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4.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 5 4.00 (146,398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Green Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781423324485
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miles is a witty narrator who manages to be credible as the overlooked kid, but he’s also an articulate spokesperson for the legions of teens searching for life meaning (his taste for famous last words is a believable and entertaining quirk), and the Colonel’s smarts, clannish loyalties, and relentlessly methodological approach to problems make him a true original…There’s a certain recursive fitness here, since this is exactly the kind of book that makes kids like Miles certain that boarding school will bring them their destiny, but perceptive readers may also realize that their own lives await the discovery of meaning even as they vicariously experience Miles’ quest.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.”

    BookPage

  • “Stunning conclusion…One worthy of a book this good.”

    Philadelphia Enquirer

  • “The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.”

    KLIATT

  • “What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss, and longing in Alaska’s vanilla-and-cigarettes scent.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Miles’s narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Like Phineas in John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top 10
  • A 2005 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2009 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens, 2005
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 4/23/2016

    " Loved this book. Laughed and cried. Also liked the main character was male, which is a change from most books I read. Quick book with a lot of memorable moments. Worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Jo Pritchett | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book. The subject matter was very depressing but I loved the characters and the 'realness' of it all. Devastating things happen. And people are left to deal with them. I was struck by how profound the ending of this book was considering it was about high school students. 'We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.' and 'If we could only see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless.' Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book and yet I was disappointed at the same time. There was something about it that I found unlikable (all the teenage smoking for one) and the main character turned out to be a little too self-involved for my liking in the second half of the book. However I did like the overall storyline with the interesting, yet very flawed Alaska Young and all those around her who are so intrigued by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie Olsen | 2/7/2014

    " I love you John Green. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Recklessginger | 2/5/2014

    " This intriguing story not only entertained me, it also made me feel emotions that weren't mine, captivating my human empathy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 2/1/2014

    " Good book. Decent ending. Wouldn't read it again but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Nelson | 1/28/2014

    " This book was pretty good. I really enjoyed the end message of the story. (Which I won't mention in my review.) The book takes you on this journey about friends and their relationships. It is good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Garza | 1/18/2014

    " Looking for Alaska had a story that was somewhat well written and I thought the story was okay. Some parts were very inappropriate and the book is full of bad language and alcohol drugs etc. Overall it was as okay book but not something that i would recommend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Goldberg | 1/9/2014

    " This is one of the most entreating books I've read. A great book for teenagers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/6/2013

    " Well, let me start by saying this was the first John Green book I have ever read, and let me tell you, I was instantly amazed at how wonderful this book was! I definatly am now hooked on John Green books and am curently reading Fault In Our Stars. I could not put this book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie Arndt | 7/18/2013

    " First book I've read by John Green and I loved it. A beautifully sad story about teenagers discovering the meaning or lack thereof in their lives and relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mónica | 4/25/2013

    " It was better than I expected... I just can't express how amazed I am... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Durst | 12/28/2012

    " I really did like this book, but it didn't strike me as amazing. The overall plot felt cliche, but apart from that, the writing was phenomenal. Although this is probably John Green's best book (before The Fault In Our Stars came out anyway) in many people's opinions, I certainly don't think so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Monahan | 9/23/2012

    " This was a very compelling book and quite well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celyna Villan | 8/21/2012

    " Inspirational quotes could be found here. I kinda expected it since John Green is the author. I'm not really into the plot since for me it's not that interesting. There are parts too that are so boring. But still, you'll learn something from this book and somehow you can relate to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Liss | 8/17/2012

    " I really liked this book. It is very sad though, but amusing at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apinya | 3/4/2012

    " "I was drizzle and she was a hurricane" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Smith | 6/22/2011

    " My favorite book ever. So deep and beautifully done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3asheena | 6/15/2011

    " Not one of my favorites but it was pretty good. I must admit that the fault in our stars was more interesting. I just did not feel anything while reading this, no emotions at all, which is why I did not enjoy it that much. Nevertheless, I loved the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lusty | 5/23/2011

    " this was his first book?! wow! mind blowing, loved the voice of "Pudge" and fell even more in love with John Green's writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 5/20/2011

    " Man, the plot still has me wondering about Alaska's death! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niti | 5/20/2011

    " One of the greatest books I've ever read! This is a romantic/mystery young adult novel that could make me laugh and cry at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ljlangston | 5/19/2011

    " I kept expecting the book to be more--it was engaging, but I think I expected the main character to have a deeper sense of emotional maturity about Alaska's death and to search for a greater understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 5/18/2011

    " A funny way of looking at life by pranks and lessons of life and death "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/16/2011

    " I have a strong feeling that this book taught me something really important which I am about to find out when I finish listing my thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wessel | 5/16/2011

    " This was awesome, sad, hilarious and much more.

    DFTBA "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isobelle | 5/15/2011

    " I loved this book. It told the wonderful tale of Miles, and his search for freedom from his parents. It also told the tale of Alaska and her search for freedom from the guilt she felt over something that had happened in the past. A true good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katbo | 5/15/2011

    " A great book about acceptance that you can't have answers for everything. That sometimes, you just have to let it go and stop "Looking For Alaska." Well-written and really appealing to teenagers. One of my favorites. "

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About the Author
Author John Green

John Green is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, he is one half of the Vlogbrothers, one of the most popular online video projects in the world.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S. F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.