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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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    M. Bisson Richardson, TX 10-04-13
    M. Bisson Richardson, TX 10-04-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Utterly Fantastic!!"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    That it struck such an emotional chord with its readers. Young unconditional love. Thats a rare gift not everyone gets to experience.


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

    Augustus Waters is the most memorable part of the book. He would be the perfect man for me, if I were 16 years younger.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She captured the emotions of the character. Her despair, her love, her sadness. I heard it all in her voice and it broke my composure.


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

    The entire book moves me, it is now one of my favorites. I will recommend it highly to all my friends.


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    Morgan DENTON, TX, United States 10-04-13
    Morgan DENTON, TX, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    The performance was amazing! Kate Rudd did an amazing job. The story was great. I was hooked right away.


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    Martinez Texas 10-03-13
    Martinez Texas 10-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "AVOID AT ALL COSTS"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No I wouldn't. It's an incredible read but it takes an open mind and heart and a small amount of willingness to dismiss any reader disbelief however minute it may be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The witty repartee.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know. It's a pretty incredible story. There were many intense moments that made me feel so much. I don't want to talk even about one scene, I don't want to ruin it for you in case you read it.


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

    I did. I listened while I was a the doctor's office waiting for a couple of hours for him to grace me with his presence and some of the other patients were startled at my loud laughter. I listened in the bathroom and startled my husband when I came out laughing. Of course as soon as he saw the headphones he knew I was enjoying something wonderful. And I cried like a baby for a good twenty minutes when I finished it last night, I can't remember the last time a book made me cry like that. This morning I feel okay, I feel sad, but I'm okay. Thinking about it makes me cry a little again but I'm better for having read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, if you're a jerk don't buy this book. It's not for jerks. It's for people who love fiction and reading and have the ability to fall in love despite imperfection. The Writer is not perfect but he is great and in my opinion flawed is better than perfect because nothing and nobody is freaking perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christin 10-03-13
    Christin 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!

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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.

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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!

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    Susan 09-29-13
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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. :)


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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.

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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
  • 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 12 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
  • 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
  • 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 4 people found this review helpful
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