than a 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 06-29-14
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 06-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Read the book instead of going to the movie - good"

    I saw this on Audible after considering going to the movie version. Since it didn't appeal to my husband I decided to just listen to the book. It wasn't as much of a tear jerker as I thought it would be. Instead, it was just an enjoyable listen. I grew to like both of the main characters and enjoyed the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LosBaz 06-03-14
    LosBaz 06-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Teenage love story, not my kind of book"
    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was AWESOME! That was actually a very enjoyable part of listening.


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

    I wouldn't pay to watch it, but I entertain it if it was on TV to see how they portrayed the characters in the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Rudd did an awesome job with the characters. Overall though it just wasn't my style of story. It's more of a teenage love story for girls. My point was proven when my teenage girl cousin told me all her friends are dieing to watch it in the theater.

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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is an intensely intimate book."
    Any additional comments?

    John Green did a superb job at keeping you present in Hazel's emotions throughout the story. He demonstrates mastery at bringing the reading to an emotional climax and then forcing you to confront it through the narrative rather than allowing you to release. I have no idea how many times i nearly cried reading this book, but at each moment the narrative pulls you forward. Confronts the fear, sorrow, frustration and anger. This is my third attempt at writing a review for The Fault in Our Stars but each kept turning to my personal experiences with friends and family and cancer. In the end it touches all of us (in fact we are all cancering to some degree all the time), but our personal relationship to cancer differs with each case and throughout our lives. I think that is the most impressive aspect of the novel. We see so many faces of life with cancer in this work, and each complex and affecting. No one has a singular, one-dimensional relationship with cancer or the people living with it. Everyone is at a different stage of love for someone with cancer. Some handle it better than others. John Green captured all of those facets and created something special.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grace 04-28-14
    Grace 04-28-14
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    "Insightful and very well written"

    3 1/2 stars, thus gave it a 4. Insightful, sensitive novel,told through teenager, Hazel, as she deals with incurable cancer, manages friendships and family relationships , falls in love, suffers what major and incurable diseases bring to her and those she loves. Hazel is a bright young woman who brings humor and perspective to those she's with, including an author she and her boyfriend travel to Europe to meet and find to be bitter and mean. The author treats all of the characters with respect and understanding of their perspectives, needs, and feelings. Interesting interview with the author at the end of the audio version.

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    Swellsandbells TAYLOR, TX, United States 03-13-14
    Swellsandbells TAYLOR, TX, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"
    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd did an amazing job with the characters voices! I really enjoyed her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay... Wow. This book was awful in the best possible way. Cancer sucks and this book did an amazing job depicting that. I wept. At one point I could not even handle it so I had to put it down. Going into this book I knew that it was not going to have a happy ending I mean cancer stories rarely end happily. It didn't stop me from rooting for the characters though. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to get their heart broken by a bunch of fictional characters who live very real lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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