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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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    jenna CA 05-24-14
    jenna CA 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    This book accompanied me on a road trip down south. It had me laughing, crying and saying "okay" over and over and over again. I never read or listen to books twice. Perhaps in the future if I change this habit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development. I read to learn and to forget about my reality for a short time. When you feel a connection to a character, I feel the author has done his or her job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many scenes were my favorite. Can't pick just one. If I did, I wouldn't have finished the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kiki H. Somewhere in the world. 05-23-14
    Kiki H. Somewhere in the world. 05-23-14

    I like music. I love poetry. I live books.

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    "I don't know..."
    What disappointed you about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I didn't feel the narrator did the story justice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Besides the narrator, it was decent.


    Any additional comments?

    (I'm only rating the audio book. I've read the actual book and thought it was really good.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Stephayn 05-22-14
    L. Stephayn 05-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful...an instant classic."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    Kate Rudd's narration is impeccably spot on...perfect voice of Hazel Grace.


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

    I typically do not read the YA genre, so I cannot accurately make a comparison.


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

    Yes - while all of Kate's performances are amazing...this one specifically takes the cake!


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

    There truly was no specific "moment" the book's entirety "moved" me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're "on the fence" like I was about reading/listening to TFiOS, get OFF the fence and just do it. Word of caution - you WILL cry...I believe even the most stoic, emotionless person will cry at least three times...if you're like me, many, many more....don't let this be a reason NOT to purchase...it's truly worth the heartache.

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    Noelle 05-22-14
    Noelle 05-22-14

    "My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm

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    "Must Have Tissues!!!!"

    Fantastic and realistic point of view of terminal illness in young people. Its a tear jerker however, the story is well written and well read. It's worth the emotional torment. A truly great book.

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    NAKW San Diego, CA & London, England 05-22-14
    NAKW San Diego, CA & London, England 05-22-14
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    "Narrator made this book a 5+ star work!"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although a novice when it comes to audiobooks, this one is definitely in my top 3 favorites and probably in my top 10 favorites of all books read for all time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Within the first 5 minutes, I felt connected to the characters, clearly attributable to the amazing author and equally amazing narrator.


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

    I have not, but plan to look into her other works.


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

    "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices."


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    Amazon Customer 05-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    Kate Rudd gave voice to the sarcasm, angst, and hope of a teenage girl. I've recommended The Fault in Our Stars to several coworkers!


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    Nikki 05-21-14
    Nikki 05-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love Story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she first meets gus and they talk outside after the group therapy session.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was awesome and see myself reading this book again and again and I will be seeing the movie and buying the movie when it is available on DVD. I am extremely happy to have read this book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-19-14
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    "Very well done... but not my thing"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About average.


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

    Soooo many tear-jerker, heart-rendering moments... again, not my thing.


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

    Sound, inflection - since I didn't read the book I can't answer this question.


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

    "prepare to have emotion shoved down your throat"


    Any additional comments?

    No - I'm not male. Some of us females don't like drama and this book had a lot of the stuff. I was forced to 'read' it for a class. But since I have a commute for work, I thought I would save time by listening to it. Its an awful experience... locked in a car and forced to listen to a book. Don't recommend.

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    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 05-19-14
    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Wish I could give the performance a 10!"

    First John Green book I have purchased from Audible but will not be the last! I was so drawn into this story of teens living an even more uncertain future than we all face every day. Thank you John Green and Kate Rudd. I am looking forward to the movie...even more now that I know the author was so involved in the production.

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    Luke 05-19-14
    Luke 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartwarmingly Good."
    Any additional comments?

    This book is all together thought provoking, funny, sad, and happy. It tells the story of how two individuals who have had very difficult lives come together and find greater strength in each other. The ending some may say is predictable, I would disagree. It is instead a provocative ending that leaves you feeling completely happy yet numb to the world with the illusion of predictability ever present.

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  • Mr. S. J. Penny
    Kent, UK
    7/11/13
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    "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend, if this book were not just as Hazel describes An Imperial Affliction in her book, that it's so special it just 'yours'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was certainly Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters not far behind. Hazel is a character I can relate to a lot. Though I myself do not suffer from cancer or a terminal illness, I think in the same way and understand many of her thoughts and emotions. She's real, she's down to earth and not like these over-sexualised girls you get in some stories. The lack of depth into the lives of other characters and the lack of several characters close to Hazel and Augustus is actually a good technique, and makes the book feel closer to you, like although she doesn't literally say 'you're my friend' because obviously, you're reading the book, you feel like you're one of the only people being let into their lives. When Hazel says 'my only friends are my parents and an author who doesn't know I exist', she knows what's real but she still feels a connection to AIA, that I find myself feeling to TFIOS. I see a lot of Hazel in me, to be honest.


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

    Metaphorically and literally, a voice. I have in fact read the book before hand, but being a British 14 year old it was sort of hard to imagine how they would speak, never having spoken to an American before. She made Hazel more real to me. Don't get me wrong, the book on it's own is brilliant, but there's something about Kate Rudd that makes me believe the story happened, like it's literally Hazel explaining it to me.


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

    Oh definitely. I was crying for hours at the end, and some parts like with Issac kissing Monica and Augustus' comments on 'young love in all it's awkwardness' (or something similar) made me laugh until I cried. I felt like I knew them in a way, it felt so personal.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact this book is an audiobook makes me incredibly happy, thank you for selling it. Now, even if I'm too tired to read, or too busy to pack a book, I can listen to my favourite story over and over.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/22/12
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    "Far too good to be left to teenagers"

    John Green has won awards for his Young Adult fiction and this, his latest novel. features teenage protagonists but really this is a book which will be enjoyed not just by teenagers but by anyone who has ever been a teenager and still remembers at least a little of what that was like.

    It begins in a teenage cancer support group and its subject matter is daunting but go beyond that and you'll find a novel full not just of love and courage but black edged humour and characters who feel real. For such a short novel it packs a real emotional punch and when I finished the book it felt like I was leaving friends behind.

    A word of thanks too the narrator, Kate Rudd. The book is a first person narrative and she not only convincingly brings Hazel Grace to life but her friends and family. If this doesn't merit an Audies award then there is something wrong with the voting system.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A Triumph Celebration of Life"

    I felt unusually resistant to reading this book. I, like so many others, have said a final goodbye to loved ones taken too soon by the whims of this unforgiving disease. I wasn't sure I could face a story examining the life of such young sufferers of serious, indeed terminal, illness; I couldn't imagine what enjoyment (as that is, after all, why I read fiction) there was to be found between the covers of such a book. How wrong my innate assumptions have proved to be.



    This story is a triumphant celebration of life in the face of death, a homily to the strength and determination of its characters to 'live their best life today' no matter what mountains they may have to climb tomorrow. The author explores with great sensitivity the impact of a terminal diagnosis on relationships and creates an achingly beautiful and unforgettable connection between Hazel and Augustus, as they struggle together to make sense of and come to terms with the hand they have been dealt.



    There was plenty of laughter and some inevitable tears, but the greatest achievement of this work is in relegating cancer to a mere supporting role - there is no room for it centre stage here - that place belongs unquestionably to the bonds of love which live on beyond the farewells. For, whilst we hold on to our memories of those whose footprints we can no longer see in the sand, how can they ever truly leave us?

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    5/8/12
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    "A masterpiece"

    First audio book I have ever restarted as soon as I finished. Somehow manages to avoid cliches, engage you in the characters, make you laugh and make you cry. It walks the line between pretentious and meaningful but falls the right side. Can't stop thinking about it. This is not a great book for teenagers, or a great book for adults, it is just a great book.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    4/13/13
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    "A must read!"

    This book will make you laugh, smile and cry. John Green has managed to bring a new perspective and emotion to cancer. Within the first chapter I instantly wish that I had a friend like Hazel Grace.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    brendale, Australia
    7/29/12
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    "Amazing"

    This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Well written, well read"

    This book is superbly written by an author who is intelligent, witty and gets the emotions across very well - add in a SUPERB reading by Kate Rudd and you have yourself an emotional, but fantastic listen

    If you know only a little about different types of cancer, and want a book which shows how teenagers can be amazing during their struggles with illness, then this book will open your mind and your heart

    The emotion that this brought up was more than I expected, especially later in the book, but this is one of the best books I've read or listened to

    DO NOT miss this book, if you do, you'll be missing out on one amazing book!!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Wonderful."

    Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
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    "thought prevoking"

    This is no ordinary cancer novel. it is the truth and has such depth into the situation of having cancer. I have quotes from this book that are just genius. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me really reconsider my life. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT AND LIVE IT!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    3/15/12
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    "Absolutely beautiful - buy this book!!!"

    This is my first audio book purchase and I spent a long time listening to samples of various books ...SO pleased I chose this one. It is such a moving, poignant, beautiful story, written so delicately and so artfully,and narrated perfectly.

    The audio version of "page turner".I couldn't stop listening to this, and finished it within a weekend. I'm not sure that teenagers would necessarily use all the language that the two teen characters used, but that is an aside. The story is clever, honest, original and entertaining. Really likable characters....when the book ended I felt sorry to be leaving them behind.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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