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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, read by Kate Rudd.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

©2017 John Green (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Neurotic Teenagers Get Up to Not Much

This book just make me glad I was no longer a teenager. Leading lady (if you can call it that) is a self absorbed hypochondriac, and we have to listen to her agonise for 24 chapters about possibly getting a disease from a rich boy she kissed. Guess I picked the wrong genre here...

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A must read

This book is a must read for those who either suffer from or are living/working with people who have OCD or anxiety disorders. The book had me laugh and rooting for the characters, none of them being portrait as victims. I had intended to read a few chapters prior to going to sleep only to find myself listening the whole book in one go.

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A great story and an essential insight

lovable characters and a fantastic insight into what life is like with obsessive compulsive disorder. A book that should be studied in schools. John Green is an incredible writer, and Kate Rudd a phenomenal orator!

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loved it... but at times too real

I'll be honest. At times I found this hard to finish. Not because it was a bad story but because it was so well done. John Green's portrayal of mental illness is so spot on, it made me feel not alone and also panicky... I really enjoyed it though.

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What a book! John Green is a master storyteller

Amazing story and Kate Rudd's narration is compelling. John Green is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

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Deep, heartbreaking, sweet

There are quotes and poems and feelings in this story that will stay with me for a long time. It’s a helping kind of hurt.

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So Viceral, so real.

Thank you John, this was such a deep portrayal of mental illness, so viceral, that it made me nauseous, tearful and overjoyed all within this one story. It wasnt always enjoyable, but then mental illness isnt. The emotions are real, the struggle is real. DFTBA

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Such an amazing book!!!!

I live this book and it’s pretty incredible how John green can make you never want to stop!!!
A must read ... obviously..... and much love to all the tuataras.;)

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Highly recommend it

Made me feel so uncomfortable in all the right ways. it's so good, even the narrator did a fantastic job. I love it

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I cried buckets!

Love John Green. Cried partway through this. Hated that she didn't get to stay with Davis but life does go on.

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  • Laura
  • 11-07-17

My best read of 2017!

I can't believe I've never read a John Green book before. I mean, have I been living under a rock? Well, technically yes, I've been bed bound with M.E for 4 years but that's besides the point, we have this thing called the internet now. Anyway, I digress. I absolutely loved this book! John Green writes so beautifully, nothing ever feels cheesey or overdone, it's all completely understated and very very emotional. I totally get why he's such a hyped YA author, I really really could have done with this book in my late teens, it would have helped a lot. There are some really relevant chronic illness quotes in there which hit me in the feels, putting it into words that I can't find myself. Other than that the whole book levelled with me on the whole mental illness thing, having one really is Turtles All the Way Down.

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  • CJT
  • 01-19-19

The narration ruins it!

The narration is awful. I can’t listen anymore because the narrator sounds like she’s firing the words out. It’s actually stressful to listen to it.

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  • ShayneyH
  • 10-27-19

The narration let this story down for me

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I think that the narrator let this story down for me, the voice let the performance down and it didn’t always grab my attention. This is one of the times where if I had read the book, then I would have enjoyed it a lot better. I would have connected more to the characters and to the story and this is a book where you do need to connect. I wanted to enjoy this book so much and I will try it again at a different time, however next time I will read the actual book and see if that makes a difference.

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  • Elise
  • 11-17-17

Loved this audiobook!

You can always trust that a John Green book will have a strong underlying message, and Turtles All the Way Down is no exception. Beautifully and intelligently written, Aza is an unconventional main character who is charming with her flaws, and both Pickett sons are particularly important characters in their vulnerabilities. Green puts into words many thoughts and feelings I’ve always had difficulty describing.

I was curious at the interesting title of this book, but it fits perfectly with the story, which kept me gripped the whole way through. Slightly different from his previous books, this is a must listen for anyone looking to get into the mindset of someone with a mental illness in a really relatable way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-21

Great book - engaging and informative

John Green does a fantastic job of writing a believable protagonist. that is both lovable and yet infuriating. that doesn't make perfect choices and feels very hooman. Great book.

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  • Mike
  • 05-13-22

Lovely.

Reading her anxious thought process has been so illuminating. it's the same sort of thought process I have, we all have, it's just that she can't escape it. This is a beautifully honest expression of mental illness.

I wish I could read Daisy's Wookie fanfiction, though.

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  • Alice
  • 03-01-22

Pretentious and Dull

Strange storyline. Most climactic moment is a subplot to the main arc. Loads of random pretentious quotes. Voiceover for male characters makes them all sound the same. The main storyline has no real bearing on the main plot. This is not a detective fiction story. You may enjoy it if you have a mental health diagnoses and need an empathetic narrator.

I really don't enjoy John Green anymore - he seems incapable of writing normal female characters. They're always clichés and stereotype. This book put me off him again. A shame as I wanted to give him a chance.

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  • Lucy
  • 02-07-22

Nice read

I liked this book, which surprised me. It wa spretty mental helatg heavy but I really enjoyed it. Would reccomend

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  • nellelou
  • 05-15-21

extremely brilliant

loved this book so well written and no neat all was perfect in the end rubbish
really felt for the main character and felt more understanding a good read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-21

rather bland and uninspiring.

there's not really any mystery, great plot twist or character development. some nice points but overall disappointing.

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  • Rob in Nelson NZ
  • 12-22-17

IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT............

Would you consider the audio edition of Turtles All the Way Down to be better than the print version?

I thought Kate Rudd did a very good reading of the book. It's always difficult for any reader to alternate between male and female, but she did well. I've not read the print version, but that's why I subscribe to audible - so I can "read" and do other things (walk, drive).

What other book might you compare Turtles All the Way Down to, and why?

It's probably appropriate to compare it to John Green's other books, all of which I've either read or listened to. Like all the others, John Green writes about late teen life. This has similar emotional depth to "The Fault in our Stars", and was told from the female perspective. For me I didn't find much humour, which permeated TFIOS. This was a hard 'read' at times, but I was always cared about Aza, and felt myself really caring about what happened next. Not a "fun ride" that was Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, but they were told from the perspective of healthy males. This is a female with challenges. I don't know if I'd say I enjoyed "Turtles" more or less. A bit like your favourite song - it depends on your mood at the time. Sometimes you want a slow ballad, other times a rock epic, or other times something to dance to. What I will say is that I found myself emotionally involved in this character at least is deeply as I was with TFIOS.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending wasn't what I expected, and that's about all I should say. I don't think it's fair to go into that too deeply for a review that someone might read when they're trying to decide whether or not to buy this book.

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

Not too keen on spoiling the book for readers of this review, but there was a scene when Aza was driving her car after finding she'd been starring in her friends Star Wars fan fiction. Quite challenging, but it added a lot to the emotional depth of the character and book.

Any additional comments?

I was always emotionally involved in the main character, and thus the book was one I would recommend strongly. If you enjoyed TFIOS, I would expect you will enjoy this book. John Green writes his stories, and develops his characters, incredibly well. They seem very real. But don't expect a lot of fun with this one. Be ready for an emotional roller coaster which takes a long time to get out of the darkness.

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  • Jess
  • 10-18-17

Opened my eyes

For the most part of this book I found the main character to be whiny and annoying, until at one moment I realised that was how I was meant to feel about her. I was ignoring her illness and what it felt to be HER.
I truly loved this book, because it’s true to life - it just goes on. Highly recommend to those who need their minds opened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-22

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Narrator was softly spoken, clear and easy to listen to.
Story plot was average. However it did raise awareness of mental health and expose of an individual with mental illness faces specifically internally.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-21

Great read, fantastic insight.

This was such a good book. A wonderful insight into the impact of mental health. John Green writes in such an accessible way. I fully recommend this book.

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  • Edward
  • 08-15-20

vivid, illustrative, relatable, sad

wasn't what i was expecting. even pay off the way through I didn't know what to expect. it was vivid. it was sad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-20

I wanted to keep reading/listening!

Beautifully told with so many pearls to quote when life calls. OCD was described perfectly.

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  • Ue
  • 01-16-20

Turtles All The Way Down

This is an amazing book it has drama,love and many heart felt moments. I would recommend this book to an older range of readers.

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  • gaffa941
  • 07-10-19

trigger warning

very good book and reading but if your a person who battles with thier mental health this is a hard book to read and it can send you down your rabbit hle but a very good pertrial of someone living with mental illness

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  • Hannah
  • 05-07-19

Not an easy listen

I really struggled to finish this one. I can't give a single reason why I didn't enjoy this much, but I did find the narrator very monotonous and the storyline wasn't gripping either. Overall just quite bland.

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  • Liam Harrison
  • 03-14-19

Not his best, but interesting subject

I'm a big fan of John Green, both as an author and as a personality via his and his brother Hank's youtube channel Vlogbrothers. As such, I was aware of his struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety before, which means that its portrayal in Turtles shouldn't have been so surprising.

However it was. Not sugarcoated, and very distressing - excellently translated to text.

The story itself I didn't enjoy that much, it was certainly servicable and enjoyable, but it felt more like an excuse for the portrayal of Aza's illness rather than a story he really wanted to tell.

Excellently read, as well, by Kate Rudd.