Regular price: $24.50

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The wait is over! John Green, the number one best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back.

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

©2017 John Green (P)2017 Listening Library

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,506
  • 4 Stars
    548
  • 3 Stars
    206
  • 2 Stars
    43
  • 1 Stars
    17

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,486
  • 4 Stars
    429
  • 3 Stars
    159
  • 2 Stars
    43
  • 1 Stars
    22

Story

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,346
  • 4 Stars
    498
  • 3 Stars
    209
  • 2 Stars
    59
  • 1 Stars
    21
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Another great John Green book

As always, John Green has delivered a wonderful read. I finished it in one day. Kate Rudd is a great narrator as well, giving the already lively book a brilliant performance. I’m sure this is a book I’ll revisit often.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Narrator's delivery distracted throughout

As someone with both first-hand and family experience of OCD, I found John Green's depiction of his main character's mental struggles disturbingly familiar. I wish Green hadn't written Aza Holmes as already seeing a therapist and in possession of prescribed medication, because Aza's resistance to taking her meds makes her anxieties not just a curse, but also a choice. For too many OCD sufferers, particularly young ones, diagnosis and medication remain months or years away.

As usual, Green has the YA mindset down pat. I admire his deft hand in creating adolescent characters: they're silly and insecure one moment, dramatic and self-importantly profound the next.

Unfortunately, Kate Rudd's narration robbed this book of being a four or five star read for me. Though she's clearly capable of reading with feeling, she has an annoying verbal tic of over-pronouncing words, particularly "to" (whether used with infinitive verbs--to go, to think, to eat, etc.--or as a preposition). It sounds choppy and halting, as if the text is being read by a first grader picking her way through a sentence, and it consistently threw me out of the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Heart wrenching

Not only does John Green deliver his usual beautifully crafted cry fest, but as a person with a mental illness, this stuck a chord deep within me. It provides a voice to the very abstract in a wonderfully accurate and complex manner that is very hard to find.
I'm not usually a fan of audiobooks, as I prefer pacing the story according to my emotional responses, but Kate Rudd delivers an entrancing performance that I was unable to stop listening to for longer than 10 minutes, even though I got this book way too late in the day for it to be appropriate to consume it in one sitting. It's 1:47 am on the 11/10/17 as I type this. That's how good this is.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Meh.

Probably John Greens worst book. I think what really threw me off was the narrator. She sounded like a robot.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

I hate to call it a trigger warning, but-

John Green is, as always, an excellent writer, and this performance is really good at 1.25 speed (at just normal speed it was a little flat in places, but that might just be me). However, if you actually HAVE anxiety, be prepared to take this book slowly. Maybe some people it won't affect, but I had to take regular breaks or risk having a panic attack of my own. Aza's spirals felt very real and very tangible and too, too familiar.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great addition to the John Green Collection

Overall a good story and Aza is a strong character but I felt like the plot could've used a driving force. While Green's writing is as smart as ever Turtles fell just short of the power his other novels have had.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

An amazing insight to the life of someone with mental illness. Wonderful! Kept me hooked! Listened as much as I could! Great narration, incredible story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • N & B
  • Racine, WI
  • 10-25-17

Wow, the feels I am having right now..

This is hands down the best audiobook and piece of literature I've experienced all year. This story reveals the truth of how your mental health can control you, sometimes destroy you, and strip you of an identity outside of its grasp. This story is an experience, and the audiobook actually made me feel like I was there (this was the best narration performance I've experienced). You will experience love, mystery, misery, and friendship, and it will make you laugh, cry, hurt, and hope. 5 stars, because this book is incredible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Challenging, Enlightening, Relatable

Really great book. Aza is one of the most real characters I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Her struggles with mental health and questions of self give way to a host of realizations about life, love, and happiness.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A gift of Language

It's difficult to explain how I feel about this book. I feel strongly, and positively about it. but it's too soon to say much else abiut it. All I will say is this: This book gave me the language I didn't have before to explain how I feel. It was a Gift of Language.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful