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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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    Christin Dallas, TX, United States 10-03-13
    Christin Dallas, TX, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible Narration."
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to. I felt as though the characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, were friends. Kate Rudd's narration was incredible, simple, honest, and perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus Waters was my favorite character. He refused to deny himself the simple pleasures in life. This is something we can all aspire to do.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She was perfection. She BECAME the characters, which is better than any acting that could possibly be done. Her honest portrayal and personification of these characters was beautiful.


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

    Some infinities are greater than other infinities.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely beautiful. A heartbreaking story, honestly written, honestly narrated, honestly enjoyed. I would recommend this to anyone who has a heart!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 10-02-13
    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Read this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read a lot of books: real books, audiobooks, historical books, novels, kids books, classics. This one is special. I don't know what else to say.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah C Oswego 09-29-13
    Deborah C Oswego 09-29-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Started sharp and honest then mired in a quagmire"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the sharp insight would have carried to the end. And the Amsterdam trip seemed like a random geographic supportive location.


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

    Hazel's affect-- too many "ummm"s-- may have adequately painted the picture of her holding back her scalpel wit but it got really annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happy to hear the author acknowledging The Emperor of All Maladies as an exceptional book about cancer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Quindal Davenport, IA, United States 09-29-13
    Quindal Davenport, IA, United States 09-29-13
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    "Best book EVER!"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    How it can be heartbreaking it can be yet still be funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hazel and Augustus's love for eachother


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trophy breaking scene and the pre funeral


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

    fault in our stars, amazing, sad, funny, love, heartbreaking,


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't heard or read this DO IT NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Grand Junction, CO, United States 09-29-13
    Susan Grand Junction, CO, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Real pain expressed beautifully"

    Funny, sarcastic, real. It's often said that you can't understand pleasure without experiencing pain. That doesn't mean that pain and suffering don't suck. This is such a real portrayal of sorrow. Sorrow that unless you've experience you can not understand.

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    TexGal Houston 09-27-13
    TexGal Houston 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "exceptionally touching story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I do not know; I only have the audible version.


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

    This book moved me to write my very first review. I have many audiobooks, but having just finished this book I immediately felt compelled to post a review. I was so moved by this story I actually shed some tears, I feel like I actually knew the characters and boy was I rooting them on. I would encourage anyone who was "on the fence" about whether they should purchase this book or not to go ahead and take the plunge. Very worthwhile of both the cost and your time . My only complaint is that it ended, as most books do. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Springfield, OR, United States 09-27-13
    Amazon Customer Springfield, OR, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The most painfully beautiful book I loved to read."
    Any additional comments?

    I read books for the happy endings. I also like them to have a coherent plot with interesting characters and acceptable grammar, but first and foremost I read books for happy endings. TFIOS is not that type of book. It has beautiful prose and vibrantly real characters. It has a plot that consumed me, despite the only epic battles in it being on TVs. I spent the last two hours of this audiobook crying, and sometimes laughing, because Hazel and Agustus and Issac cried and still sometimes laughed. I loved it. I don't know if I'll ever want to read it again, but I'll never regret having read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas More Billings, MT USA 09-27-13
    Thomas More Billings, MT USA 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Unafraid to read from any genre.

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    "beautiful love story for all ages"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I was very, very impressed with the narrator, Kate Rudd. I found myself wondering how she could read with such emotion at times, and yet maintain such control during the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel, obviously. I love well written female protagonists.


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

    As mentioned, Ms. Rudd does a wonderful job. I can only imagine what it would have been like to read the book without her interpretations of the characters, particularly her Gus, because she nails a speech pattern that so perfectly parallels his personality. Augustus has the most distinct voice in the book, and she really finds something there that is so right for him.


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

    Cry. Of course. It would make a zombie cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this, as it does such a great job illuminating a world of characters we rarely hear about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Myricks Carson, CA USA 09-25-13
    Briana Myricks Carson, CA USA 09-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Book nerd for life!

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    "I Laughed, I Cried"

    I loved this book. I loved Hazel. I loved Augustus. I laughed a lot and I cried more than I wanted to. It was such an amazing, beautiful, frustrating story. Finished it in one day. It's worth the hype. & the narration was so spot on.

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    Kimberly BOSTON, MA, United States 09-24-13
    Kimberly BOSTON, MA, United States 09-24-13
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    "Definitely Young Adult Fiction"
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    I bought The Fault in Our Stars based on the strength of its recommendation and its apparent appeal to all audiences. I found it to be an underwhelming, barely tolerable, adolescent tale of love and life experience without depth or nuance. The characters are simple and their speech is annoyingly stereotypic. The plot, based on a trip to visit an author who wrote a book without ending, was entirely uncompelling, and the answers that the main character is 'dying' to uncover are devoid of substance. I had to stop listening before the girl got on the plane. I would not recommend this book.

    1 of 2 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.

    14 of 14 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.

    11 of 11 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?

    7 of 7 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.

    5 of 5 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!

    4 of 4 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!

    3 of 3 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!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    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.

    3 of 3 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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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