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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Erica
  • United States
  • 07-02-13

This Book Is Amazing

Generally I try to stick to SciFi/Fantasy, so this was not an expected choice for me. However, the book immediately grabbed me and I found myself inventing chores to do around the house so that I could keep listening. Only two thirds of the way through I found myself completely engrossed in the story such that I started bawling. On the bus. In public. It wasn't a pretty picture, but even then I couldn't stop listening. No book that I've listened to, save maybe the removal of the worm in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has made me outwardly emote so much, and I have to credit John Green's writing for that. I recommend this book if you like reading at all or are invested in humanity.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Bellevue, WA, United States
  • 05-16-13

Grab the kleenex and devour this book

This book came highly recommended, and I was not disappointed. It is the touching story of several teens living, and dying, with cancer. Let's be honest, that wasn't a spoiler; it's just what the book is about.

Green writes as if he is telling his own story. You quickly grow to love Hazel, Augustus and Isaac as if they were your own child or friend. You want to celebrate victories and mourn losses with them. You want to know them better.

Rudd does an excellent job of narration, giving individual voice to each character and enhancing the experience of the book.

Break out the kleenex for this read. you'll be glad you did.

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  • mariana
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 05-11-13

Fantastic Book

Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

I have listen to this book more than once is just so good I really recommend it.

What did you like best about this story?

What I love about this book is that is full of different emotions. Is funny and sad and I love the characters.

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

Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace

Any additional comments?

I think this is one the best books I have listen so far and I love the story. The narrator made a really great job.

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  • Becky
  • Mackinaw, IL, United States
  • 05-11-13

"Life, Love, and the pursuit of Closure"

My First, but not last, John Green read. He covers a plethora of social topics while captivating my attention and investment in the characters. The story is about a girl, diagnosed with cancer, who struggles to deal with life, love, and the endless pursuit to find closure concerning characters from her favorite novel. It is considered a young adult read as the main characters are adolescents, but is a great read for anyone! I have recommended this to anyone who will listen.

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  • Marjorie
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 04-27-13

Sweet, Funny and Interesting

The Fault In Our Stars was a quaint, interesting character study of teens who struggle with terminal illness. The reader gets a window into the world of two fearless teens who dare to love, live and grow while facing imminent death. The author did his homework on this book. The parents of each teen also showed themselves in this book. The perspective parents and their journeys of love and respect for their children's processes were deeply felt and beautifully reflected in the qualities and choices of their children. Well done, Mr. Green. I can't imagine how the author gained the inside information of the world of teen age cancer patients and their parents, but bravo to him. These families do appear to have money, though, which is a luxury which many cancer patients do not have, so bare that in mind before you purchase this book.

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Enjoyable, heartfelt read

While I had a hard time believing that the characters would use such elaborate language - I really enjoyed the book. The narrator perfectly captured Hazel and I could hear her breathing struggle. This is one of those YA books that you have to read because you will enjoy it, cry during it, and be cheering on the characters throughout it.

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  • Hector
  • Hanover Park, IL, United States
  • 03-29-13

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!)

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Brutally Honest. Immensely Heartaching

This is the first time I've ever read / listened to one of John Green's books and I liked it.
This is a beautiful teenage love story lived by two really smart cancer survivors, who are, amongst anything else, on a cancer-road of love and self discovery.

I can't imagining listening to this book any other way. Kate Rudd does a wonderful job! Kudos!

This is not the best one I've ever read, maybe because I was hoping for a different ending, but it is important to say that the author took his time to do his research, and really understand the struggle that cancer survivors go through each day, which makes it totally honest and revealing.

The tittle is a kind of spoiler to what you expect from the book, but there are things you will find unpredictable and you will enjoy.

Prepare for some deep thoughts about the basic concepts of life.

The Fault in our Stars sort of resembles Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (the fictional book inside the book), which leaves us wondering what will happen to Hazel, Isac, Gus' parents...

It is possible to read this in one sitting. It is not the type of book that leaves you dangling like a cliffhanger. It is a book full of romantism, love, and wonderment over the slut that is time.

But I have to say I felt a little disappointed because I wanted more. Maybe John Green meant it that way, or maybe he wanted use to write our own ending to Hazel Grace.

I'd truly recommend it, but I don't think I'd read it again.

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Made me laugh and cry. Didn't want it to end.

If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

Strength, humour, love

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

Cutting for Stones. Deep human emotions and connections that make you appreciate life even more.

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I was completely captivated after listening for about 5 minutes. I had no idea what I got myself into, but wow, this really blew my mind. I was crying unstoppingly on a metro, but I couldn't stop listening! That's how good it was. Even though the protagonists are teenagers, they are stronger and more mature than anyone. I actually used Whispersync, so I could read and listen to the book interchangably. I found myself gravitating toward the audible book, because the narrator did such a fantastic job portraying the tones and accents. It's incredible.

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Moving, funny, brilliant

This story is deeply moving but at the same time both funny and thought-provoking. In addition to being a sad and tragic story, there is a real beauty in the way that very poignant moments between Hazel and Augustus are presented. Green doesn't allow readers to be maudlin though because he also includes doses of vivid description of teenage experience which encourage readers/listeners to see the funny side of life - just as Hazel and Augustus try to do despite the agony of cancer and the terminal reality that they face.
Kate Rudd's performance in narrating this novel is also superb. She really reveals the depth of Hazel as a character, even to the extent that the simple word "ok" is said with an incredible amount of meaning - so we hear acceptance, questions, reassurance, and love in one simple word.
I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • emma
  • 11-26-15

Very sad but very good

A very good but sad YA book with well crafted, likable characters. Great narration and a short interview with the author at the end.

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  • Hungrychics
  • 10-29-15

The most beautifully written book, crafted!

I loved the way this book was written. Every sentence seems to have been crafted, hewn from the best of our language - and go figure, written by an American!! Congratulations John Green, so good to see talent is not dead.
This story is not just for teenagers, although it is about them and we've all been there, so it all relates. It is about a really normal, funny, intelligent girl that happens to be ill. Her story develops without letting her illness take a priority; she would be an appealing character whether she was ill or not! However it did open my eyes to some of the difficulties she has to overcome.
Don't hesitate to download this book, it's just lovely.

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  • Kwez
  • 10-29-15

Outstanding Surprise

Had no idea what to expect; needless to say the film has alot to live up to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-22-15

brilliant book

this book was brilliant. a story of good times in bad times. well narrated too

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  • D. M. York
  • 10-17-15

Never stop living

There is massive potential for this book to have been a relentless piece of "misery porn" in the same fashion that some made-for-television films deal with the same subject - adolescents dealing with cancer. Though here the story is told from a point of real positivity.

The subject matter is quite sad, looking at people who should be starting to live their own lives as they approach adulthood but instead live with an acceptance that there are already fewer days ahead than there are behind. The book focuses on the relationship that forms between Hazel and Augustus, and how they jointly accept that the days that they have (however few) are not things they can waste.

The ending of the book leaves you aching to know what happens. You never learn what happens to Hazel, what she does with her life after the book finishes. The story has great potential to be really upsetting, but in truth it serves as a reminder that none of us really know how much time we have and what matters is that we do the best we can with what we have right now.

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  • Ms. Al Gibson
  • 10-10-15

Thank you

Just finished fault in our stars ! This book has to be one of the best books I have read this year ! I've cried so much , laughed and learnt so much it's an amazing book ! Thanks you John green for this book ! I recommend this to everyone !!!!! Xxxx

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  • Nick
  • 09-18-15

My New Holy Grail

This book is and always has been my bible. The narrator, the story and the author way of writing this book has always brought me back to read,not on the hard copy of this book, but also to listen to the audiobook over and over again! It's a must read and it's such a heartfelt story about two beautiful young adults!

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  • mrsb2011
  • 09-13-15

A sad love story that will touch you at any age.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

I have never read the book, I have watched the film. I would say this is one of the best YA audio books I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

It was entertaining though out, I enjoyed the fact that being ill was not something to be negative about all the time and that there was still fun to be had.

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

I thought Kate Rudd did an amazing job with all characters, especially the male voices.

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

I felt that I couldn't listen to the book in one sitting as it was quite long, however I feel that I may have had a more emotional pull towards it if I could have done. I felt that the story really grabs you in. Kate Rudd did an amazing job of this. I would actually go out of my way to discover other audio books narrated by her, finding a good narrator can be tough when listening to audio books.

Any additional comments?

I am very pleased I listened to the audio book of The Fault in our Stars, although it is aimed at young adults, do not let that put you off. I think it will touch you whatever age you are. The performance is close to perfect and will leave you feeling very emotional. I would like to thank Audible for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Alyson
  • 08-23-15

Absolutely brilliant and heart warming

It was my first ever audio book and found it most interesting, I felt like I was there and involved in the story line. The narrater Kate Rudd is fantastic and has done a great job and it was easy to get involved and want to find out where it ends. The story line has its sad moments , good times and just wants to make you be a better person and enjoy every moment you have as they are all special so thankyou

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  • Sarah Heath
  • 08-14-15

Beautiful Story

It has been years since I have been so into a book that I can't put it down. It is such a beautiful Story and written so well! I was surprised to see it was written by a male. As a 20 year old female I can tell you that Hazel is totally relatable. She is just my kind of girl; I almost wish she were real so I could befriend her.

All this being said I can't help but feel like the narration was slightly off in places. Dont get me wrong there were moments where i was so involved in the story that Kate became Hazel but there were moments where her voice didn't fit. John mentions in the interview that he felt strange narrating his own book because he is a male reading from a females perspective when in reality I think it's just as odd having a noticeably older woman playing a 16 year old. It was still over all fantastic though.

To conclude I think it's safe to say my family miss me after the two days straight I spent in my room listening to this magnificent piece of writing.

Thank you John

Sarah