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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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    cad Dallas, Texas United States 03-07-13
    cad Dallas, Texas United States 03-07-13

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    "I am IN LOVE with this book."
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The writing style is my absolute favorite. This is my first John Green book, and I can't stop recommending it to everyone I come across too.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Amazing! Thank you Kate!!!


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    Mia Seattle, WA, United States 03-07-13
    Mia Seattle, WA, United States 03-07-13
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    "Truly amazing listen!"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, funny, tragic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First of all, I had no idea this was a Young Adult book until a short interview with the author at the end. This story is rich, and quirky with remarkable depth. I laughed frequently, and in the second half of the book I cried just as much. I really cared about the characters. They became living, breathing people in my mind, and I felt well-acquainted with them by the end of the book. Any story that can deliver such characters has achieved quite a feat. This story also had a satisfying ending for me without being too wrapped-up or cliche. It obviously covers an intense subject, but Greene doesn't abuse his readers and leave them in a hole. The story is very real, bittersweet, like so much in life.


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

    Kate Rudd gave the characters soul, and communicated emotion beautifully. Her voice was well-matched with the main character, especially important in a first-person narrative. I don't think I would have laughed as hard if I'd read the book myself, and her unique voices for the characters conveyed a lot more of their personality than I might have gathered on my own.


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

    A quirky coming-of-age tale of love and loss...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Quirky, honest writing is very much my style, so if that sounds good to you I highly recommend you take a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. DeSantiago Council Bluffs, IA 03-05-13
    T. DeSantiago Council Bluffs, IA 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "New favorite story, first favorite audiobook"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Endearing, Bittersweet


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

    There are too many to account for. Those moments when the relationship between Hazel and Augustus matures, those moments where the characters grant us very real insights into the human experience. I knew John Green was an intelligent man from his YouTube series, but never did I expect his writing to be so powerful and moving.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate did a phenomenal job of connecting with the story and immersing the listener entirely into the story. Her voice acting was superb, and I look forward to hearing some of her other works.


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

    Yes. (SPOILER ALERT) Where they lay by the skeleton and talk, where Augustus confesses his love for her... and she didn't reply with an "I love you too". Her worry that to do so served only to hurt him later moved me in a way I did not expect.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, and I loved this audiobook. If you are one of those people who listens to audiobooks in public, consider this: this story, while not all sad, can become very real and deeply moving at times... and if you would like to maintain your composure while at the Gym or whatever... I recommend listening to this at home instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada 03-05-13
    Ruth Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada 03-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "So very good, it's painful"

    I agree with other reviewers, don't pass this one by due to its Young Adult status. It is so very good, it will make you cry, it will perhaps make you realize that life is unfair. Things happen to people, because, they just happen. As my dear GP says, " sometimes life just hands you a land mine'" you didn't deserve it, it just happens. No good or bad, just is. That does not aleviate the suffering however, the desire for a meaningful life, the desire we have for meaning. Read it, experience it,
    Kate Rudd does a marvelous job of narrating. Thank you John Green for allowing me this glimpse into this world, I am the richer for it.

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    cyndi LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 03-04-13
    cyndi LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Beautiful story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    As a cancer survivor, this was a little difficult but it is a beautiful story and it was beautifully narrated. Although everyone's experience is different, I felt this was very realistic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was Hazel. She is wise beyond her years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca L. Barbacci Maplewood, NJ, USA 03-04-13
    Rebecca L. Barbacci Maplewood, NJ, USA 03-04-13

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    "Touching story, great performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    A different twist to the usual teenage story. Great performance made all the difference!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery of what happened keeps you hanging until the very end!


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Great narration!


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    anne Richmond, VA, United States 03-04-13
    anne Richmond, VA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating listen for a long car ride!"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 5!


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

    Don't want to be a 'spoiler alert'


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


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

    Got teary eyed at one point, and smiled often.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nicki CARNEGIE, PA, United States 03-04-13
    nicki CARNEGIE, PA, United States 03-04-13
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    "great book!"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    This was great and easy to listen to. The story line really hit home for me. I recommcned this book to people of all ages.


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    alison Samford Valley, Australia 03-04-13
    alison Samford Valley, Australia 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Memorable Story, Tough Material"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Kate Rudd did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The verbal mannerisms of the young characters were spot-on. On the other hand, the characters discuss big ideas--philosophy and religion and the meaning of life, and a physical copy of the book would allow for easier study. For example, several poems were referenced, and I'd love to look them up. A print version would be more convenient in that instance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I'm guessing Gus is everyone's favourite. He is, as he puts it, "charismatic."


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

    This is my first experience with Kate Rudd, but I will be watching out for her.


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

    Well, that's a silly question given the book deals with dying teenagers and star-crossed love. "Moving" is to be expected. "Surprising" --that is what is interesting about this book--the surprising bits, but I can't comment on the many gasp-worthy moments or I would risk spoiling it for you...


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, yes: it's a tear jerker. I'd advise you not to avoid it because of the sad topic. There is so much to think about and celebrate in this beautiful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TheDallesmbt The Dalles, OR 03-04-13
    TheDallesmbt The Dalles, OR 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Don't Be Misled by "Young Adult" Classification"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    As a high school teacher for more than 20 years, I loved the fact that the author was able to capture so clearly the voices of adolescents--their wit, senses of humor, abilities to empathize. I also loved the individual main characters in this story--all young people suffering from various types of cancer--going to "group" meetings to please their parents, yet finding friendship, love, hope and support in a very difficult setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the realism of dealing with a cancer in a hopeful, if heartbreaking, manner. The author was not afraid to give specific details--death is not glossed over. Particularly poignant was when Hazel Grace read social media regarding the death of someone she knew, and her thoughts about the remarks that might be left on her own page. Also touching was the relationship of parents and children who were affected by terminal illness. Yet, though the situation was dreadful, the book itself offers more humor and strength than sadness.


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

    Kate Rudd perfectly captures the voice of Hazel Grace. You could almost hear her "rolling her eyes" in some of the situations.


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

    This is definitely a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. I usually work on projects while I listen, and I found myself working longer and longer so that I would not have to leave the story. One cannot help but care about the characters, and the story took some unexpected turns.


    Any additional comments?

    I was particularly impressed at the end of the book when the author is questioned. He recommends "The Empress of Maladies" which is one of my top audio selections. His ability to blend fiction with nonfiction makes this a particularly strong read.

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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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