In my experience books are always better then the movies; Jaws is not an exception. If I was not afraid to go into the water, I am now. :) Unfortunately the shark is not the only predator in this book. Some of the people are as well; human nature can be just as savage as the killing machine (the shark). I enjoyed this book.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
***Some spoilers*** Man... I am so glad that the author allowed some screen writing liberties because if the movie would've followed the book very closely, the ending would have stunk. This book starts off very engaging, but quickly moves into a lengthy section regarding an adulteress affair of the protagonists wife. She is regretful of not having a life of notoriety and finds her marriage to the police chief unfulfilling, resulting in the adultery. During this section the shark is fairly inactive... resulting in a desire to skip ahead. In my opinion, this part does nothing to move the main idea of the story forward. The book does contain vulgar language and some sexual immorality. I really feel let down with the last chapter of this book because there are SO many unanswered questions: 1) Why did Jaws live? 2) What does this mean for Amity? 3) Does Brodie confront his wife? 4) What happened to Mr. Vaughn? I needed and expected closure via a dead shark!... like in the movie! It was ended so abruptly that I'm actually kinda angry. Anyway, the narration was awesome and I could listen comfortably at 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.
I am a married 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!
I read the print version when I was only 16 years old. I LOVED the audiobook, I am surprised at how entertained the audiobook kept me, even though I had read the book and seen the movie several times. It was a different experience.
My favorite part was when they Hired Quint. He is such a cool character.
The narrator did a great job.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
The movie was better than the book. Kudos to Peter Benchley for bringing us this wonderful story. However, for the first time in my life I'd have to say that the movie was better than the book. Nothing more.
I love a good book...
I recently watched Jaws the movie during Shark week and remembered that I had read Jaws about 35 years ago...I remembered it had a better story line than the movie so I decided to reread it. I am thankful my memory serves me so well...I love the book and appreciate all the detail the book provides. Brody and Hooper are great antagonists in the book, but that is lost in the movie. The electricity between Brody's wife and Hooper is lost in the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this book.
The performance was terrific and I loved re-experiencing a favorite from the past.
The opening chapter...
Not yet but I will.
It made me extremely happy to hear a book I had first read when I was 13 years old.
Like I said this is one of those extremely rare cases where the movie was better than the novel. For the most part it was truly enjoyable but the ending was abrupt and so anti-climatic I couldnt get over it (I can really see why it was changed for the film). The narrator does a pretty good job, he even sounds alot like Chief Brody from the actual film. One area where he doesnt do well though is his female voices, this is a common problem with male narrators trying to capture female inflections but with this narrator it was really coming across as sounding like David Spades "gap girl" voice from old episodes of SNL and it became distracting.
Overall I'd say give it a listen, I mean afterall its JAWS.
Near the end, we see an unexpected ''personality'' in the fish.
There is a weird sort of parallel to Moby Dick here. The characters were real, and you get to know them better than in the film. I do remember that the first few lines were pretty hokey.'' It was a dark and stormy night'' kind of thing , but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
you know exactly what to expect since you've probably seen the movie a dozen times but the thing was a blockbuster that still plays well for a reason... its a great shark story. the book is also different enough from the movie that it feels fresh.