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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!
26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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!
14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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!!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Great story, never get bored of it even better than the film.
Good performance , David
5 of 5 people found this review helpful