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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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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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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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Good book well read by Ensign Wesley Crusher

Good book well read by Ensign Wesley Crusher. A lot of cigarette smoking but wrestles with some important issues about which you are forced as a reader to make judgements.

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Fuck you John Green

Why the hell did you have to kill Alaska? Now take my five stars and fuck off!

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Teen Angst in All its Glory

I read this cause of the reading list required for highschool teachers. I like it a lot, but it felt very taxing as I got to jump back into my angsty dramatic teen self who needed support and help. The first thing I could think of writing about the book was that it was a Sad and Horny Mixtape of Teenage Angst. I loved the story, the themes and the overall images that John Green makes. But I did struggle with the voice work and at times felt like Wil dragged down the content, but honestly that could just be my taste and preference of performers. Overall good experience, I can definitely recomend as well as warn for the flood of teen emotions.

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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

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  • Brendan McKenna
  • 01-10-2019

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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  • Jason
  • 25-10-2019

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
  • 10-02-2020

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

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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  • leo tapia jr
  • 25-10-2019

wonderful

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

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  • travis barrett olson
  • 08-12-2019

Dear John: please stop making me cry

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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  • Ken&Tiff
  • 03-03-2020

Skip

So boring and a waste of a credit. I don't understand the high reviews on this book.

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  • ashley
  • 09-02-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-2021

Wil Wheaton Is a surprisingly excellent narrator

Wil Wheaton my be the talking point of most if this review. I enjoyed the book, but I found it to be nothing special. I love coming of age stories. One of my favorite books of all time is a coming of age story (The Chocolate War).
One thing this story excelled at was characters and creating a feeling if nostalgia. I like nearly all the characters in this novel. Nearly.
The main character had one major mistake that never seemed to face consequences, which brought down his likability. But I loved his fascination with peoples final words, and I thought it made a rather compelling motif.
What I did not enjoy was the character of Alaska. She is such a major role, but I cared nothing for her. She had sympathetic and interesting qualities but nothing that made me care the way the characters cared.
This is my second novel by the author, and he obviously has talents. I just feel certain aspects are probably not for me, while others are.
Overall I did not mind the time I put in. It’s a short but fun enough tale. And the narration excelled it to new heights.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-2021

Mediocre story with some beautiful quotes.

The ending was unexpected, yet the characters felt alien, and the plot didn't reached me as TFIOS did. Narration was good - clear and well phased.

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  • hans fladsrud
  • 17-04-2021

Great book. Great narration

I loved this book and Will Wheaton narrated it really well by voicing characters differently. I highly recommend this book

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  • Foohan
  • 25-10-2020

Nice listen

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  • Mohammed
  • 11-08-2020

Exceptional

Best book I've ever read. All I can say is wow... the author is amazing and so is the narrator

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2020

Awsome book

Loved the book, and a big fan of Wil Wheaton, although his girl voice could do with some work 😂

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  • David
  • 11-10-2019

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
  • 25-12-2019

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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