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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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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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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-17-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliantly Narrated - Beautiful Story"

    This is a heartbreaking and inspiring story that I won't ever forget.

    I've never fallen in love with characters so quickly.

    Entertaining and witty, reading this book was a pleasure.

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    Bec Angels Camp, CA, United States 05-15-13
    Bec Angels Camp, CA, United States 05-15-13
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend this to any reader who enjoys a book that tackles the poignant topics of finding love, feeling ones own mortality and living the life that gives us purpose. I loved this book


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

    I loved Hazel Grace!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lily United States 05-07-13
    Lily United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a crotchety lady who loves mysteries and Tudor times.

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    "Prepare for tears"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its the only one that's made me bawl like a baby. I usually don't cry at fiction and I saw the "twist" coming from far, far away but ultimately it was no defense against the devestating impact of this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the parents of the main character. They are never saccharine or overplayed but are one of the best and most loving portraits I've seen of shall we say "sick kid" parents.


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

    She brings an authentic youthful inflection and emotional poignancy to the dialogue an older narrator or a more bubblegum young narrator would not have been able to portray.


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

    From just about the midpoint on this book is a series of cathartic break downs. However I still, several weeks later, feel so grateful for the day to day blessing of health & the health of my loved ones. It definitely stretches your empathy and gratitude.


    Any additional comments?

    I figured I knew what I was getting into and that my own cynicism + the cutesy names would protect me from caring too much when I started this thing but its depth surprised- in no part because you experience the claustrophobic limitations of its protagonist almost physically alongside her. It's intense, is what I'm saying. It will ruin your day (full puffy face and sobbing) but in a way that will make you intensely grateful for what you have. Full on catharsis.

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    Donna M. Tolbert Springtown, TX USA 05-06-13
    Donna M. Tolbert Springtown, TX USA 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book aimed at teens but good for any age"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I really like the realness of the characters...


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She spoke clearly with a pleasing tone.


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    Claire Jerusalem, Israel 05-02-13
    Claire Jerusalem, Israel 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A funny story about kids with cancer?"

    This is a sharp, snarky, funny, intelligent, philosophical coming of age story with a bitter twist. The three teenagers at its center–one who has to go everywhere with her oxygen tank in tow, one whose leg was amputated, and one who lost an eye–all live with advanced cancer.

    Yep. It’s a funny story about kids with cancer.

    It’s also touching and inspirational, but not in that sappy made-for-television movie way. The kids use wry humor to deal with their deforming, crippling disease. I get it: that is how I deal with my own disease.

    There is love interest, there are plans and schemes, there is rebellion and disobedience, there are parents to rely on and outwit, there are doctors and nurses, there is the secret language of people living with cancer. (Trudging up the stairs to the support group with oxygen tank in tow because taking the elevator is too “last days”, or asking their peers if they “go to school” as a way of finding out how advanced their disease is because being taken out of school is a sign that you don’t have much longer to live, for example.)

    Hazel, Isaac and Augustus are intelligent and creative, they love to read and to play video games. They indulge the adults who don’t know how to help them (or themselves) feel better. They have wishes and dreams, and they are also realistic about what can be achieved.

    I loved The Fault in Our Stars, a life-affirming book. I have advanced cancer and I have been a teenager, but never both at the same time. If I had had the misfortune to be a teenager with advanced cancer, I think I would have been a lot like Hazel. I hope I would have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Texas 05-01-13
    Deborah Texas 05-01-13

    I am an athlete, a mom, a wife and grandmother. I am a lover of family, books and good wine.

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    "Surprisingly good, for adults and teens alike"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I expected little from this book - Twilight without the super powers, but I was wrong. There are super powers in this book and they will surprise you. At least, they surprised me. I read it, like I read other popular teen books, to see if I can get non-readers to read by tempting them with the start of a good story and then leaving it to them to read the rest in the book. I found that I really enjoyed this book and, as a result, recommend it to both non-reading teens and my book loving friends. Well written, well read, great story - truth and pain and love and sorrow. In a good book, is anything else needed?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus. For his wit, and lack of self-lothing


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I will. she is amazing at this and it made the story come to life.


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

    yes, but I FORCED myself to take my time and enjoy it slowly. I tend to rush through beautiful things because my appetite for it outweighs my self control. But, I am learning.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for writing this book. That is all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linn Stockholm, Sweden 04-30-13
    Linn Stockholm, Sweden 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Oh, how I love this book"

    Imagine the movie character Juno had a sister, her name would be Hazel. She is a smart, witty, observant and idealistic yet cynical young girl - who has cancer. She has normal teenage worries, like will she ever fall in love, and then there's the lonely and heavy reality of her disease that sets her apart from, almost, everyone else her age.

    It had me laughing out loud, crying hard, awwing at the sweetness and smartness - and just wishing I could step into this story and live there. Really, I would. It's never too rich, nor too careful about the darker parts of Hazel's reality. The sad parts are beautiful, the sweet parts incredibly moving without becoming sticky. It is simply perfect.

    I also have a Kindle edition of this book and had to put the audio book on pause so, so many times to underline sentences, even whole conversations, that were so smart, moving or philosophically brilliant. As a writer I am in awe of John Green's tremendous characterisation and dialogue.

    It is brilliantly narrated by Kate Rudd. Unlike a few other narrations of YA, this narration is convincing in this being is a teenager telling her very own story, from a unique perspective.

    I want everyone to read this book, from teenagers to adults: it doesn't matter what age you are, this story is universal and the novel extremely well written. It is, by far, the most moving story I have come across for a long, long time. It is a precious story that I am so happy to have read and long to read again.

    I rarely fall head over heels for a book, but this story I will love for life.

    Just read it and love it.

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    Jacqueline Redwood City, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Jacqueline Redwood City, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this book, and it was read well. You have to go into it knowing that it's going to be sad, in a strangely upbeat way. The main character is an interesting person. I'm going to recommend it to my 17-year-old and also to my 13-year-old as a good book with a person a little older than them as the narrator. Anyone who has a chronic condition, which apparently includes much of the people in the world, judging from the responses I get when I tell people about my particular infirmity, will identify with the inevitable arc of the story.


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    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
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    "Entertaining Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    Very easy to listen to. For me, not as tear inducing as I was expecting, perhaps due to the fact that a fully grown male author was narrating from the point of a terminal teenage girl. Some wonderful insights on the pain that envelops families and friends of cancer patients.
    A little unrealistic how the central characters are overly witty and intellectual at such a young age but great story nonetheless.

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    Erica Kansas City, MO, United States 04-28-13
    Erica Kansas City, MO, United States 04-28-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great book"

    This book is well written, well performed and is overall extremely enjoyable. This book made me feel a spectrum of emotions. It explores the topics of life, death, love and sickness in a well I've never experienced before. I could not stop listening. It made me laugh, made me cry and made me think. This is one of my favorite books and is now also one of my favorite audio books. If you haven't read it you should

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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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