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Looking for Alaska

Written by: John Green
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 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

What the critics say

"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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  • Brendan McKenna
  • 2019-10-01

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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  • leo tapia jr
  • 2019-10-25

wonderful

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

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  • Texas wife, mom & teacher
  • 2019-12-29

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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  • travis barrett olson
  • 2019-12-08

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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  • Jason
  • 2019-10-25

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-10

An amazin emotional rollercoaster that I loved <3

This is some good shit. I need 15 words soooo blaaaaahhhhhhh Blahhh blahhhhh blahhhh blaaaahhhh.

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  • ashley
  • 2020-02-09

it was OKAYYY. just ok.

There are books that I can't stop. I NEED to listen to them so I know what happens next. This was not one of them. This was more like I have nothing else better to do so I might as well get this one over with so I can move on to the next one. This took me too long to finish because I had to push myself to listen. Just .. ok.

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  • Dezaree
  • 2020-01-27

My heart is broken and in love!

what great book!
and the reader did such a good job presenting it!
it was just awesome. the characters really sounded their age, and I could distinctly hear each character voice in the way that they spoke. loved it a million time over!

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  • Keegan
  • 2020-01-23

Just Fantastic

The story and performance here are amazing. I fell in love with all of the characters and with their friendship. Such a good book about life.

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  • R. A Brosam
  • 2020-01-08

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.