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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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    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.

    125 of 140 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 04-25-13
    AudioAddict 04-25-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Wonderful Poignant Story"

    STORY - As a rule I don't like sad books or movies, but I decided to take a chance on this one for the sake of variety and also the very high ratings. I was not disappointed. The only reason I didn't rate this book a 5 is because it was -- well, predictably sad. The story is about two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who both have cancer and fall in love. They are both very smart, mature for their years and have healthy attitudes about their illness. The story doesn't dwell on tear-jerking descriptions of their symptoms and suffering. It is more about how they struggle to just be normal teenagers and try to do what other kids their age do. That is what's so sad, the fact that they just accept amputations, tubes and treatments as normal, often joking about their own shortcomings.

    Despite the sadness, it is a beautifully written story and I couldn't stop listening. Hazel and Gus are loveable teenaged characters and their story seems very real. The truth that serious illnesses affect children is something we don't like to think about, but sometimes we need to be reminded.

    NARRATION - The reading of this story is good, but there is nothing special about the performance.

    OVERALL - If you don't mind a good cry, I would definitely recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 03-29-13
    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes!"

    John Green did an amazing job. Hazel is such a fun character, and yet so tortured. It is clever. Augustus is clever. This is a definite read/listen. I am doing my best to pass this book around my circle. Everybody who I've turned on to it LOVED IT...adults and teens. There are parts of the story that get a bit predictable, but you still hope against hope that they don't happen. And it tears you apart when it does. The most enjoyable book of this ilk since I read "If I Stay" (another definite-must!)

    4 of 4 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.

    113 of 138 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 01-12-13
    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No Fault in This Star"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Realistic Engaging Characters


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

    Hazel Grace coming to help Gus at the gas station.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The egging of the exgirlfriend's car


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

    Living everyday as if it were the last


    Any additional comments?

    Real characters liviving real life tragedies.

    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!

    63 of 81 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.

    63 of 81 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.

    49 of 64 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!

    45 of 59 people found this review helpful
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  • Victoria
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    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 4 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
  • Sarah
    5/23/15
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    "Epic book, epic love story"

    I loved this book and loved how engrossed I became in the story. Amazingly beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiki
    5/4/15
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    "Hilarious and painful in equal measure"

    I listened to this in about four sittings, but having finished it, I'm left wishing I'd taken my time. The dialogue had me laughing out loud at some moments, filling up with tears at others. John Green and Kate Rudd are an excellent team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nanasheila
    5/4/15
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    "Not as I expected"
    What would have made The Fault in Our Stars better?

    Narrated by someone else with more feeling in their voice and less droning.


    Has The Fault in Our Stars put you off other books in this genre?

    No not really but I would definitely listen to the clip before buying another.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

    anyone with a more sympathetic and varied toned voice would have been easier to listen too, perhaps an American voice on par with June Barrie.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fault in Our Stars?

    None as they all seemed to flow with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am just very disappointed as This book was suggested as a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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