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Turtles All the Way Down

Written by: John Green
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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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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loved it!

loved the writing of John Green and enjoyed the narration of Kate Rudd
Kate is pretty good when it comes to narrating an audiobook.


Thank you John Green and Kate Rudd.

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AMAZING!

Loved it, this audiobook actually let's you go inside a mind of someone struggling from OCD to see the world from her perspective very relatable bc I personally have been through OCD know how it feels. John green has done an amazing job with such sweet flow of story. Filled with many deep quotes which always makes you to pause & note them down definitely going to listen to it again. Loved the narrator.❤️
Thanks audible.

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The reality in the story could not be seen, I felt

deep in the soul that connects us to the one that made us
, fed us , seen our deep conscience.

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  • Marguerite
  • 19-01-18

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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  • David B.
  • 18-11-18

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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  • Adelise
  • 07-04-18

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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  • W. Walsh
  • 22-03-18

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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  • Andy
  • 04-03-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-17

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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  • Anna-Lisa Hammond
  • 20-10-17

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
  • 07-11-17

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
  • 19-01-19

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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  • Elise
  • 17-11-17

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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  • Arianna
  • 08-03-20

A journey down the tightening gyre

Once started I couldn't stop listening to it.
It makes you aware of and reflect on how surprisingly manipulative and impulsive our brain can be. You'll ask yourself a myriad of questions as you accompany Aza along her tightening gyre of thoughts: you'll see both the darkness and the brightest lights.
John Green's narrative is marvellously catching and thought-provoking. You'll love reading it!

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  • Miss Emily Swann
  • 12-02-20

A realistic and poetic portrayal of anxiety

John Green writes about something difficult to understand unless you live with it and makes it relatable. full of beautiful language, this book would be a great way of helping your friends and loved ones understand anxiety in an engaging and realistic way. A little triggering at times, but I couldn't stop until I had got to the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-19

Enjoyable

This book was so easy going and enjoyable listening to it made everything feel like it had slowed down.
I didn’t rate this full stars as I feel as though there could have been more to it but at the same time I’m glad how it ended and how it truly stuck to the character as some books amply forget the thought process of the character and that some books end happily ever after when life isn’t like that, you just carry on. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an easy audiobook but still with an interesting plot and characters you can really connect with.

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  • ShayneyH
  • 27-10-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-19

Exceptional performance

The book is interesting and is performed so well. Really engaging and makes you think a lot about interesting aspects of what "self" means

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  • Rhiannan D.
  • 31-05-19

A beautifully crafted story

Managed to finish it in a day as it was captivating. Such a great book beautifully written and highlights mental illness incredibly well. Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-19

I finally feel understood

I’m not going to describe the context of this book. Just know it’s a spiralling fold of love and sadness. Such a beautiful book

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  • Rob in Nelson NZ
  • 22-12-17

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
  • 18-10-17

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
  • 02-03-20

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
  • 16-01-20

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
  • 10-07-19

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
  • 07-05-19

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
  • 14-03-19

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-19

AMAZING

AMAZING narrator & book. Poetic, well written, sad, funny & relatabe all in one. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-18

Great story but robotic narrator

The narrator enunciated most words and just didn’t fit the way the story was (monologue/thought processes of a teenager). Sometimes it felt like she was just reading out the words in monotone. Definitely not the natural ways teenagers speak and it just made the story more artificial and less great than it should be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-18

Sounds like it’s voiced by a robot

I love John green and it’s such a shame that the reading sounds like it’s been performed by a robot. John deserves better than this!!