Shark Trouble

Version: Unabridged
Author: Peter Benchley
Narrator: Peter Benchley
Genres: Science & Technology, Animals & Nature, Biology & Chemistry
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: June 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 15 minutes
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Drawing on more than three decades of experience writing about sharks and other marine animals, the bestselling author of Jaws combines high adventure with practical information in 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, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly, I think, because people are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.”

Benchley describes the many types of sharks (including the ones that pose a genuine threat to man), 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, bestselling 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, how they behave, how they support themselves, and how they perceive us. 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 read Shark Trouble.

Reviews (3)

Shark trouble

Written by Old Dan Tucker on March 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I thought it would be great but it turned out to be no more the enviromental fluff. Seems the author thinks sharks are more noble then humans. I like sharks and enjoy watching them and learning about them but they are just fish. Always refering to the low numbers of shark attacks on humans as if that mattered more then the countless people who are injuried each year by the sharks. Yes we take a risk going in the ocean but I would trade the life of every shark in the ocean to have my leg back if I lost it to a shark and so would this self righteous left wing nut.

Shark Trouble

Written by Anonymous on July 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed listening to this book on my way to and from work each day it only took a few days for me to finish b/c I didn't want to get out of the car. It was very informative and had great stories as well. I didn't realize until I started listening to it that it was written by the guy that wrote 'Jaws' which of course later inspired the well known Universal Studios movie. Having a great respect for nature and all those that are a part of it, I found it especially interesting to learn how the shark fits into it all and it's role in keeping nature perfectly balanced. Great read!


Written by Anonymous on October 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you like sharks and other sea creatures, this book is for you. Many interesting facts and some funny stories told by Peter Benchley. A good read!

Author Details

Author Details

Benchley, Peter

Peter Benchley is the bestselling author of "Jaws, The Deep," and "Beast," among others. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.