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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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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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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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Sounds like it’s voiced by a robot

I love John green and it’s such a shame that the reading sounds like it’s been performed by a robot. John deserves better than this!!

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A classic John Green novel

Another brilliant story, touching on some feelings around anxiety not often explored. Would recommend to friends.

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Beautifully written and skilfully read. Great for teens.

Kate Rudd reads extremely well, her characters are clearly defined and consistent and add to the way that you visualise them.
I enjoyed the novel itself, there are undercurrents if mental illness seen from the perspective of the girl herself as well as those around her; an interesting insight. It doesn’t contain too many mature themes so I would say it is suitable for young teen readers. The thoughts that the readers are exposed to are mind opening and quite moving. It doesn’t sugar coat mental illness to have a happy ending, rather shows that there is a way forward.
Highly recommend.

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Love her voice

She changes character voices and her american accent doesnt seem tacky. Great voice actor plus brilliant book but you couldn’t iifind book reviews anywhere.

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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
  • 24-01-2018

great.

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

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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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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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  • Adelise
  • 07-04-2018

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
  • 22-03-2018

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
  • 04-03-2018

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
  • 27-01-2018

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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  • Marguerite
  • 19-01-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2017

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
  • 20-10-2017

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
  • 07-11-2017

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
  • 17-11-2017

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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  • russ_jones2k
  • 06-08-2018

Poetic prose with memorable lead

This was beautifully written, quite poetic at times and approached some philosophical concepts with heart. I appreciated that it didn't just rehash the expectations of romance and friendship stories (particularly within ya) and feel that adults, as well as young adults, would dig a lot of this novel.

That said, there are a few qualms for me, although none of them would dissuade me from recommending the book...

I didn't like Davis and felt he was a weak element in the novel. In part this was because he didn't do much / didn't really have much agency, but primarily it was because he would appear and spout philosophy. In essence his "holier than thou but pretending In super laid back and cool" attitude made me groan when he appeared, breaking from the more interesting and realistic characters. I wanted to punch him.

It also took me quite a while to appreciate Daisy, the protagonist's best friend. For much of the novel she felt like a stereotype, but was redeemed. Some of the best moments in the book, for me, were between daisy and Aza.

In contrast, I thought Aza was a very interesting character with a unique view of the world. Is invested in her development and connected with her relationship with her mother. She's philosophical too, but not in the "I'm going to tell you something important" way off Davis.

I admit I found the story a bit lacking, in terms of plot. I think the author directly addresses this later when Aza confesses "I like the bits where the characters just talk". Really the plot was just a means for characters to engage with each other, but that's fine if you enjoy those interactions, which I mostly did.

If you enjoy character led books with interested ideas, with friendship and personal hardship at the centre, I'm sure you'll enjoy this.

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  • Jo
  • 15-04-2018

John Green showing us what he does best

A very captivating read, which is what I've come to expect from a John Green story.

I love his approach to the YA genre. It's totally unpatronising to young people and always deals with real, adult, stories with wonderfully rich characters.

This book in particular has a mystery which runs alongside it in a kind of crime/YA crossover which works brilliantly.

That said, as soon as I finished the book I forgot about it. Can't place why but it's just not quite as captivating as other GREAT Green novels like TFIOS and Looking for Alaska.... still worth an audible credit though for sure!

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  • Niall Marshall
  • 13-03-2018

Human story, well told

Compassionate story about a schoolgirl with mental illness. Interesting plot about how she struggles to relate to her best friend and boyfriend. Some memorable lines. Good characters. likely narration.

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  • S. Knappe
  • 07-03-2018

Good story, robotic narrator

A beautiful story about mental health and how we live with it. It took me a while to warm up to it, but got hooked around a third through. The book is full of thought-provoking reflections about society, but also of YA-clichés. One of the only things that ruined this book for me is the robotic narrator, who sounds like an answering machine.

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  • Mouse
  • 06-03-2018

Ermmmm do or don't I like this? Mixed...

The overall story was really good and I loved daisy's chipper personality and voice done by the narrator, but the main characters voice was so robotic I often thought I was listening to a computer reading of the book! I know it's the same narrator but that voice grated on me throughout. The story its self is basic enough but it's more about the disability and living with it, the inclusion of poems and quotes from all over through the character dialogue was a nice touch.
It's turtles all the way down...

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  • Abby
  • 05-03-2018

Loved it

As someone who suffers with anxiety and mild OCD I found myself going through those powerfull emotions with the main character, it never felt like the story was judgey or like it was trying to fix you it just understood you on such a deep level, I loved that. John Green is amazing at verbalising that raw emotion. Great book!

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  • Thomas Evans
  • 25-02-2018

Absolutely fantastic

I really enjoyed this story, really enjoyed the characters and the feeling it creates being stuck with a mind that seems to be against you. Great work from John Green again

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  • Libby
  • 20-02-2018

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.