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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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    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.

    117 of 130 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 2013

    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.

    105 of 128 people found this review helpful
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    10ecgrl 12-02-12
    10ecgrl 12-02-12

    JMC

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    "Not just for teens."
    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book because all of us are touched by cancer in some way. And, all of us want to love and be loved.

    3 of 3 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 2010

    "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!

    60 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 03-23-12
    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 03-23-12

    Me, myself, and I.

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    "Just barely, barely, barely off the mark"

    There are books that you experience in a state of welcoming bliss. They stick with you because you needed to read them JUST RIGHT NOW. And somehow the universe converged at the perfect moment to drop a wonderful story about this or that into your hands. You read with great fervor the adventures, sadness, mystery, or humor of your fictional doppleganger, and when you are done, you feel awash in both elation and deflation, wondering if you will ever find another story like this one.

    This was not one of those stories. It could have been, and at times it seemed on the verge of becoming one of them, but it ended and I did not feel that. I have no doubt that it probably instills in others the feelings that I wrote about above. For me, I experienced the roller coaster of Hazel Grace's young life and was properly enchanted, worried, and hopeful for her. I think that I wanted something even more profound in the end, and it just wasn't there for me.

    This, in no way, should discourage you from reading this story. It is beautifully written and wonderfully executed. Kate Rudd does a fantastic job of bringing Hazel Grace to life, to the point that I'm not sure they aren't the same person. This story of life, and its byproduct cancer, is filled with moments of pure happiness, humor, and devastating sadness. John Green's compelling storytelling is on full display here, and I cannot fault the story for any shortcomings.

    An excellent read no matter what my unreasonable expectations may have been.

    60 of 76 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.

    47 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-24-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "BEST. BOOK. EVER."

    Believe all the hype! This book is amazing. It will make you appreciate life and living in the now. Everything I felt about this book has already been said, so instead I will just say don't wait (like I did) and just get this one already. So worth it!

    41 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Laura New York, NY, United States 01-26-12
    Laura New York, NY, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Laura the Listener

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    "Amazing"

    I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters. The narrator captures teenage sarcasm perfectly. The description of this book doesn't do it justice. I picked it up at the recommendation of a couple friends and loved it from the first word. Listen to this book.

    40 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 01-20-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

    33 of 43 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 2014

    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.

    42 of 55 people found this review helpful
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  • Eileen Harrison
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    1/28/14
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    "The Fault in Our Stars"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    This was recommended to me by my Granddaughter and if I had read the synopsis before I downloaded it, I probably wouldn't have bothered. But what an amazing story, amazingly read.


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

    Well, I don't want to give anything away - lets just say The Anne Frank house!


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

    No I haven't


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

    No - I wanted to savour it and not listen to it in a hurry.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    GATESHEAD, United Kingdom
    1/1/14
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    "Utterly stunning."
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Elegant. Emotional. Revolutionary


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

    The moment you know, and realise, that your original thoughts on the death of the character was misguided, not in the comment of death, but in the pursuer of the death.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

    Peter was fabulously well done!


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

    Laugh and cry are two words that cannot fully describe the emotional reaction I experienced when reading this normal. A flurry of emotions engulfed me, and my heart was in the hands of John Green throughout


    Any additional comments?

    To try and condense a novel as elegant, joyous, emotional and heart-wrenching as this to a mere paragraph in review, is a mistreatment of beauty. Tears were shed and my heart was broken. If you want to feel true love so pure in your heart, then read this novel for no love in this world can match the worth of The Fault in Our Stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jen Norm
    NE UK
    12/30/13
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    "Life changingly brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Im not the sort to read this kind of book, or to cry easily however this book could make me laugh one second and in tears the next, and its got me changing how I think about things after reading the book. This is really a must read!!!


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

    its not particularly similar to any that ive read, but I don't tend to read these kinds of books usually


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

    all of them were great, each one had a different voice and way of speaking, each character was its own.


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

    I cried nearer the end but I wont give anything away ;)


    Any additional comments?

    even if you doubt it because its not your kind of book (as I did) read it! its simply stunning

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Riga, Latvia
    12/14/13
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    "The Book Grew On Me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    A friend reading the print version told me as a way of telling how far she's gotten "I'm at the diagram". My first thought was "Oh, no, I missed something, because audio can't have diagrams!" but then I looked at it and recognised it immediately, the way it was described in the audio version fitted so well I hadn't realised it could be a picture in the book. I definitely enjoyed the audio version just as much as I would have a print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were really relatable, with their own quirks and ways of thinking and acting. They feel like people I could be friends with.


    Any additional comments?

    The book made me laugh and cry, and immediately after having finished it I thought that it had been a really thrilling read, but that was that. After a time, though, I kept thinking over the themes and ideas in the book, and kept wanting to refer to it in conversations, and that, I think, makes it a really great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    50°54′00″N 1°21′18″W - give or take
    12/13/13
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    "Left me emotionally broken but I enjoyed the ride."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    definitely, the writing and story are really gripping and engaging and Kate Rudd's performance really brought it to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the mix of humour and tragedy made it a very enjoyable ride, too much of either would have been either saccharin sweet or unbearable, but this was just spot on.


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

    Kate Rudd really brought Hazel-Grace's viewpoint to reality, her acting made the poignant moments more so and the funny moments funnier and all in all provided more immersion than I would have felt from the paper copy.


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

    "bring a box of tissues"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • StarWarsFan
    London, UK
    12/12/13
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    "Hauntingly wonderful"
    What did you like most about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The story and subject is beautifully written and sensitively told. I've since purchased the book for several other people to help them understand the struggles my husband and I face - it is a great conversation starter and would suit a book group.


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

    Yes! And no. I loved it, but perhaps because it is a little close to home (I have an acute illness and am largely bedbound) I struggled to listen all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, thought provoking and funny. It manages a wonderful tone and never becomes overly sentimental. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "Moving YA romance which moved me to tears"

    A beautifully crafted story which held me from the beginning and - for the first time since I was 12 (some decades ago!) made lumps in my throat and literally had me in tears. Beautifully written, it took me a long while to realise it's aimed at late Teens; in fact all of us should read it and understand just how lucky most of us truly are. A privilege to 'read', and beautifully read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yohanna
    Stockholm, Sweden
    12/2/13
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    "Heartbreaking"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, real, genuine


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

    When the two main caracters come up with saying "always" in the word "ok"


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Her closeness and humour living the caracters


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

    Yup


    Any additional comments?

    A memorable book that i will carry with me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizzi
    London, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Heartbreaking"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the dialogue spoken aloud was much better than reading it - when I returned to this story in book form, I found the language clunky and unbelievable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book's incredibly touching, there were moments while listening that I had to stop whatever else I was doing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LARKHALL, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Worth a read"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was recommended to me by a friend & I enjoyed reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was true to life and not all 'puppies & kittens' about a serious topic.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator was ideal and believable as the main character.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The theme all through the book was that Hazel Grace was annoyed that the author of her favourite book of all time had left the reader hanging, not knowing what happened to the other characters in the story - I felt that's exactly what John Green did too. Whether or not it was intentional I don't know, but I did feel slightly peeved at the end. That aside I really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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