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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

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kate Rudd dramatizes the quick intelligence and high anxiety of high school junior Aza Holmes.... Rudd expresses most strongly Aza's sarcastic inner voice, which is so developed that it becomes a character. The convincing portrayals makes it easy to see how Aza is hindered in loving, thinking, and living without fear." (AudioFile)

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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.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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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.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't finish.

The story was mildly entertaining. Definitely written for the young adult audience, maybe even preteen. I couldn't finish because the narrator was horrible and it was very distracting. It sounded like she'd just learned to read and her accent was not typical of a person from Indiana.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good book, terrible reading

John Green has created beautiful, endearing characters and a great story. Kate Rudd’s performance was barely tolerable. At times I thought a computer was reading it! Sorry Kate, but yikes!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Meh.

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

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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robot?

the story was excellent, but the narrator sounded like a robot splicing words together haphazardly. the inflection and pacing were off.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Underwhelmed at the end

The storyline was great, definitely kept my interest. The character development was good, not great. He could have gone a bit deeper into the supporting characters but they were witty, real and fun to follow. The ending, being that there is a “mystery disappearance”, was underwhelming. Overall, the book dove mostly into the mind of the main character and her OCD and I wanted to say “ok, I get it, she has OCD”! But, it then never hit on the true origins of these behaviors. I couldn’t decide if the story was actually about the mystery or the mental illness but neither was developed into a great ending. I’m no writer, but even I could have thought of a more exciting ending in either regard. With that said, I really did enjoy the book and the characters so I still give it 4 stars. I’m going to try a few more of his novels as a result. Maybe a 5 is coming!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful