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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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    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.


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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 09-29-13
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-27-13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas More Billings, MT USA 09-27-13
    Thomas More Billings, MT USA 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Unafraid to read from any genre.

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    "beautiful love story for all ages"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I was very, very impressed with the narrator, Kate Rudd. I found myself wondering how she could read with such emotion at times, and yet maintain such control during the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel, obviously. I love well written female protagonists.


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

    As mentioned, Ms. Rudd does a wonderful job. I can only imagine what it would have been like to read the book without her interpretations of the characters, particularly her Gus, because she nails a speech pattern that so perfectly parallels his personality. Augustus has the most distinct voice in the book, and she really finds something there that is so right for him.


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

    Cry. Of course. It would make a zombie cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this, as it does such a great job illuminating a world of characters we rarely hear about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 09-25-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 09-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Book nerd for life!

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    "I Laughed, I Cried"

    I loved this book. I loved Hazel. I loved Augustus. I laughed a lot and I cried more than I wanted to. It was such an amazing, beautiful, frustrating story. Finished it in one day. It's worth the hype. & the narration was so spot on.

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    Kimberly 09-24-13
    Kimberly 09-24-13
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    "Definitely Young Adult Fiction"
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    I bought The Fault in Our Stars based on the strength of its recommendation and its apparent appeal to all audiences. I found it to be an underwhelming, barely tolerable, adolescent tale of love and life experience without depth or nuance. The characters are simple and their speech is annoyingly stereotypic. The plot, based on a trip to visit an author who wrote a book without ending, was entirely uncompelling, and the answers that the main character is 'dying' to uncover are devoid of substance. I had to stop listening before the girl got on the plane. I would not recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    pedro df, Mexico 09-23-13
    pedro df, Mexico 09-23-13
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    "EXCELENT READING!!"

    An incredible book, really well researched.

    An introspection of the mind, and the realization that even if your life is short, you can make it count.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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