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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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    Kitty Ypsilanti, MI, United States 10-25-13
    Kitty Ypsilanti, MI, United States 10-25-13
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    "One of the best books I've "read" in a long time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My 13 year old granddaughter recommended this book to me. We often read the same books so we can talk about them later. I expected a "teen" book, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed this poignant story. Definitely would recommend this to any young adult or adult wanting a quick, but good book.


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

    The ending.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The reader disappeared and allowed the story to appear to tell itself. My idea of the perfect performance.


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

    Yes, and did. I listened on a car trip and only stopped when out of the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 10-24-13
    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazingly Heartbreaking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, I enjoyed listening (although I think I may have gotten a little more emotionally attached had I read it myself). Regardless, it really makes you think about things that make people (or maybe just me) uncomfortable, in a way that makes you feel safe while trying to figure out what you believe.


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

    I'm not quite sure. It was different than a lot of books I've read before...


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

    Agustus Waters


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

    They are making a movie of this and the tag line is some infinities are bigger than others. I think I related to that and to the thing about pain is that it demands to be felt.


    Any additional comments?

    keep a box of kleenex near

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill GALLATIN, TN, United States 10-24-13
    Jill GALLATIN, TN, United States 10-24-13

    I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?

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    "Chock full of emotion. Modern day prose."
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved that John Greene brought to life the witty, irreverent, wickedly smart, but innocent teenage characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character was Gus because he was what all girls want in a man; a protector, a companion, a lover.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 10-23-13
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Fantastic but heartbreaking"

    Sometimes YA fiction is not really meaty enough for an me as an adult. But this book really delivered. It made me think about my own life in a new way. I could not stop listening.

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    Erin Lafayette, CA United States 10-22-13
    Erin Lafayette, CA United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply Beautiful"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In short, this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The story is about two teenagers living with cancer, who meet in a support group. They develop a sweet relationship, and a shared love for a book called An Imperial Affliction. This book touched each of them in a meaningful way, and they decide that they want to meet the author to ask him questions that the book left open. .

    The writing here is fantastic. There were many, many quotable moments (see below). The characters are likable, and even though you know from the very beginning that cancer is terminal, you are rooting for them to ride off into the sunset together. By the time you are finished with this book, you will be in tears with a smile on your face.

    This quote from the book most adequately sums up my feelings about The Fault In Our Stars:

    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”
    ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


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    natalie 10-21-13
    natalie 10-21-13
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    "So good"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, romantic, reality


    What did you like best about this story?

    An imperial affliction


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene where she reads her eulogy and every time he called her "hazel grace"


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

    When hazel and Isaac were reading his eulogy for his pre-funeral


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Jeanette Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A favorite book brought to life!"

    I rarely read books twice, never buy an audible version of one that I have read-until now. The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books. It doesn't matter that the intended audience is 35 yrs younger than me, this book touched my heart and held my interest in a way I can't explain. So much so, that I couldn't wait to 'hear' it and Audible's version did not disappoint! Kate Rudd voiced the young narrator, Hazel, to perfection-made me laugh and cry; the whole experience bought the book to life!

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    Adam D 10-18-13
    Adam D 10-18-13
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    "Typical Young Adult romance novel"
    What did you like best about The Fault in Our Stars? What did you like least?

    This was a really good, quick Young Adult romance novel. If that's what you're in the mood for, this is for you. The plot is pretty straight-forward, but engaging. Some plot points I didn't agree with, but after discussing this novel with some friends in an informal book club setting, they changed my mind; overall I enjoyed it. Some parts of it are beautifully written. I definitely see John Green exploring his writing style and starting to move away from the YA genre. I previously read his book Looking For Alaska, and really enjoyed that, as it was reminiscent of the classic novel A Separate Peace.


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

    I love Kate Rudd's normal voice. Her male voices lean towards the sub-par level, but her normal voice more than makes up for it. I haven't listened to her other audiobooks yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby Cadillac, MI, United States 10-12-13
    Shelby Cadillac, MI, United States 10-12-13
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    "I love this!"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many other books, okay maybe I haven't listened to ANY other books but I absolutely love this one so far! I know people usually write reviews after they've listened to the whole book but I'm only three chapters into it and I laughed a lot. It's an amazing book and I won't mind continuing to listen to it. :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue. I loved how they didn't make the sentences bland.


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

    No I haven't, but hopefully I will.


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

    Yes, I believe it was. Yet, my iPod decided to die just before the third chapter so I cannot continue it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely be reading some more of John Green's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Indigo syracuse, NY, United States 10-11-13
    Indigo syracuse, NY, United States 10-11-13
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    "Poetic!!!"

    I completely and absolutely love this story. I can never get tired of listening to it over again.

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