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Looking for Alaska | [Peter Jenkins]

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is Peter's account of eighteen months spent traveling over twenty thousand miles in tiny bush planes, on snow machines and snowshoes, in fishing boats and kayaks, on the Alaska Marine Highway and the Haul Road. Hearing and living the amazing stories of many Alaskans from Barrow to Craig, Seward to Deering, and everywhere in between, Peter gets to know this place in a way that only he can.
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Publisher's Summary

Over twenty years ago, a disillusioned college graduate went looking for himself and his nation. His memoir of what he found, A Walk Across America, captured the hearts of Americans everywhere, sold over 1.8 million copies, and is still in print today.

Now, Peter is a bit older, married and a father of six children, and his journeys are much different than they were. All these years later he is still looking for adventure, inspiration, unspoiled land, and heroic human beings. Certainly, he found all of this and more in Alaska.

Looking for Alaska is Peter's account of eighteen months spent traveling over twenty thousand miles in tiny bush planes, on snow machines and snowshoes, in fishing boats and kayaks, on the Alaska Marine Highway and the Haul Road. Hearing and living the amazing stories of many Alaskans from Barrow to Craig, Seward to Deering, and everywhere in between, Peter gets to know this place in a way that only he can. His resulting portrait is a rare and unforgettable depiction of a dangerous and beautiful land and the people that call it home.

He also takes his family with him, renting a `home base' in Seward, Alaska, and coming and going from there. The way his family lived, how they made Alaska their home, is as much a part of this story as Peter's own travels. All in all, Jenkins delivers a memorable diary of discovery-both of this place that captures all our imaginations, and of himself, all over again.

©2003 Peter Jenkins; (P)2003 Jenkins World Productions

What the Critics Say

"Jenkins convinces readers that there is much to look at and to look for in Alaska." (Publishers Weekly)
"A narrative that sparkles with adventure, quirky characters, unbelievable hardships, and indescribable beauty." (Library Journal)
"Mr. Jenkins has a winning style, and an unmatched willingness to engage with strangers." (The New York Times)
"People like Peter Jenkins. They open up to him, and sooner or later, they tell him their tales." (Los Angeles Times)
"If anyone can feel the pulse of America, it is Peter Jenkins." (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

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    Maree Conway 06-10-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "Great!"

    Wonderful story-telling style and riveting stories. It's hard to stop listening to them, even when I arrive at work in the mornings! I'm going to Alaska this summer, and this book has let me learn a little more about what to expect. A great 'read'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    snowy plover Walnut Creek, CA 03-17-04
    snowy plover Walnut Creek, CA 03-17-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging and Thoughtful"

    The beauty of this book lies in the profound personal experiences related by Jenkins (with one very winning chapter by his daughter, Rebecca). The book is more a travelog of human spirits honed by the harsh and awesome nature of their surroundings. The longer Jenkins is in Alaska, the more meaningful and interesting his tales become.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Yuen Long NT, Hong Kong 02-05-04
    Martin Yuen Long NT, Hong Kong 02-05-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Cold Mountains"

    This is a fascinating piece of travel writing/journalism and very well narrated. It focuses upon the stories of those who choose to spend their lives in the harsh and difficult climate of Alaska, whether their families have lived there for centuries or are recent arrivals.

    The author clearly shares the infatuation with the landscape and people that leads many Alaskans to strive so hard for the privilege simply of living there, and he invokes the State's beauty and allure with insight and sensitivity. The pieces about the spiritual relationship between native people and the land can go on a bit, but this is a fine and entertaining travel book, highly recommended. Like all good travel writing it makes you want to drop everything and go there.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jaskanwar South Burlington, VT, USA 01-19-04
    Jaskanwar South Burlington, VT, USA 01-19-04
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    "Excellent book"

    I did not know Peter Jenkins' books until i read this book. I read the hardcover when it came out... thinking of downloading the audio to listen to again. I have loved Alaska for years even though i haven't been able to make it there yet. I plan to go this summer. I have a read a lot on Alaska and this book takes you right to the heart of Alaska and meet the people who know Alaska and have lived through the unforgiving winters. Enjoyed this book more than any other travel/adventure book i have ever read.

    my friends who've lived in AK conferred that he captures the true sense of being in Alaska. i hope you enjoy it as much as i did

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Corvallis, OR, United States 05-31-15
    Elizabeth Corvallis, OR, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly dull"

    I'm sorry to say, but the narration was extremely poor. I don't think the story was very interesting either, but that's hard to separate from the quality of the narration. The narration was amazingly bad. There were so many times when he was reading straight through the punctuation, commas and periods and even exclamation points, and with a monotone no less. Sometimes I even paused the audio to puzzle out what in the world he had just said. I stuck with it because I was on a cruise to Alaska and really wanted to 'read' a book on the subject during the experience, and I didn't have any wifi/internet to get a different book and no other backup book. So I stuck with it. I fell asleep during the last hour and didn't bother to rewind and listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Reading this book is likely better than listening"
    What did you like best about Looking for Alaska? What did you like least?

    Some authors are gifted narrators – some are not. Peter Jenkins' story is at least in part a great one, but his narration is so distractingly boring – and his daughter's is rather inappropriate – that some of the beauty of the book was lost on me. I recommend to read this as a book, but not listen to the audio version. And I hope Peter Jenkins considers to hire a professional narrator for his next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 07-09-13
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I wanna go to Alaska!"

    To get it off my chest, being read by Mr. Jenkins himself was pretty awesome, but he is a dry reader... However, his story of real life adventure is absolutely entrancing, and amazing. Throughout the book I was drawn into the stories, imagining the views, and feeling like I was sitting in the same room with the conversations and meeting the new people.

    Peter Jenkins brought in the realities of living in Alaska. Even though I, as well as many, dream of going to Alaska fro some stretch of time, reading this book gave me real, enjoyable perspective.

    Fantastic book, and fantastic writer. I look forward to more from him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    watkins 07-23-11
    watkins 07-23-11
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    "Looking for Alaska"

    Not the most interesting author for the read but over all very good book. Makes me wish I could live in Alaska live the family did in the book. Worth your time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Tomball, TX, United States 06-02-11
    Joseph Tomball, TX, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Simply Fantastic"

    What a great look into the heart of Alaska! Not only is the story wonderful, but the reading is fantastic, as well. Then, to add in the little sound bytes from the people in the story tops it off. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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    Al Tyler, MN, United States 04-12-11
    Al Tyler, MN, United States 04-12-11
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    "Once in a lifetime experiences ruined by narration"

    This is a collection of truly wonderful stories about the author's experiences in Alaska. Unfortunately the author ruined them by narrating the book himself. He reads as though the experiences were painful instead of once in a lifetime events and memories. Please Mr. Jenkins do not read any more of your books aloud for audiobooks. You did a wonderful job writing the words. Leave narrating to Bill Bryson, he is the master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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