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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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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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    Christina Joiner 04-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book, excellent narration!"
    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    This is by far the best narration performance I have experienced. Kate had a unique voice for every character and I loved her inflections and cadence.


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    Carolyn 04-30-14
    Carolyn 04-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "My 14yo said I had to listen to this! Glad I did!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this. It is an emotional ride for sure, but I love it when a book really gets you in the feels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist, Hazel Grace is forced by her circumstances to be introspective, and John Green must have been channelling a teen girl when he wrote this as I believe he nailed it.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She has a well modulated and very soothing voice. Very pleasing to the ear.


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

    Cry, blub, sob, use a box of tissues.


    Any additional comments?

    My first review of my 300+ audible book collection. I chose this as my first as it has certainly managed to pull on my heart strings. It has also been fun to share a reading experience with my teen daughter who is voracious in her YA fiction "fan-girling".

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    Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA 04-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Read. Listen. Review. Repeat.

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    "Heartwrenching and Brilliant!"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I love the overall pace and feel of the book. And for a cancer book, it wasn't really about cancer. It was more about the love between two people complicated by cancer. This is one of the reasons that I love the story. The voice of the main characters Hazel and Augustus didn't really sound like normal teenagers. But then, they weren't really normal teenagers. I love their vocabulary. Granting that not a majority of teens speak like them but I’d like to think that because of their condition, they are more mature than your regular 16 and 17 year old.


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

    The part where Augustus said "Maybe OK can be our always." Referring to them officially going out.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Kate Rudd's narration. I love the changes in voices that she used, especially between Hazel and Gus. When her voice breaks and cracks at the appropriate times is just brilliant! I actually felt like it was Hazel talking to me.

    I liked the pacing that she used and I was able to follow the story without any problem at all. I also think that her narration added to the overall effect of the book. I liked that she sounded like a teenager trying to be an adult. Since I listened to this book without pause, I did not get bored or get annoyed by her voice. Overall, this was one amazing listen. I would definitely find out more about the books read by Kate Rudd.


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

    When it was clear that Gus relapsed and was getting worse.


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    A.J. Salt 04-29-14
    A.J. Salt 04-29-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I'm exhausted and have thoroughly grieved!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - because it's something everyone should experience at least once.


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

    No others, seriously, a book has never affected me as wholely (it's a word ;) ) and completely as this book. John Green is a wordsmith of the greatest proportions.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think she necessary brings anything extra to be honest, but she tells the story so fluently that it doesn't take away from the experience of 'cheating' through audiobook. I can do the housework and many many errands while reading and it's thoroughly enjoyable.


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

    'Okay?'
    'Okay'
    ;)


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in the middle of a big project or have something to focus on in, around or in the following week after completing the book...I wouldn't recommend reading it. This book connects so much that it is very hard to get the emotion out of your system for some time, and being 'productive' takes a bit of a back seat - in saying that - it felt like an experience so completely honest and touching that I feel more complete for having experienced it.

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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is an intensely intimate book."
    Any additional comments?

    John Green did a superb job at keeping you present in Hazel's emotions throughout the story. He demonstrates mastery at bringing the reading to an emotional climax and then forcing you to confront it through the narrative rather than allowing you to release. I have no idea how many times i nearly cried reading this book, but at each moment the narrative pulls you forward. Confronts the fear, sorrow, frustration and anger. This is my third attempt at writing a review for The Fault in Our Stars but each kept turning to my personal experiences with friends and family and cancer. In the end it touches all of us (in fact we are all cancering to some degree all the time), but our personal relationship to cancer differs with each case and throughout our lives. I think that is the most impressive aspect of the novel. We see so many faces of life with cancer in this work, and each complex and affecting. No one has a singular, one-dimensional relationship with cancer or the people living with it. Everyone is at a different stage of love for someone with cancer. Some handle it better than others. John Green captured all of those facets and created something special.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. E. Murray Virginia, USA 04-28-14
    A. E. Murray Virginia, USA 04-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Cibuleris

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    "Beautifully and Appreciatively Conflicted"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I just started the book yesterday and reluctantly finished it this afternoon. How I wanted to finish it in one sitting... yet I didn't want it to end! And all I can say is WOW! It truly makes me appreciate what I have - no matter how small. Even though I thought I didn't take things for granted before. I laughed. I cried. I want to visit far away lands that I've never considered before, but also stay home or visit the local park to watch kids play - something again I've never considered before. Hazel and Gus feel so real that I imagine I could pass them along the street. And yet I am sad to realize that even if they were real, their time and love would be irrevocably fleeting. And that's the beautifully conflicting thing about The Fault in Our Stars - even though I KNEW that its not going to be a happy ending, I still had a smile on my face at the end. Ok? Ok.


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

    The Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - another brave, fatalistically intelligent, strong girl battling against the odds to become a female writer in 1906 rural upper New York State.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gave a strong and beautiful performance. I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I listened to it. I've listened to audiobooks for many years, but Kate Rudd really breathed life into Hazel and Gus, Isaac and every other memorable character.


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

    Absolutely! I was almost disappointed when my family came home and I knew I couldn't finish it that evening. And I still feel guilty for that thought!!


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    jared 04-26-14
    jared 04-26-14
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    "Amazing"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best of them all. The best of them all. The best of them all.


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

    All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it. All of it.


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

    All of them.All of them. All of them. All of them. All of them.


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

    There is a movie. There is a movie.There is a movie. There is a movie. There is a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    nope...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    caitlyn Davis, CA, United States 04-24-14
    caitlyn Davis, CA, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Exactly What You Expect"

    I have mixed feelings about The Fault in Our Stars, and it took me a long time to figure out my overall takeaway.

    Most important to know about this book is that even though everyone says "this is a story about life and love", this is actually a book about death. While I understood the story line, I believed that I would walk away with profound insights on how to live, and how love survives, and all that... I didn't. If you read it, you will be subjected to the sadness that is every cancer filled page. I did not find this book profound, or philosophical. I mostly took away the fact that life just ends, and people get forgotten. There wasn't even any redemption in how the other characters survive death. It felt a lot like the move (not the book) My Sisters Keeper. You should know if you are going to buy this book that you are getting exactly what you'd expect in a teen cancer novel... don't be fooled.

    That said, I did enjoy the book and actually couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the narration, and thought the characters were very realistic. John Green is a fantastic writer, and I have enjoyed his other books (especially Looking for Alaska). This book did as promised; it made me laugh and cry (mostly cry). It also made me want to tell my loved ones how awesome they are, which I think may have been the point. To sum it up, I would recommend this book, just as long as you are under no illusions about what you are buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex H. 04-23-14
    Alex H. 04-23-14
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    "It's a Side Effect of Dying"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    astounding, beautiful, anguished


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

    The death of Augustus Waters, and Hazel's response to it.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The way she told the story, the way you could hear the tears when you knew Hazel was crying.


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

    This, cannot say enough this. I started listening to this at work yesterday, and at the end of the day with 2 hours left in the book, I didn't want to go home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 04-21-14
    Julie 04-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Okay, Okay, Okay. And on and on and on"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel
    It was just something about her


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Uhm I am not really sure. Hum When they went on the date in Amsterdam something about that part of the book just made me happy.


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

    YESSSS! I did an extreme amount of both of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Its amazing just read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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