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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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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    Thomas More 09-27-13
    Thomas More 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 09-24-13
    Jan 09-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Older Young Adult to Adult..."

    Delightful and insightful book, opens the world of teens coping with cancer and the losses, grief, processing, friendships and joy. There is some swearing, some alcohol, sexual innuendos (plus encounter) and the death of a beloved character. Lots of deep thoughts and emotions. My favorite; Hazel (who is dying of cancer and trying to isolate self... to not hurt others) states, "I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?" This isn't a 12 year old YA book, but a wonderful book for older teens and adults.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 09-22-13
    Carol 09-22-13
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    "Sad but satisfying"

    I became quite attached to the characters in this story. They were dealing with tragic circumstances, but did so with courage and humor. Dealing with terminal illness as a young person is an all too common experience. For many, simply getting the diagnosis could mean the end of joy, maturing, and loving. But John Green showed how these teens went on living their lives in spite of their illnesses. I'm glad I listened - I came away feeling sad, but also glad to have been a part of their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 09-09-13
    Alison 09-09-13
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    "Amazing Story"

    Holy crap I'm so glad I listened to this amazing story. I was hesitant I'll admit. It's not like a story about kids with cancer is enticing...but I waited until I was in the mood to take on an emotional story and I whole heartedly recommend this to anyone, of any age. I seriously I fell in love with the characters in this book and how they live and love inspite of their circumstances. Kate Rudd was amazing too. There were parts where I was laughing out loud while also crying. Here narration was spot on, and her narration of Augustus was my favorite.

    This book is REAL. The writing is smart, witty, funny, sad, and I will keep this story with me. Please don't pass it up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 09-09-13
    Gerard VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    This would depend in what type of reader you are.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall book was just amazing.


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

    She gives it a little more life.


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

    I am not really sure because there are lots of different options for this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nilda 08-22-13
    Nilda 08-22-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Unexpected Pleasure"

    I was somewhat leery about listening to this book because of the subject matter but I'm glad I went ahead and ordered it. The story of Hazel Grace, Augustus, and the other characters was moving, poignant, funny, inspiring, sad, and much more. The reader did a great job and brought the characters to life-no pun intended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Milton, ON, Canada 07-17-13
    Courtney Milton, ON, Canada 07-17-13
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    "Entertaining, but not as moving as I had hoped."
    Any additional comments?

    Let me start off by saying that I did enjoy listening to this book, however, I felt as though there was something off about the story the entire time. I was not a fan of the the way the characters "spoke"...to me the way they talked and the way the reader portrayed the voices did not seem realistic. I am not sure if this was simply because of the performance, or if it was because of the way it was written. I also felt the character development to be slightly shallow and because of this, I did not develop an emotional connection with the characters and relationships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Reston, Virginia, United States 07-09-13
    Jennifer Reston, Virginia, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant with a Capital B."

    I don’t think that I can give The Fault In Our Stars the praise it most certainly deserves. So let me tell you a little story:

    I’m driving down I-95 on my way to South Carolina last weekend to see my family for my cousin’s wedding. I decided I’d finish The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, because I had started it the weekend before and 7 hours in the car was the perfect time for some interrupted audiobook listening (without my boyfriend mocking me, I might add).

    John Green’s writing nearly caused 1) an accident, because I was getting so wrapped up in the story, that I was spacing out and not really paying attention to the road (did I mention it rained my entire drive down?), and 2) me to pull over because The Fault In Our Stars caused me such excruciatingly painful (and awesome!) feels, that I didn’t think I could keep driving.

    I had to turn it off and listen to Ke$ha for a little while. True story.

    This was my first John Green novel. It won’t be my last. I Loved it with a capital “L”. Yep, capital “L” Love. The exquisite and emotional story tugged at me in ways very few novels have. I can probably tick them off on one hand, honestly. Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are like two star-crossed lovers in my mind. Fated, but their infinity together is unfairly small. Bound together by cancer, they bond, not just with each other, but with the idea that they will not live forever, so they MUST LIVE NOW. And live they do.

    John Green doesn’t keep The Fault In Our Stars all sobs and heartbreak. He somehow knows what it’s like, that to have cancer, you must have a sense of humor about life and all the things in it. So many scenes, or small quotes from the characters themselves had me laughing out loud. I quickly fell in love with all of them. The story told from a teenaged girl’s point-of-view is brilliant brilliant BRILLIANT with a capital B. I’ve only been on one side of cancer; now I can say I’ve been on the other, through Hazel and Gus.

    So, spoiler alert, we’re talking about kids with cancer. There is no happily-ever-after in this story. There is only before and after. I appreciated the realistic concept, rather than a, “Surprise! You’re cured!” approach I think some authors would take. Green is not afraid to make his readers feel, or think. And that’s what The Fault In Our Stars does: it makes you think, about life, death, mortality, the Before and the After, and what you are making of your life now.

    Basically what I’m saying is, this book deserves the highest praise and I bow down its greatness and John Green.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erica United States 07-02-13
    Erica United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012

    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire

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    "This Book Is Amazing"

    Generally I try to stick to SciFi/Fantasy, so this was not an expected choice for me. However, the book immediately grabbed me and I found myself inventing chores to do around the house so that I could keep listening. Only two thirds of the way through I found myself completely engrossed in the story such that I started bawling. On the bus. In public. It wasn't a pretty picture, but even then I couldn't stop listening. No book that I've listened to, save maybe the removal of the worm in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has made me outwardly emote so much, and I have to credit John Green's writing for that. I recommend this book if you like reading at all or are invested in humanity.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 05-16-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Grab the kleenex and devour this book"

    This book came highly recommended, and I was not disappointed. It is the touching story of several teens living, and dying, with cancer. Let's be honest, that wasn't a spoiler; it's just what the book is about.

    Green writes as if he is telling his own story. You quickly grow to love Hazel, Augustus and Isaac as if they were your own child or friend. You want to celebrate victories and mourn losses with them. You want to know them better.

    Rudd does an excellent job of narration, giving individual voice to each character and enhancing the experience of the book.

    Break out the kleenex for this read. you'll be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    20 of 22 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?

    16 of 18 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.

    16 of 18 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 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!!!

    8 of 9 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.

    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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    3/15/12
    Overall
    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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