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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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    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-11-13
    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2015

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    ""Life, Love, and the pursuit of Closure""

    My First, but not last, John Green read. He covers a plethora of social topics while captivating my attention and investment in the characters. The story is about a girl, diagnosed with cancer, who struggles to deal with life, love, and the endless pursuit to find closure concerning characters from her favorite novel. It is considered a young adult read as the main characters are adolescents, but is a great read for anyone! I have recommended this to anyone who will listen.

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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "Sweet, Funny and Interesting"

    The Fault In Our Stars was a quaint, interesting character study of teens who struggle with terminal illness. The reader gets a window into the world of two fearless teens who dare to love, live and grow while facing imminent death. The author did his homework on this book. The parents of each teen also showed themselves in this book. The perspective parents and their journeys of love and respect for their children's processes were deeply felt and beautifully reflected in the qualities and choices of their children. Well done, Mr. Green. I can't imagine how the author gained the inside information of the world of teen age cancer patients and their parents, but bravo to him. These families do appear to have money, though, which is a luxury which many cancer patients do not have, so bare that in mind before you purchase this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-05-13
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2015

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Enjoyable, heartfelt read"

    While I had a hard time believing that the characters would use such elaborate language - I really enjoyed the book. The narrator perfectly captured Hazel and I could hear her breathing struggle. This is one of those YA books that you have to read because you will enjoy it, cry during it, and be cheering on the characters throughout it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 03-26-13
    Heather 03-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "Not just a sad story...leaves an impression!"

    I almost never read regular novels so I was pretty cautious about this book. It's especially intimidating knowing it's about teenagers with cancer. Even so, I really loved this book. The author's writing style was wonderful. For some reason it reminded me of Lauren Oliver. Although obviously the content is kinda sad it feels very real and has many joyful moments. Teenagers are teenagers regardless of what they are going through. Their relationship with their world, each other, and their families has that difference of someone who is dying but still the teenage spirit endures. The love story is also very touching and feels completely authentic. I really think if you like YA novels you should read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    7/2/14
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    inspiring, sad & brilliant


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

    the different aspects of the story, she has a great voice for reading.


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

    when Augustus wanted to be at his own funeral


    Any additional comments?

    what an amazing book this is!! truly loved listening to this and Kate Rudd was equally as brilliant. Couldn't think of a better book to listen to.

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  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    7/2/14
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    "Lovely!"

    What a lovely story! The characters gel well together and i really enjoyed it. I knew very little of the story other than it was about a girl with cancer, and I am glad that I did not know much about it as I think it would have ruined the story.
    The characters are great! they are ebelievable!
    Kate Rudd's reading was superb!
    I rarely rate things 5/5, and the 4 is very well deserved!
    I will defineatly be seeking others by John Green and Kate Rudd.

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  • Gemma
    6/30/14
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    "Must read!!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I Would defiantly recommend, I really enjoyed the book. It really is worth buying. I will be listening to this again.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Smith
    6/18/14
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    "Five star love story"
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    Wow, this audiobook was amazing, I cried in the car from halfway through to the end of the book. A great love story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shirley moaa
    6/16/14
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    "John Green's witty yet heart-breaking"
    Any additional comments?

    The multi-million number one bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
    "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
    Despite the tumour-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 heart-breaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jill middlemas
    6/13/14
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    "Heart pulling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio as a lot of people go through these situations everyday. We don't all have it easy . Worth a listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the true feeling you got from the emotion from hazel and Augustus and will be going to see the movie to see if they can portray as much empathy on screen


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

    I have not listened to any others


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

    Yes first one I couldn't put it down but my life and hospital appointments got in the way


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen for sure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    It was very easy to listen to. I listened to it in one go without stopping.
    The story is gripping, very real, funny and sad - the perfect combination. Also, I love the perspective and style the book is written in. what a brilliant book! I would definitely recommend it!


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She does the voices and accents very well and it is easy and relaxing to listen to her.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    tragic, true, fighting, sad and love


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it yourself! You will love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankiedoodle
    6/11/14
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    "A lovely surprise"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to like this book, mainly because of all the hype around it and for me, usually when there is a big hype, I tend not to enjoy things as much as people make it out to be. Nevertheless, I bought the book and surprisengly, I did like it.

    The story itself is a little too teenager-ish for me as an adult but still it was good enough that it took me less than a week to listen to all of it.

    I do recommend it but honestly I would recommend Looking for Alaska before this one. The characters are much more intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abigail
    6/5/14
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    "The Fault in Whose Stars?"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved how the entire book is an emotional roller coaster keeping you hooked all the way through it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though certain characters were quite un-imaginable, Green still managed to help support that with many more believable characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't really like the narration pace of the story, only because, I found it a bit slow. When i tried to speed it up it was WAY too fast! For me it only really needed to be a fraction faster.


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

    Yes, I cried and laughed during listening to this book. At the very end (no spoilers) it was devastating. Not only did Green portray this in a very humble way, it made it more upsetting for the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Do be warned, i found, that Augustus' character was some what pretentious. But this barely takes away from the fact of how enjoyable the book is. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    6/5/14
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    "One of the best, saddest, truest stories."
    Any additional comments?

    If you are not ready to end up sat on your bed in tears, this book is not for you. If you want to read a truly inspirational, gripping, beautiful love story, then it is. Kate Rudd reads it almost as perfectly as John Green writes it, and this wonderful story is worth more than just one listen, even with the tears. Okay? Okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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