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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Casey Narrator: Susan Casey Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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Travel 30 miles north, south, or east of San Francisco city hall and you'll be engulfed in a landscape of thick traffic, fast enterprise, and $6 cappuccinos. Venture 30 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 18 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 improbable and irresistible. Casey knew she had to see them for herself.

Within a matter of months she was in a 17-foot Boston Whaler, being hoisted up a cliff to face onto the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island, part of the group known to 19th-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 48 hours later she had her first encounter with the famous, terrifying jaws and was instantly hooked. Curiosity yielded to obsession, and when the opportunity arose to return for a longer stay she jumped at it. But as Casey readied herself for shark season, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands.

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 nee... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/16/2014

    " This was a fantastic book. With the perfect mix of scary stories, legends, humor, and science, this was a book I always had a hard time putting down. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good read or anyone with even the slightest interest in zoology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiel | 2/14/2014

    " Great book, really insightful into the lives of great white sharks. Great photography and images, does well to dispel popular myths about these amazing animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/9/2014

    " Nice little jaunt into shark research that also includes vignettes on mounds and mounds of bird poop. Well written, but lacking in the sort of staying power to hold my complete interest from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/7/2014

    " Incredible insight into the world of great white sharks. Book is actually more about the Farralon Islands, the many research projects going on out there (including the Shark Project) and the unique people who choose to live in such a wild place for months at a time in the name of science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Kaufman | 1/20/2014

    " This book is a must read for any environmentalist, marine science fan, or for anyone who is addicted to Shark Week. This book gives the reader an insight to not only the pressures placed on Great White Sharks to survive in the wild, but the pressures placed on those who devote their lives studying them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/20/2014

    " LOVED this book. Not your average non-fiction shark book, by no means. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsbeth | 1/19/2014

    " Fun read about Great White Sharks. Author is writer for Outside magazine and easy to read. Great beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Pepin | 1/2/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AM | 11/30/2013

    " An interesting memoir but I didn't learn as much as I'd hoped about sharks. Most likely because the world has moved on from publication date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 11/23/2013

    " Good read but Casey sure botched it for the scientists studying this population of white sharks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime Thomas | 2/3/2013

    " would make a great tv documentary "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/21/2013

    " the name refers to the farallone islands, rocky islets 30 miles off san francisco. she visits a primitive science station there, watching great white sharks, and people who watch gwss. good, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J.K. | 11/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 11/10/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 7/18/2012

    " An immersing and fascinating read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 7/9/2012

    " This book was great, although now I'm a little frightened to get in the water. Especially in Nor Cal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 4/16/2012

    " I've read this book three times and each time it is still a page turner. Its extremely well written and very descriptive. One can easily imagine the islands, the waters, the sharks....I highly recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 2/20/2012

    " Really cool book about great whites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 12/26/2011

    " Pretty good and engaging but ends with a fizzle, which isn't what you would expect from a book about sharks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 11/8/2011

    " Really well written! It makes you wanted to rush out to the Farrallons to see these sharks yet not want to go out of respect of their environment. If you enjoy reading non-fiction I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 5/20/2011

    " LOVED this one- Susan Casey hit all of the right elements with me here. Not only does this book center around one of strongest interest's- great white sharks- but she manages to be such an engaging storyteller to boot. The scientists and Farallon's come alive in her loving hands!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Racheal | 5/14/2011

    " AWESOME book!!! I can't even tell you how much I loved this book!!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/9/2011

    " Incredible insight into the world of great white sharks. Book is actually more about the Farralon Islands, the many research projects going on out there (including the Shark Project) and the unique people who choose to live in such a wild place for months at a time in the name of science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 5/8/2011

    " Absolutely riveting. Think Shark Week, only smarter and more compelling. My only complaint is with the writer's stance as rich-white-woman-who-needs-to-escape-her-whiteness-and-discover-how-real-people-live, but, she keeps that down to a dull and very forgivable roar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 5/4/2011

    " She writes beautifully!!! SHARKS!!! One of those books that could've been twice as long & I'd have been even happier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 4/27/2011

    " I learned a tremendous amount about great whites and the Farralon Islands. Very educational although at times I considered Susan to be a bit foolhardy. Interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/19/2011

    " Great information. I didn't like the narration on the audio book, which is always hard to separate from not liking the writing itself. I think this would have gotten 4 stars if I'd read it hard-copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 4/1/2011

    " An interesting story - I read this after reading her book, 'The Wave'... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walter | 4/1/2011

    " Great story about a little-known part of the US and the struggles our naturalists have to find out about our world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 3/12/2011

    " Excellent read. Recommend. Read within the past two years. Not sure of completion date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/11/2011

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

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About the Author

Susan Casey, author of New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks, is editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a National Magazine Award–winning journalist whose work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Magazine Writing anthologies; and has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Outside, and National Geographic.