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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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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    Linda 06-17-14
    Linda 06-17-14 Member Since 2010

    I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!

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    "So honest and real !"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved the book was written from a girl's point of view. Hazel is not your average girl dealing with something that is not the average teenage girl problems!


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    Margaret West Covina, CA, United States 06-17-14
    Margaret West Covina, CA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Not just for young adults"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the book is my preference as I age.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it is written for the young person but a grandmother of 71 can share the experience with her 12 year old granddaughter.


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

    Ms. Rudd's performance draws the listener into the story as an intimate observer.


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

    I liked the period in Amsterdam and the walk through the Anne Frank house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 06-17-14
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Great story line but the language!"

    I know I am an odd one out with this review but I am writing this as a grandfather of five grandchildren and my eldest granddaughter is a prolific reader. (Second place in her school last year for AR.) She fell in love with John Green and his writing and I felt the need to read a few of his books. The language in this book is better than others but I do not feel it is appropriate for a 14 year old and unfortunately the young adults category includes this age group. If you are a Christian, you might find the negative comments and the context of some of the statements anti-God. (I did)

    However, with all of that stated, the thesis behind the book is outstanding and the message about young (or old) people with cancer or similar diseases needed. I wish the book wasn't filled with all of the cussing (f-bombs) and more because I believe it should be read by YA but I cannot recommend it to them.

    There are multiple references to sex but nowhere as many as "Looking for Alaska" which is filled with enough vulgarity to move it to R in my ratings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thorarinn sigthorsson 06-17-14
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    "Cute, sad, silly, simple and a bit morbid.."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line, without terminally ill Prince Charming.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Green again?

    Doubt it


    What aspect of Kate Rudd’s performance would you have changed?

    Prince Charming, hated his voice and his character. Overall a good performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bored to sad, to angry. Bored because I felt half the story was about a typical sad teenager with the one exception, she has cancer. Sad because it's a sad story I guess. Angry because I spent my one free token in this book and everyone told me I just 'have' to read it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bluesquare 06-17-14
    Bluesquare 06-17-14
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    "An Engaging Story and Excellent Performance"

    I downloaded this book because of all the hype surrounding the book/movie. I was not disappointed. Even though this is a YA novel it is very well-written, funny, and emotional. The performance was wonderful and I was sucked into her reading of the novel.

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    Heidi 06-16-14
    Heidi 06-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best read lately..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I loved listening to the story; I didn't try to read the print version. I love having the vocal personality present.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot kept me married to the listen.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The characters were so real to me -- great job Kate!


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

    I listened to it all in one day; couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    I can go see the movie now.... I've read the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FeFe 06-16-14
    FeFe 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm expanding my genre in books. I haven't been heavily into books in the past, this is changing rapidly. I enjoy hot & heavy mysteries.

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    "Refreshingly Deep Book"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. This book has a great narrator and the book is witty, funny and demonstrates struggles of reality (even though this is a fiction).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both main characters are favorites.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job. She performed the "mood" of the characters very well.


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

    Definitely made me laugh out loud (lol), and yes, there were tears.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green is incredible, very moving and captures deep subjects of life in a way I haven't experienced before.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 06-12-14
    rebecca 06-12-14
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    "best book ever"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    yes its super great and romantic


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

    I dont really know any books this good


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

    she brings the whole romance along with everything


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

    yes when they talked about the sicknes


    Any additional comments?

    is book is just wow must read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    taylor storey California/China 06-05-14
    taylor storey California/China 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Best Book I've Ever Listened To?"

    I listened to this 7 and a half hour audio book in less than 24 hours. That's how good it was. I could not put it down. I originally got it because I've watched some of John Green's educational youtube video stuff, and you constantly see this book on bestseller lists, and when I clicked around, I could not find a bad review of it! So I said, what the heck, I want to support the best parts of pop culture, I'll pick up the book, I really didn't have an idea what I was getting into. I just wanted some exposure to what's going on in the popular realm.

    Let's just get a few things out of the way:

    1. Yes, it is "Young Adult Fiction"
    2. Yes, it is a romance.
    3. Yes, I liked those two aspects of it.

    Ok, #4, it is more! The two main characters are cancer survivors/fighters. They meet at a teenage cancer support group. They take on life's difficult questions head on. Their other friend gets both his eyes removed because of cancer. They play video games with him on his last day as a person with sight. That is a scenario where you are looking at life wondering what it is all about. They are on the receiving end of all the cliche phrases. This book calls out the phrases for what they are. These smart characters take an honest look at death and life and have to come up with a reason for living.

    4a. Their reason for living: They see the tragedy that is life, they want more. Instead of being disappointed about the future, I think they choose to be excited for today. They can't change what has happened, this is what they've got. So they take what they've got and live in it. I think the frustration they have with life not lasting is in a way a celebration of what life has given them. They know their relationship will be short, but the point is to embrace what they can get out of it, being open to the pain and the new ways life can be enjoyable. This book will open your view to a bigger, more sustainable way of living your life.

    5. Reading contemporary literature is really great. He uses words and phrases that I know from experience. I bet reading this book is something like reading the literary greats as a person from the time period they were written in.

    6. It is very readable, very accessible. Anyone who wants to read a good piece of fiction. I would heartily recommend this book.

    7. Yes, it borders on being a bit cheesy, but John Green pulls it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LosBaz 06-03-14
    LosBaz 06-03-14
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    "Teenage love story, not my kind of book"
    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was AWESOME! That was actually a very enjoyable part of listening.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't pay to watch it, but I entertain it if it was on TV to see how they portrayed the characters in the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Rudd did an awesome job with the characters. Overall though it just wasn't my style of story. It's more of a teenage love story for girls. My point was proven when my teenage girl cousin told me all her friends are dieing to watch it in the theater.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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