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Looking for Alaska | [John Green]

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 08-01-14
    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.

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    "Good, but not my favorite John Green"

    A YA novel about kids at a boarding school. Engaging and interesting, great characters, a tiny bit predictable.

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    emily 07-24-14
    emily 07-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! its an amazing story of falling in love and in a very realistic way. Makes you think about things in a different light and really appreciate life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    pudge. he was so real and normal and extraordinary at the same time.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. but i want more! he did so well with all of the different characters he really made the story come to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    first friends, first girl, last words.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green is the king of the world.

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    Hannah 05-30-14
    Hannah 05-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "So wonderfully human."

    There aren't any fantastic mystical stories here, although you certainly won't be bored. Growing up in the south I found the plot entertaining and even nostalgic of my own youth. In true John Green style, he captures the beauty and weakness in our human character. Jeff Woodman's female voice is slightly annoying, but easily overlooked as the majority of the characters are male. Overall a wonderful book with lots of hidden gems.

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    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 05-19-14
    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "What am I missing - Horrible!"

    I must have missed something - Yes, this book chronicles the lives of some teens, I cannot endorse this book as anything more than soft P***. The language is horrible and the reader content should be much higher than 14.

    I read this type of book since my eldest granddaughter is an amazing reader and is always looking for new books to read. Therefore, I attempt to read books listed for her age group. I found this book fell short of anything worth reading.

    The narrator did a good job reading the book but that is the only redeeming quality of the book.

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    Beth 05-13-14
    Beth 05-13-14
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    "Blah"
    What disappointed you about Looking for Alaska?

    After Fault in Our Stars it just didn't meet my expectations of John Green


    Has Looking for Alaska turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Kind of, yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    the performance would have been better with a better written book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Looking for Alaska?

    half the book


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your time.

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    Alyssa Davis 05-09-14
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    "Great narration of a great book!"
    Would you listen to Looking for Alaska again? Why?

    Yes. John Green delivers again! Such a great story!


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Jeff Woodman is an incredibly talented narrator, bringing personality and distinction to each character, and because of that, the characters come to life. He has instantly become one of my favorite narrators.


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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit Sorkin-esque but with some throughtful depth"
    Any additional comments?

    John Green is clearly an academic and this book benefits from his well versed and thoughtful notions of philosophy, psychology and the mind of the young academic. The characters are each a bit heightened versions of potential real world counterparts, but it works as a shorthand to give each character a bit of weight to their thoughts and actions. It is easy to see and recognize the mind of someone who is truly passionate about something. This book gets that mindset immediately, that passion seeks and respects passion without prejudice to subject. These kids would find each other and become friends. A lot of discussion is made of the turning point in this book and I appreciate that the resolution remains complicated and unsatisfactory. I like that it damages everyone a little bit, but teaches each about life and themselves. There is a great deal of honesty and thoughtful reaction in the telling of this story. I was tempted to only give 4 stars because there is some inherent eye-rolling when viewing life as a teenage and I am old enough now to get exasperated by some of the teenager-i-ness. But this is a good book which opens up new avenues of thought. A solid recommend.

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    S. Cloke 04-04-14
    S. Cloke 04-04-14
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    "Jeff Woodman really brought the characters alive!"
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    This book had me thinking about it for a long time after. I really enjoyed both the story and the performance.

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    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD 03-02-14
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    "good writer but preachy and uninteresting story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The author had interesting and enjoyable characters with an uninteresting story line. He excuses binge drinking, smoking, meaningless sex. Teens subconsciously know their spirits are immortal so they do the things they do. It is baloney.


    What could John Green have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have the teens regret allowing Alaska to pursue binge drinking, chain smoking and acting out. He makes all these things cool. He even uses being drunk as an excuse. He has tremendous talent in that he make likable and interesting characters but then makes them cool for being litterbugs, drunks, smokers, promiscuous , and more. Then he spends pages of just preaching at the reader and giving his life view which was boring.


    Did Jeff Woodman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    Did Looking for Alaska inspire you to do anything?

    No other than try to weed out books like this before I read them.


    Any additional comments?

    Jeff Woodman is talented and if he would just tell a good story without all of the philosophy , i would enjoy his books.

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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 02-07-14
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Reminded Me of Myself and My Friends"

    Although set at a boarding high school this reminded me of my first year of college so very much. From sneaking out late to drink to having to come to terms with personal tragedy. I suppose that just shows what a talent Mr. Green has for understanding youths and their experiences. Here is a novel that is at once entertaining, funny, sad, moving, and just about everything short of the kitchen sink (and maybe even that too).

    Jeff Woodman did a topnotch job with the narration, and had just the right kind of voice for the book. I loved all of the characters; Miles the everyman, Alaska the Geniki Girl (what? I'm an anime fan!), the Colonial the...well, the Colonial. Even the Eagle reminded me of my own prefect of discipline from my own high school. And of course, gotta love the Romanian girl and Japanese fox hat guy.

    The novel treated it's audience as intelligent and Mr. Green included plenty of smart references for those who can identify them. If I had to find one issue it would have to be that towards the end of the novel Green's, um, spiritual (though not religious) views did get tossed around like a flying anvil. However, this was his first novel and I'm willing to cut him some slack. And what a novel it is.

    All in all a great book that I can't do nearly enough justice with this review. Listen today, you'll be glad you did!

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