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River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A good read, but surprisingly ordinary

I really love Jeremy Wade's "River Monsters" show on tv. In fact, it's become a bit of a weekly event for me and my three children (14, 11, 8-years old). So I was pretty psyched when I first saw that Wade was taking advantage of a new medium to further explore his very ...
I really love Jeremy Wade's "River Monsters" show on tv. In fact, it's become a bit of a weekly event for me and my three children (14, 11, 8-years old). So I was pretty psyched when I first saw that Wade was taking advantage of a new medium to further explore his very unique world and existence. His book is good, but it's uneven and disappointing relative to the high bar he's set for himself.

What makes Wade's show so special is not actually the fishing itself, but rather the integrated approach of his storytelling that blends mystery, travel, adventure, culture AND THEN fishing. I figured a book would give Wade an opportunity to expand on the elements of his trips that simply can't fit into a short 50+ minute weekly show. Jeremy delivers, but only sometimes and inconsistently. He squeezed 18 chapters into less than 300 pages when he probably should've focused on half as many different tales and expanded further on the experiences surrounding the fishing.

Wade is a strong communicator and I couldn't help but hear his soft English accent and very calm and genuine passion in the writing. He's at his best when he deftly weaves his personal history into his stories. It's hard to remember that Wade lived a very full life before he started to share his experiences on "River Monsters" and he provides some fun insights into his youth and meandering life as a young man...caught between wanting to fish the rest of his life and the reality of needing to live an 'accepted' life.

His best stories contain the same elements that make his best shows: adventure and challenge mixed with genuine cultural flavor from whatever remote area he's exploring. I recommend this read, but keep in mind that it's not all it can be. The best stories are focused on his searches to catch the elusive and dangerous Arapaima of the Amazon and the Goliath Tigerfish in the Congo.

Wade's show on Animal Planet is great television. It starts and ends with great story telling. Unfortunately, he did take full advantage of the more expansive writing medium to delve as deeply into his subjects as I, at least, wish he had.

posted by JGolomb on August 10, 2011

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    The headline freaks me out!

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    Not what it seems.

    I had this book in the soft cover and really liked it. It was full of pictures and subtitles and lots of interesting information. To save space I ordered it on my Nook expecting it to be the exact same book. I was disappointed to find out it did not have any pictures. It was only the written part of the book. If you don't care about the pictures, then I recommend it. If you want the pictures as well, I suggest you buy the actual book.

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