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Publisher's Summary

Because rivers and lakes are commonly turbid and murky, many creatures that live there are invisible to traditional wildlife film-makers. So although many people are familiar with the inhabitants of tropical reefs, and even the deep oceanic trenches, it is the water right under our noses that we know least about. And yet these creatures at the top of the freshwater food chain are every bit as spectacular—and dangerous—as those that prowl the oceans.
Man-eating catfish in the Himalayas, wandering bullsharks in the rivers of Australia, man-sized super-piranhas that snack on the dangling genitals of swimmers in the Congo: these are only a few of the freshwater leviathans Jeremy Wade encounters in River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones That Didn't Get Away, the long-awaited book adaptation of Animal Planet's all-time highest-rated show.
©2011 Jeremy Wade (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 06-10-17

If you like the show, you will really enjoy this

I am a big fan of the television show River Monsters, came across this book and figured I would take a chance - glad I did, it's really good. Mr Wade goes into some background information that was just fascinating - in pursuing his passion he has gone to some of the most dangerous places on earth - contracting malaria at one point, walking away from a plane crash, being arrested as a spy just to name a few. He is a true environmentalist, bringing attention to the alarming decline of life in the earth's river systems. His narration, like on the show, is exceptional because he is able to turn a fishing trip into an interesting history lesson. Well worth the credit.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 07-02-12

If you enjoy River Monsters and Jeremy Wade

Would you consider the audio edition of River Monsters to be better than the print version?

I have the print version of this book as well, and really enjoy hearing it in the author's own voice.

What other book might you compare River Monsters to and why?

In a way it reminds me of Douglas Adams' Last Chance To See, because the author is searching out examples of what often appears to be a dying breed, fish large enough to threaten a man. Because of polution and overfishing, many of these "monsters" have become quite rare.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Wade’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As far as I know this is his first audio-only performance, but as he narates the River Monsters television series his voice is very familiar. He is well spoken and entertaining.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I really enjoy his description of his life, the places he's searched out great fish, and the amazing fish themselves.

Any additional comments?

I would love to hear him narate other books, perhaps some of the books he quotes in his own work - or books by great explorers.

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