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Jaws

(Jaws #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  117,819 Ratings  ·  2,755 Reviews
Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.

When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the
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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Fawcett (first published May 6th 1973)
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Chris Alexander Yes. Brody's wife and Matt Hooper have an affair. It's utterly pointless and adds nothing to the story.
Yaaresse Then again (referring to previous answer) I and a bunch of my friends read it when we were 10-12 years old. Scared us half to death, which was the…moreThen again (referring to previous answer) I and a bunch of my friends read it when we were 10-12 years old. Scared us half to death, which was the whole point of reading it. As far as I know, none of us were scared for life, needed therapy, or became drug-addled psychopaths. The worst thing that happened was my cousin wouldn't go in the ocean for about two years.

Seriously, censoring kids reading only makes the censored material more attractive to them and them more determined to get their hands on it. (less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, book-to-film
”Duuun dun
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doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo.”


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Has there ever been theme music used in a film more effectively than for the 1975 blockbuster movie Jaws? A movie so powerful that there are legions of people that have refused to go into the water EVER AGAIN after seeing that movie. I’m not a water person. Growing up in the landlocked Midwest I prefer to be able to see the bottom of whatever body of water I happen to be i
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well, I finally decided to read the book after watching the movie a million times growing up. And it's a summery read =) I quite enjoyed it. I wasn't sure it was going to be good, but I was wrong and I just might read the other books.



Here's the thing, just don't go in the water when you know people have been killed by a shark. What the hell is wrong with people?



I wish I could have watched the movie again so I could see how much was different in the book. Some of it I don't think even happened
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Ana
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-reads, animals, crime
My spirit animal is the great white shark. I've loved them for as long as I can remember. To most people, puppies are the epitome of cuteness. To me, it's great white sharks.

How can you look at this face and not go 'aww'

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Sharks are probably the most misunderstood species on Earth.

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They do not need or deserve our fear, they need our love.

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Great whites don't have easy lives. The youngsters are left to fend for themselves right after birth. They are left to discover everything on their own. No k
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Lyn
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book.

First of all Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws is darker and more complicated than Spielberg’s film. And it was a magnificent motion picture, a work of art with few peers and a production that garnered Spielberg his first high accolades. Benchley’s novel, as are most books, almost by artistic default, is more complex, with characterizations that are developed and interconnected, with a group dynamic that is as interesting as the surface story about a man-eating shark that eats a to
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karen
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


"Relentless terror." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

i mean, obviously that’s ridiculous - this book isn’t even remotely scary, but it’s also not as bad as modern people claim. obviously, opinions/schmopinions, and i’m not defending this as a hallmark of great literature or anything, but it has its charms. most of those charms involve how it feels like a pre-outrage time capsule, with its “hysterical” women and its “faggots” staging a nude dance party and the recurring exploits of a “black gardener”
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Julie
Before I burn my copy of Jaws for kindling, to prepare a lovely batch of s'mores for my children on this last week of summer before school begins, I will pause briefly here to give you my review.

Jaws the book inspired Jaws the movie, which inspired my wicked, decades-long crush on Roy Scheider (I was convinced we'd be married someday). The movie also terrorized millions of viewers and inspired fear of the ocean and the unnecessary killings of no-one-will-ever-know-exactly-how-many sharks.

The aut
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RedemptionDenied
3.5 stars - rounded down.

"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."
That line was improvised by Roy Scheider on the day of shooting.

Loved the movie, which is based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. At first, I didn't favour either the movie or the book (which is different to the film), but the further I got into the novel, the less I enjoyed it. So, for me, at least, the movie was definitely superior. I enjoyed reading the book, for the most part - but couldn't get used to some of the ch
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Maddie
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
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My friend Alex said try the book, and I said let me think about it, I made myself a good cup of coffee and decided why not! And I said Alex if I get nightmares I am sending one your way – WELL you are safe *wink*

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This movie is the reason or one of the reasons “I think” where sharks got their bad name from

I cannot recall the whole movie because I watched it years ago I do remember the movie was scary at that point of time, it kept me glued to my seat the sharks scared me, according to me a movie
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

2.5 Stars

“That fish is a beauty. It’s the kind of thing that makes you believe in a god. It shows you what nature can do when she sets her mind to it.”

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I’m getting ready to write a sharky review . . . .

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Alright. Now that THAT is done, let’s get to the sad state of affairs which is my reaction to the novel Jaws. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this review – mainly because I’m bummed out. I was sure I would love this book and
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Nayra.Hassan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
هل المياه آمنة ؟
الأدباء يمرون على البحر🌊 مرور الكرام فلا تبتل اقدامهم..بل لعلهم يذهبون البحر ليغوصوا في أعماق ابطالهم فحسب
اما مع بيتر بينشلي فستتنفس عبق البحر و رائحة اسماكه. .ستحارب معه وحوش القاع و ستهاب فكوك القروش ..و اعتى القراصنة
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🌊في "فكان "ستعرف انك لتهرب من القرش يجب الا تندفع مسرعا السطح ..بل عليك العودة بهدوء للقاع و إثارة الرمال حولك لانها تسد خياشيم القرش تماما

اذن هنا انت مع أدب سيفيدك حتما يوما ما..أدب لا يتعالى على متاعب قد تواجهها في رحلاتك او في حياتك على السواحل

أدب يناقش مخاوفك
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
First I want to thank Steven Spielberg for ruining the fun with swimming in lakes as a child. because of course there could be sharks in lakes...in Sweden. Second, I want to thank him for letting Ellen Brody be a background character in the movie so the movie wasn't ruined by that F*****g bitch.

Jaws is one of my favorite movies. So it's kind of strange it has taken me this long to read the book. I remember that my brother had the book and I was curious about it, but I just never read it. I remem
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Matt
“At first, the woman though she had snagged her leg on a rock or a piece of floating wood. There was no initial pain, only one violent tug on her right leg. She reached down to touch her foot, treading water with her left leg to keep her head up, feeling in the blackness with her left hand. She could not find her foot. She reached higher on her leg, and then she was overcome by a rush of nausea and dizziness. Her groping fingers had found a nub of bone and tattered flesh. She knew that the warm, ...more
Sr3yas
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part about the book was the one time when the Great White Shark leaped from the ocean and shouted: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game!



Okay, that might not have happened.

Jaws tells the story of the people who live in Amity, a small seaside resort town which depends on summer tourists for its income. The town got a comparatively peaceful community, helmed by a gregarious mayor, a working-class police chief and a resourceful editor of the local newspaper. The town is having a hard tim
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Councillor
Who doesn't know the famous Spielberg movie with a shark as the big bad guy who wreaks terror on an entire town, with three men going on a mission to kill the shark before he kills even more people?



Just one year before the release of the movie, Peter Benchley's novel Jaws was published which the movie was adapted from. (Personal confession here: I never watched the movie, so there was nothing I could compare the events in the novel with. I practically went into it blank apart from the knowledge
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Tea Jovanović
I was young (in my teens) and foolish enough to watch the movie based on this book while on vacation on an island... You don't have to ask me if I skipped going to sea for few days... :)
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/24/b...

A whole generation was scared off from swimming in the ocean by the Spielberg film based on this book. Embarrassingly, I have to say my own reaction was even more extreme. It was the early 90s and I must have been about 7 when I watched Jaws for the first time on VHS, and for an entire week I refused baths because I was terrified little great whites were going to pour out of the faucets and eat my face. I was an especial
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
3.5 stars

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Jaws was such a pleasant surprise for me. I always loved the movie, and the novel is so much more than just your average monster book.

I was completely amazed by the characters' depth, and how utterly unlikeable most of them are. Ellen Brody is some sort of modern Emma Bovary, while Harper is a jackass.
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Not to mention the mayor who got involved with the wrong kind of people. And because of that, he is willing to let innocent people die for profit.

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I like the omniscient point of view. Thi
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Paul Nelson
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Jaws or 'the fish' as he prefers to be known is one big ass, mean motherfucking, rip toothed, man eating great white shark whose sole job is to harass the swimmers at Amity beach to the point where no-one dare go in the water and the livelihood of everyone in the town is severely under threat.
 
So what makes him perfectly qualified for this role, well he's got big fucking teeth, swims like a torpedo and has developed a taste for reading swimmers, boats and fishermen. Reading, Woah, autocorrect er
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Brad
Jaws is the tale of a marriage on the edge of failure. Chief Brody, head of the Amity police, is married to Ellen. They've three kids. He's a native of the area; one of the poor boys who spent his days on the beaches while the rich folks came down to vacation from the big cities. She's from one of those big cities, from one of those rich families, and since she married Chief Brody she's been an outsider amongst the natives and outsider amongst the tourists. She belongs nowhere and feels herself ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jaws, Peter Benchley
Jaws is a 1974 novel by American writer Peter Benchley. It tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort town and the voyage of three men trying to kill it. The novel grows out of Benchley's interest in shark attacks after he learned about the exploits of shark fisherman Frank Mundus in 1964. Doubleday commissioned him to write the novel in 1971, a period when Benchley struggled as a freelance journalist.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1997 میلادی
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Andrew Breslin
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing a book that was made into a movie over 30 years ago and which almost everyone has seen already seems a little pointless. On the other hand I don’t need to post a spoiler alert. If you are somehow unaware of the plot of Jaws, then it doesn’t matter if I give it away, because--I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this--you have Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, it’s a shame. There there.

But even if you already know exactly what is going to happen, this is still a thrilling, chilling read. You sh
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Ellen Gail
JAWS



Peter Benchley writes a mediocre, or average at best, shark story that is fondly remembered by most thanks to Stephen Spielberg. The book is okay, mostly sharky fun weighed down by drama at times, but it can't hold a candle to the greatest shark movie ever made.

So. Truth time. As a small child, think four or five years old, I had a very real fear of being eaten by a shark. We didn't live near water. I was too small to swim and I felt totally safe in the tub. No, these sharks were cartoon sha
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Joseph
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I remember reading this back in the mid-70s when the movie came out. I have seen the movies several times since and had forgotten how different the book was from the movie. Brody in the book still seems a bit like Roy Scheider. The others except for Quint seem to be very different. The shark is the main character in the film but in the book, it is the complex relationship between island lifer Brody, his (former) socialite wife, and a younger man named Hooper. There are several underlying themes ...more
Mia Nauca
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaws es una de mis películas de terror clásico favoritas así que definitivamente quise leer el libro a penas me enteré que había uno

Había escuchado que la película era muy superior al libro así que no fui con grandes expectativas pero al terminar de leerlo decidí ponerle 5 estrellas porque me encantó de principio a fin

En el libro no se enfocan completamente en el tiburón, como si lo hacen en la película, hay historias secundarias muy interesantes. Se exploran los problemas maritales, las jugadas
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Leo .
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jonathan Janz
I get no pleasure from writing negative reviews. I have no problem with others who rip books to shreds, but maybe because I'm a teacher and see in an author a former child now working tirelessly to pursue a lifelong dream, I feel a little guilty criticizing others too harshly.

So please know that I dread saying this, but...

JAWS isn't a very good book.

I take that back--it's a wildly uneven book. Peter Benchley absolutely nailed the shark attack scenes; I mean that sincerely. The moments leading
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Peter Monn
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down one of my new favorites. So much scarier and in depth am than the film. Check out my full review on my Booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/PeterLikesBooks
Stephen
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit
“Jaws” is my favorite movie of all time. It’s perfect. Quite literally. And while I was perfectly aware that it was based on Benchley’s bestselling novel of the same name, I never brought myself around to reading it. I think it was mostly because I was worried it might change my opinion of the movie, for better or worse. But recently the novel kind of fell into my lap, and it being summer and all, I decided to give it a go. Why not, right?

Having just finished it, I can honestly say this is one o
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Dennis
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1974 Peter Benchley’s ‚Jaws‘ became a major bestseller and also paved the way for the first summer blockbuster in the history of cinema.
Both the novel and the movie scared the hell out of people. And some would never go swimming in the sea ever again.

Unfortunately it also made shark hunting a popular sport and the great white shark nowadays is considered as vulnerable.
It’s up for discussion how much of that is actually down to Benchley’s novel and I don’t really want to get into this. Becaus
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“There's nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That's their instinct. But this fish doesn't run from anything. He doesn't fear.”

I read Jaws when I was teenager, and of course I’d already seen the movie countless times. I remember finding it a dry, dull story that couldn't touch the movie. Based on this year’s re-read, I still find the movie better, but the book has earned new brownie points. When I was younger, some of the intricacies of the marriage subplot
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Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author best known for writing the novel Jaws and co-writing the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation. The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities. The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Benchley is generally acknowledged as th ...more

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