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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 ..."
    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 .

    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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Charles
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/22/12
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    "Far too good to be left to teenagers"

    John Green has won awards for his Young Adult fiction and this, his latest novel. features teenage protagonists but really this is a book which will be enjoyed not just by teenagers but by anyone who has ever been a teenager and still remembers at least a little of what that was like.

    It begins in a teenage cancer support group and its subject matter is daunting but go beyond that and you'll find a novel full not just of love and courage but black edged humour and characters who feel real. For such a short novel it packs a real emotional punch and when I finished the book it felt like I was leaving friends behind.

    A word of thanks too the narrator, Kate Rudd. The book is a first person narrative and she not only convincingly brings Hazel Grace to life but her friends and family. If this doesn't merit an Audies award then there is something wrong with the voting system.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A Triumph Celebration of Life"

    I felt unusually resistant to reading this book. I, like so many others, have said a final goodbye to loved ones taken too soon by the whims of this unforgiving disease. I wasn't sure I could face a story examining the life of such young sufferers of serious, indeed terminal, illness; I couldn't imagine what enjoyment (as that is, after all, why I read fiction) there was to be found between the covers of such a book. How wrong my innate assumptions have proved to be.



    This story is a triumphant celebration of life in the face of death, a homily to the strength and determination of its characters to 'live their best life today' no matter what mountains they may have to climb tomorrow. The author explores with great sensitivity the impact of a terminal diagnosis on relationships and creates an achingly beautiful and unforgettable connection between Hazel and Augustus, as they struggle together to make sense of and come to terms with the hand they have been dealt.



    There was plenty of laughter and some inevitable tears, but the greatest achievement of this work is in relegating cancer to a mere supporting role - there is no room for it centre stage here - that place belongs unquestionably to the bonds of love which live on beyond the farewells. For, whilst we hold on to our memories of those whose footprints we can no longer see in the sand, how can they ever truly leave us?

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    5/8/12
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    "A masterpiece"

    First audio book I have ever restarted as soon as I finished. Somehow manages to avoid cliches, engage you in the characters, make you laugh and make you cry. It walks the line between pretentious and meaningful but falls the right side. Can't stop thinking about it. This is not a great book for teenagers, or a great book for adults, it is just a great book.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. J. Penny
    Kent, UK
    7/11/13
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    "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend, if this book were not just as Hazel describes An Imperial Affliction in her book, that it's so special it just 'yours'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was certainly Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters not far behind. Hazel is a character I can relate to a lot. Though I myself do not suffer from cancer or a terminal illness, I think in the same way and understand many of her thoughts and emotions. She's real, she's down to earth and not like these over-sexualised girls you get in some stories. The lack of depth into the lives of other characters and the lack of several characters close to Hazel and Augustus is actually a good technique, and makes the book feel closer to you, like although she doesn't literally say 'you're my friend' because obviously, you're reading the book, you feel like you're one of the only people being let into their lives. When Hazel says 'my only friends are my parents and an author who doesn't know I exist', she knows what's real but she still feels a connection to AIA, that I find myself feeling to TFIOS. I see a lot of Hazel in me, to be honest.


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

    Metaphorically and literally, a voice. I have in fact read the book before hand, but being a British 14 year old it was sort of hard to imagine how they would speak, never having spoken to an American before. She made Hazel more real to me. Don't get me wrong, the book on it's own is brilliant, but there's something about Kate Rudd that makes me believe the story happened, like it's literally Hazel explaining it to me.


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

    Oh definitely. I was crying for hours at the end, and some parts like with Issac kissing Monica and Augustus' comments on 'young love in all it's awkwardness' (or something similar) made me laugh until I cried. I felt like I knew them in a way, it felt so personal.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact this book is an audiobook makes me incredibly happy, thank you for selling it. Now, even if I'm too tired to read, or too busy to pack a book, I can listen to my favourite story over and over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    4/13/13
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    "A must read!"

    This book will make you laugh, smile and cry. John Green has managed to bring a new perspective and emotion to cancer. Within the first chapter I instantly wish that I had a friend like Hazel Grace.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Esther
    Ulverston, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Very good"

    I had read, the fault in our stars once before but listening to it was a completely different experience. Kate Rudd- AKA the perfect voice for hazel, did an amazing job conveying not only Hazel's but Augustus' and her mums feelings. She varied tone, pace and volume for the desired effects.

    And of course, the author, John Green did an amazing job with the book. I shan't write too much about the book itself but I will tell you a few things. First off, this book is sensitive to Cancer in a way no other book is. Especially and John himself would say any 'cancer book'. And no, i'm not saying that books talking about cancer don't give enough sensitivity to it as they should, i'm saying that John created a whole new level for his book to sit on.

    Another thing is, despite John being a 30 something year old man with a wife and child, he captured the essence of a teenage girl amazingly. Being a teenager myself I would say that he used the 'teenage stereotype' perfectly. He made her moody, and loving and happy and funny at the perfect times. Making it feel as though it was Hazel Grace Lancaster really writing that book.

    Thank-you John.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    brendale, Australia
    7/29/12
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    "Amazing"

    This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
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    "thought prevoking"

    This is no ordinary cancer novel. it is the truth and has such depth into the situation of having cancer. I have quotes from this book that are just genius. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me really reconsider my life. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT AND LIVE IT!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Wonderful."

    Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Well written, well read"

    This book is superbly written by an author who is intelligent, witty and gets the emotions across very well - add in a SUPERB reading by Kate Rudd and you have yourself an emotional, but fantastic listen

    If you know only a little about different types of cancer, and want a book which shows how teenagers can be amazing during their struggles with illness, then this book will open your mind and your heart

    The emotion that this brought up was more than I expected, especially later in the book, but this is one of the best books I've read or listened to

    DO NOT miss this book, if you do, you'll be missing out on one amazing book!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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