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Jaws - Peter Benchley
Jaws
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Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.  When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early... show more
Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.  When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the ensuing decades, Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers on expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks. Also during this time, there was an unprecedented upswing in the number of sharks killed to make shark-fin soup, and Benchley worked with governments and nonprofits to sound the alarm for shark conservation. He encouraged each new generation of Jaws fans to enjoy his riveting tale and to channel their excitement into support and protection of these magnificent, prehistoric apex predators.  This edition of Jaws contains bonus content from Peter Benchley’s archives, including the original typed title page, a brainstorming list of possible titles, a letter from Benchley to producer David Brown with honest feedback on the movie adaptation, and excerpts from Benchley’s book Shark Trouble highlighting his firsthand account of writing Jaws, selling it to Universal Studios, and working with Steven Spielberg.   NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  “A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror [that] makes us tingle.”—The Washington Post   “Powerful . . . [Benchley’s] story grabs you at once.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Relentless terror . . . You’d better steel yourself for this one. It isn’t a tale for the faint of heart.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer   “Pure engrossment from the very opening . . . a fine story told with style, class, and a splendid feeling for suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345544148 (0345544145)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 Fear the Drowning Deep
The shark was cool, but according to my husband all of the research it relied on was outdated: turns out sharks have a regular route around the sees, and regular appearances at specific locales (basically they show up after the baby seals do). But the characters, the Peyton Place drama of it all: ...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
3.5 Jaws / Peter Benchley
It was just another day in the life of a small Atlantic resort until the terror from the deep came to prey on unwary holiday makers. The first sign of trouble a warning of what was to come took the form of a young woman's body, or what was left of it, washed up on the long, white stretch of beach. A...
Let's Talk About Books
Let's Talk About Books rated it
4.0 Duh-nuh...Duh-nuh...Duhnunununununuuuuuh!
I listened to this one on audiobook via Overdrive, which I highly recommend. The narrator did awsome. He kind of sounded like Edward Norton, but that's not who it was. The book has a lot of differences between it and the movie, and honestly, I think this is one of the few times the movie is bette...
Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it
2.5 Review: Jaws
This book was a nightmare. An utter disaster. I went into it expecting it to be far better than the movies, because that is typically the case. It was not. At least the movie got it mostly right. It was about the shark and it's unexplainable appearance and extended stay in the waters of the s...
Leigha's Little Library
Leigha's Little Library rated it
3.0 Jaws by Peter Benchley
**There is one spoiler below regarding a character death. It is marked with a spoiler tag** There were a few things that I found highly unnecessary. I know this is written in a time period much different from today, but some of the outdated stuff in this did bother me a little bit. Also the thing ...
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