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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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    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 03-29-13
    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes!"

    John Green did an amazing job. Hazel is such a fun character, and yet so tortured. It is clever. Augustus is clever. This is a definite read/listen. I am doing my best to pass this book around my circle. Everybody who I've turned on to it LOVED IT...adults and teens. There are parts of the story that get a bit predictable, but you still hope against hope that they don't happen. And it tears you apart when it does. The most enjoyable book of this ilk since I read "If I Stay" (another definite-must!)

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-19-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Brutally Honest. Immensely Heartaching"

    This is the first time I've ever read / listened to one of John Green's books and I liked it.
    This is a beautiful teenage love story lived by two really smart cancer survivors, who are, amongst anything else, on a cancer-road of love and self discovery.

    I can't imagining listening to this book any other way. Kate Rudd does a wonderful job! Kudos!

    This is not the best one I've ever read, maybe because I was hoping for a different ending, but it is important to say that the author took his time to do his research, and really understand the struggle that cancer survivors go through each day, which makes it totally honest and revealing.

    The tittle is a kind of spoiler to what you expect from the book, but there are things you will find unpredictable and you will enjoy.

    Prepare for some deep thoughts about the basic concepts of life.

    The Fault in our Stars sort of resembles Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (the fictional book inside the book), which leaves us wondering what will happen to Hazel, Isac, Gus' parents...

    It is possible to read this in one sitting. It is not the type of book that leaves you dangling like a cliffhanger. It is a book full of romantism, love, and wonderment over the slut that is time.

    But I have to say I felt a little disappointed because I wanted more. Maybe John Green meant it that way, or maybe he wanted use to write our own ending to Hazel Grace.

    I'd truly recommend it, but I don't think I'd read it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DragonboatGirl United States 03-11-13
    DragonboatGirl United States 03-11-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Made me laugh and cry. Didn't want it to end."
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Strength, humour, love


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    Cutting for Stones. Deep human emotions and connections that make you appreciate life even more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was completely captivated after listening for about 5 minutes. I had no idea what I got myself into, but wow, this really blew my mind. I was crying unstoppingly on a metro, but I couldn't stop listening! That's how good it was. Even though the protagonists are teenagers, they are stronger and more mature than anyone. I actually used Whispersync, so I could read and listen to the book interchangably. I found myself gravitating toward the audible book, because the narrator did such a fantastic job portraying the tones and accents. It's incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 03-01-13
    Rebecca 03-01-13

    A sometime listener... more of a reader

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    "Moving, funny, brilliant"

    This story is deeply moving but at the same time both funny and thought-provoking. In addition to being a sad and tragic story, there is a real beauty in the way that very poignant moments between Hazel and Augustus are presented. Green doesn't allow readers to be maudlin though because he also includes doses of vivid description of teenage experience which encourage readers/listeners to see the funny side of life - just as Hazel and Augustus try to do despite the agony of cancer and the terminal reality that they face.
    Kate Rudd's performance in narrating this novel is also superb. She really reveals the depth of Hazel as a character, even to the extent that the simple word "ok" is said with an incredible amount of meaning - so we hear acceptance, questions, reassurance, and love in one simple word.
    I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lacey T. 02-20-13
    Lacey T. 02-20-13
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    "Simply brilliant, life-changing read"

    Though this novel falls under the YA genre, and I am slightly past my "young adult" years, this book really spoke to me. It was the first I had read by John Green, and immediately after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, I tracked down every other book by the author I could get my hands on. All are good, but this is the best!

    The characters, especially Hazel and Augustus, stick with you long after the story ends. Various quotes bounced around in my head for weeks. But best of all, this book made me FEEL. Really feel things that I haven't for years. Feelings that precious few other novels, plays, or films have been able to evoke.

    I laughed out loud, I cried (quite a bit), I held my breath, I mused... And I've re-read it over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. Buford Dallas, TX 02-09-13
    N. Buford Dallas, TX 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "okay? okay."
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be among my top 3 of all time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites. This is a rarity of a novel that I was completed vested in every single character. From the parents and their obvious pain, to Issac and his hilarious threats to beat up his brother, to Hazel and her beautiful thoughts...to Gus....charismatic, adorably charming Gus. I loved them all.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The emotion she used was spot on. She gave Hazel the voice she was meant to have. I believed every second of it.


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

    The entire book moved me. I have never read something that has caused laughter and tears in a way this did....often within the same moments....I was hooked immediately. But if forced to choose a favorite moment it was Gus's texts to Hazel after reading their book. I LITERALLY Laughed out loud. It was the honesty in that shared moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost never reread books...but I already know I will be drawn in again and again. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I am so grateful to have experienced this. A new favorite. I started late at night and couldnt sleep I so wanted to hear more...and though i was puffy eyed and tired by the end...I regret nothing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 02-05-13
    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Surprisingly fun!"

    I know it sounds absurd to describe this book as fun, but it was a very enjoyable story. The characters were brilliantly fleshed out, and the plot was mostly realistic. If you are entertained by witty teenage humor, sarcastic but not necessarily negative, then you will probably get a kick out of the dialogue in this book. Granted, the topic of childrens cancer is not a cheery topic, and illness and death are a large part of this story. However, to me, this book is more about living than about dying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 02-04-13
    Patricia 02-04-13

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "Emotionally Impactful"

    I loved this book, but I will only listen to it once. I completed the book within 24 hrs as I could not put it down. I am a cancer survivor and it really doesn't matter the age, you can relate to the treatments and the people surrounding you. I too attended a support group and one of our members was an 18 yr old girl who had battle cancer from a very young age. So, I know the image of Hazel Grace very well.

    Hazel Grace is amazing, honest, and real as she deals with her cancer. She is brave without wanting recognition. August Walters is impactful, romantic, and human throughout adding strength to the people around him. Their relationship bring hope for another day to love. The story covers many choices that are made to save lives and the gift life (though sometimes short) brings to others.

    This book is a hopeful view of love and life, though full of tragedy. I hope this story inspires to love even when you know it will not be forever.

    If you haven't read this book yet... You should!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    GS 02-02-13
    GS 02-02-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Emotional story about cancer affected kids :'("

    This is an excellent, smart, at times funny but extremely emotional book. You will need tissue box, I am afraid. Don’t let that dissuade you though. It’s worth it.

    There is humor, intellectual stimulation, emotional over stimulation – it’s got it all. The author does tell you that the book is completely fictional, but it’s hard to believe that he could write it so realistically. Overall, a not to be missed book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-02-13
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-02-13 Member Since 2014

    Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Not a sob story (figuratively, not literally)"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Hazel, but I fell in love with Augustus, just as Hazel did.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd's narration was spot-on as a witty, intelligent, slightly jaded teenager. Even her laboured breathing sounded authentic.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a bit of a tearjerker, but not a cancer sob story. It is a brutally honest look at a terminally ill teenager, but it does not devolve into a pity party for Hazel. I loved this book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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.

    16 of 17 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?

    11 of 12 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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    6 of 8 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.

    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!

    5 of 6 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.

    2 of 2 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!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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