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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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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    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.

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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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  • emma
    11/26/15
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    "Very sad but very good"

    A very good but sad YA book with well crafted, likable characters. Great narration and a short interview with the author at the end.

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  • Hungrychics
    Boston, Lincolnshire
    10/29/15
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    "The most beautifully written book, crafted!"

    I loved the way this book was written. Every sentence seems to have been crafted, hewn from the best of our language - and go figure, written by an American!! Congratulations John Green, so good to see talent is not dead.
    This story is not just for teenagers, although it is about them and we've all been there, so it all relates. It is about a really normal, funny, intelligent girl that happens to be ill. Her story develops without letting her illness take a priority; she would be an appealing character whether she was ill or not! However it did open my eyes to some of the difficulties she has to overcome.
    Don't hesitate to download this book, it's just lovely.

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  • Kwez
    10/29/15
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    "Outstanding Surprise"

    Had no idea what to expect; needless to say the film has alot to live up to.

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/22/15
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    "brilliant book"

    this book was brilliant. a story of good times in bad times. well narrated too

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  • D. M. York
    Manchester, UK
    10/17/15
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    "Never stop living"

    There is massive potential for this book to have been a relentless piece of "misery porn" in the same fashion that some made-for-television films deal with the same subject - adolescents dealing with cancer. Though here the story is told from a point of real positivity.

    The subject matter is quite sad, looking at people who should be starting to live their own lives as they approach adulthood but instead live with an acceptance that there are already fewer days ahead than there are behind. The book focuses on the relationship that forms between Hazel and Augustus, and how they jointly accept that the days that they have (however few) are not things they can waste.

    The ending of the book leaves you aching to know what happens. You never learn what happens to Hazel, what she does with her life after the book finishes. The story has great potential to be really upsetting, but in truth it serves as a reminder that none of us really know how much time we have and what matters is that we do the best we can with what we have right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Al Gibson
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    10/10/15
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    "Thank you"

    Just finished fault in our stars ! This book has to be one of the best books I have read this year ! I've cried so much , laughed and learnt so much it's an amazing book ! Thanks you John green for this book ! I recommend this to everyone !!!!! Xxxx

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  • Nick
    9/18/15
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    "Freaking AMAZING!!!"

    Words cannot describe my love for this book! John Green is a literal genius! 😍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrsb2011
    9/13/15
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    "A sad love story that will touch you at any age."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the book, I have watched the film. I would say this is one of the best YA audio books I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was entertaining though out, I enjoyed the fact that being ill was not something to be negative about all the time and that there was still fun to be had.


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

    I thought Kate Rudd did an amazing job with all characters, especially the male voices.


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

    I felt that I couldn't listen to the book in one sitting as it was quite long, however I feel that I may have had a more emotional pull towards it if I could have done. I felt that the story really grabs you in. Kate Rudd did an amazing job of this. I would actually go out of my way to discover other audio books narrated by her, finding a good narrator can be tough when listening to audio books.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very pleased I listened to the audio book of The Fault in our Stars, although it is aimed at young adults, do not let that put you off. I think it will touch you whatever age you are. The performance is close to perfect and will leave you feeling very emotional. I would like to thank Audible for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alyson
    8/23/15
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    "Absolutely brilliant and heart warming"

    It was my first ever audio book and found it most interesting, I felt like I was there and involved in the story line. The narrater Kate Rudd is fantastic and has done a great job and it was easy to get involved and want to find out where it ends. The story line has its sad moments , good times and just wants to make you be a better person and enjoy every moment you have as they are all special so thankyou

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Heath
    8/14/15
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    "Beautiful Story "

    It has been years since I have been so into a book that I can't put it down. It is such a beautiful Story and written so well! I was surprised to see it was written by a male. As a 20 year old female I can tell you that Hazel is totally relatable. She is just my kind of girl; I almost wish she were real so I could befriend her.

    All this being said I can't help but feel like the narration was slightly off in places. Dont get me wrong there were moments where i was so involved in the story that Kate became Hazel but there were moments where her voice didn't fit. John mentions in the interview that he felt strange narrating his own book because he is a male reading from a females perspective when in reality I think it's just as odd having a noticeably older woman playing a 16 year old. It was still over all fantastic though.

    To conclude I think it's safe to say my family miss me after the two days straight I spent in my room listening to this magnificent piece of writing.

    Thank you John

    Sarah

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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