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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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    Sheila A. Dechantal Brainerd, Minnesota 07-06-12
    Sheila A. Dechantal Brainerd, Minnesota 07-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best audio book so far this year!"

    Hazel Grace has never been anything but terminal. At 16, her cancer has taken away her ability to breath for long on her own with oxygen, so much to her delight, she travels with oxygen wherever she goes. Her life is a daily repeat of her parents watching and waiting, afraid to look away from her for fear it will be the last time.... this is no way for a teenager to live, or for a teenager to die...

    During one of her Cancer Support Group Sessions, there is a new guy. The easy on the eyes Augustus Walters shows up with a twinkle in his eye, and a limp in his step, having lost a leg to cancer and still struggling with the amputated one. Augustus is not terminal, he has an 80% survival rate and therefore Hazel knows they have no chance of being together, after all - who wants to date someone like her, a grenade about to blow out of this world at any moment.

    Yes, Augustus is like a drug, his quick wit, and great sense of humor are too much for Hazel and she finds herself falling even as she tried to hold back. In a different life, in a different body, not one riddled with cancer, he would have been her Romeo...
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    The Fault In Our Stars is a book that I wish I would have read when it first came out. After listening to this book on audio I am left a blubbering mass of emotion - and in a good way. Like in the way when you know you have just experienced something BRILLIANT and you can not believe you were the only one around to experience it first hand.

    “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.”

    This seven hour audio narrated by the amazing Kate Rudd is a do not miss on my book. Seriously, if I could wrap up a copy of this audio book and had it to each of you reading this review, I would... because audio book lovers, you are in for a listening experience that is like going to a high-end restaurant, eating a wonderful meal and discovering the bill has already been paid... and non audio book lovers, if you were ever on the edge of trying audio, let me personally recommend you make The Fault It Our Stars your #1 book to try.

    “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”

    Where do I began my gushing? Hazel and Augustus may very well right now be my favorite fictional couple. Hazel is dry and funny, and you can not help but laugh out loud with some of the things she says. And Augustus, so gets her. He too is extremely funny and witty. Now you have heard of the Make A Wish foundation and you hear how many people choose a trip to Disney World? In this book you will find the great wish to be a trip to see an author of a much beloved book to find out what would have happened next if there had been a sequel. (These... are my people!)

    You may think a book about cancer is just too much, but this book is not about cancer. Cancer is there, sure, but it is merely a back drop on an incredible story of two young people who decide to take a chance despite the odds, and in the end, both are better for it.

    Without experiencing great pain, you can never experience great joy.

    I don't think I can rave enough to do this book justice. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me think. John Green has a way with words that sent me full speed hurdling towards another of his books. I wanted more... I needed more...

    If you have already read this book, I highly HIGHLY recommend you go through it again on audio. Treat yourself to something spectacular.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan's Mom Sacramento, Ca 07-02-12
    Ryan's Mom Sacramento, Ca 07-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book - heartbreak and all"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to lots of audiobooks and love many of them. This one is a "starred" one in my reading journal. I personally suffered the tragedy of losing a child so this story resonated with me on a different level.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authenticity of the characters. An inside look at the lives of kids with cancer. You don't often see books about that.


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

    Gus, of course.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Doyle Twin Cities, MN 07-02-12
    M. Doyle Twin Cities, MN 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great book."

    Very well written. Captivating. I loved the characters. This is a book that will touch everyone's heart.

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    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 06-27-12
    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was written in a way that took what could have been maudlin, over sentimental and sappy and made it an engaging story with more humor than could ever have been expected.
    Hazel Grace examplifies the traits that we would like to think characterizes cancer patients, even though that's mostly to make the rest of the world feel better and Augustus is a complete package of what teenage girls, and grown women, find attractive. The dialogue was smart, the performance was spectacular and the author's interview at the end of the story was very interesting and enlightening about his reasons for the story and experience with young adults.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Liverpool, NY, United States 06-26-12
    Danielle Liverpool, NY, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.

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    "Believe the hype."
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    Absolutely wonderful. Literate, engaging, and thought-provoking. It's very much to John Green's credit that he didn't write it like a big tragedy, even though it *is* a big tragedy.

    The reader, Kate Rudd, was wonderful. She made an excellent story even better. And, bonus, there's an interview with the author at the end, wherein he explains how he came to write it. The only downside to listening to this on audio is that it's the kind of book in which you want to underline passages, and that's impossible to do.

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    Jim Saint Joseph, MO, United States 06-25-12
    Jim Saint Joseph, MO, United States 06-25-12
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    "Superb (minus the deification of the universe)"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the very best


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Best audio performance I have ever heard. Could not have been better.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the story, characters, and reading.Troubled by yet another book that attributes the order, design, and meaning of life to workings of "The Universe."Very curious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Valdez California 06-21-12
    G. Valdez California 06-21-12 Member Since 2011

    busy mom

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    "A must read!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    The narrator was hands down one of the very best!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I think we are first attracted to someone's inner strength and character, but we fall in love with them through their vulnerabilities. That is how it was for me in this story of love, friendship, joy and sadness. A story of cancer where for once cancer takes the back seat to life. I was attracted to Gus and his "middle finger" approach to life with cancer. He falls for Hazel Grace, who is in the midst of her battle with cancer. I imagine she is swollen with cancer drugs and her cannula is her ever present reminder to how futile her life has become. But Gus finds her "beautiful" and falls in love with her. And as much as Hazel wants to resist the temptation of Augustus Waters, it is through Gus's vulnerability that she finds true love. I tear jerker for sure, but to take a line from the book, "pain is like fabric, the stronger it is the more it is worth."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 06-19-12
    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story, good characters"

    This novel did a great job of taking you inside a world that is thankfully foreign to most of us, the world of cancer kids (now teenagers).

    The story was always interesting and moved right along, I was surprised by and enjoyed the plot twists and found the characters likable despite all of their speech patterns being the same witty repartee as the narrator.

    I would recommend it to the same people who liked Memoirs of a Geisha, to get a fascinating glimpse inside another world.

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    Amazon Customer California, USA 06-19-12
    Amazon Customer California, USA 06-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "John Green delivers again"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    As a 25 year old with a YA fiction addiction, i can tell you, from experience, that sometimes YA is flat, empty and disappointing. John Green, however has never failed to achieve what we all look for in a good book: he connects with his readers, and taps into their emotions.


    This book had be both laughing out loud and crying softly to myself.

    John Green does not condescend to his audience as many YA writers today do, he writes like he expects them to be intelligent young people capable of critical thought, and I think any one who listens to this wonderful book (or any of his others) will not be disappointed.

    The narrator has a not-annoying voice, and takes John's witty, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes sensitive characters and gives them life.

    a good buy!


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

    Pain demands to be felt...and life demands to be lived.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela C. Jones 06-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, not what I was expecting!"

    This book was a wonderful surprise, loved the characters, don't let the idea that it's about cancer stop you from reading it! I had a hard time putting it down and the narrator certainly did it justice!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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