Shark Trouble

  • by Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by Peter Benchley
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Master storyteller Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea."Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage," Benchley writes, "mostly because people are simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations."Benchley describes the many types of sharks, what is and isn't known about shark behavior, the odds against an attack and how to reduce them even further - all reinforced with the lessons he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered while producing television documentaries, best selling novels, and articles about the sea and its inhabitants. He tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to read the tides and currents, what behavior to avoid, and how to survive when danger suddenly strikes. He discusses how to tell children about sharks and the sea and how to develop, in young and old alike, a healthy respect for the ocean.As Benchley says, "The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that's precisely how we approach the oceans." No longer. Not after you've heard Shark Trouble.


What the Critics Say

"A suspenseful and resonantly informative overview of the lives of sharks and other amazing creatures who dwell in the now worrisomely overfished seas." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Author Trouble

When I selected this book I was expecting the content to be about acctual shark trouble. Only about half the book was about sharks. The author goes on and on about how stupid humans are (polluting the oceans, provocing animals into attacking them, and ((gasp, how dare they)) thinking they are special) and how grand and wonderous is the ocean and all of its beautiful, life-giving creatures. Look, I know that shark attacks are acctually quite rare, but I was looking for some good stories about real life shark attacks, not a lesson on the dangers of over-fishing. This book is informative, but it is not about sharks. It is about the ocean in general. It should be called "Humans are bad (except for me, the author) and the ocean is good."
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- Scott

Not bad! Pretty interesting stuff!!

Short and Sweet.... And really Scary!!! Famous author of Jaws tells us what he knows about sharks, and what we should know about the ocean. It's quite edifying. I was surprised how much experience he had diving. Although he tries to make the ocean safer by imparting very important safety tips, I came away with sheer horror that I ever swam in the sea! After listening to this book, I realized how scary and wild the ocean really is.

Now perhaps I'm being slightly melodramatic. Ignorance is bliss. I realized that I had been doing many of the worst and most dangerous behaviors! I seriously will not be swimming in water beyond my feet anytime soon. :) (I'm kidding...mostly)

Seriously, this book is really important for anyone who loves ocean, especially for anyone with children!! I have always loved the sea and am a strong swimmer, but I was ignorant to much of what the author explains in the book. Human instinct is not enough when swimming the oceans.

Highly recommended.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio