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Looking for Alaska Audiobook

Looking for Alaska

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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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    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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    Jennifer minneapolis, MN, United States 02-20-14
    Jennifer minneapolis, MN, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2017

    audio book junkie

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    "Good YA read that feels like a YA read"

    The first John Green book I read was, "The Fault in Our Stars", a YA book that transcended the categorization and could be enjoyed by anyone of any age. This is a tough review to write because after finishing TFiOS I bought 'Looking for Alaska' and at first listen it was clear that 'Looking for Alaska' was a YA book in a more traditional sense. It felt like it was written for kids which was a drag for me as I'm not one.

    It's not fair of me to get down on John Green, a YA writer, for writing a book that is for young adults so I won't. I will say that he has a great, clear writing voice. His dialogue is smart and funny and really brings you into the story. I like how he has a running countdown throughout the book, to what? you'll have to read it to find out. It's a sweet simple tale that I would have adored as a teenager. As an adult unfortunately, I felt I was reading below my abilities.

    5 of 6 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
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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.

    11 of 14 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 Listener 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!

    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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "John Green first YA novel! His best?"

    Before John Green it seemed that most fiction for teens was science fiction. Green, Harlan Coben, and many other have changed that. Big Time!

    Most "experts" seem to rate Looking for Alaska above The Fault in Our Stars. I disagree, but looking for Alaska deserves 5 stars. It is the fascinating and haunting story of teens Miles Halter and Alaska Young.

    Highly recommended!

    7 of 9 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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    Julie PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-17-12
    Julie PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Remember how teenagers think?"

    John Green is a startlingly good writer of teen fiction. As a mother of teenagers, I am enjoying both his writing and the way he portrays these young people and the situations they face. It's hard to remember what its like to be that age and I love the way John Green gets me inside these youngsters' heads. I have recommended this to my 17 and 14 year old daughters. I think its a bit mature for my 12 year old right now.

    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

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - 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."

    31 of 44 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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