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Turtles All the Way Down

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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.