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Jaws Audiobook

Jaws

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.
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Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown. This timeless tale of man-eating terror that spawned a movie franchise, two video games, a Universal Studios theme park attraction, and two musicals is finally available on audio for the first time ever!

©2002 Peter Benchley; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Kyle Seattle, WA 01-23-10
    Kyle Seattle, WA 01-23-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Actually....it was pretty good."

    Jaws reads like a cross between a Stephen King novel with a bit of Moby Dick thrown in. All in all, it wasn't too shabby. It sure wasn't serious literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it was worth a credit and the time spent listening to it. Sometimes you just want to be entertained!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 03-29-10
    Tracy 03-29-10 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    ""JAWS""

    I had seen this movie years ago, but really found this book drew the best pictures in my mind. It is vividly written, although not a classic, it will forever be frightening. Author Peter Benchley does a fantastic job of describing the disturbing events caused by a massive shark, and how they tramatically effect the town people. Most attacks are not graphically described, if you are looking for that read Jaws 2. After being aquainted with Jaws who of us hasn't had a shudder run down their spine as something hits their leg in the murky ocean water???

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Princeton, NJ, USA 06-04-09
    Charles Princeton, NJ, USA 06-04-09
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    "The Perfect Book for the Beach"

    I was fifteen when the movie was released, and I loved it then. I read the book shortly after seeing the movie, and I remember liking it. Thirty some-odd years later, I listened to the audiobook and loved it even more. The narration by Erik Steele was pitch perfect. I was transported back to the 70s, and it was a rollicking nostalgia trip. Peter Benchley definitely caught the spirit and attitudes of the time and somehow wove them into a story that is like Moby Dick meets Fear of Flying meets the Old Man and the Sea meets Godzilla! I am surprised that it took so long for this iconic piece of Americana to be published as an audiobook. My only regret is that I was unable to wait until beach season to give it a listen. It would be the perfect accompaniment for a long weekend by the ocean.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John M Lafayette, CA USA 07-21-10
    John M Lafayette, CA USA 07-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating, but not for the obvious reason"

    I read this book many years ago and knew it differed from the movie, but I thought it would be fun to listen to the audiobook version. First off, yes - the movie is much better than the book - not because the book is awful, but rather because the movie is just so good and memorable. And it is true the dialogue Benchley's puts in his character's mouths is not particularly natural and there are many redundant sections throughout.

    (Do note, however, that this book did spend 40 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller list and sold 20+ million copies, so someone certainly liked it!)

    However, the book is unintentionally fascinating as a view into mid-1970's US society. I really enjoyed the watching the characters deal with life without cell phones, without microwaves, without the internet, all the while constantly drinking, smoking, dealing with class envy, latent sexism, racism, many references to the "War" (meaning WW II) and 70's era concepts of "swinging". I'm sure Benchley thought his characters were pretty progressive, but almost 40 years later the attitudes are very amusing.

    Between the 70's society study and a reasonably good monster story you can definitely enjoy this book, just leave your memories of the movie at the door!

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 07-15-10
    Diane 07-15-10
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    "Loved this Shark tale"

    I saved this listen for the beach vacation so I might have enjoyed it even more because of that - just fun. I was very surprised how different the book is from the movie. I rented the movie after the listen and plot varies greatly. I prefer the book. Much more backstory. Movie is great for suspense but listen to the book for a real story. Excellent narrator - great listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pam K. Thomas arkadelphia, arkansas United States 08-26-13
    Pam K. Thomas arkadelphia, arkansas United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I still don't go in the water!"
    What did you love best about Jaws?

    The suspense never let up, but it wasn't just a suspense novel. It had great character development. This book is not dated. I enjoyed listening to it as much as I did reading it all those years ago. It's a much better book than it was a movie..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moral dilemma.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Steele – was your favorite?

    Brody. He's the heart.


    If you could rename Jaws, what would you call it?

    Why would I rename it. Who writes these questions?


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 05-15-12
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 05-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Duh Dum Duh Dum..........."

    I remember reading this on woodware when the movie first came out (yep - I'm that old). Its one of those stories where you can't help relating it to the film no matter how you try. That said, it stands up well and has several threads that Speilberg chose to ignore in favour of spending more time with a mechanical shark that didn't work properly. It is reasonable paced and does enough character development to make sense without dragging. The narration is clear and not intrusive. Basically a good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 03-31-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Oh, How Disappointing…!"

    No review of Jaws could start off without mentioning the movie. I was eight at the time, so, while the rest of the family went to see it, my mom had to take me to Bambi. I remember coming out of the theater to find a woman crying and retching into a Kleenex, so distraught was she by Jaws. (My mom had to take me out of Bambi also: I just lost it when Bambi's mom got blown away by the hunter. Honestly? Between Bambi's mom dying and a freaked out shark, I think I would've handled the shark better.)
    When I finally saw it, I thought it was great. And when I read it, I seem to remember finding it to be a good read.
    So, it was quite disappointing to find that it just didn't age well. And by no means does it follow the movie. Which is just fine. I understand that. But the book has so many, many layers of the personal lives of the characters which, at first I appreciated. It's nice to have character development. It goes overboard though, and starts to drag. One wonders where the shark is. It is called Jaws, isn't it? The shark is supposed to be the main draw. The daily lives of the characters, their small and even large choices start to get in the way of the narrative, drag it down. Especially since the characters make some pretty poor choices that have nothing to do with the story. It just gets annoying. Who needs to know about a petty affair?
    Imagine my surprise, also, when the real action starts, and I looked down and found that there were only six more minutes of the book. Talk about an abrupt ending!
    I also had to listen to this at 1.25 speed as the narrator, Erik Steele, makes each line ponderous, with huge pauses in between sentences and concepts. He also has the voice of an anchorman. To his credit, though, is the fact that his dialogue really, really shines. His characterization of Quint is dead on and so very enjoyable, I could have listened to a book with only Quint all day long, as Steele brings him to life with such wonderful tones and a great accent.
    Ultimately, this was a decent book, with decent writing and great action in sporadic scenes throughout. It left me hungry for more. Which is unfortunate because it really could've given more. A good enough read but unsatisfying when all is said and done.

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    Kathleen Helling Sarasora, FL, USA 07-09-09
    Kathleen Helling Sarasora, FL, USA 07-09-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Jaws"

    First read the book when it came out and read it more then once - great summertime read. At the time I was a young mom of three and vowed that my little ones would never swim in the ocean, of course, that vow was broken many times over. Decided that it would be a great summertime Audible book and I was right - love it - it is like visiting with an old friend - bringing back good memories. Also Erik does a great job.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 12-10-13
    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2013

    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

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    "Here's a twist on an old saying"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Howard
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    5/24/09
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    "mixed view"

    I always find a book better than the film, and this classic is no exception. much more depth (no pun intended). much more story and a great sense of fear. Being unabridged there is plenty of time to get into the characters and to feel the terror creeping up on you. All in all a fantastic story.

    Unfortunately, the oration is the downside of this audio book. The delivery is so slow I was convinced it would have fitted on one less CD, if read normally. Although he tries to give depth and character to novel, for me it was ost and at one point i found the delivery like listening to an audio language lesson. he has definately been influenced by the film and even tries to get his characters sounding like those from the Spielberg classic. This is a shame as some of the tones and characters used don't match with the written description. certainly one orator I will try to avoid in future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Whelan
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    "Narrater is excellent"

    Best narrater yet, much recommended as the book is very different to the film. I was however humming the jaws theme tune whilst I was listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    8/17/15
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    "One of my all time favourite books"
    Would you listen to Jaws again? Why?

    I would, the story is such a good one


    What other book might you compare Jaws to, and why?

    As someone with a deep (and completely irrational!) fear of sharks, there is no comparison for me


    What about Erik Steele’s performance did you like?

    I did not hate it, infact i quite liked it after a while. I thought he was quite slow going, but then i think that is probably how the characters are meant to be! By the end i had grown quite fond of Erik's voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Love it when a smug someone gets what's coming to them! It is a plot that was changed in the film, so whenever I read or listen to this book i enjoy the 'full story' and the deeper characterisation


    Any additional comments?

    Dont listen to this to try to fall asleep!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    3/4/13
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    "In Amity they say yahd"

    The book is so much better than the film, and I love the film, so that's saying something.



    You go much deeper into the relationship of Chief Brody and his wife; and how the summer people differ from the winter residents. Hooper is also completely different, had they included the animosity between Brody and him in the film, the 'out at sea' parts would have been much more claustrophobic and threatening.



    A great listen if you know the film, also for those who don't, the shark is just as sinister and will continue to make you scared to go in the water!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher MacLennan
    12/16/15
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    "so different"

    if you're expecting it to be like the film you'll be disappointed...thus us a much more grown up and adult story..very dark characters doing some unpleasant things. the only constant is the ""fish"
    thoroughly enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JRMonte
    10/15/15
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    "Book 4/10 Film 10/10"
    What would have made Jaws better?

    The book was far less enjoyable than the film. After all, the title "Jaws" does suggest something out of the ordinary. Far too much time was spent on the relationships between characters, Ellen Brody taking centre stage in an almost gratuitously sordid and fairly unbelievable chapter! The supposed main character, the shark , seemed to be offered up as a sideline to the plot. Very little by way of suspense was evident within the pages. The book offered up the idea, The film took the idea and created a masterpiece.


    What could Peter Benchley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author could have concentrated on the title character! He really should have called the book, Ellen Brody! Spent far too much time on her character. Not enough on Quint.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Steele?

    Erik Steele was actually very good. We all have our favourites I suppose, and with that in mind I would have loved to hear Sir Anthony Hopkins tell the tale. He would probably make anything sound good! Doubt he was available though!


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was just NOT for me. I dare say others may love it. It's all about different tastes. Peter Benchley, in my opinion, certainly benefited from a great film. I believe the film to be the true classic in terms of content and excitement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    10/8/15
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    "Jaws forever"

    It was interesting to learn more about the characters and motives behind the story and how different the book is from the Movie. Jaws is a wonderful twisted Moby Dick, man versus beast story.
    Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    5/16/15
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    "Durrrrrr duh. Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr duh."
    What three words best describe Erik Steele’s voice?

    Average narration voice


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    It is. And I have... About 20 times by now considering it's age.


    Any additional comments?

    The book just isn't the same without the famous theme music. You hear it in your head as the shark scenes play out but the book has considerably less suspense and spooky parts than Jaws the movie and it's high on impossible to not compare the two as the recording progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    3/24/15
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    "WOWSERS"

    Not a spoiler alert as such but SO different from the movie

    Not saying its better or worse, just different

    Definately worth a listen, I really enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SithLord
    3/23/15
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    "Jawsome"

    A great story,different enough from the film to appreciate it on its own merits. Brody is a lot darker and troubled, with the character of Ellen is more fleshed out and 3 dimensional.

    Oh yeah,there's a huge killer fish too! High recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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