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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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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-19-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Brutally Honest. Immensely Heartaching"

    This is the first time I've ever read / listened to one of John Green's books and I liked it.
    This is a beautiful teenage love story lived by two really smart cancer survivors, who are, amongst anything else, on a cancer-road of love and self discovery.

    I can't imagining listening to this book any other way. Kate Rudd does a wonderful job! Kudos!

    This is not the best one I've ever read, maybe because I was hoping for a different ending, but it is important to say that the author took his time to do his research, and really understand the struggle that cancer survivors go through each day, which makes it totally honest and revealing.

    The tittle is a kind of spoiler to what you expect from the book, but there are things you will find unpredictable and you will enjoy.

    Prepare for some deep thoughts about the basic concepts of life.

    The Fault in our Stars sort of resembles Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (the fictional book inside the book), which leaves us wondering what will happen to Hazel, Isac, Gus' parents...

    It is possible to read this in one sitting. It is not the type of book that leaves you dangling like a cliffhanger. It is a book full of romantism, love, and wonderment over the slut that is time.

    But I have to say I felt a little disappointed because I wanted more. Maybe John Green meant it that way, or maybe he wanted use to write our own ending to Hazel Grace.

    I'd truly recommend it, but I don't think I'd read it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DragonboatGirl United States 03-11-13
    DragonboatGirl United States 03-11-13 Listener Since 2010

    A coffee a day

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    "Made me laugh and cry. Didn't want it to end."
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Strength, humour, love


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

    Cutting for Stones. Deep human emotions and connections that make you appreciate life even more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was completely captivated after listening for about 5 minutes. I had no idea what I got myself into, but wow, this really blew my mind. I was crying unstoppingly on a metro, but I couldn't stop listening! That's how good it was. Even though the protagonists are teenagers, they are stronger and more mature than anyone. I actually used Whispersync, so I could read and listen to the book interchangably. I found myself gravitating toward the audible book, because the narrator did such a fantastic job portraying the tones and accents. It's incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 03-07-13
    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just An Extremely Well Written Book"

    I loved everything about this book. The characters are real and their story is compelling. You will laugh while crying and it will be awesome. Buy this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coftse 03-07-13
    Coftse 03-07-13

    I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)

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    "Wonderful!!!"

    Well written, depressing, thought evoking and the well read. I cried, laughed and enjoyed this one immensely. Highly recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MESA, AZ, United States 03-05-13
    Amazon Customer MESA, AZ, United States 03-05-13
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    "Beautiful and Funny (really) Story about Cancer"

    Teenagers Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, fall in love, and help each other through ups and downs of living life as "side effects." Narrator Hazel, is delightful and Gus has a marvelous sense of humor. I laughed (and cried) as I listened to their story. The audio narration is strong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 03-01-13
    Rebecca 03-01-13

    A sometime listener... more of a reader

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    "Moving, funny, brilliant"

    This story is deeply moving but at the same time both funny and thought-provoking. In addition to being a sad and tragic story, there is a real beauty in the way that very poignant moments between Hazel and Augustus are presented. Green doesn't allow readers to be maudlin though because he also includes doses of vivid description of teenage experience which encourage readers/listeners to see the funny side of life - just as Hazel and Augustus try to do despite the agony of cancer and the terminal reality that they face.
    Kate Rudd's performance in narrating this novel is also superb. She really reveals the depth of Hazel as a character, even to the extent that the simple word "ok" is said with an incredible amount of meaning - so we hear acceptance, questions, reassurance, and love in one simple word.
    I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Magnificent"

    I wish there were many more books like this. Fantastic narration, not overacted or irritating. A realistic portrayal of adolescents facing mortality. Wonderful characters. I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

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    Lacey T. 02-20-13
    Lacey T. 02-20-13
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    "Simply brilliant, life-changing read"

    Though this novel falls under the YA genre, and I am slightly past my "young adult" years, this book really spoke to me. It was the first I had read by John Green, and immediately after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, I tracked down every other book by the author I could get my hands on. All are good, but this is the best!

    The characters, especially Hazel and Augustus, stick with you long after the story ends. Various quotes bounced around in my head for weeks. But best of all, this book made me FEEL. Really feel things that I haven't for years. Feelings that precious few other novels, plays, or films have been able to evoke.

    I laughed out loud, I cried (quite a bit), I held my breath, I mused... And I've re-read it over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. Buford Dallas, TX 02-09-13
    N. Buford Dallas, TX 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "okay? okay."
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be among my top 3 of all time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites. This is a rarity of a novel that I was completed vested in every single character. From the parents and their obvious pain, to Issac and his hilarious threats to beat up his brother, to Hazel and her beautiful thoughts...to Gus....charismatic, adorably charming Gus. I loved them all.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The emotion she used was spot on. She gave Hazel the voice she was meant to have. I believed every second of it.


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

    The entire book moved me. I have never read something that has caused laughter and tears in a way this did....often within the same moments....I was hooked immediately. But if forced to choose a favorite moment it was Gus's texts to Hazel after reading their book. I LITERALLY Laughed out loud. It was the honesty in that shared moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost never reread books...but I already know I will be drawn in again and again. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I am so grateful to have experienced this. A new favorite. I started late at night and couldnt sleep I so wanted to hear more...and though i was puffy eyed and tired by the end...I regret nothing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 02-05-13
    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Surprisingly fun!"

    I know it sounds absurd to describe this book as fun, but it was a very enjoyable story. The characters were brilliantly fleshed out, and the plot was mostly realistic. If you are entertained by witty teenage humor, sarcastic but not necessarily negative, then you will probably get a kick out of the dialogue in this book. Granted, the topic of childrens cancer is not a cheery topic, and illness and death are a large part of this story. However, to me, this book is more about living than about dying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    7/12/14
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    "Not for me"

    This book had exceptionally good reviews, which convinced me to buy!

    I really got sick of the self obsession of the characters, I am not unsympathetic to pain and suffering, but those that I have witnessed in this sort of situation do not behave in this way. Parts of the story were OK, but I really got cheesed off with most of it. I didn't understand the obsession with the story that the characters read and their need to know the 'ending', many books have endings that are left 'in the air' - get over it!

    I did listen right to the end - so not a 1* review - but - certainly not my sort of story, too maudlin' and irritating for me!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cian
    Essex
    6/20/14
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    "For me nothing great shaking!"

    I found the narrative quite annoying and the dialogue of the two teenagers appears whinging and grating. I appreciate they have Cancer but they are constantly moaning and it comes across (in my opinion) as if they view themselves and their thoughts as superior to everyone else and their analysis as the definitive one. This (despite my wish to empathise with their terminal state) made me care little for them.
    I am around teenagers a lot from differing backgrounds and none of them sound like these two. Their continuous use of metaphors and complicated vocabulary I found hard to see as typical teenage behaviour. To be honest they sounded more like 46 and 47 years old than the 16 and 17 years they were portrayed as. It felt like they had little depth to them and again with their use of language sometimes it seemed like they were just talking philosophically for the sake of it. I found it very hard to get even a little emotionally invested in them as a result.
    It did give an insight to the difficulty of coping with cancer especially in the teenage years and the way in which it makes you reliant on others for almost everything.
    The subplot around the author in Amsterdam I found slightly odd and as it turned out I do not see what it brought to the story apart from filling in time. If as the book suggests Hazel is an extremely intellectual girl I do not see how the fate of a hamster or the mother and tulip man would hold such significance to take over her life in such a way.
    It did move along slowly and to be honest ended abruptly but I was glad when it did. I read it as I wanted to do so before I saw the film. I will not be putting myself through the film now that I have finished this.
    I can see how for some this will appear wonderful fantastic life changing and I respect that but for me Im afraid 'no'

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Oslo, Norway
    4/4/14
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    "This is not a cancer book"

    I don't read cancer books. So I didn't really want to read this one either. Too many people are dying of cancer around us so I'm silently waiting for it already. And I thought reading about it would only feed my hypochondria.

    But i read it anyway.

    And let me tell you one thing: it's not a cancer book! It's not even a book about cancer. It's a love story about two people who appreciate life. Sounds cliché, i know. But it really isn't.
    It has more funny moments than sad ones. And I think that is important, because you don't really have to cry in this book. They're all talking about the crying.
    But you probably won't sleep though..

    I'm very glad I read it, because it's without a doubt the best book I've read this year.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    3/5/13
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    "Has to be read!"

    A great read if not hard due to the content of the story. A book you won't ever forget. Nicely told considering the nature of the story. And no happy endings really. It would do us all good to read this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Orpington, United Kingdom
    4/9/14
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made The Fault in Our Stars better?

    Believable characters. More editing! The writing is pretentious


    What could John Green have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a different book


    Any additional comments?

    Don't believe the hype this book is dull.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    2/27/13
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    "Wonderful Story!"

    This audiobook is one of those audios that stays with you long after you stop listening. John Green adds a dash of brilliance to the genre of young adult fiction and this book is deceptively mature. The audio format was great for it and the characters brought to life by the narrator. I have gone back to it several times, over the past few weeks and it has become one of my favourite finds on audible. More John Green please!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. H. Barnes
    London
    3/24/15
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    "Great read - better than expected!"

    Thought this would be only enjoyable for teenage girls but have to say I really enjoyed it (as a man in my thirties). Thoroughly recommend this version in particular as performance from
    Narrator is great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • suey72
    Plymouth
    3/23/15
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    "Love it!"

    Having known and lost people to cancer, this book has given me an insight into what it's like to be the person with cancer, appose to being an outsider looking in. It's hard to pick my favourite bit, but I guess the part where Anna gets told she going to Amsterdam. I didn't want this book to end. incredible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashleigh Marlow
    3/11/15
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    "makes me realise how presious life is"

    made me count my blessings and realise that you are only here for a while

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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