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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: May 2005 ISBN: 9781415925577
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 1/1/2014

    " This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great story about sharks - yes, the ones that will eat you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 1/1/2014

    " fascinating book that taught me the magic of sharks. writer is a bit of a tool. if you can ignore her, the book is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 carolyn | 12/29/2013

    " This is a wonderful story about Great White Sharks around the Farallon Islands off San Francisco. The author is funny and keeps the story going at good clip. I'm intrigued to learn more about the Farallones and will definitely be getting this to a certain sailor I know. fascinating stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Woolly Grant | 12/28/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book about one of my favourite creatures. A gem!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Waters | 12/19/2013

    " If you aren't a lover of the ocean or sharks, you probably will not enjoy this book, or get very far into it. The book provides and look into a place that is off limits to everyone save for a few researchers, but is a spectacular place where nature rules. I was slightly dissapointed in the ending - it was abrupt and unsatisfying, but overall enjoyed leaning about the Islands and the amazing Great White. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RD Morgan | 12/2/2013

    " Should have had many more sharks and a lot less Susan Casey. I read this after reading Casey's The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, and I'm happy to say that her writing and her writing persona have greatly matured since THE DEVIL'S TEETH. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 10/15/2013

    " Very cool and interesting. Non-fiction but the world she describes seems like fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/19/2013

    " A nonfiction book that at times reads like fiction with the intensity and pacing. Fascinating look at what is still a mysterious creature in a lot of ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 9/15/2013

    " I was drawn to the story and would love to give this book 4 stars but her desire to go to the farralons cost other peole greatly and left me perturbed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Pepin | 7/31/2013

    " Reality reading at its best. Move over "Lost"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamit | 5/15/2013

    " Excellent book if you're interested in either adventure in general or facts about great white sharks specifically. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/6/2013

    " I love sharks and Susan Casey is a great non-fiction writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J.K. | 4/1/2013

    " its a tad out of my genre, but it's a good read. I love sharks, I think they are beautiful creatures. It starts slow, but makes for some good reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Eldridge | 11/14/2012

    " I love Great White sharks! My imagination loves this one. Just think right off the coast of San Francisco lies a water teeming with grit! Feed your intellect.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Tillett | 8/2/2012

    " looking down under my rented kayak whilst paddling in the monterey bay, i hoped that one of the great whites mentioned in this book would visit me and tell me how cool it was to swim around all day eating license plates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Lazar | 3/2/2012

    " Fascinating study of shark behavior off the coast of San Francisco. The author is annoyingly self absorbed and self righteous but it was hard to put the book down nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misssally | 3/2/2012

    " Really fascinating account of sharks and the people who study them, off the coast of San Francisco. Riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 10/10/2011

    " Great book on the adventures of the treacherous Farralone Islands and great white sharks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottp | 9/14/2011

    " Interesting book about White sharks off the SanFranciso coast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Nichols | 9/13/2011

    " An AWESOME book. it talks about the white sharks conservation and studies off the coast of CA! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristobal | 6/21/2011

    " after reading this book, i am never, ever, ever getting into the water again. i mean, if there isn't ceramic at the bottom and a filter floating around it just aint going to happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avi | 5/22/2011

    " I picked this book up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Who knew that someone could describe waves in so many different and descriptive terms? a 8 out of 10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 5/18/2011

    " This was an extremely facinating book. Its amazing how these guys surf waves that have distroyed towns and communities, and even lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/16/2011

    " The author goes between surfing the biggest wave to the science behind rogue waves and all the people involved in between. Let's just say, I will think twice about taking another cruise. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 5/12/2011

    " Just loved it ! It's more about surf, than about science, but it's ok, because the surf is great!
    Maybe the author has a crush on Hamilton, but I don't care, because the book made me feel this way to... A great book, quick and amusing reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/10/2011

    " Given to me by my friend Nicole. A great read, interesting and informative, and not just for the amazing stories from the surfers we used to oogle over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffani | 5/6/2011

    " While reading this book i was conflicted with a desire to learn how to tow surf and a similarly strong desire to never go near the ocean again. Do ypu know that on average two large ships are lost at sea each week? Neither did i. Fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/4/2011

    " Could not put this down! It also inspired me to get back into my mile swim routine because I miss being in the water. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 4/30/2011

    " I was interested in the subject and science behind it, but most of the book focused on glowing portraits of surfers. The writing was cloying, so much so that I could barely get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/24/2011

    " wow, amazing stories of the power of the ocean & man's urge to understand, conquer or live with it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meta | 4/23/2011

    " I'm listening to this on CD. "

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