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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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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2016

    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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    Melody Ocoee, FL 04-05-13
    Melody Ocoee, FL 04-05-13 Member Since 2016

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Enjoyable, heartfelt read"

    While I had a hard time believing that the characters would use such elaborate language - I really enjoyed the book. The narrator perfectly captured Hazel and I could hear her breathing struggle. This is one of those YA books that you have to read because you will enjoy it, cry during it, and be cheering on the characters throughout it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2016

    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 2016

    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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    OutOfStyle1989 02-04-13 Member Since 2012

    After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.

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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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  • Sarah Heath
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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

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  • Mrs Caroline Blackman
    8/2/15
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    "Great listen"

    Enthralling listen. A side of life rarely spoken about which comes a live through this book.

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  • A. Brunton
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    "I think it's probably an excellent book for teens."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No because the storyline is pretty much set about 1/4 way through the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Death.


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

    It's good.


    Do you think The Fault in Our Stars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope - I think the story is pretty much complete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Audrey Smith
    Henderson, NV
    7/30/15
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    "Highly recommend"

    An amazing, emotive story with wonderfully developed characters.

    Listen to it with a box of tissues. It will make your heart swell until it hurts.

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  • Finnyb
    7/27/15
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    "The best"

    This book completed me. I had not relieved my tear ducts in a while when reading this and I was happy to do so. This 'bible' of mine touched me in a way that I didn't know anything could. This book is MY infinity and I am completely indebted to John Green for creating this. I hope you can take the time to listen/read this book that has not only bought me joy but many others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    7/20/15
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    "I preferred this than the Movie"

    I loved this story even more while I was listening while reading the book. Cried my heart out while Isaac was giving his eulogy to Agustus.
    The Isaac in the movie didn't give justice on the eulogy scene.
    Sandra

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jocelyn Beales
    7/20/15
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    "You will require a hankie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was recommend this book to a friend (and have done) it was a wonderful story, if heartbreaking at times. A story which reminds us to be grateful for all we have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought this was a very inspired look at peoples feeling when dealing with illnesses. It felt very honest and yet uplifting.


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

    I listen to this book during my commute, but had I had this time I would have listen to this in one go. It was definitely I story I needed to find out what was going to happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PT
    7/9/15
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    "Not just for the young!"

    I came to this book, aware that it had been made into a film but unaware that it was originally written for a teen audience. As a recycled teenager (several times over) I have to say I found the story both deeply touching without sentimentality. It tackles the subject of terminal illness in the young with insight and tenderness, yet a hard edge - the matter of fact way in which the central characters approach their impending deaths. Beautifully narrated, altogether a great listen. Just keep your hankie at the ready. You will need it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • zara bazdar
    6/27/15
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    "Brilliant"

    It was brilliant and it met my expectations by far I have read and re read this story loads of times but I had never listened to it and when I did it made me under stand it more😀😀😀😀😀

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emilia
    6/23/15
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    "Beautiful and emotional."

    Couldn't help but cry at some moments. It's thought provoking and also..makes you appreciate every little thing in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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