Close to Shore
- Narrated by: Len Cariou
- Length: 6 hrs
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-02-01
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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Scrupulously researched and superbly written, Close to Shore brings to life a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history. Masterfully written and suffused with fascinating period detail and insights into the science and behavior of sharks, Close to Shore recounts a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history with startling immediacy.
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By David on 07-28-03
Captivating and Riveting
Subject Matter: A compelling story rich in detail and historical perspective. The retelling builds slowly as the author first details the socio-economic background of the period. The accounts of the attacks are dramatic with a "you are there" feel. Although this is a documented historical event, there is most certainly some literary embellishment, as the author was obviously not a witness. A captivating story written and read well, none the less. The terror of the events is amplified by the intimate examination of the personalities involved, both the victims and the pursuers. Once the shark enters the creek you will be hard pressed to turn your player off!
Narrator: Len Cariou - Excellent; the perfect commanding voice for a story such as this.
Audio Quality: Reviewed-Format 4 Excellent, distortion-free with consistent sound levels
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Jon on 12-23-06
Overall: Worth it
I suppose if I had to fill a book with a story based on five shark attacks, I would be forced to include too much irrelevant background information too. I got this book for the same reason I think most people would. I want to hear about the shark. I thought there was just too much detail about the people, families and businesses of the era, and not enough about the shark and its horrific attacks on swimmers. What there was about the shark did meet my expectations, and the story kept moving, holding my interest all the way through.
Definitely not a spellbinding, on-the-edge-of-your-seat story, but well worth the listen. More so if you are curious about a sort of folk tale that Jaws was based on, but not if you are expecting any sort of scientific account of what went on.
The audio quality was great. The narration was well done, and the sound was clean.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful