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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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    Laura Locust Fork, AL, United States 03-02-14
    Laura Locust Fork, AL, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a library student and book blogger. I love audiobooks as much as I love print... sometimes more. It's my format of choice.

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    "Words Cannot Describe How I Feel"

    I’m going to go ahead and say that my feelings about this book may be a little different than some because of how close to home some of it hits. I have a family member who has been battling cancer for the past two and a half years. Without saying too much or going into anything, I’ll just say the results have been less than desirable. That being said, listening to this audiobook was an emotional, but rewarding experience. I also listened to the audiobook in its entirety while I was at home sick one day. I’m not sure if my reclusive tendencies while I’m sick skewed any of my emotions while listening. All I know is this: my love for John Green has only been heightened, and pretty dramatically.

    Cancer is slowly becoming “the topic.” I’m not saying that to undermine the topic or the books that authors are writing about it. It’s a very real and present part of our world. There should be books written on it. I’ve only read a few, but they have been amazing. This one was no different. It dealt with the subject in a very real way, full of raw emotion, sadness, and some much needed hope. Not necessarily hope that “we can beat this thing” or whatever, but hope that you don’t have to “become your disease,” as Augustus would say. You can still be you and still have positive, enriching experiences. And though I may be one of those people who doesn’t really understand because I’m not actually going through it, it didn’t make this book any less precious to me.

    I have a huge appreciation for a few of the supporting characters in this book. Hazel’s parents became so important to me. Their presence wasn’t a huge one, but it was an important one. Cancer is something that doesn’t just affect the people its happening to. It also affects those people permanently tied to the diagnosed by unconditional love. There is no escaping the despair, hope (false or otherwise), and fight that those individuals feel on their loved ones behalf. Trust me. Hazel was not someone I loved from the start, mainly because Augustus was right about her. She was letting her disease win by refusing to live her life. His influence and love helped her, and that is one of my favorite things about this book. And, good God, do I love Augustus Waters. If you have doubts, make sure you read the whole book before saying you don’t get it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claudine ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 02-27-14
    Claudine ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 02-27-14

    I am a Native American woman who loves quirky - off the beaten path stories. I would like to find more books about people of color.

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    "Wonderfully well handled difficult topic!"

    I was concerned that the subject matter would be very depressing. But the way John wrote it was fantastic! My son read the book first and highly recommended it so I read it. I loved it immediately and could see why my son did as well. I thank John Green for not writing 'down' to young adults and giving them the respect to challenge them with these topics. I am glad Mr. Green is now my son's favorite author!

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    gamer3d1 02-26-14
    gamer3d1 02-26-14
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    "so much emotion!"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    yes! it is overflowing with emotions!


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

    You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    she read with emotions!


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

    Okay? Okay!


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    JB Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-26-14
    JB Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-26-14
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    "Original story. Atrocious dialogue."

    The author, John Green, confesses to us in the beginning that "this book is a work of fiction" and that he simply made it up.

    Trust me, Mr. Green. At no point did I believe this book was based on any sort of reality. Not when you have 16 and 17 year old children saying things like, "The symbolic resonances are endless."

    Or "That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."

    Or "...having the Whitmanesque revelation that the definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation or whatever."

    I'm sorry. But no teenager, terminal or healthy, talks like that. No one my age (early forties) talks like that. In fact, the last time I've heard dialogue like this was on Downton Abbey. Or really bad high school plays.

    Alas, despite myself, I did enjoy the story. It was certainly original. And for all of its bad dialogue, there were some terrific characters and truly poignant moments.

    Kate Rudd did a decent job narrating. But I'm not sure if she sounded affected, or if the writing just made her sound that way. There was a little too much crying on her part, but I suppose that's the nature of the story.

    Be warned, commuters: not the most uplifting book after long, vicious days at the office.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    amanda Bruce Rock, Australia 02-22-14
    amanda Bruce Rock, Australia 02-22-14
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    "Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I tend to enjoy listening to stories in first person the most, and this one in particular allowed me to identify quite strongly with the protagonist. The flow of the story and the exploration of Hazel's thoughts and feelings drew me in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Augustus Waters, and his unique and thoughtful view of the world.


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

    This is the first performance by Kate Rudd that I have listened to, but I will definitely listen to others.


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

    The night of the broken trophies was particularly moving, but there were many touching scenes throughout the book. The Anne Frank House was another.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 02-21-14
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 02-21-14

    I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.

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    "A Teenage Girl's Blog. Good I guess?"

    I couldn't get beyond the first hour or two. The book came highly recommended, but the story was so far into the head of a teenage girl that it was just uninteresting to me. If I was a teenage girl? Or a woman who experienced a lot of these things? I'd probably love it. And I tried bearing that in mind as I listened, "hey try to see things from someone else's perspective" but in the end, there was just so much mundane girly high school setup that it lost me.

    Due to the extremely great reviews out there on the book, (and the upcoming movie) I'm positive this is a personal thing and hardly a reflection on the writing, the story, and the narration.

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    Jessica Smith 12-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Liked It, Didn't Love It"

    I had high expectations for this book because so many raved about it. It was good but not great in my opinion.

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    Dawn E. Sanders Kansas City, MO United States 10-17-13
    Dawn E. Sanders Kansas City, MO United States 10-17-13

    Dawn

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    "This One Requires Kleenex"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this at work, and wept for probably 30 solid minutes. Boy did I get sucked into this one! It was very moving.


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

    It has sort of a star-crossed lovers theme, because you know the situation is doomed from the very beginning. Otherwise, I can't really think of anything comparable.


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

    No, but I listen to audiobooks a lot, and so I can say compared to other audio narrators, she was great! Excellent.


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

    I covered that already. It involved a lot of weeping.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a young adult, I'm pretty old, and I was able to enjoy this, so I would say all ages can read this and like it.

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    Kristine T. Hall Woodstock, Il. United States 10-04-13
    Kristine T. Hall Woodstock, Il. United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Just for Teens - Repeat - Not Just for Teens!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I have recommended it to many friends - adults and teens. It is a remarkable book about two unforgettable characters.


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

    I found the humor most memorable. The sadness is the ever present undercurrent but the humor frequently reminds us that these are witty, funny characters who are simply enjoying the days they have together. I laughed frequently and still remember many of the funny lines.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    It was a seamless performance. There was never a moment as a listener when I felt distracted by the voice or the presence of her narration. She disappeared into the story yet brought it to life.


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

    This book was moving from the first sentence to the last. I was especially touched by the parental relationships. The parents in this book were as well written as the kids, and as tender. So many parents of teens are written from a 'parents suck' perspective. Not these parents and not this writer. Yet the parents seem like real people with their occasionally annoying quirks.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green is simply brilliant. He created two unique teenagers, both with terminal cancer, and let them fall in love. It is a beautifully romantic book about young love. Both Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are SO much more than their diseases. There isn't a false word in this book, and in spite of the difficult subject matter, there isn't a trite phrase.

    There is nothing I would change about this book. Green takes a painful subject and makes us invest in the characters, even though we know this won't have a perfect ending. It is so easy to turn away from the bald kid we see in a mall, or the frail teen on oxygen, but Green makes us want to look because we care about Hazel and Augustus.

    I am only sad that this is constantly referred to as a 'teen' book. I am in my mid sixties and this book was my recommendation to my very intelligent book group. Everyone felt it was a remarkable read and we had an amazing discussion which lasted almost two hours.

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    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 09-29-13
    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.

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    "excellent (you should read it)"

    I was putting this off because of the cancer and the death and the sadness (all anticipated and provided in the story as well). I'm glad I finally decided to listen. The book was thoughtful and funny and touching and just really well done. The narrator was also excellent.

    Don't worry, you will cry, but you will be glad you read it.

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  • PurpleVelvetElf
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    3/31/16
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    "Enjoyable-Young adult book"

    A nice book, but it is really a young adult book which I had not realised when buying it (maybe lack of attention on my part) . The two main characters are both teens and the story reflects that. It is a sweet little story and I did quite enjoy it.

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  • Sagar
    3/24/16
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    "good book"

    beautifully written seems to me childish for me but good for the teens and children

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  • Trotpot
    3/22/16
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    "Beautiful story engaging and thought provoking"

    I was aware that the film of book had been made and it was pitched at teenage audience. Curiousity made me pick it and I am so glad I did - the reader voice is so easy to listen to and immediately took me into the world of the book - I laughed, I cried - sobbing at times - and loved the book. The author interview at end was an unexpected bonus

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  • CoolGeorge
    3/21/16
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    "The best book I have ever read!!!!!!"

    I think this is the best book in the world and I totally agree with all the things in this book!!!!!!!! I would completely recommend this book for young and old teens!!! I made a connection with the caricatures in the book and I felt like I knew them. John green did great!!!! But so sad it is over!!!

    Thank u sooo much John green!!!!😀😀❤️

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  • Highlight
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    3/20/16
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    "Had To Re Fund - Not For Me"

    Disappointed with this after reading the over the top reviews, my expectations were utterly let down.

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  • Candice
    3/13/16
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    "amazing"

    have listened to this more than 100 times, no joke. best book that I have ever listened to

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  • Gillian Mackay
    2/6/16
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    "Wonderful, heartfelt book"

    I watched the movie before reading the book but this doesn't take away from the book in any way. Fantastically written and read. I would definitely recommend this, be prepared for a few tears along the way.

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  • Veronika
    1/27/16
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    "A truly life changing book"

    It puts it all into perspective. And the best thing about it: I never read such a sad story that made me giggle and lough so much. Ultimately, it's more about life than death. And it made me truly more comfortable with death.
    On the practical note, it took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator's heavy American accent but learned to like her eventually. She impersonated the characters really well and did the Dutch accents beautifully. And hey, it is a book from an American teenagers point of view after all.
    Read it! And THEN watch the movie. Because it's the best movie ever, and true to this masterpiece of a book.

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  • Amazon Customer
    1/26/16
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    "Great First Choice"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first audiobook I have ever listened to and I am very happy with my first choice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that there were funny parts to the story, especially the beginning with the staring contest as I prefer books with some humor to them and not just sad, emotional parts.


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

    Kate Rudd used her voice to add perspectives of the characters that I would not usually hear when reading a book.


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

    I was close to tears a few times but managed to hold them back. I couldn't help but laugh at some parts of the book though.


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  • Jessica
    1/24/16
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    "Great"

    Laughter, tears and a seriously good book! Now on to the film! Defiantly a book I would read again!

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