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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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    Martha Longmont, CO, United States 02-24-13
    Martha Longmont, CO, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Courageous teens face death with courage."

    Cancer has shaped the lives of three brave teens who come together in a support group. Gus & Hazel Grace fall in love and come of age as the cancer progresses and claims one of them. Family life revolves around the daily physical ups and downs that are out of their control. Excellent and thought provoking read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Havertown, PA, United States 02-21-13
    Eileen Havertown, PA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartachingly beautiful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several people. It is very moving. The narrator really brought it to life.


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

    I don't want to give anything away but the chapter in which Hazel and Augustus go on their dinner date was my favorite. I could feel the magic as if I had lived through it- I was so happy for them.


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

    Can't choose one.


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

    Make a wish.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, listen to it, you will be thankful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OMRI New York, NY, United States 02-20-13
    OMRI New York, NY, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Some infinites are bigger than other infinites."

    There are some songs in the world that you wish you'd written.
    This book is your best friend, you don't want it to end. It's a heartbreaking love story about life, death and the important things in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Minnie Stellenbosch, South Africa 02-20-13
    Minnie Stellenbosch, South Africa 02-20-13
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    "A Must read/listen"

    What superlatives can I heap on this book that are new? None, I think. The material of the story," young girl dying meets love of her life she/he dies so sad the end" has the making of a tearjerker to beat all tearjerkers or a potential "keep on looking at the bright side" that would make you want to go out and kick a cat, just to even things out. Instead it is an honest look at being with death at a young age.
    I listened to the audio book, enacted by Kate Rudd. She did a masterful job of capturing the youth of the characters without twisting her voice into a caricature of youngness.
    This is a most worthwhile book. Read it, listen to it and above all, remember it and the characters you get to know so so intimately

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    Lee Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 02-20-13
    Lee Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "outstanding"

    An excellent story and an engaging performance. John Green tells a touching story, and Kate Rudd performs it perfectly. I really enjoyed Ms Rudd's interpretation of Hazel.

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    Rebecca OAKLAND, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Rebecca OAKLAND, CA, United States 02-19-13
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    "Heartfelt and true to life"

    As a pediatrician who has spent a lot of time with kids with cancer, this book hit close to home. Its made me think of all my patients who have survived and gone on to live full lives and about the ones who never reached adolescence or survived long enough to fall in love for the first time. As others have mentioned, it is "technically" a novel for teens, but anyone who enjoys a good love story will appreciate this book. It was well-written and the narration seemed realistic. My only recommendation is that you DO NOT listen to the last 30-45 minutes of the book while driving. Its obviously a tear-jerker, and crying and driving are not conducive to one another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine MA, US 02-19-13
    Kristine MA, US 02-19-13
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    "Not bad"
    What did you like best about The Fault in Our Stars? What did you like least?

    It was an easy read and a decent story line. Not too crazy though about the main character.


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

    Sure


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

    Kate Rudd was excellent!


    Did The Fault in Our Stars inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Wilson NJ, USA 02-19-13
    L. Wilson NJ, USA 02-19-13
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    "Very good story...some excellent narration"

    This story is very moving. I have not read much YA lit in my middle age, and I am happily surprised by the depth of language and metaphor in this story. Beautifully written and it feels real. I appreciate the opportunity to understand the personal experience of cancer by learning from Hazel and Augustus. Although it is ostensibly a sad story, I smiled quite a bit as I listened to the great characters and dialogue.

    My main concern with the narration is that the first few chapters felt like the we're being read at breakneck speed. I kept checking my iPhone to make sure the speed setting was correct. Either I gotta used to it, or it slowed down and was then a fine performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Schneider Berlin, Germany 02-18-13
    Schneider Berlin, Germany 02-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The world is not a wish-granting factory"

    No, it is not!

    This little book really got me teary-eyed (a lot) even if I am not one who sheds tears so easily. At the beginning I was skeptical, I mean… teenagers with cancer… what do you expect? But then I gave it a chance and hell, I am so happy having done so!
    I just loved to listen to it, the performance is super and so is the writing. Still at times it gets too pathetic for my personal taste – not so much at the beginning or end, it is more the middle part that annoyed me here and there.
    Still, I would listen to it again, it is really worth the time and tears because it makes you laugh out loud plus it changes your view of sick persons. They are like you and me just that they are aware of dying while we still keep this fact out of our minds.

    Wonderful book, also for adults!

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    Corinne O'Rourke Valhalla, NY, US 02-14-13
    Corinne O'Rourke Valhalla, NY, US 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly recommended"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protaganist's voice. Hazel is instantly real and likable. I found myself relating to her even though the only thing we had in common was our gender. She had such wit, humor and an endearing vulnerability. The journey through & evolution of her various relationships in the story were masterfully written.


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

    No but I will look to. She was great.


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

    Without giving away details/spoilers some of the most moving moments for me were Augustus' grand romantic gestures & Hazel's realization that she can't protect everyone from her diagnosis


    Any additional comments?

    I read this because it kept coming up in my recommendations and the reviews were great. One reviewer said "if you pass on this book because of the "C" word (Cancer) you'd be missing a wonderful story" I second that. This novel gives a wonderful glimpse of young love, friendship, the strength & vulnerabilities of surviving. Please give it a try. I listened to the free sample and was instantly hooked.

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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.

    13 of 13 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?

    6 of 6 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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