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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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    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 Member Since 2013
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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 2015

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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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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 05-16-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    marianna houston, TX, United States 05-11-13
    marianna houston, TX, United States 05-11-13
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    "Fantastic Book"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I have listen to this book more than once is just so good I really recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I love about this book is that is full of different emotions. Is funny and sad and I love the characters.


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

    Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is one the best books I have listen so far and I love the story. The narrator made a really great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-11-13
    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Audible Obsessed Commuter.

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    ""Life, Love, and the pursuit of Closure""

    My First, but not last, John Green read. He covers a plethora of social topics while captivating my attention and investment in the characters. The story is about a girl, diagnosed with cancer, who struggles to deal with life, love, and the endless pursuit to find closure concerning characters from her favorite novel. It is considered a young adult read as the main characters are adolescents, but is a great read for anyone! I have recommended this to anyone who will listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "Sweet, Funny and Interesting"

    The Fault In Our Stars was a quaint, interesting character study of teens who struggle with terminal illness. The reader gets a window into the world of two fearless teens who dare to love, live and grow while facing imminent death. The author did his homework on this book. The parents of each teen also showed themselves in this book. The perspective parents and their journeys of love and respect for their children's processes were deeply felt and beautifully reflected in the qualities and choices of their children. Well done, Mr. Green. I can't imagine how the author gained the inside information of the world of teen age cancer patients and their parents, but bravo to him. These families do appear to have money, though, which is a luxury which many cancer patients do not have, so bare that in mind before you purchase this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • oldman
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    1/9/15
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    "This book just made me cry again and again. "

    I loved this movie, so reading the book was the next step. I love this book but it made me cry like the film. I cried way more reading the book than watching the movie.

    Hazel and Augustus have an amazing love story. Whilst both cope with cancer in their own way.

    This book will make you cry but I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS RE STUART
    1/5/15
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    "Amazing book perfect in every way"

    I love the book start to finish. Excellently read!
    Perfect in its every imperfection that's what makes it perfect in its own right

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    1/5/15
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    "Oh my gosh read this book"

    I'm now as addicted to this book as the imperial infliction as Hazel Grace is! This book is so amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anja Meissner
    Ingolstadt
    12/20/14
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    "A different kind of romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would certainly recommend this audiobook. I enjoyed listening to it and found the story as well as the language used inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel Grace as it was a different point of view and her wittiness made her the perfect character you just had to fall in love with.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many ! How they first met, Isaak in hospital, Amsterdam.


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

    It made me laugh and cry, emotional but yet inspiring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/15/14
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    "A fine book exploring demanding issues"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    Through the story, the author raises profound issues about identity, purpose and how we understand quality in life. He does not try and resolve them, but leaves the reader to reflect for themselves. He uses humour to good effect to ask disarming questions about how we understand and support people whose life experience is at variance to our own. We see their situation from our viewpoint and not theirs - often with patronising effect. Just a brilliant piece of writing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    12/11/14
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    "A beautiful book wonderfully read."
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The tone and mood of the book was excellent sad but not too sad, warm and funny but not inappropriately so and romantic but not to gussy. A difficult and challenging topic handled with respect and consideration.


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

    No but i would be happy to read more my her i loved the reading of this book so glad i bought the audio vution and not the paperback.


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

    No to long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ZoeMbubbles
    UK
    11/11/14
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    "Predictable Story. No connection with characters"
    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy this book at all. After all the rave reviews I had heard and being a big fan of John Greens YouTube videos I was excited to listen. Unfortunately nothing about the story captured me. I guessed from the beginning what would happen based on the name of the book (and lets face it when 80% of the characters has cancer you should expect something sad to happen) but when it did I wasn't sad, I didn't even well up. I failed to connect with the characters at all, I wanted to and lord knows I tried but I just couldn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • yellowarian
    10/29/14
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    "great suprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the book this was my first audio and was great


    Any additional comments?

    First audio and throughly enjoyed. Topic could have been depressing was a joy to listen too, so well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kidzbookdetective
    u.k
    10/26/14
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    "What on earth is all the fuss about?"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Americans.


    What could John Green have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found something more interesting than some else's demise to write about.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    To one tracked and bleating.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Fed up of books being made to sound sensational when they read like something constructed at a bus stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vivien Lyle
    Ramsgate England
    10/16/14
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    "Fabulous!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Yes I would, a great well told story. Emotional roller coaster.


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

    The two lead characters and their parents.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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