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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Libby
  • 02-20-18

Weird, robotic narration

I'm really surprised more people weren't bothered by Kate Rudd's narration. She speaks in a weird flat tone with stilted pronunciation like an automated answerphone greeting. At first I thought the monotony was some kind of deliberate reflection of Aza's state of mind, but by the end it was clear that it wasn't.

The story was OK I guess. I didn't really engage with any of the characters and although I did get to the end, it was a struggle and I didn't really care what happened. How much of that was down to Kate Rudd is hard to say, but overall this was one of my worst Audible purchases.

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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 02-17-18

Really repetitive, minimal story

Listening to her having the same thoughts over and over again is really dull and annoying. The narrator has a problem pronouncing the word ‘to’ which occurs in the book frequently and is really distracting. It’s a weak story at best, very little happens, and the characters are quite vague and lifeless. I don’t think it deserves the praise it’s received.

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  • Kevin Hutchinson
  • 02-12-18

Bought on a whim; so glad I did!

This is a truly beautiful story exploring mortality, existence, friendship, love, truth and beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't believe the author is a man - he writes female characters so well!

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  • Crawford B.
  • 02-11-18

Not for me

Cringey and extemely and annoying characters. Dialogue incredibly over philosophical and pretentious (especially for teenagers to ever speak). Poetry is a bit much. Dftba.

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  • John
  • 01-26-18

An initial thought

A good story.
An interesting concept and a wonderful insight into another's mind.
I wouldn't count it as one of my favourite books outright, but as a portrayal of a state of mind it shares a similar standing with "the curious case of the dog in the nighttime" by mark haddon.
Performance was solid throughout and the narrator did well to capture the mindset of our characters.
Overall a solid 8/10. A good sorry, well told, and a collection of consciousness' that I engaged with and will likely continue to dwell on over the next few days.
A good investment of your finite existence
DFTBA

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  • jill middlemas
  • 01-03-18

Excellent

As always a good read by John Green only thing that frustrates me I listen to it all too quickly. But I never can not listen think it was two days will listen again. Well worth it

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  • Florenzo
  • 12-23-17

STUNNING!

I don’t think I will never forget this heartbreakingly beautiful book. THANK-YOU AND BRAVO JOHN GREEN!

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  • 12-01-17

A brilliant and poignant new story from John Green

Turtles all the way down is a gripping, well written young adult story which goes in directions you don't expect. The way mental illness, particularly OCD and anxiety, is portrayed in this book is brilliant. An honest portrayal without glorifying or stigmatising conditions. There are moments where you feel you are sharing Aza's pain and fear, and moments where you share her friend's exasperation. As always, John Green's teenage characters are intelligent, complex and a tiny bit pretentious, just how we like them.

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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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  • 02-08-18

Let down

Unrelatable. Boring and lack of excitement in the story. It just continued at a very slow pace. Wasn’t engaging.

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  • Kit
  • 01-24-18

great.

i love the story and depiction of mental health (anxiety and OCD). i think the narration is perfect.

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  • Robert A. Cant
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-17

disappointing

great with a rotten ending




I was really enjoying this book. Beautifully written but such a disappointing ending which came out of nowhere, it was just suddenly finished. leaving things feeling very unresolved.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-17

A deep story

A deep story that deserves more than one read. The spiral goes on. Thanks for using language to explain mental health issues. Only think the psychologist was useless. There are other ways than 'What do think'

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-17

Give it a miss.

What a struggle. I liked previous John Green books but not this one. Might be better as a movie... Ha! The reader sounded like a robot and I regret interacting with this novel by audio book.

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  • Mitchell Serena
  • 10-20-17

A story told carefully. And caringly.

This story is about someone we all know, and yet don’t know. It is carefully and caringly woven with and recursive metaphors and forgiving humanity. Cogito ergo non sum.

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  • Laura Dixon
  • 10-18-17

My new favourite

Fun, powerful and touching. the kind of book you read and reread just to be with the characters one more time. I am not ready to say goodbye to Aza.

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  • Claudia Stocks
  • 10-17-17

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