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Looking for Alaska Audiobook

Looking for Alaska

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

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Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

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    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-09-11
    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-09-11 Member Since 2010

    It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!

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    "Wonderful Coming of Age Story"

    I want to be careful that I don't spoil anything- but I enjoyed this book immensely. The reader is terrific and I revelled in every minute I listened to this book. It absolutely covers the span of what it's like to be a teenager and the emotions and conflicts that are apart of being that. I am newly converted John Green fan, but man, everything I get my hands on, I love.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 02-22-10
    Hannah 02-22-10 Member Since 2014
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    "John Green rocks my socks."

    This is an amazing book and the audio version is very well done. It is more than just a young adult's novel. I would recommend it to people of most any age.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 02-23-16
    Brigham 02-23-16

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "A Bounce Between Charm and Incredulity..."

    On the one hand, the character's are real and highlight John's insight into the depth of the adolescent mind.

    We have a normal group of high school friends in a mostly abnormal setting of a boarding school. We have neurotic girls, confused boys, mischievous pranks, and deviant behavior. Authority is mocked, then respected, and the cycle continues.

    Written for the YA audience, John Green seems to have taken it upon himself to introduce teenagers to complex concepts. This book included such heavy topics as the concept of deity, the post-death experience, grieving and mourning, memorial, and loneliness. On the flip side, we also see fun and excitement in friendship, pranks, young love, and boring lecture classes.

    Finally, John absolutely perfected a particular scene, wherein two naive 17-year-old kids experiment with a physical manifestation of a romantic relationship. I nearly died laughing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Denver, CO, United States 08-30-10
    Mary Denver, CO, United States 08-30-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply amazing"

    This book was real, hilarious, gritty, soulful and touching in so many ways. I agree with the other people here. A great read for young adults -- and great for the rest of us, who have known these characters in one form or another, both in school and throughout life. Don't miss this one!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Manhattan, KS, United States 06-19-10
    Gail Manhattan, KS, United States 06-19-10
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    "Absolutely incredible"

    This book was so well written. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. The characters are realistic, the connections between the characters are relatable, and the overall message is beautiful.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 07-06-14
    Dubi New York, NY 07-06-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "John Green vs. The Perks"

    I had problems with Jon Green's Fault in our Stars that I distilled, in my review, to his concept of cancer perks. But I said I was willing to give him another try, and so I did, listening to Looking For Alaska. And now I have an even bigger problem with perks -- specifically, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

    Just type in Looking For Alaska vs. Perks in your Google and before you can even finish your search criteria, you will get a stream of autofilled results about how similar Alaska is to Perks. For the record, Perks came first by about 5-6 years. Why didn't any of the people Green thanks in his afterword stop him and say, "John, uh -- you know, Stephen Chbosky has not only written this book already, he even directed the film. Maybe you should change things up a little."

    This is not a problem of similarly themed stories. This is an exact copy. Shy boys with no friends goes to a new school and is instantly taken in affectionately by the cool kids for no reason that makes sense, instantly curing his shyness. He instantly falls in love with the wild child girl who has a boyfriend in college and who sets him up with another girl. They both have teachers who touch something special within them. And it all comes crashing down at the end with a virtually identical climactic event.

    Like all John Green characters, these kids always have the perfect bon mot ready on the tip of their tongues, without fail. But compared to the Perks characters, they are that shallow, with little in their past to explain their current behavior, with one exception (there isn't even an attempt to explain why the main character ever had socialization problems, which based on what happens in this book is not something he actually has).

    Perks has sexual identity crises of various sorts, traumatic events that are believable rather than contrived, consequences that are far more common in real life than the contrived ones cooked up by Green. John Green is all over the YA best seller lists with his books. I don't get why. Read Perks of Being a Wallflower instead, if you haven't already.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brighyehn Evergreen, AL, United States 06-17-11
    Brighyehn Evergreen, AL, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but not fantastic."

    This book offers what all the other reviewers said, but I can't say I would use words like "fantastic," "amazing," and "terrific." It definitely made for an interesting read(or listen) but the end was anticlimactic.. So anticlimactic that I did rate this book with four stars, but thought of the ending and brought it down to three.. So, buy if you are an avid Green fan, but not if you have just have, by chance, found this book. Maybe I'm not being fair.. This book made me laugh, be sad, be happy, and maybe I snorted. (maybe). The narration was FANTASTIC, and he does deserve that word. The characters were easy to relate to and made you like them, but that is about all the positives I can think on the top of my head.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 04-04-13
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2009

    I love books.

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    "Great!"
    Would you listen to Looking for Alaska again? Why?

    I might. I enjoyed it quite a bit.


    What other book might you compare Looking for Alaska to and why?

    I would compare it to Paper Towns by the same author. I liked this one better, but love everything John Green writes.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    I thought his voice suited the story and characters. His voice and performance never took me out of the story, and that is one of my criteria of a good narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green always writes characters that I would want to be friends with. That definitely applies to this book. I loved pending time with them and was sad when the story ended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-11-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-11-14

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Emotional Cotton-Candy"

    A good first novel, just not a world-class bildungsroman that I'm going to push to have my daughter read immediately. Don't get me wrong, Green writes good characters and builds tight little novels (I can use the plural 'cause I've now read two). Sometimes, however, I feel a bit like I'm reading a Jennifer Egan MFA project: something clever, funny, tight but although it desperately reaches to matter ... it never quite grabs the matter. The Universe is a finicky bit@h.

    This upsets me, because I really like the YouTube persona that IS John Green. It would be like falling for Mark Twain's personality and finding out he wrote only mediocre novels. My take is John Green is a C writer but an A+ promoter (not a bad thing if you want to make a living selling what you write).

    As a friend of mine (Jacob) on another site said, "It's like emotional cotton candy. Simple and uncomplicated. They can make you cry without making you think, force you to laugh without having to reflect, and it's all so...upsetting to me."

    30 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Mckinnley 01-27-16
    Mckinnley 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "such a beautiful book"

    Very emotional and allows you to expand your mind when thinking about life, death, and after life if there is any. All the while listening to this story of these teens and their journey during their junior year of school. This is a must read novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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