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Looking for Alaska

Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (320 ratings)

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The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the number one best-selling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars 

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Best Seller
A USA Today Best Seller
NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels
TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time
A PBS Great American Read Selection
Millions of copies sold!

First drink. First prank. First friend. First love. Last words.   

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 François Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps”. Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who 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 modern classic, this stunning debut marked number one best-selling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction. 

©2008 John Green (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter." (Chicago Tribune)

"A gem of modern literature." (Guardian)

"What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice." (Kirkus)

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I am concussed dot-dot-dot

This novel has been my favorite since the moment I finished it the first time. I've bought the anniversary edition and have read it at least three times. So when I saw that Wil Wheaton, my favorite actor, would be narrating my favorite book I literally cried. His performance in Ready Player one practically save the book and it was amazing here as well. he definitely has a knack for this stuff.
John's writing style is by far the most philosophical I've ever seen. It shows in his Vlogbrothers videos and it shows here. Awkward moments, new friends, love, pranks, heartbreak, and quite a bit of mystery. If you know John well enough and his love for Catcher in the Rye you might be worried but, thankfully, there's only mild teen angst. All of which are seen in other novels bit they blend so nicely here. It feels so real.
I believe there are moments in this book for everyone. Something that everyone will need. Maybe not the whole book for some. But I can attest, without a doubt, that there are many moments where I am the mother f****** fox.🦊

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wonderful

this was a great listen. loved the story line great characters and Wil Wheaton is a wonderful narrator

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Loved it

There's something very charming and warm about Wil Wheaton's narration voice that allows this book and really any book he narrates to be so inviting and relatable. The content of this story was great. It had me guessing where the plot would turn next, and the complexity and unpredictability of Alaska's character is what kept me reeled in. While I kind of guessed what the twist would be that would resolve the main conflict at the end of the book, I definitely did not see the second twist coming. Satisfying ending and great story.

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Great message entwined into a compelling story

It starts as just another awkward teen story, but touches so many important questions everyone can learn from, regardless of our age.

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I liked it

I listened to this because it is our exchange student's favorite book. I wanted to have something to talk to her about when she first came to live with us. I can see the attraction for teens. Lots and lots of foul language. I despised that part of it, but it was a good story.

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loved it

great story, great message, and ofcourse amazing narration by Wil Wheaton. I'd recommend it to young adults +

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a forgettable tale<br />

this book was forgettable. The characters didn't exactly make you love them and the storyline was meh

... I could have lived without it

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Dear John:<br /> please stop making me cry<br />

A beautifull smart story as only john can pin.
i am a grown ass 26 year old man and im an not ashamed to say i am 3 for 3 on crying awhile reading these books

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great Friday half

I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but after the big story shift that happens around half way, I don't really know why, but I just got horribly bored with it and skipped to the last chapter (which was great)

not bad by any means, but didn't hold my attention all the way through

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Fantastic coming of age book

Loved this book - made even better by reader Wil Wheaton. Classic coming-of-age story which resonates with me as I have a son the same age as the characters. Stumbled on this book by accident while looking for books read by Wil Wheaton - I'll be listening to other John Green stories.

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  • David
  • 10-11-19

An emotional rollercoaster

My first audible book and not one I would ordinarily have chosen but I really enjoyed it. I laughed, I cried and when it was all over, I hugged my wife. I will probably choose to have Wil Wheaton read more to me in future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-25-19

enjoyed

enjoyed it but couldn't wait till it was over had the reading speed up till 2x just to hurry through. not the most engaging story but worth while

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  • P. Simmons
  • 10-27-19

have a go

I read this story years ago on the train through Europe. I havew read the other books by John Green, but like with all authors, you always have your favourite and this is my one. I am not going to review the story but I will say, that this story has made me really think about the people we surround us with, will affect your lives in unique and different ways but only if we allow them too. This story is a great Sunday afternoon read or listen. All I can say, just give it a try. You may like it or you may not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

favourite book

favorite book, perfectly read, cried, laughed and cant wait for the tv serious, thanks for bringing the book to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-19

amazing one of my favourite books of all time

it was absolutely amazing

the performance was exceptional and very entertaining I'm really greatful for this book