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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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 Listener Since 2007

    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.

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    bashar 07-08-14
    bashar 07-08-14

    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 ..."
    Any additional comments?

    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 .

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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-05-14
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2016

    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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    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
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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.

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    J Freeman Gainesville, FL United States 03-10-14
    J Freeman Gainesville, FL United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2014

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    "awesome book and reader"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    haven't listened to very many yet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    both the main characters were equally favorable because of their wit and clever prose


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

    the way she read and made the character's voices their own. I could tell he was in pain when she spoke his voice and I felt short of breath when listening to her speak her voice. amazing.


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

    I cried 3 times; very easy to get engrossed in the story and feel the book


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    J Hendricks Bartlett, TN United States 03-03-14
    J Hendricks Bartlett, TN United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2006

    Devoted fan of Audible books since the days of the little plastic Audible MP3 player. Love fantasy, scify and poetry.

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    "An amazing look into the lives of tragic people"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The story line captured my attention and I could not put the book down until I finished it. The book wrestled with the topic of death and one would think at the start that theme could hardly lead to a complex plot but it did.

    There was the typical prattle of afterlife themes and they could have been developed in better ways. Some will find the irreverent handling offensive. I found it more genuine than most.

    Even if you are put off by the opening, the humor and honesty of the characters will draw you in and you'll be hooked like I was.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I like the Amsterdam trip the best. The process of Hazel's falling in love was touching, open, and brutally honest. The setting could not be better.


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

    I know Hazel was the main character and the one we most become familiar with. But I found Augustus to be the most lovable character in the book for me. Though I have to admit I miss everyone from Isaac to even van Houten. Yes, I even loved the equally tragic old author and wondered how much of himself John Green put into the character.


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

    The moment when Hazel realized she was in love with Augustus. I could feel the conflict in Hazel as she fought with herself over the idea of falling into love with someone in her state. John Green brought amazing subjects to life in a topic I would never have considered and I am changed from the journey myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the fiction book by von Houten, this book feels like it stops abruptly with the story unresolved. I found myself feeling like the climax of the story never happened. What was the end of Hazel's life like. I was fully invested in her story yet it was left unresolved. Though I must say, I will be rereading this book again at some point. There is little doubt.

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    Sharon 03-02-14
    Sharon 03-02-14
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    "Insights for us all"

    I figured out part-way that this novel is probably targeted to teenagers. If you're older, please don't let that put you off. It's full of beautiful insights, smart humour & philosophy, and wonderful characters. Be prepared to cry, and if this is not your world, to learn. I am so pleased to have stumbled across this book. I'm impressed by John Green's ability to channel a teenage girl with a terminal illness. Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator, and Hazel is someone I want to know.

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    5/7/16
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    "Kate Rudd you are amazing. Brilliant audiobook"

    Now a big fan of Kate Rudd and John Greens work. Loved the story and her performace

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  • Gadh
    5/4/16
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    "lovely. teenage story but not at all teenagry. "

    well narrated but background score could have elevated the emotion.. kudos to the narrator. well done..

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  • Miss N M Presland
    4/28/16
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    "Loved it!"

    Beautiful Story beautifully written. I have the book, movie and audiobook and love them all.

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  • MRS
    4/3/16
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    "A lovely listen."

    This narrator make the book come to live without being over dramatic. A good book, especially if you have teenagers.

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  • Olivia
    4/2/16
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    "The fault in our stars"

    I loved the book it is my favourite book so far. The book has shown me to take life seriously and be grateful for the life I have been given. It has also shown me how much people suffer from this sickness and that I am blessed not to have it. Everybody should read this book, people will learn a lot from it like I have.

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  • Dramaqueen
    4/1/16
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    "thought provoking"

    I think this was a good book, with interesting concepts. although designed for a younger reader I enjoyed it as it isn't a book I'd normally go for and gave me a new perspective to explore.

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  • PurpleVelvetElf
    Milton Keynes, England
    3/31/16
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    "Enjoyable-Young adult book"

    A nice book, but it is really a young adult book which I had not realised when buying it (maybe lack of attention on my part) . The two main characters are both teens and the story reflects that. It is a sweet little story and I did quite enjoy it.

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  • Sagar
    3/24/16
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    "good book"

    beautifully written seems to me childish for me but good for the teens and children

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  • Trotpot
    3/22/16
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    "Beautiful story engaging and thought provoking"

    I was aware that the film of book had been made and it was pitched at teenage audience. Curiousity made me pick it and I am so glad I did - the reader voice is so easy to listen to and immediately took me into the world of the book - I laughed, I cried - sobbing at times - and loved the book. The author interview at end was an unexpected bonus

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  • CoolGeorge
    3/21/16
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    "The best book I have ever read!!!!!!"

    I think this is the best book in the world and I totally agree with all the things in this book!!!!!!!! I would completely recommend this book for young and old teens!!! I made a connection with the caricatures in the book and I felt like I knew them. John green did great!!!! But so sad it is over!!!

    Thank u sooo much John green!!!!😀😀❤️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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