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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: April 7, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00262UAMI
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Talk about sharkbite. Ouch!
Making matters worse is that the book is very different from the movie, in many minor and a few major respects. People reading "Jaws" after seeing the movie may scratch their heads seeing the character Richard Dreyfuss played in the movie having a fling with Roy Scheider's wife, or how differently the final confrontation on the "Orca" turns out.
Steven Speilberg definitely improved upon it, but "Jaws" is still a good book, at times very much so. If you can set aside your memory of the movie and try to read this with fresh eyes, you will find yourself enjoying the book, and perhaps even feel, as I do, a little grateful it isn't just a novelization of what was on screen.
Speilberg had the best take on "Jaws" the novel when he said the characters in it are so unlikable he pulled for the shark. I think Benchley wanted exactly that effect. If so, he succeeds. The central character in the novel as in the film, Chief Brody, is lunkheaded if sympathetic. His wife, Ellen, feels shackled not because of the feminist urges then roiling the social scene but because she's a rich girl who married down and now has regrets about the Hampton cocktail soirees she passed up. The citizens of the town, named Amity perhaps ironically, are so cold-blooded they want the beaches kept open, shark or no, because otherwise they lose their summer trade. The mayor is in with the Mob.Read more ›
I agree with others who pooh-pooh this book for the cheap, soap opera-ish romance between Cooper and Brody's wife; even back then, this wasn't particularly well done, nor did it serve to advance the plot. That's why it was completely removed from the film version, so the movie could focus completely on how do we deal with the menacing shark.
Still, Jaws was and always be one of the great thrillers of all time - both as a book and a movie. Peter Benchely was a master who, ironically, ended up dedicating his life to shark preservation after villifying them with this book. How sad to learn of his passing earlier this year. But everyone should read Jaws! Book lovers and movie lovers alike; it gives us all a great sense of where the truly great stories come from.
Searls, being an intelligent writer, makes a sincere and commenable effort to, once again, create more than just a movie script in the book form. He takes us inside the heads of the characters and creates motives for their actions. He even creates a plausible (albeit supernatural) reason for the shark to only want to attack members of the Brody family. In an interesting twist Searls uses segments from his novel version of Jaws 2 for Ellen Brody's memories of Sean's childhood at his funeral, in the film they were scenes for the original Jaws (events of Jaws 2 are never mention and references to the shark are singular, apparently the two preceeding sequels never happened). I recommend reading this book as an original novel and skipping the movie, unless you like subjecting yourself to pathetic Hollywood misfires.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book as soon as it came to kindle. I read it when I was young before seeing the movie as I was only 10 when jaws came out. Read morePublished 4 days ago by robert theriault
It's a reasonably good read. Some of the characters are rather interesting, and the plot is decent. This book felt more like a timekiller than any sort of experience, but it's not... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Shawna Lee Searles
Made the mistake of seeing the movie (several times) before reading the book.....Movie is if nothing else hundred times better then the book.... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you are looking for a literary version of the movie than you will be a little disappointed. It follows the same basic plot but as in all books with movies it has a lot more... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rapscallion
Great book. A few plot changes from the movie but overall very good.Published 1 month ago by Eric Thornton
It was awesome. Reliving the first movie that ever scared me and made me afraid to go in the water.Published 1 month ago by Victoria M Strina