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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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    KPS AZ 05-14-05
    KPS AZ 05-14-05 Member Since 2005
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    "good yarn, poor delivery"

    This wonderful glimpse of life in Alaska is ruined by the author's unbearably dull narration. I gave up before finishing it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Apalachin, NY, USA 09-21-04
    Timothy Apalachin, NY, USA 09-21-04
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    "Good story, Bad narration"

    This is a very good story. It is well written and captivating. However, I have never heard a story told so poorly. When listening you'd never know the narrator wrote the book. At times he seems suprised that there was more to a sentence on the next line. The thought lines lose their power when they are not finished until the beginning of the next sentence. With the boon of audio books I think publishers need to emphasize the importance of a good narrator.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jedidiah Nashville, TN, USA 01-05-04
    Jedidiah Nashville, TN, USA 01-05-04
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    "Excellent!"

    This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone interested in Alaska, or just exploration all together. It is an adventure you will never forget, and a window into a world that shows us how diverse and interesting America still is. Listening to the Author read his own book allows us a special authenticity that cannot be reproduced. The sound effects are also a great addition. They create a fullness of environment that transports the listener to Alaska and into his adventure. I suprememly recommend this book.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Canton, GA, USA 09-11-04
    Scott Canton, GA, USA 09-11-04 Member Since 2001
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    "I did not want it to end!"

    When first starting to listen, I was thinking that I could not handle Peter's somewhat monotone, unenthusiastic reading style. However, I REALLY became absorbed in the story very soon. The descriptions of Alaska are right on. I just returned from there myself, but had nowhere near the adventures that Peter had. It just makes me want to go back and do/see more of it. I will advise anyone planning a trip to AK, who is the adventurous type especially, DO NOT go by cruise ship. You will miss getting to touch, feel and smell Alaska because you will be looking through a window the whole trip. Thanks Peter for a wonderful account of your adventures.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Grant Rocky River, OH, US 08-14-07
    Julia Grant Rocky River, OH, US 08-14-07 Member Since 2005
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    "How can Alaska seem boring?"

    This one is a disappointment. Unlike the listen that enhances the text, this one seems as if it would be more engaging if the author had not decided to read it himself. His unchanging monotone renders what might be interesting content unbearable. Too bad--I would like to know more about Alaska, and I suspect that he has written what I want to know. I just don't want to listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Shreveport, LA United States 08-26-08
    Kindle Customer Shreveport, LA United States 08-26-08 Member Since 2003

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    "A Great Listen for an Insomniac"

    I have learned much about Alaska - a place to which I badly want to travel. I'd even like to go with Peter Jenkins. BUT - I don't want to listen to him talk. The steady monotone and plodding pace of the narration will either drive one crazy or put him or her to sleep. In the case of this book, the printed version might be the best use of your dollars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-15-06
    Gary Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-15-06
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    "A Great Winter Listen"

    Been to the great state of Alaska or planning to go ? Then you will definitely enjoy this audio book. Peter Jenkins lives in Alaska for two years and experiences a vast cross section of this unique state's people and history. From dog sleding to salmon fishing to flying to remote islands by bush plane Peter experienced the real Alaska not seen by cruise ship tourists. This audio book is also narrated by Peter and he does a great job ! There are also vivid recorded sounds from Alaska and some real dialog by characters that Peter met as well as his wife and daughter. An excellent tale well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassi Cleveland, TN, USA 01-04-06
    Cassi Cleveland, TN, USA 01-04-06
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    "A Strange Mix"

    This was the strangest listen I have had so far. The stories were quite captivating, but the narration was so pitiful that it felt like my brain was fighting with itself. How badly do I want to hear the rest, or do I just want to shut this guy up? My family made me turn it off about an hour into a car trip, laughing at his lackadaisical delivery of more than one dramatic moment (oh-no-the-dog-was-lying-dead-in-a-crumpled-heap-gosh). I listened to the remainder on headphones simply because the tales were interesting.

    I will give it 3 stars for content - 0 for presentation. I think reading the printed book might be the best option. His descriptions and adventures are fascinating and well written, altough sometimes needlessly overly-dramatic. The sound bites (of people he interviewed) were generally a nice touch. I'm sorry to say I found his daughter's contributions somewhat trite and naive, and in the end I felt they didn't add anything worth saying.

    If I were to recommend this book to anyone, I'd advise them to read the book rather than listen to this audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Henisse Miami, FL, United States 05-03-05
    Patricia Henisse Miami, FL, United States 05-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "A Nice Piece of Creative Nonfiction"

    Having read Mr. Jenkin's A WALK ACROSS AMERICA years ago, I was interested to try LOOKING FOR ALASKA. His style hasn't changed. LOOKING FOR ALASKA is an easy listen about a raw and breath-taking land. I found the brief audio inserts from his interviews captivating and flavorful. This work is less polished than, say, Bill Bryson's IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY or A WALK IN THE WOODS but his observations are insightful and honest. His tendency to drift into family storytelling is usually endearing and provides insight as to the origins of his perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Chambless Dallas, TX 07-06-04
    T. Chambless Dallas, TX 07-06-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Best Travel Journal I've Read in a Long Time!"

    Every once in a while I run across a book that I download on a whim, hoping that it will be good. This one was a gem! I couldn't stop listening to it, and it kept me thoroughly entranced and entertained during a long drive over the holidays. Peter Jenkins narrates his and his family's journey through various experiences in Alaska during a year's visit. He includes excerpts from tapes that give you a feel for the sounds and his excellent descriptions of the beauty, the life threatening experiences, and the tender moments with his family make you feel you are a part of the experience. As a lover of the outdoors, but with too little time to take to enjoy it in person, I love finding books like this that capture the experience. I highly recommend it. His daughter's narratives are also very enjoyable. You hear the experience from Peter's perspective then from Rebecca's. Keep writing Rebecca! We want to hear more! I'm definitely going to check into Peter's other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Shame about the naration"

    A great story of an epic adventure, compelling. Unfortunately the narration leaves a lot to be desired, even though Jenkins tells his own tale. The audio is also badly edited in places.

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