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I'm a little at odds with myself in regards to this book. It was definitely entertaining enough to keep me attentive, but I wouldn't say that it was anything like a great work of literary genius.
The book starts with the owner of a small coffee shop in Denver. One morning while serving customers, the coffee shop and everyone in it are transported back in time to an era filled with jungles and dinosaurs. I thought the concept was interesting, but a little cheesy.
Most of the story read like Jurassic Park or the Lost World, but not quite as well thought out.
Most of the characters were very predictable, stereotypical, and one-dimensional.
Also, the ending was practically a rip-off from the second Jurassic Park movie...
Narration was top notch, despite the story.
Having said all of that, I did enjoy this book, but probably won't re-listen like I do most of my audiobooks...
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
16 of 20 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed The Dinosaur Four. It was fast-paced, well-written, and kept me engaged from beginning to end. I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting when I agreed to review The Dinosaur Four. I just knew the cover was awesome, and I liked the idea of a random group of people getting transported to the past. I was a little bit wary about the time travel aspect, but considering they were going back to the dinosaurs, I didn't think much could go wrong. (I have nothing against time travel in stories, I just don't like it when the book turns into a history lesson.)
By the time I'd been listening to the book for an hour or so, I was just hoping for lots and lots of people getting turned into dino-snacks. I knew it had to happen, considering we start with twelve, but the title is The Dinosaur FOUR. I'm happy to report that there were, indeed, several instances of people getting turned into dino-snacks. The first death is the best one, I think, though. Just because of the method (non-snacking) of death, and who it happened to.
The collection of characters that get sent back to the Cretaceous was pretty fun. I was pleasantly surprised by the assortment. My favorite one was probably the delivery guy. I found myself rooting for him to live straight from the beginning. Kudos to Geoff Jones for writing a positive African American male into the story. The tease about "one member plots to keep them all in the past" had me giving most of the characters the figurative stink-eye in the beginning. As soon as it became clear who it was, I promptly spent the rest of the book hoping that character died in the most horrific way possible. And while I didn't exactly get the most goriest of satisfactions, I have to say the way that one gets what's coming to him was absolutely perfect and utterly evil.
The Dinosaur Four was an entertaining story in it's own right, but Nick Podehl's narration greatly enhanced it. The audio version was a blast to listen to. Podehl isn't afraid to make a fool of himself with sound effects, and I found myself laughing with delight on a few occasions because of this. Overall, this was a fantastic audiobook to listen to, a great story to experience. Just a general, all-round nicely executed piece of entertainment. If you like dinosaur-themed action that doesn't take itself too seriously, I definitely recommend giving The Dinosaur Four a try.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Where does The Dinosaur Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Wow. I've not particularly read A dingo book like this before. I've seen the Jurassic park movies and the old lost world type stories but this really got me. How long would you survive if you were zapped from your local coffee shop to the time of the dinosaurs? A great book that I couldn't stop listening too.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the premise. The characters and their interactions are great but I really enjoyed the story.
What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I thought the narration was great adding tension and pace in all of the right places. The characters are also well drawn out. Nicely done!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
If I was to bring anything our from the story without spooling it I'd say that the story itself is good and that the description of the environment and the prehistoric creatures that inhabit it is really well done.
Any additional comments?
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