From the Publisher
“A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror [that] makes us tingle.”—The Washington Post
“Powerful . . . [Benchley’s] story grabs you at once.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Relentless terror . . . You’d better steel yourself for this one. It isn’t a tale for the faint of heart.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Pure engrossment from the very opening . . . a fine story told with style, class, and a splendid feeling for suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times
Benchley's novel, while better known as the source material for Steven Spielberg's classic movie, has earned its own stripes as a small gem of suspense fiction. With another summer fast approaching, audio listeners may be interested in revisiting the town of Amity, Long Island, and getting back in the water. Erik Steele, a theater and film actor, chomps into Benchley's raw prose with appetite, enjoying every bite of gore and social observation. Making ample use of well-placed pauses and silences, Steele amplifies not only the suspense, but Benchley's surprisingly well-honed characterizations. The experience, of course, is markedly different from Spielberg's film, offering shocks less visceral and more contemplative. A Random House hardcover. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Library Journal - BookSmack!
While the movie version of this story dominates, Benchley's tale of a shark that stalks the shores of Amity Island gains new life in the nuanced reading by Erik Steele. While it's a good bet to suggest either the book or the movie to fans of Beck, as both Benchley's novel and Spielberg's film provide similar thrills to Beneath the Dark Ice, try the audio for a new slant. In particular, characters come to life in interesting ways, with voices undercut with fear and dialog delivered in a different rhythm. The pacing, too, is altered just enough to create a new experience. Steele's reading makes this classic beast-tale new again. Fans of Benchley can be pointed to Beast as well because it makes a nice companion to Beck. — Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads," Booksmack! 1/6/11