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The Fault in Our Stars

Written by: John Green
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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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.

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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meeh

I think narration was fine however I am not into a teenage romance with constant cancer pity, or I have problems understanding their perspective. when bored or in search of killing time, this book can be a choice to do so

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Better than Romeo & Juliet

When I think of Star-Crossed lovers, these two are who I'll think of. The story is lovely but bitter-sweet. The performance is absolutely fantastic, and it was an easy and lovely listen.

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Sicklit and Author Philosophizing

I don’t often write reviews, but this book annoyed me enough that I both couldn’t bring myself to listen to the remaining 5 hours, and felt compelled to write why.

Putting aside entirely the source for the character Hazel (because I know she was based on a real-life fan of the author’s, who very sadly died of cancer, and she far and above is not part of any of the book’s issues), and putting aside that the author seems like a pretty cool guy who means well: this book is filled with teenagers that talk like a 30-some year old author who wants a vehicle to philosophize at an audience, and is otherwise filled with your typical YA tropes, and “insights” about terminal cancer that frankly I get enough of and more from having a terminal cancer-fighting mother. Someone recommended this book to me as something that gives insight into the struggle, and that’s beautiful and cathartic — it doesn’t, and it isn’t. You want that kind of insight: read the illustrated version of “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. Read “The Fault in Our Stars” if you want shameless sick-lit YA wish fulfillment, overwrought with the author’s desire to pontificate deeply about deeply thoughts. I sincerely respect John Green’s humour and intelligence on his “Crash Course” YouTube channel (I’ve binged every “Crash Course Literature” episode there is), and highly recommend that. Just not this. At all. Aside from the super talented narrator - she rocks.

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Rudd Makes a Great Book Greater!

This is one of Green's best...and he's written a lot of great ones...far better, in my view, than "Looking for Alaska" (which is over-rated). Great characters, a touching and engaging story, a budding, believable, but ultimately tragic love story...some wonderful dialogue and a great trip to the Netherlands make this great from start to finish. Better than reading it is listening to Rudd tell it...and either one is better than simply watching the movie! #Audible1

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

I couldn't stop listening. This was awesome. I laughed, cried and learned. It left me with a lot to think about for a novel. #Audible1

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Made me cry

Heart felt story, very much like the movie. Would read it again in a heart beat #Audible1

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Excellent

The story was great and the characters were enticing.

However, I'm not a fan of the narrator. I cannot recommend that aspect of the audiobook.

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sjch a emotiknally but good book

the story was great. I love the idea of the book. very descripdive and great.

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A story about love, pain, family and joy in life

I loved the story. I am a self help book junky, for me to listen to a love story on audible is not easy lol

U will love the story too and the author is so funny.

I was almost tearing up in certain sections as I think if I were Hazel, what my life would be.

Beautiful love story and very well written

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better than expected

the humor and overall attitude made this book more enjoyable than I expected it to be! amazing writing.

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  • AudioAddict
  • 2013-04-25

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.

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  • FanB14
  • 2012-05-24

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.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 2014-03-30

Bright, Funny, Inspiring, Poignant & Powerful

I generally find Teen/Young-Adult fiction tedious but I laughed more than I cried (I did both, sometimes simultaneously) during this wonderful book. I have not been a teen for several decades (and was never a teenage girl), but I could not put this book down, and sighed when it came to an end. This is decidedly NOT a book about cancer, this is a book about life. The narration was fantastic, depicting subtle and incongruous teen emotions and the breathless panic of oxygen deprivation. The characters are mostly teens, with fledgling self-images yet they are written with nuance and power and grace. I find most books in this genre sappy, boring, and (unintentionally) uninspiring. I found this book deeply inspiring. It is about choice, particularly the choice to love, regardless of the inexorable outcome of pain, or death, or both.

I really enjoyed sharing many books with my daughter when she was young, in installments on short car trips, or whole books on long trips. Although I would have recommend this book to her, this book has a particularly personal narrative style that I think is better absorbed personally, at least the first time.

Quite a few reviews say things like “heartbreaking” or “sad”. I did not find this book ever sad or heartbreaking, but instead intensely poignant. This is not a tear-jerker. This is a classic that I expect will be recommended and read for many decades to come.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Gunnyvil
  • Gunnison, Colorado
  • 2013-02-25

Even 71 year-olds can love this one!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As the title states, I am 71. I am also a retired college English professor with a strong interest in young adult fiction. I have discovered over and over that excellent young adult fiction can be totally appropriate for adults, too, even aging ones. This is a novel that rises above sentimentality but not sentiment. Like all good fiction, it broadens one's understanding of the human condition. I strongly recommend it.

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  • Ella
  • toronto,, Ontario, Canada
  • 2012-02-20

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.

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  • Diana - Audible
  • NJ, United States
  • 2012-05-25

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!

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 2014-07-05

Excellent for whole family; sad but uplifting

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

I thought the narration was excellent and as such I recommended for everyone to listen to it on audio.

Any additional comments?

I bought this audio several months ago for my sons (ages 12 and 15). I was surprised how much I liked it too, though I found it much sadder than they did. We enjoyed the literary allusions and humor throughout. I haven't seen the movie, but they both thought the audiobook was superior.

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  • Joel
  • Mill Valley, CA, United States
  • 2012-03-23

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.

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  • RaisinNut
  • PA, USA
  • 2012-10-07

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.

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  • Bleu
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 2014-02-27

Worth the Heartbreak

Although I went in prepared for sad, I wasn't prepared enough. At times I felt like John Green was pulling my heart out and stomping around on it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall, I felt it was a life-affirming and beautiful story despite its focus on (and very realistic treatment of) illness and death. Definitely the best Young Adult novel I've read in a long time, and Kate Rudd's narration was great.

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