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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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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13
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    "Lives up to the hype"

    This was an amazing book. Very powerful. The story had potential to read like a soap opera and to be honest I was nervous buying it, not sure it was my kind of book. But it surprised me. I really enjoyed it. It was well narrated and the story was interesting and dealt so well with such a difficult subject matter. Highly recommended.

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    Camilla Recife, Brazil 07-31-13
    Camilla Recife, Brazil 07-31-13 Member Since 2015

    Looking for characters to fall in love with and stories that will blow my mind!

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    "Lovely Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Hazel, is a clever young girl, and the way she thinks and sees her condition and how she describes how other people react to her disease, is just fascinating. I truly empathized with the characters and fell in love with some of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Hazel manages to carry on with her life through her disease and still, make people around her feel better, even though it might take a lot from her, since sometimes she's not so well herself.


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

    Oh, Yes! :o)


    Any additional comments?

    If you like characters and stories with which you can relate and empathize, this is a good one. Other than that, Kate Rudd did an AMAZING job narrating this book(except when she tried to impersonate a dutch speaking(bad) english, dutch actually speak english very well), I feel she really captured the characters' feelings.

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    Elizabeth Arlington Heights, IL, United States 07-28-13
    Elizabeth Arlington Heights, IL, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sad yet engaging story"
    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    It was like walk to remember but not as cheesy, and much more real!


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

    No spoilers! :)


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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Will make you laugh and cry"

    I've had this book on my list for a while, and I'm glad I finally downloaded it. While I definitely found myself with a few tears in my eyes, I also laughed a lot - which I think is a testament to John Green's talents in handling a subject as dreary as childhood cancer. Kate Rudd is a terrific narrator and adds great life to each character.

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    Wendy Ontario, CA, USA 07-19-13
    Wendy Ontario, CA, USA 07-19-13
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is my heart. I listened to it twice and cried and cried. Being a cancer survivor, this put into words what I had such a hard time explaining. I loved loved loved this book. Gus and Hazel Grace...


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    Amazon Customer 07-19-13

    B. Krush

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    "My daughter was right!"
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    This book caught my daughter by the throat! Since her print copy was dog-eared, figured I'd listen ... and then share with her on her ipod. Well, I quickly became hooked!! The author did a fantastic job developing the characters and the narrator did a spectacular job bringing them to life! It seems the story has an impact whether you are a teenager, the mother of one (or 4), or ever were one...

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    MaryAnne Williamsburg, VA, United States 07-17-13
    MaryAnne Williamsburg, VA, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent."
    Any additional comments?

    I think I bought this book prior to my own cancer diagnosis, so it surprised me to hear the theme when I finally queued it up. I was prepared to have it be pretty raw...and it was...but John Green was so perceptive about the feelings of a cancer patient (young or old!) and the emotions they and their loved ones deal with every minute of every day, that it drew me in and kept me riveted. I loved that he could capture these young people, Hazel and Augustus, wise beyond their years, as they tried to make the best of a bad situation and even fall in love. I LOVED it, and will listen to it again.

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    Juliana Carvalho 07-16-13 Member Since 2013

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    "JUST EXCELLENT! Or in my language: SEM PALAVRAS :)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I always prefer listening to a book over reading it; if the narration is as good as it was in this book you enter a different dimension and immerse yourself in the book....you are part of it and it`s fantastic. The voices; the sounds can make you feel a breeze and even a smell.


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

    My sister`s keeper _ Jodi Picoult


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

    No, this was the first but she is great! 5 stars!


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

    I laugh many times with Hazel sarcasm and her bitter-sweet sense of reality. I didn`t cry but it made me count my blessings even more....for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anybody but specially for those who struggle with cancer or those who have a friend or a family member battling this terrible disease. It`s not only a teenager book as many reviewers said. It`s a book to the OPEN HEART and OPEN MIND ones. ENJOY!!!!

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    Will Roanoke, VA, United States 07-08-13
    Will Roanoke, VA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very well done!"

    My first time reading John Green, and it didn't disappoint. The writing is clever and witty, and Kate Rudd's performance was excellent — I always appreciate a female narrator's ability to portray male voices without sounding cartoonish!

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    Amazon Customer 07-07-13 Member Since 2014

    SMonster

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    "Wow, didn't want it to end"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. The love story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is sweet, funny, honest, and true, like them. all the characters are so well done, they are real and people I want to know, even Peter Van Houten at his drunken moments. The story was important, not because these are people dealing with cancer, although that is important, but because they are so real. A true journey of heart and mind and miles.


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

    This is the first time I listened to Kate Rudd and she was stellar. She captured the young adult tones of voice perfectly.


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

    Many, here are two. When issac's girlfriend broke up with him and he is destroying Gus's trophies, and when Gus and Hazel kiss in the Anne Frank house.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read An Imperial Affliction and go to Amsterdam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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