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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Benchley Narrator: Erik Steele Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the 1974 publication of the novel Jaws and the release a year later of the film based on the book, an American cultural phenomenon was born. Today, the remarkable bestseller by Peter Benchley still towers as a thrilling classic of suspense, drama, and the eternal conflicts of man against nature … and man against himself.

As the movie continues to broadcast all over the world, entire generations may know the Jaws story only through its cinematic rendition. Those unfamiliar with the literary forerunner are in for a wonderful surprise, for the novel contains many twists of plot and character that were omitted in the film. Peter Benchley’s Jaws is an extraordinary experience of its own, a masterpiece as mesmerizing today as it was in 1974, when it first took us into the watery world of a creature designed by nature to kill … and into the terror it brings from the silent darkness of the deep.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror...that still makes us tingle.”

    Washington Post

  • “A super-thriller! If you have any imagination at all, the book will give you the shivers.”

    New York Post

  • “Relentless terror.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Pick up Jaws before midnight, read the first five pages, and I guarantee you’ll be putting it down breathless and stunned as dawn is breaking the next day.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Benchley keeps it moving, fulfills all expectations...Jaws is lean, all sinew, everything directed toward a climax that is implanted on the retina from the very first sentence.”

    New York magazine

  • “Narrator Erik Steele delivers a solid performance that brings new layers to the familiar characters of Hooper and Brody. Steele’s delivery has the characters speaking in a natural yet subtly terrified tone that seems to grant listeners access to the tale in a new way. Ultimately, the story is still as thrilling as ever...Erik Steele’s performance heightens the tension, thereby increasing the payoff at the conclusion.”

    AudioFile

  • “An eminently successful combination of adventure story and moral fable...The narrative is tense and absorbing, the characterization excellent, and the climactic shark hunt as exciting a sea story as one could want.”

    Library Journal

  • “A small gem of suspense fiction...Erik Steele, a theater and film actor, chomps into Benchley’s raw prose with appetite, enjoying every bite of gore and social observation. Making ample use of well-placed pauses and silences, Steele amplifies not only the suspense but Benchley’s surprisingly well-honed characterizations.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Benchley’s writing is lean and efficient—this is his first novel, and also by far his best—and the story is a solid mixture of small-town politics, mystery, and outright terror.”

    Booklist

  • “Steele’s reading makes this classic beast-tale new again.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gail | 2/15/2014

    " read this a long time ago and it scared me to death! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanette | 1/31/2014

    " Well, I have been meaning to read this book for many years now. I have seen the movie countless times; it is one of my favorites. I felt it only sensible to read the origin of a story that has become a cult phenomenon. Who knows how I would have judged this novel had I read it BEFORE I watched the movie 100 times. But that didn't happen so instead I am judging this novel, its characters, its plot fluidity and development and its execution against a Spielberg movie. That being said, this book gets only two stars. Benchley's writing is some of the most meticulous writing I have ever read. When it comes to shark attacks, it is quite gripping. In everything else, it is more of a nuisance. The movie/book discrepancy that bothered me the most (more than the fact that Matt Hooper was unlikable and killed off and Quint was sadistic for no other reason than money) was Ellen Brody. In the film, she is a strong, smart, capable woman who supports her husband and is a source of strength for him. In the novel, she is whiny, obnoxious, and ultimately unfaithful to her husband. It is a no-brainer that movies are simpler and less detailed than novels. Most of the time, that is why we usually like the book more than the movie. But in the case of the most famous killer shark, I think less is more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Splenda | 1/30/2014

    " One of the better horror books I have read that was turned into a movie blockbuster. Benchley successfully portrays the feeling of terror that Spielberg later shows in his 1975 movie adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark Lewis | 1/28/2014

    " One of the very first books, I read right through, as a young teenager. First time, I had ever experienced expletives, usually from Quints vocabulary. Some chapters were tedious to get through, and some were quite exciting. All in all a good read that still leaves the film behind. Some scenes are unequalled in literacy no matter how good the CGI is. "

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