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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (143,818 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Asher Narrator: Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Clay Jensen’s first love records her last words.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. 

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself–a truth he never wanted to face.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel makes a perfect transformation to audio. Debra Wiseman narrates Hannahs story with a blend of dispassion, disgust, and defeat. Joel Johnstone portrays the grieving Clay, who chimes in uncertainly from time to time to protest Hannahs words, his comments marked with desperation. The interplay of the two is perfectly choreographed in this powerful audio.”


  • “[A] compelling reading.”


  • “The episodic structure is nicely suited to reluctant readers, but the breakneck pace and dizzying emotion are the true source of this novel's irresistible readability at all levels.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Teens will embrace Asher’s debut novel because it is not condescending or preachy…Short sentences make it a quick, smooth read, yet there is depth to the novel. This provocative tale touches on universal topics of interest, is genuine in its message.”


  • “Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • One of the Barnes & Noble Top 10 Books for Teens
  • A Book Sense Pick
  • An American Bookseller Association Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/19/2014

    " Another great realistic fiction book. Hannah commits suicide and leaves behind cassette tapes detailing her thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Each reason pertains to a specific person. Powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Joy | 2/19/2014

    " This is so sensitive... I love it. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Avery Malmgren | 2/15/2014

    " Thirteen Reasons Why epitomizes the teenage experience in the darkest sense. Its character development made me as a reader sympathize with Hannah, but at the same time struggle to understand how such superficial and dramatic circumstances could influence her to act in the way that she did. Throughout the novel I found myself struggling to stay interested with all of the teenage drama. While the theme of violation was certainly an influential point in Hannah's story, I found myself just want the tape to be over with because it had a predictable ending. However, Asher needed to created this repetitive cycle in order to demonstrate to the reader the perpetual nature of high school drama and its internal influences on students. The theme of violation connected to betrayal held the novel together. However, I think it hurt Hannah's character credibility by having her betray everyone by sending out the tapes. This "eye for an eye" mentality made me less sympathetic towards her character. Besides Hannah, I enjoyed Clay Jensen's character and the balance he provided for the novel. If Hannah was the voice of absurdity, Clay Jensen is certainly the voice of reason in the novel. While it is frustrating that Hannah never opens up to Clay in order to be restored, Clay's perspective provides the salvation for readers who may actually be struggling with this issue. His perspective, one of rational thinking that views many of Hannah's problems as temporal, allows the reader to see that life goes on and can get better. I enjoyed how Clay did not always agree with Hannah's reasoning in her tapes although he cared for her deeply. In a sense, Clay is the therapist for the reader--something that Hannah never received. Aside from the novel's content, the novel depicts the struggles of high school realities and demonstrates the problems within the school systems to help prevent suicides. The incident in the novel between Hannah and the counselor exemplifies a flaw in the system and warns the reader against the severity that apathy can have. Asher's storyline addition of the map enhanced the novel. This "dual-processing" method of Hannah's story helps the characters in the story experience their emotions fully and helps solidify the reality of Hannah's death. Overall this novel portrays clearly and vividly the sad reality of many teenagers' lives and their inability to cope with these problems. Asher's novel displays a problem which should challenge the reader to be both aware and active in changing this issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/15/2014

    " Hannah's pain and how it must be hard for her... ruined reputation, used by the ones who she thought were her friends but eventually was never there when she needed them and on top of that doing something she regrets and that pushes her to take her own life. Just like that, it ends, the pain she felt ends, she decided that it ends right when she wanted to. But it doesn't really, the pain doesn't end, the people she left behind felt pain, that she caused, which seems unfair. Although she did try, to ask for help, but everything was falling apart so quickly, she tried too hard to make things right but it was always never enough. Suicide, she knew was the answer, she let everything get to her. But in life that's not how it must be. You must stay strong, you matter, someone out there cares. You must look forward for tomorrow and things will get better, they do get better. With time and patience everything will fall into place and when it does it will be beautiful. "

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