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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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    Janice 09-25-14
    Janice 09-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "You forget how uplifting a love story can be!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was beautifully narrated, and a poignant story that anyone would fine inspiring.


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

    Her sense of timing, the cadence in which she delivers is spot on


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linka 09-18-14
    Linka 09-18-14
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    "Beautiful story"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    It was easy to listen to. And the story was unique and unpredictable. Really liked the style of humour used in the face of such a serious illness/subject matter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked them all, had no specific favourite.


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

    I liked hearing the female and male voices read the particular parts.


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

    Love story against all odds.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Rochester, MI, United States 09-16-14
    Karen Rochester, MI, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An insite to the world of teenages facing death."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I like the writer, he made you feel that it was his experience too, not just his characters.
    I have had cancer and it is scary, but I am twice the age of the characters, and my fears were different than what a teenage would face.


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

    When the characters met and bonded over the book


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I liked her voice and intonations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Aylmer, Ontario, Canada 09-11-14
    Patricia Aylmer, Ontario, Canada 09-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Six out of five stars."

    This book is magic. Hazel Grace and Augustus transcend their daily lives with cancer and form a special world of their own together. They are warm, genuine and intelligent. They remind me of fireflies shining in the dark enjoying the transience of the light to their fullest capacities.
    Kate Rudd does a superb job of voicing Hazel Graze. Their is a subtlety to her tone that allows you to hear such things as gentle sarcasm which might be missed in the written word.
    It has been a privilege to enter Hazel Grace's and Augustus' world and heartbreaking to leave it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly M. Gray Sheehan 09-10-14
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    "Wonderfully Written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    didn't read it in print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus because he shows her the depths of his love in cashing in his wish for her.


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

    redundant question


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I've already listened to this book more times than any other book I've ever bought. The way the story is written, the emotions portrayed, the setting, the explanations of the disease process - it is all written to capture the imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 09-10-14
    Kimberly 09-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Never enjoyed books until audible and now I'm an addict.

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    "You have to be made of stone not to cry"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I've already listened twice and watched the movie.....


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very well written. Narrator was perfect. Just a great story.


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

    So many feels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Olympia, Wa 09-08-14
    Jamie Olympia, Wa 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Jamie

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    "Predictable but still engaging and very well read"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    Although the story was somewhat predictable, it didn't really matter. This is a well written book and Kate Rudd is a fabulous reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Green? Why or why not?

    maybe


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The nuance of voice, accent and character was wonderful, including timing and emotion. Just perfect. I'm very picky and return books often because of it, I will be on the look out for other books read by Kate Rudd.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terilyn 09-07-14
    Terilyn 09-07-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a light listener, but a heavy reader!

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    "I had my hopes too high, but still a good book"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Not really, It was an " okay" book-- but it wasn't THE book that got me obsessing over .


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

    Augustus and Issac


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

    No not really... I sort of found the outcome predictable. They book didn't build enough on the characters so that i would fall in love with them. But i will admit, the eulogy from Issac was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good book! But not one of my favorites. To many people where telling me how AMAZING the book was, so i was expecting it to be phenomenal to a point where i would start obsessing. Had my hopes to high. Still a good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-04-14
    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Wonderful Reading"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, touching, sad.


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

    Rudd makes the narrator, and thus her friends, more lively than sad. This is a book about kids with cancer. That might be really depressing, but Rudd's reading show that it is really about an intelligent young woman who is full of life and feeling. She delivers some phrases so simply and truly that I thought I would have lost something if I had read it myself. When she is thinking of something lovely her boyfriends has done and says to herself simply, "That boy," she gives to two simple words that are true to the character, true, I am sure, to the author's intention, and beyond the power of this middle-age male reader's mental reader to do justice to.


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

    The one I describe above.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a perfect novel—I would not have dragged Anne Frank into this story—but it is a fine one, and Kate Rudd gives it an exemplary reading. I am just sorry that the "YA" designation will put some readers my age off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K Bartlett Chanute, KS, US 09-03-14
    K Bartlett Chanute, KS, US 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it."
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The very end. Like- the very last paragraph. When Hazel Grace reflects on the meaning of it all, it struck me. In the feels. I never considered that point of view before. As cliche as it sounds, it changed me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus.


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

    Inflection, connotation, personality


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

    Again, the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Already liked John Green's vlogs, now I know I live him as an author.

    0 of 0 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.

    17 of 18 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?

    13 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.

    14 of 16 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.

    7 of 9 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!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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