Best audiobook for teens in 2017/2018: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green read by Kate Rudd


Turtles All the Way Down is the long-awaited return novel by John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. This time he shares Aza’s story of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. Instead of reading it on paper I listened to the beautiful audiobook read by Kate Rudd during my school run in the car every day.  Turtles All the Way Down is without a shadow of a doubt the best Teen and Young Adult fiction book of 2017.




The story

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is  a teen novel about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara (a lizard that is about to inherit a fortune).

But at its heart is sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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.


The verdict


If you are a mother, this book will give you a great insight into a teenager’s mind and figure how she / he thinks through the eyes of Aza. All relationships and particularly high school friendships are complicated. For teens this story will be interesting to understand that problems can be overcome by talking to friends and family. Aza’s love interest is very well described with all its ups and downs. The central theme of the book is the friendship between Aza and Daisy as well as Aza’s struggles. This audiobook / novel is very entertaining and has made my school run often stuck in the morning traffic very pleasant. I recommend audiobooks in general as entertainment in the car. Better if you are alone so you can enjoy it in the piece and quiet of your travel. 


I was an audiobook vergin until very recently and I am now a mega audiobook enthusiast. As the fastest growing area of publishing today continues to soar, more and more consumers are hitting play. So unsurprisingly Penguin Random House Audio has been publishing its very best in digital format – choosing great actors to read stunning dramatisations of some of the biggest novels in their catalogue.



Turtles All the Way Down is priced at £10 and its run time is 7 hours 12 mins. It sounds like a tremendous amount of hours, but it’s even scarier if you think that I have listened to it in less than a month during short school run trips. Frankly I liked it so much that I could have listened to it in one session. 


London Mums’ rating: 8/10 


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