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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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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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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 08-26-09
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story! Great Narrator!"

    Even though this is a YA book, once again, I feel like this is more of an adult book. I know that the characters are in High School, but their expericences are mature. So, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone younger than 16.
    That said, this is an excellent story. John Green makes his characters become so real. You feel a deep connection to them. Narrator, Jeff Woodman, once again, makes a great story even better, making him by far my favorite.
    You will love this story!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-24-12
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Humorous YA for Adults"
    Where does Looking for Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the YA realm, this is one of my top 7 favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Greene's sense of humor is delightfully sarcastic. The characters were well written and I felt like I was at the school, in the barn, at the basketball games, etc. with them.


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

    Yes. I enjoy Jeff's performances. I didn't "love" his Alaska voice, but it didn't detract from the story.


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

    I didn't cry, but found it humorous and marginally sad at the end. Alaska was a little too self-absorbed and I didn't care as much about her charcacter's sudden ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't want my younger daughter to read this due to the continuous drinking, smoking, and mischief. However, I enjoyed it as an adult.

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 04-30-12
    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Simply Amazing."

    The first Green book I listened to was "The Fault In Our Stars" and I was skeptic that any other of his books could come close to its brilliance.

    Fortunately, I was wrong.

    Looking for Alaska is billed as Young Adult fiction, but like so many YA novels, it easily transcends other genres. The book follows the life of Miles (aka "Pudge") as he seeks "The Great Perhaps" in a southern boarding school. There he meets Alaska Young and he falls for her quickly. The books follows the trials and tribulations of Life for teenagers, but it goes deeper and examines The Big Questions.

    The narrator does a fantastic job with all of the voices -- Pudge, the deep voiced Colonel, Romanian Lara, and throaty Alaska.

    This book does not disappoint! My only gripe is the length -- I wish it was longer !

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-14-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "Decidedly adult content..."

    This is the story of Miles, a young man who moves into a boarding school in Alabama where he meets beautiful, brilliant, but deeply troubled Alaska Young. It is the story of Miles' friendship with Alaska from beginning to end.

    Looking for Alaska is a coming of age story with decidedly adult content - drinking, smoking, sex, love, friendship and death. John Green creates an interesting cast of young characters and catapults them into very adult situations. He is not afraid to make his young characters face death in all of its complexity.

    Parts of the book are humorous, parts are heartbreaking. At times the book seems to move a little slowly, and you can tune out then tune back in to find you really haven't missed much. The narrator does an excellent job with the male characters, but his rendition of Alaska leaves a bit to be desired. Frankly, he makes her sound at times like an empty-headed redneck.

    Overall this book carries a message of hope. It reminds us of people who have impacted our lives profoundly, leaving deep imprints upon our hearts. It also foreshadows a certain peace in death, suggesting that where we are going may be more beautiful than where we are.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-31-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great dialogue but the story rarely moves"

    After really enjoying "The Fault in our Stars," I was really looking forward to "Looking for Alaska." This novel is about a high school junior who is starting at a boarding school. I teach at a prep school, and I enjoy good novels about high school life. Pudge (the nickname of the protagonist) spends the first half of the book making connections with a small circle of friends at his new school. Sex, alcohol, cigarettes, and pranks are at the center of these kids' existences. This novel captured the teen banter very well. The author has a great ear for teen dialogue. But this story does not come close to capturing the full school experience. Only one teacher is mentioned, plus "the Eagle," the notorious dean of students, in charge of discipline. Only one class is mentioned, and absent is the unhealthy preoccupation with grades which permeates prep school life these days. This novel captured the three main characters so well - Pudge, his roommate (the Colonel), and Alaska, the charismatic but complicated girl who steals Pudge's heart. The dynamic between these three kids is great, and was enough for me to like this novel but not love it. Over halfway through the story, there is one dramatic event (which I won't spoil). Very little happens after that beside an extended reaction to that event. The narrator was excellent and almost enough for me to push this to 4 stars.

    4 of 4 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 2003
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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!

    4 of 4 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 2008

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 07-02-10
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 07-02-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Beautiful story"

    This book is wonderfully written. I think i enjoyed it so much because i have lived each of these relationships and though i went home to my own bed each night instead of bunking in some boarding school the experiences still apply. The characters are all strong and the way the book is written you see how each event affects another. The narrator is great and keeps your attention. Give this book a chance and i promise you will not be disappointed. My favorite quote?:
    "If people were rain, i was drizzle and she was hurricane." <3 it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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