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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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    kristin roark 07-09-14
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    "Truly Amazing"

    People often think this book is about dying and it's depressing but in fact, it is about living. Kate's performance and Green's witty writing is remarkable. This story really resonated with me and will stay with me for a long, long time

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    "No words"

    There are no words for how great this story was. I was unable to turn it off or stop the story. This book will stay with me for a very long time.

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    Michaela 07-07-14
    Michaela 07-07-14

    Cheers to books on audio!

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    "Taken but not "Swept""
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 50% of audiobooks I've listened to. The performance was really great! I was very taken by the story, but it didn't sweep me off my feet. I was expecting something a little different.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life with their mannerisms and tone. Top notch performance!


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

    The part that I think moved me the most was the Eulogies! I like the idea of a pre-funeral celebration so that people get to actually tell you things they only hope you knew after you're gone.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of death and dying for those who have fatal illnesses was interesting to delve into. As humans we are all slowly dying day by day, but we focus on our lives because our death isn't quite as impending. I guess this book, just reinforces the cliche that people should LIVE in the present and not in the tomorrows.

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    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-05-14
    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2012

    i love to listen!

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    Not sure that it lives up to all the hype, but it is a good book. Narration is good and story is sad, yet intriguingly not too sad.

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    honi long island, NY 07-03-14
    honi long island, NY 07-03-14

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    "should have read it myself"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was surprisingly just the right amount of unpredictable, which I appreciated. A good story, I think that if the narrator was better I would have been more engrossed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found that the narrator didn't really allow me to feel for the characters. I was ready to have my heartbroken, as my friends had been reading it on their own, but the emotional moments were spoken in the same vaguely perky voice as the funny ones. Meh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mickywatch 07-03-14
    Mickywatch 07-03-14
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    "Not what I expected"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cancer survivors or people going through cancer treatment


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some type of mystery


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s performance?

    Good delivery


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't really get into it within the first 40 minutes


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't catch my interest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa DAVENPORT, IA, United States 07-03-14
    Teresa DAVENPORT, IA, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent listen all the way around"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper ranks


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

    My Sisters Keeper from the emotional standpoint of viewing serious/fatal illness through the eyes of teenagers. The struggle for them to not only find their identities while trying to grow up, but adding in the fight to not allow themselves to be defined by their illnesses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hazel is able to articulate the concept she has of herself as a "grenade".


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

    Hazel's mom opening up about the future direction she is preparing for in her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Well-written, well-read. Enjoyed the author's notes as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 06-30-14
    Stephanie 06-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed the characters and their story"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book and how you got to know the characters and how they were feeling.


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

    When Hazel found out about the letter.


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

    They were both so brave.


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

    When he told her he was sick.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nestor 06-30-14
    Nestor 06-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Books and books and more life enhancing books please

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    "Love, courage and hope."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    It was better because the reader puts her own emphasis on important parts of the book and helps enhance the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message of hope, repair, and love.


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    Margaux 06-30-14
    Margaux 06-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Taking recommendations!

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    "You would think it was depressing, but witty!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I am glad I listened to it instead of reading the physical copy this allowed me to hear the narrator's wit. I found myself laughing out loud to this book on several occasions. Of course it was sad and endearing. These kids are young, but have to deal with adult problems still while their peers are living normal lives.

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  • Charles
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    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.

    15 of 16 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?

    9 of 10 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.

    12 of 14 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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 6 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.

    2 of 2 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 5 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.

    1 of 1 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 4 people found this review helpful
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