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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

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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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    dortdin 07-02-15
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    "The Fault in this Book"

    The story was horribly sad. It had NO spiritual answers of any kind which made it sadder than it needed to be.

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    Sassy666 Oregon, USA 07-02-15
    Sassy666 Oregon, USA 07-02-15 Member Since 2014

    I rate 5 (Loved it!) 4 (Really liked it!) 3 (Liked it!) 2 (Didn't really like it!) 1 (Hated it!) I never rate a book before I finish it!

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    "Pass me a tissue please!"

    I really like this book. It made me stop to think about how we sometimes treat people who are ill in a way that is offensive rather than in a loving and real way and I appreciate the insight. The narrator did a wonderful job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 07-02-15
    Christopher 07-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely necessary for those who have lost a love one"

    In losing my sister last year to cancer, I have been unable to grieve and or appropriately respond to my feelings and emotions! In reading this book, it allowed me to see the joy, happiness, and love in which should be appropriately felt. Thank you so much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becca 07-01-15
    Becca 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    First book to evoke that kind of emotion in me in a long time! Absolutely incredible!

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    AlRuble 06-30-15
    AlRuble 06-30-15
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    "A simple novel, a sad novel, a moving novel"

    With large themes and relatable characters, John Green once again pokes us within our most intimate bits and reminds us what humans have forever been destined to do, die.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lee 06-30-15
    Michael Lee 06-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Listen So Far"

    This Quirky, Cute, Heartfelt lovestory is John Green's best novel by far. A recommended read for those that like young adult romance novels.

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    Brett 06-30-15
    Brett 06-30-15
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    "Beautiful"

    Beautiful story and performance. I cried, laughed, and was perpetually caught up in the story.

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    Jack Gibson 06-29-15
    Jack Gibson 06-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad. Really bad."

    I used to visit my grandpa every summer for two weeks to help out on the ranch and enjoy nature. He owned 32 acres and raised cattle. During the day we tended to the animals and swam in a lake that he paid to have dug. At night we roasted marshmallows. There were two beautiful collies he kept around who I adored. My Grandpa was a heavy smoker unfortunately. When I turned 14 he was hospitalized with lung cancer. I was by his side when he passed as was my mom. She begged me never to smoke and I promised I wouldn't. Seven years later I still haven't smoked.

    I kind of regret it though since this terrible story gave me cancer anyway.

    Every line of dialogue was either the words of a bitchy and pretentious.teenage girl or sounded like an old man trying to be "hip" and appeal to a generation he doesn't understand. Many lines that did not need repeating were repeated over and over. It was two steps above a bad erotica and three steps below a high school essay.

    Unless you are a teenage girl who loves crappy books that give you an unrealistic expectation of romance, you should take LSF before reading or listening to this book.

    The narrator was not bad. Credit where credit is due.

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    ashley zanoni 06-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Simply amazing"

    I fell in love with all of the characters. I felt like I was along for all of the good, the bad, the growth, the lessons, the love, the laughter, the tears, as well as the heartbreak. Well done.

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    pablo 06-28-15
    pablo 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    It was one of my favorite books I've ever read I watched a movie like seven times and I haven't read the book

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  • Mr. S. J. Penny
    Kent, UK
    7/11/13
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    "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend, if this book were not just as Hazel describes An Imperial Affliction in her book, that it's so special it just 'yours'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was certainly Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters not far behind. Hazel is a character I can relate to a lot. Though I myself do not suffer from cancer or a terminal illness, I think in the same way and understand many of her thoughts and emotions. She's real, she's down to earth and not like these over-sexualised girls you get in some stories. The lack of depth into the lives of other characters and the lack of several characters close to Hazel and Augustus is actually a good technique, and makes the book feel closer to you, like although she doesn't literally say 'you're my friend' because obviously, you're reading the book, you feel like you're one of the only people being let into their lives. When Hazel says 'my only friends are my parents and an author who doesn't know I exist', she knows what's real but she still feels a connection to AIA, that I find myself feeling to TFIOS. I see a lot of Hazel in me, to be honest.


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

    Metaphorically and literally, a voice. I have in fact read the book before hand, but being a British 14 year old it was sort of hard to imagine how they would speak, never having spoken to an American before. She made Hazel more real to me. Don't get me wrong, the book on it's own is brilliant, but there's something about Kate Rudd that makes me believe the story happened, like it's literally Hazel explaining it to me.


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

    Oh definitely. I was crying for hours at the end, and some parts like with Issac kissing Monica and Augustus' comments on 'young love in all it's awkwardness' (or something similar) made me laugh until I cried. I felt like I knew them in a way, it felt so personal.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact this book is an audiobook makes me incredibly happy, thank you for selling it. Now, even if I'm too tired to read, or too busy to pack a book, I can listen to my favourite story over and over.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/22/12
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    "Far too good to be left to teenagers"

    John Green has won awards for his Young Adult fiction and this, his latest novel. features teenage protagonists but really this is a book which will be enjoyed not just by teenagers but by anyone who has ever been a teenager and still remembers at least a little of what that was like.

    It begins in a teenage cancer support group and its subject matter is daunting but go beyond that and you'll find a novel full not just of love and courage but black edged humour and characters who feel real. For such a short novel it packs a real emotional punch and when I finished the book it felt like I was leaving friends behind.

    A word of thanks too the narrator, Kate Rudd. The book is a first person narrative and she not only convincingly brings Hazel Grace to life but her friends and family. If this doesn't merit an Audies award then there is something wrong with the voting system.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A Triumph Celebration of Life"

    I felt unusually resistant to reading this book. I, like so many others, have said a final goodbye to loved ones taken too soon by the whims of this unforgiving disease. I wasn't sure I could face a story examining the life of such young sufferers of serious, indeed terminal, illness; I couldn't imagine what enjoyment (as that is, after all, why I read fiction) there was to be found between the covers of such a book. How wrong my innate assumptions have proved to be.



    This story is a triumphant celebration of life in the face of death, a homily to the strength and determination of its characters to 'live their best life today' no matter what mountains they may have to climb tomorrow. The author explores with great sensitivity the impact of a terminal diagnosis on relationships and creates an achingly beautiful and unforgettable connection between Hazel and Augustus, as they struggle together to make sense of and come to terms with the hand they have been dealt.



    There was plenty of laughter and some inevitable tears, but the greatest achievement of this work is in relegating cancer to a mere supporting role - there is no room for it centre stage here - that place belongs unquestionably to the bonds of love which live on beyond the farewells. For, whilst we hold on to our memories of those whose footprints we can no longer see in the sand, how can they ever truly leave us?

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    5/8/12
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    "A masterpiece"

    First audio book I have ever restarted as soon as I finished. Somehow manages to avoid cliches, engage you in the characters, make you laugh and make you cry. It walks the line between pretentious and meaningful but falls the right side. Can't stop thinking about it. This is not a great book for teenagers, or a great book for adults, it is just a great book.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    4/13/13
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    "A must read!"

    This book will make you laugh, smile and cry. John Green has managed to bring a new perspective and emotion to cancer. Within the first chapter I instantly wish that I had a friend like Hazel Grace.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    brendale, Australia
    7/29/12
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    "Amazing"

    This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    South Norwood, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Well written, well read"

    This book is superbly written by an author who is intelligent, witty and gets the emotions across very well - add in a SUPERB reading by Kate Rudd and you have yourself an emotional, but fantastic listen

    If you know only a little about different types of cancer, and want a book which shows how teenagers can be amazing during their struggles with illness, then this book will open your mind and your heart

    The emotion that this brought up was more than I expected, especially later in the book, but this is one of the best books I've read or listened to

    DO NOT miss this book, if you do, you'll be missing out on one amazing book!!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Wonderful."

    Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
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    "thought prevoking"

    This is no ordinary cancer novel. it is the truth and has such depth into the situation of having cancer. I have quotes from this book that are just genius. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me really reconsider my life. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT AND LIVE IT!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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