British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
This is a first for me when I say "I really preferred the movie more"! I wanted to read this as I really thought that it would enlighten me into the world of sharks and how it effected the town. I was not expecting Ellen's tryst and the glossed over story of 'the mob'. We had a dead cat so I was waiting for a decapitated horse but none came!
The deaths in this town were not mourned as far as I could see and there were so many 'personal' issues had I been the shark I would have swam away to calmer waters lest I too got caught up with a bunch of folk who 'majored in the minors'.
The one saving grave was the narrator who was superb and saved the day! Again I suggest anyone who is a fan of the movie SHOULD read the book as you may get more out of it than I did!
Jaws is terrifying. Man against the unknown. One of the best suspense stories ever.
The other book I think of first would be Cujo. Similar theme.
I think he brought Mrs. Brody to another level for me. I wasn't paticularly fond of her character, but he made her more human, me more understanding.
No doubt on this one. It has to be Quinn. He was on the USS Indianapolis after all.
I first read Jaws in grade school before the movie came out. I was terrified. The movie was good, the book is better. Relistenig to a book I had previously read, as well as a movie I have seen several times was great. I was afraid I would be too familiar with the story. I was not. The audio book was a great addition. I would strongly recomend it.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I read this book long after I saw the movie...many, many times. I have to say that I truly love the movie, too. Spielberg did an amazing job with a movie that was based on this book, but that's all it was. Based on this book. This book seems to ring much truer to me than the movie did. Much more real...the way these events would have gone down. In the movie, the shark was the biggest one ever known to man. In the book, the shark was huge...but they even talk about sharks that were bigger. I liked that.
There were things that I liked about the movie more, and things that I liked about the book more, but overall I love them both. I loved the way that the author described the movements of the fish in first person. Not dwelling on the emotion and intentions of the fish, but simply what is was doing. I really liked that. The narrator did a great job as well. Such a timeless classic!
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
No, probably not. The book dropped the ball on the subplot between Ellen and Hooper. There was no ending to this story.
I would have finished the subplots and not left the reader hanging.
Erik Steele is a favorite of mine. This performance was excellent.
Yes, it has been done very successfully.
I'm 37 years old an grew up loving Jaws the movie. I've seen it 100 times and love it! However, as a true lover of the motion picture, I have some real problems with the original story.
SPOILER ALERT: Ellen Brody has an affair with Hooper! No!!! This ruined the book for me. How could she do that to Martin? How?! Now I know that this is the original version of the story, but it made me want to puncher her in the face, figuratively of course. But at least Hooper gets it in the end.
Maybe. I found it fascinating in a macabre sort of way.
Hooper in the shark cage
Stay out of the water!
I thought the affair between Ellen and Hooper unnecessary to the story line, as was the Mayor's involvement with the Mafia. I saw no point to either of these sections. But for the most part, I really enjoyed the book. It was really scary at time, and as a rule, I don't lie scary books, but it certainly held my attention. I'm going to have nightmares tonight. :(
I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!
I found Jaws to be an easy listening book. Story is different from the movie I saw years back but it was still a good listen.
Listening to this book years after I saw the movie sure does bring out how movies "stray" from the books they are made after. I was surprised to learn of the affair the wife had and the fact someone died who didn't die in the movie along with other things like who got along with who etc., etc.
Putting books on the back burner.
Reading the book "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is very different than watching the movie from Steven Spielberg. The film is a terrifying thriller about a killer in the ocean and the book is more about a marriage that is on the edge to failure. Both in the movie and the book, there is a shark, but the book is more about Chief Brody and his failing relationship with his wife and we all know what happens in the movie. "Duh Dum Duh Dum..."
I just can't believe how Spielberg got his inspiration from Benchley's novel because beside the fish, Amity Island and the main characters, the book is totally different than the film. There is very little to compare between the two media. Both are very different from each other, where when you read this book, you are reading the polar opposites to the movie.
I can't really say which version is better. The movie was a shocking paranoid thriller and the book is about a police chief in a town with a failing marriage, and he is getting ready for tourist season with a shark in their beach.... Then, he tries to go fishing to catch the great white.