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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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    Margaret 11-01-13
    Margaret 11-01-13
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    "Tough subject. Perfect story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    It's a great story. I tried to avoid it as I thought with two cancer patients as lead characters that it would be super sad. No so. It is funny, thought provoking, and very well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. Their roles are all important to the story.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris REDMOND, WA, United States 10-31-13
    Chris REDMOND, WA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth the time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Without a doubt. I'm well outside the target age group but I found it very enjoyable. Well worth the read.


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

    I'm not sure about the tagline... But if they do then the screenwriter is going to have to work hard to keep the narrative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ann Arbor, MI, United States 10-31-13
    Jennifer Ann Arbor, MI, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bittersweet, but Beautiful"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    "Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." ~Augustus Waters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    “You should see it. V for Vendetta I mean." ~Augustus
    "I'll look it up." ~Hazel
    "No. With Me. At my house. Now” ~Augustus

    For some reason, that pickup worked! Haha.


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

    It was heart-wrenching. I'm pretty sure I cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SunJuveee 10-30-13
    SunJuveee 10-30-13
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    "Tear Jerker"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the read.


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

    A Walk to Remember is similar because it deals with young love, universal questions of life and death, and terminal illness.


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

    Augustus and Amber are both excellent characters. Kate Rudd nailed both a teenage boy and a teenage girl.


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

    Total tear jerker. You fall in love with the characters and you go into it knowing that Amber has cancer so you know what you are in for but the experience is unexpected and refreshing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Recommend it. Total tear jerker. It was the catharsis I needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Bluefield, VA, United States 10-29-13
    Crystal Bluefield, VA, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.

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    "Will insite the reader to think twice"

    What a solid story - true to life but also altruistic. The expressions and emotions, the high emotional quotient and likeable characters make this book a great read. This might even wind up as required reading in high schools. I believe this one is destined to become a classic.

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    Misty Steeleville, IL, United States 10-25-13
    Misty Steeleville, IL, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This has become a new favorite."
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Earth Shatteringly Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that this story was so heartbreakingly honest and insightful. I began reading it because my daughter read it and I like to help with her homework where I can. Even though I spent a good portion of the last half of the book in tears, I am very glad that I read it.

    It is such a wonderful story of love when faced with the hardest life that can be thrown your way. Learning that is ok to love even though you may be hurting the people who love you the most when you are taken from them.

    I found myself hoping that Hazel Grace and Augustus could beat their cancers against all odds and have a life past their teenage years.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She really pulled me into the book. She just felt like she was Hazel Grace and not just a narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a must read, just keep the tissues handy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Ypsilanti, MI, United States 10-25-13
    Kitty Ypsilanti, MI, United States 10-25-13
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    "One of the best books I've "read" in a long time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My 13 year old granddaughter recommended this book to me. We often read the same books so we can talk about them later. I expected a "teen" book, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed this poignant story. Definitely would recommend this to any young adult or adult wanting a quick, but good book.


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

    The ending.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The reader disappeared and allowed the story to appear to tell itself. My idea of the perfect performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and did. I listened on a car trip and only stopped when out of the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 10-24-13
    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazingly Heartbreaking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, I enjoyed listening (although I think I may have gotten a little more emotionally attached had I read it myself). Regardless, it really makes you think about things that make people (or maybe just me) uncomfortable, in a way that makes you feel safe while trying to figure out what you believe.


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

    I'm not quite sure. It was different than a lot of books I've read before...


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

    Agustus Waters


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

    They are making a movie of this and the tag line is some infinities are bigger than others. I think I related to that and to the thing about pain is that it demands to be felt.


    Any additional comments?

    keep a box of kleenex near

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill GALLATIN, TN, United States 10-24-13
    Jill GALLATIN, TN, United States 10-24-13

    I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?

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    "Chock full of emotion. Modern day prose."
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved that John Greene brought to life the witty, irreverent, wickedly smart, but innocent teenage characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character was Gus because he was what all girls want in a man; a protector, a companion, a lover.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 10-23-13
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Fantastic but heartbreaking"

    Sometimes YA fiction is not really meaty enough for an me as an adult. But this book really delivered. It made me think about my own life in a new way. I could not stop listening.

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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 15 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?

    8 of 9 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 13 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
    Overall
    "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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