The Devil's Teeth

  • by Susan Casey
  • Narrated by Kimberly Farr
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Travel 30 miles north, south, or east of San Francisco city hall and you'll be engulfed in a landscape of thick traffic, fast enterprise, and $6 cappuccinos. Venture 30 miles due west, however, and you will find yourself on what is virtually another planet: a spooky cluster of rocky islands called the Farallones. Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping 18 feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast. That so many of these magnificent and elusive animals lived in the 415 area code, crisscrossing each other under the surface like jets stacked in a holding pattern, seemed stunningly improbable and irresistible. Casey knew she had to see them for herself. Within a matter of months she was in a 17-foot Boston Whaler, being hoisted up a cliff to face onto the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island, part of the group known to 19th-century sailors as the "Devil's Teeth". There she joined the two biologists who study the sharks, bunking down in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 120-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Less than 48 hours later she had her first encounter with the famous, terrifying jaws and was instantly hooked. Curiosity yielded to obsession, and when the opportunity arose to return for a longer stay she jumped at it. But as Casey readied herself for shark season, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands. The Devil's Teeth offers a rare glimpse into the lives of nature's most mysterious predators, and of those who follow them. Here is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.

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Romance novel + diary + shark?

If you can stand the reader's voice for the whole book, then you may like something in here.
Her voice is the one from Ender's Game. Completely nonplused by anything. Very monotone.
Someone with a bit more energy would have made it a little better.... a little.
Things that annoyed me:
1) The adoration of the the two guys who run the unit at the Farallone Islands.
The guys are Gods in her eyes, and know Alll.....

2)The descriptions of everything are overly flowery. WAY, over flowery

3) After all the bashing, on Yuppies who pay money to see the sharks, are we then supposed to sympathize with her for sneaking, or bending/ breaking rules to go look at sharks she has no more right to see, then anyone else?

4)After spending a chapter on how many boat wrecks, and how treacherous the water, and the weather, is around the islands, and how many people have died: She rents a boat, to go out there without the slightest idea of how to do anything on a boat. Plans to stay for 5 weeks, and says "How hard could it Be?" ... well, you just TOLD Us, how hard!

5)Also the word "shark" is used in this book, more to grab your interest, then anything else. There is a lot about birds, and the islands, and boating, and ghosts, and about weather, and eating, and her dreams, and fears. I think there are about 6 sentences per chapter, about sharks, or use the word "shark" in it (as in: "You see over there, where there would normally be shark attacks? That is where the sea lions mate. The sea lion...bla bla bla"). I feel it was a publisher's judgment to put the word "shark" in the title, to get people to notice the book. I doubt people would buy this book, if they thought it was just a book about the islands. It's like telling the history of the music, then calling the book "Elvis. The king of Rock".
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- Brian Dowrick

a bit overblown

The biology was really interesting. But the multiple mistakes describing optics (It was halos not spectre of the brocken) make me wonder how accurate the rest of it was.
She tends to put down suburban life a lot, but then compares the natural world to suburban objects. Very annoying.
And she exagerates her hardships. If she really thinks that the farallons has the worst weather in the world, she should spend February in Greenland.
But I'm glad I read it for the sharks and descriptions.
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- Bill Maney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape