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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Casey Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Travel thirty miles north, south, or east of San Francisco city hall and you’ll be engulfed in a landscape of thick traffic, fast enterprise, and six-dollar cappuccinos. Venture thirty miles due west, however, and you will find yourself on what is virtually another planet: a spooky cluster of rocky islands called the Farallones. Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping eighteen feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast. That so many of these magnificent and elusive animals lived in the 415 area code, crisscrossing each other under the surface like jets stacked in a holding pattern, seemed stunningly improbably—and irresistible.

Within a matter of months she was in a seventeen-foot Boston Whaler, being hoisted up a cliff face onto the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island—part of the group known to nineteenth-century sailors as the “Devil’s Teeth.” There she joined the two biologists who study the sharks, bunking down in the island’s one habitable building, a haunted, 120-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Less than forty-eight hours later she had her first encounter with the famous, terrifying jaws and was instantly hooked. The Devil’s Teeth offers a rare glimpse into the lives of nature’s most mysterious predators, and of those who follow them. Here is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marina | 2/1/2014

    " Like so many others, I'm torn over rating this book. I found it fascinating until the very end, when the author's cavalier attitude towards how it all ended shocked me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kyle | 1/9/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoy anything about great white sharks,and while this book has some really intersting encounters with them and somre really amazing information, it seems to be more abou the Farallone Isands then sharks. While the islands are facinating and portrayed well by Susan in this, she just doesn't have enough of a story to tell to keep the pages turning. If you are just getting this to read about shark encounters I might look for another book, however if the island history and convesrvation interest you, definetly pick it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M | 1/9/2014

    " I read this book and am so happy to be in my cosy house. I read this book and am in awe of marine life and the biologists who dedicate their lives to studying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gretchen | 1/8/2014

    " This was an interesting book that not only told fascinating stories about the animals of the Farralone Islands (only about 30 miles off San Francisco Bay), but of the Islands' often violent and strange human visitors and inhabitants. Lots of creepy but intriguing great white shark info., too! "

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