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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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    Susan 09-29-13
    Susan 09-29-13
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    "Real pain expressed beautifully"

    Funny, sarcastic, real. It's often said that you can't understand pleasure without experiencing pain. That doesn't mean that pain and suffering don't suck. This is such a real portrayal of sorrow. Sorrow that unless you've experience you can not understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TexGal Houston 09-27-13
    TexGal Houston 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "exceptionally touching story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I do not know; I only have the audible version.


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

    This book moved me to write my very first review. I have many audiobooks, but having just finished this book I immediately felt compelled to post a review. I was so moved by this story I actually shed some tears, I feel like I actually knew the characters and boy was I rooting them on. I would encourage anyone who was "on the fence" about whether they should purchase this book or not to go ahead and take the plunge. Very worthwhile of both the cost and your time . My only complaint is that it ended, as most books do. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-27-13
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    "The most painfully beautiful book I loved to read."
    Any additional comments?

    I read books for the happy endings. I also like them to have a coherent plot with interesting characters and acceptable grammar, but first and foremost I read books for happy endings. TFIOS is not that type of book. It has beautiful prose and vibrantly real characters. It has a plot that consumed me, despite the only epic battles in it being on TVs. I spent the last two hours of this audiobook crying, and sometimes laughing, because Hazel and Agustus and Issac cried and still sometimes laughed. I loved it. I don't know if I'll ever want to read it again, but I'll never regret having read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 09-25-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 09-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Book nerd for life!

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    "I Laughed, I Cried"

    I loved this book. I loved Hazel. I loved Augustus. I laughed a lot and I cried more than I wanted to. It was such an amazing, beautiful, frustrating story. Finished it in one day. It's worth the hype. & the narration was so spot on.

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    Kimberly 09-24-13
    Kimberly 09-24-13
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    "Definitely Young Adult Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought The Fault in Our Stars based on the strength of its recommendation and its apparent appeal to all audiences. I found it to be an underwhelming, barely tolerable, adolescent tale of love and life experience without depth or nuance. The characters are simple and their speech is annoyingly stereotypic. The plot, based on a trip to visit an author who wrote a book without ending, was entirely uncompelling, and the answers that the main character is 'dying' to uncover are devoid of substance. I had to stop listening before the girl got on the plane. I would not recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    pedro df, Mexico 09-23-13
    pedro df, Mexico 09-23-13
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    "EXCELENT READING!!"

    An incredible book, really well researched.

    An introspection of the mind, and the realization that even if your life is short, you can make it count.

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    Lesley St George, ON, Canada 09-23-13
    Lesley St George, ON, Canada 09-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You will fall in love"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The character Hazel Grace just broke my heart with her willingness to love in the face of loss.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hope and the honesty


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    It felt ....right. She was like she wasn't reading the character of Hazel but that she became Hazel.


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

    The funeral scene where the surprise guest shows up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Brandt Groton, MA, US 09-22-13
    Ellen Brandt Groton, MA, US 09-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "On my all-time favorites list"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    funny, poignant, insightful


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

    This book reminded me of "It's Always Something" by Gilda Radner because, although the story is incredibly sad, you keep laughing out loud while reading it. And you get so engrossed in the story that you don't realize you have been lured into thinking about topics (death, cancer) that you'd rather avoid thinking about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love that many of the scenes dealt with widely experienced 'coming of age' conflicts. I am relieved that issues related to illness and death were not always in the forefront


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

    I didn't listen to it all at once, although I would have liked to. It was, however, nice to have some time to pause and reflect before moving on


    Any additional comments?

    One of the very best books I have read recently

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doc.Aloha 09-19-13
    Doc.Aloha 09-19-13

    Love books, learning, and traveling vicariously through them.

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    "This Book Will Change Your Life"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 1%, without a doubt. Never has a(n) (audio)book impacted me so profoundly: I still find myself thinking about the incredibly realistically portrayed characters WEEKS after I've finished the experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    Though not a specific moment, the relationship between the characters was refreshingly realistic. Given the usually depressing subject matter of "The Big C", and all that patients go through in battling its various forms, I loved that the author used realistic dialogue to communicate what X and Y were facing on a daily basis (especially the macabre use of the slang that real-life cancer "warriors" use in talking about their daily lives). Many times, WE (if I may speak for many of us in the terminally ill community) NEED to use dark humor in talking about the subject that takes over and permeates every facet of our lives. (As the adage goes, if we didn't laugh about it, ( at least sometimes) we'd cry. If you've been fighting for a very LONG time, you may not have any tears left!)


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She captured the unique humor present throughout the story, despite the depressing (yet realistic) circumstances the characters frequently (some might say constantly) faced. Instead of being a very sad tale of two young people robbed of any potential joy in life, Rudd's gifted portrayal of the characters enabled me to focus on them as real people falling in love. They were made "real people" first (via the author and reader) instead of "cancer victims" who (if I may be very blunt here and say what most "non-veterans" of the "war" tend to think) "had no business wasting time on a relationship which would obviously be doomed to fail, given the nature of their diagnoses"."Finally!" I thought, quite shocked at this (IMHO) radical take on the lives of two teens who ALSO just HAPPEN to have medical conditions which virtually always (so very frustratingly) evade all attempted treatments and result in death (be it a quick or slow journey, with many hills and valleys, or rather even terrain). The story was a beautiful one about a very special love between two people who likely never thought they would live long enough to have a romantic relationship, given their unique circumstances. After all, given that their daily lives were so different from those of their peers, even if either had much contact with anyone living a "normal" teenage life (with regular school days, classes, and a social life), I doubt they would have had much in common. Unfortunately, as is often the case, those with serious medical problems often find themselves with a shortage of friends who stick around when things get REALLY rough. Unlike many other teenage (so-called) "loves", this seemed to be the real deal to me. Ms. Rudd brought those strong feelings to life in her performance, allowing me to truly enjoy the serendipity of this love, with its honesty and quirkiness. (At last, the kids get a break in life!!! Yea!) Their love, though so different than most for obvious reasons, is a gift that too many will NEVER have the joy of experiencing. This brings up the universal question: what is most important in life? (I am not even going to touch upon that question!) One positive aspect of their medical conditions was that it enabled them to form an incredibly strong bond; they were members of the unique "club" of the seriously medically ill. Their relationship became deep pretty quickly; likely (IMO) they knew not to waste precious time on superficial things. (That's not to say they didn' t enjoy flirting, which is of course not a waste of time!) I enjoyed that their relationship was a unique combination of both innocence and depth.


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

    Love and Life: Can They Ever Be Measured?


    Any additional comments?

    I think this should be REQUIRED READING for anyone who is human, or at least for anyone going into a healthcare profession, and highly recommended for anyone who lives with or cares about someone with a chronic illness or one which usually is "incompatible with life". Why? PEOPLE ARE NOT DISEASES, DIAGNOSES, OR CONDITIONS. EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE, AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS AN INDIVIDUAL PERSON. The "humanity" has somehow (yes, really!) been sucked out of most healthcare delivery, insidiously, within a relatively small timespan. I've heard all the usual pathetic excuses, usually involving time, liability, and money (maybe I should say complaints of lack thereof). I sure wish I had a solution to this problem, but as each person is responsible for their own actions, each person has the power of choosing to do more than the minimum to get by on their particular job. You may not directly increase your monetary condition by spending more time with or effort on a patient, but you will likely reap rewards more valuable. Even small efforts are noticed, and the cliche "happiness is contagious" remains true. I can attest to the fact that healthcare providers someday become patients: one is almost always surprised when the roles reverse!If you can't identify with being considered a "frequent flyer" r.e. the CONSUMER side of medical care, I am truly happy for you (seriously!), and urge you to be thankful for each and every second of this time. I hope you will gain as much insight as I have regarding the values one places on the universal things in life. Dare to ask yourself what you truly hold dear in your life. If, like so many, you treasure money over personal relationships, consider how you spend your time. Perhaps a change is in order? As The Fault in Our Stars clearly and beautifully reminds us, each of our journeys in life are different. Learn to appreciate even the smallest of blessings, and don't neglect the biggest ones. NOURISH the LOVE in your life, with your family and friends- RISK telling them just how much you love and appreciate them. EVEN a RELATIVELY SHORT life can have AS MUCH IMPACT on the world as a very LONG one; SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT EACH DAY BRINGS!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Webb Virginia 09-19-13
    Jennifer Webb Virginia 09-19-13 Member Since 2011

    ...jennybek

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    "Just Brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    Audio is the only way I read this particular book, so I'm biased, but I LOVED the narrator's performance.


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

    Hazel Grace is a treasure.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly loved this book. Yeah, you'll cry. But there is too much life in this book to be ignored. Brilliantly written, brilliantly narrated, just that good.

    0 of 0 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?

    10 of 11 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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