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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 West Covina, CA, United States 06-17-14
    Margaret West Covina, CA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Not just for young adults"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the book is my preference as I age.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it is written for the young person but a grandmother of 71 can share the experience with her 12 year old granddaughter.


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

    Ms. Rudd's performance draws the listener into the story as an intimate observer.


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

    I liked the period in Amsterdam and the walk through the Anne Frank house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-17-14
    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Great story line but the language!"

    I know I am an odd one out with this review but I am writing this as a grandfather of five grandchildren and my eldest granddaughter is a prolific reader. (Second place in her school last year for AR.) She fell in love with John Green and his writing and I felt the need to read a few of his books. The language in this book is better than others but I do not feel it is appropriate for a 14 year old and unfortunately the young adults category includes this age group. If you are a Christian, you might find the negative comments and the context of some of the statements anti-God. (I did)

    However, with all of that stated, the thesis behind the book is outstanding and the message about young (or old) people with cancer or similar diseases needed. I wish the book wasn't filled with all of the cussing (f-bombs) and more because I believe it should be read by YA but I cannot recommend it to them.

    There are multiple references to sex but nowhere as many as "Looking for Alaska" which is filled with enough vulgarity to move it to R in my ratings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thorarinn sigthorsson 06-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Cute, sad, silly, simple and a bit morbid.."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line, without terminally ill Prince Charming.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Green again?

    Doubt it


    What aspect of Kate Rudd’s performance would you have changed?

    Prince Charming, hated his voice and his character. Overall a good performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bored to sad, to angry. Bored because I felt half the story was about a typical sad teenager with the one exception, she has cancer. Sad because it's a sad story I guess. Angry because I spent my one free token in this book and everyone told me I just 'have' to read it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bluesquare 06-17-14
    Bluesquare 06-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An Engaging Story and Excellent Performance"

    I downloaded this book because of all the hype surrounding the book/movie. I was not disappointed. Even though this is a YA novel it is very well-written, funny, and emotional. The performance was wonderful and I was sucked into her reading of the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Arapahoe, NE, United States 06-16-14
    Heidi Arapahoe, NE, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best read lately..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I loved listening to the story; I didn't try to read the print version. I love having the vocal personality present.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot kept me married to the listen.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The characters were so real to me -- great job Kate!


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

    I listened to it all in one day; couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    I can go see the movie now.... I've read the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FeFe 06-16-14
    FeFe 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm expanding my genre in books. I haven't been heavily into books in the past, this is changing rapidly. I enjoy hot & heavy mysteries.

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    "Refreshingly Deep Book"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. This book has a great narrator and the book is witty, funny and demonstrates struggles of reality (even though this is a fiction).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both main characters are favorites.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job. She performed the "mood" of the characters very well.


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

    Definitely made me laugh out loud (lol), and yes, there were tears.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green is incredible, very moving and captures deep subjects of life in a way I haven't experienced before.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 06-12-14
    rebecca 06-12-14
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    "best book ever"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    yes its super great and romantic


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

    I dont really know any books this good


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

    she brings the whole romance along with everything


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

    yes when they talked about the sicknes


    Any additional comments?

    is book is just wow must read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolina Montreal, QC, Canada 06-03-14
    Carolina Montreal, QC, Canada 06-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sweet story, but predictable outcome"

    Originally published at: A Girl that Likes Books

    Sometimes people don't understand the promises they are making when they make them

    Why I read this book

    The trailer for the movie based on this book is all over the place and I have to admit, my curiosity got hold of me. What is it about this book that so many people are raving about?

    What the book is about

    This is a love story between 2 teenagers that encounter themselves through a support group for cancer survivors. Hazel has a rare cancer that has compromised her lungs and Augustus had osteosarcoma. Their relationship grows through the illness and through a book that has marked Hazel. They will both change each others with their first love.

    First impressions

    From the moment I thought about acquiring the book I told my boyfriend: apparently I will cry a lot with this book. However as I advanced in the book, while I encountered pretty sad moments, nothing moved me to tears. I couldn't help but think that the whole raving about "the feelings" in this book oversold it for me and I had way to higher expectations.

    Final thoughts

    Have you seen any of the videos from John Green? He has a very particular style and oh boy does it transfer to this book. I cannot say to his writing, since this is the first book from his that I've read, I think that is amazing, to be able to transfer yourself so well on paper...well, on audio in this case.

    The characters were very likable, which is not always the case, and good thing is, I felt that they would be likable even without the cancer. Hazel is smart albeit a bit of a Debby downer (yes, I know she has cancer) being, I suppose, the voice of tragedy somehow. And Augustus was very sweet and also smart...but sometimes overly optimistic, so the voice of comedy?...I think that the intention was to show the two extreme reactions to being sick so young. You could either take your eventual death and be very pragmatic about it or go the other way around and try to act like the illness is not there while taking profit of every single minute.

    The story builds up nicely, and I appreciated the fact that at the end Green talks about consulting with specialists to be as accurate as possible and admits that in some cases he took the liberty to ignore their advice in order to make a literary option instead of a scientific one.

    The descriptions of Amsterdam were lovely. How lucky for him to be able to get to know the city!

    It was a nice love story. It was a nice cancer story. But it was a predictable story. I don't think this was Green's fault. I think is the fault of the internet.

    I enjoyed Kate Rudd as a narrator; she was fun, very good inflections and voices.

    The dead are only visible in the terrible, littlest eye of memory

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ima Shoppher Houston, TX 06-03-14
    Ima Shoppher Houston, TX 06-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Compulsive 101

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    "I laughed and I cried - so much"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Their love is the kind that lives on


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel Grace - strong and beautiful, optimistic yet honest with herself and those who surround her.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job on vocals. Really portrayed the feelings and emotions.


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

    I had every reaction possible to this book - but mostly sobbed uncontrollably


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful read - thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AM 06-01-14
    AM 06-01-14
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    "Good story, but sometimes lacked some details."
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Would recommend for any reader but particularly teens and young twenty-somethings.

    I loved the story of "The Fault in Our Stars." It was a great audio book to listen to in the car. It was engaging, entertaining, and every time I sat in my car for a few extra moments waiting till I had to turn it off. The performance was amazing. How a woman can sound both like a 16 year old Hazel and pull off an old writer without sounding ridiculous is incredible.

    However, a few times I wished we had just a little more detail. Sometimes the story felt rushed or it left me wondering why a character would do that out of nowhere. It still deserved four stars, but sometimes I just wanted a little more to put the pieces together.


    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.

    16 of 17 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?

    11 of 12 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.

    13 of 15 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.

    6 of 8 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!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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