The interplay with the biologists and the sharks was the most engaging part of the story to me. I found it fascinating and wished there was more of it in the book (couldn't get enough of it)
The history of the islands was fascinating. It is well served to be intertwined with the story than presented separately
I enjoyed the reader's voice. I found it engaging and conveyed the timbre of the story without over dramatizing.
I was left with a mixed reaction to the book. The results and consequences presented at the end changed my view of the author I had held for most all of the book. I would still recommend this listen to my friends that are interested in sharks or nature.
Being a huge shark fan (DVR has stopped the rolled eyes during Shark Week from my wife), I thought this would be a great experience of the author learning about the sharks and guiding the reader through that learning. But it was more of her experience on the islands, while I do appreciate, just let me down. I wanted more shark knowledge, more notes of what the researchers did on the island about the sharks and I really didn't get that. So, to you reading this review, not bad, but it needed more for us Shark Fans.
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
This is an excellent author ,and prior to this I read the book the Wave, about the ocean and the giant waves that sometimes swell in the murky depths.The ocean is a very powerful and sometimes deadly place.The author has a great style and although she is a great swimmer in her own right,she delivers a fresh perspective from a layman's point of view in both volumes.The thing that impressed me most was that even as much as we have studied many things extensively in this world the ocean and its creatures,the sharks in this case,are still not fully understood.Sharks live a long time and don't suffer from cancer.There isn't much money going into the research of these magnificent lions of the ocean.This particular area off the coast of San Fransisco is chock full of these wonders of nature.The study while on board a small yacht was very austere.The author often had trouble getting her land legs back after being tossed about in the rough seas.The island where the researchers studied the sharks was very remote despite its proximity to civilization.Very few people have been granted the privilege that Susan was granted and she describes the whole experience very clearly for those of us not as lucky as she was.