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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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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 05-05-14
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "Lived up to the Hype!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Yes! It was well written and the story was very realistic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story of course.


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

    She is an excellent narrator. She just knows how to make you feel ike you are in the story.


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

    It made me laugh and cry. It was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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    LL 05-04-14
    LL 05-04-14
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    "Funny, Irreverant and My New Favorite"

    I don't know why I resisted this book for so long, but once I got it I couldn't stop listening. Kate Rudd does a beautiful job reading this surprisingly upbeat story. I laughed and cried and then cried some more. As soon as I finished listening I started at the beginning and listened again. It was that good.

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    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 05-04-14
    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 05-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Touched my heart"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. I loved the narrator. She was amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus. He was so kind, Funny, Strong, Loving, Awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they egged the car.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get over this book. I cried and literally laughed out loud! Over and over. I have a book hang over from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 05-04-14
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 05-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Read this book to know whats it's like"

    This book should be required reading for anyone who has not witness someone go through cancer firsthand so they can learn what it is like. People who have witness a love one should read to know that their feelings are normal. I'm going to review this in two parts: General and Cancer.

    General:
    This is a teen romance novel first and foremost, at least for the first two thirds (Guys be warned). It took till the fourth chapter before I could stop rolling my eyes and start getting into it. Girl falls for good looking guy and has self-doubts about herself. But the plot manages to make several twists despite seeming to be simple including one very emotional twist. Several situations are exasperatingly good and bad. Characters seem real, except for the boyfriend whose too perfect, although that could be just from the protagonist view. The world is very real, bad things happen but good things happen to.

    Cancer:
    I witness two siblings go through cancer and this book does an excellent job at showing the real emotion and situations of the victim and those around them.
    Cancer affects different people differently and it strikes at random times where someone is healthy one morning then suddenly hit with pain and spend the next two weeks in hospital. It shows the frustration people feel not being able to do anything, anger over others pity, the urge to be treated normally and the absurdity of how society expect victims to act and be treated. Finally it shows the cynical world view that creeps in and can take over.
    Yet cancer is still not all consuming to ones life. Life continues and goes on, we continue to experience good and bad moments. I'd also highly recommend this book to anyone who has witness someone go through cancer to show these feelings are normal.

    This book makes fun of itself as not a typical cancer book, it's not all depressing all the time nor is it unrealistically heroic. It's just real.

    Narrator does an excellent job making the characters sound like they are, whether in pain, out of breath or slurring.

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    Rachel 05-01-14
    Rachel 05-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly understands his characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely a must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Green truly understands what is going on in the mind of a young person who is fighting against a horrific illness or disease. The things that Gus and Hazel said and did would be exactly what I would expect from one of my teen children - should they find themselves in a similar situation. Honest and insightful about the state of mind of Gus and Hazel.


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

    Yes. I listen to my books while traveling in the car or going for walks. It was my mission to find a reason to take along drives so that I could listen to this story.


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    R. Stevens Around the world 05-01-14
    R. Stevens Around the world 05-01-14 Member Since 2015

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    "You can't help but fall in love"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    As a two time cancer survivor I found that this book spoke to me. As a human, I knew that this book was something you could not stop, I finished it in 2 days, because I did not want to stop. It's so worth the read you can't stop if you want to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You fall in love at first sight.


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

    Honesty in the voice, seems to really relate.


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

    The pre-funeral was great, honest and open. Just great friendships.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read. Be warned, once you pick it up, you can't put it down.

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    Sara 05-01-14
    Sara 05-01-14
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    "Heartwarming and heartbreaking"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    The authors ability to describe the emotions and physical feelings of Hazel Grace made me feel connected to her in a very real way.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was able to communicate effectively the performance of the different characters making it easy to follow the story, without confusion.


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    Christina Joiner 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, excellent narration!"
    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    This is by far the best narration performance I have experienced. Kate had a unique voice for every character and I loved her inflections and cadence.


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    Carolyn 04-30-14
    Carolyn 04-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "My 14yo said I had to listen to this! Glad I did!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this. It is an emotional ride for sure, but I love it when a book really gets you in the feels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist, Hazel Grace is forced by her circumstances to be introspective, and John Green must have been channelling a teen girl when he wrote this as I believe he nailed it.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She has a well modulated and very soothing voice. Very pleasing to the ear.


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

    Cry, blub, sob, use a box of tissues.


    Any additional comments?

    My first review of my 300+ audible book collection. I chose this as my first as it has certainly managed to pull on my heart strings. It has also been fun to share a reading experience with my teen daughter who is voracious in her YA fiction "fan-girling".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zeee @ I Heart Romance 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartwrenching and Brilliant!"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I love the overall pace and feel of the book. And for a cancer book, it wasn't really about cancer. It was more about the love between two people complicated by cancer. This is one of the reasons that I love the story. The voice of the main characters Hazel and Augustus didn't really sound like normal teenagers. But then, they weren't really normal teenagers. I love their vocabulary. Granting that not a majority of teens speak like them but I’d like to think that because of their condition, they are more mature than your regular 16 and 17 year old.


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

    The part where Augustus said "Maybe OK can be our always." Referring to them officially going out.


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

    I love Kate Rudd's narration. I love the changes in voices that she used, especially between Hazel and Gus. When her voice breaks and cracks at the appropriate times is just brilliant! I actually felt like it was Hazel talking to me.

    I liked the pacing that she used and I was able to follow the story without any problem at all. I also think that her narration added to the overall effect of the book. I liked that she sounded like a teenager trying to be an adult. Since I listened to this book without pause, I did not get bored or get annoyed by her voice. Overall, this was one amazing listen. I would definitely find out more about the books read by Kate Rudd.


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

    When it was clear that Gus relapsed and was getting worse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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