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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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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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    FanB14 05-24-12
    FanB14 05-24-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would place this one near the top of the YA titles I've sampled.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the couple's time in Amsterdam. I liked the author of Hazel's book. He was flawed, humorous, and inevitably redeemable.

    I also thought the simplistic drawing of the circle diagram was hilarious.


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

    I did cry at the end and chuckle during the middle. John Green has the ability to insert humor at almost every turn. This was his best attempt at creating sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.

    106 of 114 people found this review helpful
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    Valeria 03-12-14
    Valeria 03-12-14

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    "An Inspiring and Heartbreaking Love Story!"

    This story is beautiful, deep and meaningful and it will touch you to the core of your heart. It raises issues of life and death, of sickness and health and the utter importance of love.

    What is love? How long lasting it has to be to be significant? How do you live a life in sickness? These are all questions that the author tries to answer in this marvelous novel.

    Much as An Imperial Affliction, this book provides a different and more real intake to kids with cancer and how we idolize their lives after they’ve passed just because they were sick. It was interesting and mind opening, because as Hazel was always concerned, people should be remembered for who they were, not what illness they “battled”. It also portrayed our need to be remembered by humanity once we are gone, our desire to do great things.

    In sum, this book was heartbreaking and compelling, and it got me thinking until way after I finished it.

    I loved the characters and the depth they all had. Each one of them had their own concerns. For Isaac it was his broken heart, for Augustus was posterity, and for Hazel was her being a grenade. Apprehensions that signified humanity’s greatest fears towards death.

    I particularly loved the way they related, and how they helped each other overcome their toughest moments. You can experience, through them, that love and friendship can change the perspective of everything.

    This was my first audio book ever, and I’m so grateful I took the risk and got it, because I opened up to a whole new and wonderful world I was missing. I’m officially an audio book lover! Anyhow, even if it was my first audio book, I didn’t need to be an expert to tell that the narration was impeccable! Kate Rudd, did an excellent job, especially with the gender roles. It’s hard for a woman to portrait good male voice, and she did it superbly not only with one, but with several characters. I particularly enjoyed that you could immediately tell who was speaking. Not one voice was like the other, and I loved how she played Peter Van Houten and Lidewij, because she did a great job capturing their accents. Finally, I will like to add, her rhythm and breathing were smooth. I will be keeping my eye out for other narrations of her.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-13
    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Heartbreakingly Beautiful!"

    My chest feels like a vice grip has been tightened around it. This book was so painfully good. I laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. This to me was the definition of great story telling while dealing with a sensitive and serious situation.

    The metaphors and deeper meanings in everything these two incredible teenagers said made me feel as if I was not quite intelligent enough, just like Hazel's mother.

    Hazel Grace as she was called by the epic love her of life, Augustus Waters was the smartest and most amazing teenager. She lived most of her life preparing to die but not wanting to leave any pain behind for those that love her. Augustus Waters was the even more intelligent boy that wooed her and loved her like no seventeen year old should ever know how to love, but it was so beautiful to experience. He said cheesy & amazing things to Hazel Grace but they never sounded cheesy from him. His words were meaningful, honest, and swoon worthy.

    The story took a turn and somehow we ended in a place that was even more horrific than I had originally imagined it going and I bawled my eyes out for at least the second half of the book. I just couldn't anymore... it gutted me and left me so painfully hurt and sad and forced to think about all of the horrible things that I never wanted to imagine. Life is never fair and sometimes we forget that. We forget to live like there's no tomorrow and to love like our life depends on it and to truly care about things that are important to us. This book is reality kicking us in the ass with a real and true love story wrapped inside and it's so beautiful. And the ending was just so fitting and wonderful and exceptional.

    This will be one of those books that I will always remember and it will always stick with me. I recommend this to everyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-20-12
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-20-12 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Don't let the subject stop you"

    I've never heard of John Green nor did I know this was a Young Adult book or I may have passed on it completely. I chose it because of all the 5 star ratings. There's no way to sugarcoat this. This book is about teenagers with cancer. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the narrator, is 16 and carries an oxygen tank with her everywhere. Augustus Waters lost his leg to cancer. These two teens meet in a support group and eventually fall in love.

    Although the disease is always front and center, Green does an excellent job of creating an adventure that is not related to their illness. He has worked a beautiful story around it in order to follow something more important; a dream to meet Peter Van Houten, an author who lives in the Netherlands. Hazel needs to find out what ultimately happens to a character in one of his books and Augustus is going to do everything in his power to help her make that dream come true. These two teenagers are so inspiring they treat cancer like more of an inconvenience than a life sentence, a real life lesson on many different levels.

    I connected to these teens and to their parents. I can honestly say I "enjoyed" this book, it was funny, haunting and tragic all at the same time. Don't pass on it because of the big "C", you'll be missing quite a gem.

    Kate Rudd brought Hazel to life. She did an excellent job with the narration.

    100 of 120 people found this review helpful
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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-02-13
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-02-13 Member Since 2010

    Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Not a sob story (figuratively, not literally)"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Hazel, but I fell in love with Augustus, just as Hazel did.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd's narration was spot-on as a witty, intelligent, slightly jaded teenager. Even her laboured breathing sounded authentic.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a bit of a tearjerker, but not a cancer sob story. It is a brutally honest look at a terminally ill teenager, but it does not devolve into a pity party for Hazel. I loved this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-07-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "A story about LIFE, not death..."

    I had a little trouble getting into this book at first (hence the four stars), but once I did I was swept away by it. I even won a "weekend warrior" badge for spending all day Saturday listening to it!

    How does this book make the world a better place? It will remind you of how precious life is. Hazel and Augustus, the teenage protagonists who are battling terminal cancer, live more life in their short months together than many people live in years. Their diagnoses urge them on instead of holding them back. They appreciate the fragilitiy of life in a way that we all should, but only those touched by illness often do. Together they experience friendship, love, adventure, loss and ultimately death. Listen to this book and think of the people who are precious to you, then call them and tell them you love them. It's the kind of book that inspires you to do that.

    ADDED BONUS!! At the end of the audiobook you get to listen to an interview with author John Green. Green talks about the book, the characters and even his thoughts about what happens to characters after a book ends. He also reveals that there is a version of this audiobook where he is the reader, for those of you who love to listen to authors narrate their own work.

    To conclude, whether you are a young adult or an adult who is young at heart, you will enjoy listening to this book. It will remind you of how beautiful life can be, even - or especially - in the face of death.

    42 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 01-13-12
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 01-13-12 Listener Since 2007

    Natalia

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    "Okay i cannot stress how GRAND this book is!"

    I absolutely loved this story. I am not the kind of person who cries at movies or goes awww during romantic moments, but this book is different. I laughed out loud at parts and i did cry a bit... only a few tears, but for me that is huge!

    John Green outdid himself with this unbelievably touching story. The characters are amazing individuals who you like immediately. You enter a world where the character's problems are on such a different level that it feels almost foreign and you can lose yourself in it.

    I don't want to drone on over every detail because that will ruin its twists and turns for all who read this review so i will keep it brief.

    This story reminds us to be present in life and appreciate the things we take for granted. Please read this book, you will absolutely fall in love with it. You will feel for these characters and perhaps see life from a new perspective. Thanks to this story my life, "is a roller coaster that only goes up...." my friends.

    Narrator: Did a great job with both male and female voices. The accents sounded authentic. A perfect choice for this book.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 01-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Pure Awesomeness!"

    Nothing I say or don't say can make you understand how wonderful this book truly is, but believe me when I tell you that you are making the right choice by buying it. I mean seriously, this story could have been boring and depressing, instead, I find it fun, interesting, touching and insightful. I simply did not want it to end!

    I've rarely read a book that is filled with such raw honesty, so when I come across one, I appreciate it. I was perfectly able to connect with the characters. I couldn't detect a single trace of fakeness in them. The Fault in Our Stars isn't just some random book you read and forget, as I'm sure in my case, it will stick in my head for a very long time.

    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 02-17-12
    Pamela J United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "...heartachingly real..."

    As I get farther away from being a young adult, I find myself drawn more towards that time in my life to understand how I feel now. And John Green is my favorite author to stir up the emotions and perspectives that time in our lives holds. These characters brought joy and pain into my life as a person who has watched a loved one die from cancer, as a parent trying to shield their kids from pain, and as a flawed adult worried about the legacy I'll leave behind. Mr. Green does this without taking shortcuts or using the mystical or seeking easy answers. As reported by others, I could listen to Kate Rudd read a phone book and be happy. Fortunately this is quite far from that and only serves to make the best book I've heard in a long time even better. I think I owe Audible an extra "credit" for this one.

    40 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 05-25-12
    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2005

    "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket

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    "Kate Rudd is my new favorite narrator"

    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. Though I’ve listened to John Green before (Will Grayson, Will Grayson was also really good!), this was the first time I heard narrator Kate Rudd, and I was most impressed with how she handled all the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch. I will definitely be looking for more of her performances in the future!

    51 of 64 people found this review helpful
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  • Jo
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    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"
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    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
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "Just re-read it even better second time"

    Both my teenage daughters have now read it and their talking about it made me go back again. This is a masterpiece in the true meaning of the word. The story is tender and deeply moving but totally avoids being soppy or sentimental.
    The writing is fantastic and John has managed to fully convey how the characters would be. And the main characters are wonderful. Kate's reading totally catches it.
    This may be a young adult piece but do not let that put you off. I am a mid 50s male and it worked perfectly for me.
    I will always think differently about people with serious illness and that is a good think

    Thank you for a brilliant book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mo
    County Kerry, Ireland
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    "An OK read: Doesn't live up to the hype"

    I finished it today. It was OK. Moving in parts. One section of the book (the protagonist's meeting with the author) annoyed me so much that I decided I really couldn't stand the main character, and stopped listening. I returned to it after a month and found the rest of it OK; a little hysterical in the romance stakes perhaps and a little obvious in the sardonic cancer humor, but OK. You see, I was expecting a lot better as I had heard loads about this book and expected it to be moving and amazing and heart-breaking and life-affirming. And it wasn't. Not really. I know it was written for a teenage audience, but often YA fiction transcends the genre and are brilliant reads. Not this one. Perhaps teenagers will/do love it and that's cool. It's just not really for the adults.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • KimDK
    5/3/14
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    "An Amazing Listen!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    It's a well written book that's been narrated amazingly. The story is beautifully touching and although the characters have cancer the book isn't about cancer. John Green made me relate to both Hazel and Gus and even Isaac and Kate Rudd bought it to life. It is a must listen and I've already gifted this audiobook to two of my friends and I just can't stop recommending it to anyone who will listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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