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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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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-13
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story but a disappointing ending"

    I really enjoyed both the story and the performance, but once we passed the book's major plot twist, I felt the ending was a bit unfulfilling. Despite that disappointment, I enjoyed John Green's portrayal of teenage life and love and look forward to listening to more of his books.

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    lora 07-25-13
    lora 07-25-13

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "Fabulous"
    Would you listen to Looking for Alaska again? Why?

    I would. It was witty and smart, fun and energetic. It kept my interest the entire time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing was excellent. I was hesitate to start a writer I wasn't familiar with but I'm glad I did!


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the kernel he seemed real to me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud in spots and giggled like a school girl at others. (I'm 30ish)


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book you'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rroxs Watertown, TN, United States 07-04-13
    rroxs Watertown, TN, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2014

    I am in my mid 50s love reading and continue my love for reading with audio books while driving helps me relax quietly after all day talking

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    "the narator ruined the story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Jeff Woodman just screwed up Alaska's voice it did not work and screwed up the whole story just could not get past the narration


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    the ending worked but dragged on too long


    How could the performance have been better?

    may be if the narrator had a little more emotion and feeling but Alaska sounded like a truck driver


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    the end was very sad and tied all the characters together


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michey Las Vegas 06-03-13
    Michey Las Vegas 06-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Messed me up"
    Would you listen to Looking for Alaska again? Why?

    Probably not. I read it and then listened to it a while back. The first time I read it, it really messed me up. Made me think about death and how easy it is. How quick. Ridiclous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably the Colonel. He's probably the best character. Most honest, most real, best guy.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Like I said, the Colonel. He's just a good guy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in the gym when they all find out what happened to Alaska. It KILLED me. I was not okay during that scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I knew a girl kind of like Alaska, and she was too intense for me. She needed a psychiatrist and some medication. That probably would have helped Alaska.

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    Deanna FERNLEY, NV, United States 05-13-13
    Deanna FERNLEY, NV, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Juvenile Fiction"
    What would have made Looking for Alaska better?

    It's like a poor remake of the coming of age novels you read and liked as a teenager, but you're no longer a teenager.


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

    I thought he did okay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really,.


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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "John Green Gets It"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have worked with teens for many years and found Mr. Green's portrayal of teen males at boarding school to be believable and fascinating. The author is able to bring alive his characters. I found myself living the book as though I was a part of those kids' world when I was listening. I felt I knew the two main characters. I don't see where this would be just a teen's book. For an inside look into the minds of teens and the difficult dilemmas they may be facing without a parent's awareness, this book is great. It's good for its own sake too with many an adventure unfolding.

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    Wendi Ivie fresno, ca 03-18-13
    Wendi Ivie fresno, ca 03-18-13
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    "I Really Enjoyed this"
    What did you love best about Looking for Alaska?

    I enjoyed the read performace.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was easy to follow and I felt I knew the characters.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He really gives you the feeling of being at each scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krispian 01-18-13
    Krispian 01-18-13 Member Since 2013

    The more you love books... the more books you love!

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    "Not bad, but not for me"

    I bought this book immediately after reading Green's "The Fault in Our Stars". This book didn't captivate me quite the way "Fault" did. It is still a competent piece of writing, and the narrator did a great job, but I could not relate to the characters.

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    Amber MONTICELLO, MN, United States 01-18-13
    Amber MONTICELLO, MN, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great teen story, poor narration"
    Where does Looking for Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The only cons I have for this is Alaska's voice. He makes her sound like a tranny. I think it should be redone with someone younger.


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    Brandon PORTLAND, ME, United States 01-14-13
    Brandon PORTLAND, ME, United States 01-14-13
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    "Very Good, Great Narration"

    This is the second John Green book I've had the pleasure of hearing, the first being The Fault In Our Stars. While I like that book more, this one is no slouch. The only reason I gave it 4 stars for the story is simply because this isn't The Fault In Our Stars.

    The narration was great, and never annoyed me (which seems to happen more often than I'd like). Definitely recommended if you're a John Green fan, or just like the young adult genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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