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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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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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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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Great book - engaging and informative

John Green does a fantastic job of writing a believable protagonist. that is both lovable and yet infuriating. that doesn't make perfect choices and feels very hooman. Great book.

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It really gets mental illness

Very well written. It really seems to get mental health. I found that I just could not stop listening.

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Robotic narrator

The narration is horribly robotic and does not flow well. It was quite off putting and distracting. I would have preferred John to narrate.

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Lovely.

Reading her anxious thought process has been so illuminating. it's the same sort of thought process I have, we all have, it's just that she can't escape it. This is a beautifully honest expression of mental illness.

I wish I could read Daisy's Wookie fanfiction, though.

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Pretentious and Dull

Strange storyline. Most climactic moment is a subplot to the main arc. Loads of random pretentious quotes. Voiceover for male characters makes them all sound the same. The main storyline has no real bearing on the main plot. This is not a detective fiction story. You may enjoy it if you have a mental health diagnoses and need an empathetic narrator.

I really don't enjoy John Green anymore - he seems incapable of writing normal female characters. They're always clichés and stereotype. This book put me off him again. A shame as I wanted to give him a chance.

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Nice read

I liked this book, which surprised me. It wa spretty mental helatg heavy but I really enjoyed it. Would reccomend

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  • 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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  • Mrs P Crane
  • 06-05-22

A must read

This book is a must read for those who either suffer from or are living/working with people who have OCD or anxiety disorders. The book had me laugh and rooting for the characters, none of them being portrait as victims. I had intended to read a few chapters prior to going to sleep only to find myself listening the whole book in one go.

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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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  • Ishu
  • 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.