Peter Benchley was born in New York City in 1940 and is the son of novelist Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of humorist Robert Benchley. He has worked as a reporter for the Washington Post, as associate editor of Newsweek and as a speech-writer for President Johnson. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous magazines, including the New Yorker and National Geographic. Jaws is his first novel.
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 2009 Reed Business Information.