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After three decades, Benchley is still talking about sharks.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The man who wrote Jaws in 1974 and White Shark 20 yearslater is not merely a wily storyteller playing on our fears ofmonsters from the deep but, rather, a knowledgeable and intrepid diverand a passionate advocate for the preservation of ocean life. Inaddition to writing his best-selling, movie-compatible novels,Benchley has also reported for National Geographic and the NewYork Times and written and hosted television documentaries, and hedraws on both his research and risky but revelatory ocean experiencesto create a suspenseful and resonantly informative overview of thelives of sharks and other amazing creatures who dwell in the nowworrisomely overfished seas. Benchley begins by gently mocking thehysteria of both the media and the public over shark attacks duringthe summer of 2001. Not only was the number of tragic run-ins betweenhumans and sharks normal, Benchley writes, the truth of the matter isthat "for every human being killed by a shark, roughly ten millionsharks are killed by humans." Handy with statistics and quick to cracka joke with himself as the target, Benchley offers riveting accountsof his and his family's up close and personal encounters with sharks,a gigantic manta ray, a friendly killer whale, barracuda, and sundryother wild creatures. These vivid moments inspire clarion tributes tothe wonder of the entire marine ecosystem, and a no-nonsense warningabout the disastrous consequences of continued assaults against "theworld's largest primal wilderness." It's a boon to have a writer withsuch tremendous name recognition speak up for nature. Donna Seaman
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I really enjoyed this audio book. In it, Peter Benchely recounts his adventures in the seas interspersed with factual information on sharks and other sea creatures. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Kristine S. Woeckener
Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, pens a non-fiction book setting the record straight on shark behavior. It sounds like a great idea and it is, but the execution is horrible. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Keith E. Stetson
Peter Benchley seeks to atone for his unparalleled contribution to shark hysteria in Shark Trouble, a much more factual account of the Shark than his earlier works. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Nick Nalepa
Peter Benchley makes a good, light, and accomplished reading of his own book. This is easily accessible and not bogged down with science, though depending on what you want, that... Read morePublished on April 15 2003
Most of my family and friends love to tease me about the fact my all-time favorite movie is "Jaws," based on a book by the author of this book, Peter Benchley. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002 by Meg Brunner
I'm an avid Benchley reader and this book wasn't a disappointment as a whole. My only complaints are that 1) it's too short! Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by Rob
Peter Benchley's "Shark Trouble" is a pretty flimsy non-fiction book. The author of "Jaws," who became a hugely successful by using a shark to scare the wits... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by Brian D. Rubendall
I highly recommend this book for anyone who swims in the ocean, parents of children who will swim in the ocean (even for those who simply wade in) and for anyone who has trouble... Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by Matthew Munyon