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Real story of natural history. And personal endurance of a lady in love with the whole Farallon Island experience. So jealous!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed this very much, Bought it for a car journey with my Daughter who is shark mad. A 6 hour journey flew by as we listened to this gripping account of The White sharks that visit the Farallon Island. This is more than just a book about White sharks but also fills in some interesting History of life and nature on these islands. Fully recommend this audio book.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you can stand the reader's voice for the whole book, then you may like something in here.
Her voice is the one from Ender's Game. Completely nonplused by anything. Very monotone.
Someone with a bit more energy would have made it a little better.... a little.
Things that annoyed me:
1) The adoration of the the two guys who run the unit at the Farallone Islands.
The guys are Gods in her eyes, and know Alll.....
2)The descriptions of everything are overly flowery. WAY, over flowery
3) After all the bashing, on Yuppies who pay money to see the sharks, are we then supposed to sympathize with her for sneaking, or bending/ breaking rules to go look at sharks she has no more right to see, then anyone else?
4)After spending a chapter on how many boat wrecks, and how treacherous the water, and the weather, is around the islands, and how many people have died: She rents a boat, to go out there without the slightest idea of how to do anything on a boat. Plans to stay for 5 weeks, and says "How hard could it Be?" ... well, you just TOLD Us, how hard!
5)Also the word "shark" is used in this book, more to grab your interest, then anything else. There is a lot about birds, and the islands, and boating, and ghosts, and about weather, and eating, and her dreams, and fears. I think there are about 6 sentences per chapter, about sharks, or use the word "shark" in it (as in: "You see over there, where there would normally be shark attacks? That is where the sea lions mate. The sea lion...bla bla bla"). I feel it was a publisher's judgment to put the word "shark" in the title, to get people to notice the book. I doubt people would buy this book, if they thought it was just a book about the islands. It's like telling the history of the music, then calling the book "Elvis. The king of Rock".
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
The biology was really interesting. But the multiple mistakes describing optics (It was halos not spectre of the brocken) make me wonder how accurate the rest of it was.
She tends to put down suburban life a lot, but then compares the natural world to suburban objects. Very annoying.
And she exagerates her hardships. If she really thinks that the farallons has the worst weather in the world, she should spend February in Greenland.
But I'm glad I read it for the sharks and descriptions.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful