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Turtles All the Way Down

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,742 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"Wrenching and revelatory." (The New York Times) An instant number-one best seller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel. 

Featured on 60 Minutes, Fresh Air, Studio 360, Good Morning Amercia, The Today Show 

"A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control." (People

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a $100,000 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 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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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.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Heartbreakingly truthful and lovely

As a psychologist for teens, as a mom, and as a person, I loved this book. Being inside the head of a young woman with an anxiety disorder was both enlightening and anxiety producing. I know, from reading the "glowing book reviews" than John Green knows of what he writes. He suffers like Aza suffers. And so it rings true. Thank you, John, for the vulnerability required to put these thoughts to paper. I know how both enlightening and healing the written word can be. The shrink scenes were funny but also realistic. And so is the recognition that there is reason to hope. I miss Aza and Daisy and Davis. I wasn't ready for their story to end. As always, in John Green books, the adolescent/parent relationships are healthy and "normal". But the parents aren't really the focus of the story (which I also love because it means I get to "be" a teenager again). Anyhow, the bottom line is: read this book. Or listen - because the narrator is wonderful.

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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.

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Made me feel.

I'm not the kind of person who really get emotional over books, in my long book reading history I can only name a few that actually made me feel and this book is the newest addition. I got this book pretty much solely because it was written by john green and I do love his work but I wasn't too interested in the plot but alas as I listened to it I grew more and more atratched and now that its over... John Green has produced another wonderfully written novel.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Intriguing in many ways but a let down in others

I have read all of John Greens books and this was my least favorite. That's not to say it is a bad book, it's a very well structured and thought provoking book, and I believe it will be especially touching to those readers who suffer from mental illness. That said, I was very distracted by Kate Rudd's performance. Her male voices sounded like she was mocking teenage boys and her voice for the best friend was inconsistent and gnawing. I believe the audio would have been better had she not changed voices for each character, her regular voice was very compelling. Additionally, given John Green's foreshadowing I felt the main 'mystery clue' Aza was trying to solve was obvious, and thus it was very frustrating when she continually brought it up throughout the book. Despite John Green writing realistic teen fiction, all of his novels feel like a distortion of reality, many of the events end up feeling unbelievable.


All of that aside, the main characters were chArming, and had depth, and the reader spends the whole book trying to decide if they like the best friend or not, which is really intriguing. All of the characters break the readers expectations. This book is a good read for those suffering from mental illness and young adults struggling to understand mental illness.

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