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A very interesting story,but, I became very upset as the reader goes too fast and sounds uninterested in the subject. Ruined by the wrong reader! Couldn`t finnish it.
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Like the author, Jurassic Park really inspired me to pay attention to dinosaurs as fascinating animals instead of stop motion monsters, and this book was generally a fun ride through a lot of dinosauria's newest discoveries. A lot of it I already was aware of based on general interest news stories, but the book covered those things in further depth, which was great.
There were two problems with the book, though. First, the author felt the need to completely unnecessarily toss in some political jabs, making him look small and closed-minded (hardly attributes you want in any scientist). I don't have any patience for Creationists, but why go out of your way to attack them, particularly in a way that comes off as an attack on all religion? That carries over to contempt for past generations of scientists who got things wrong, but were working within the paradigms and the technological limitations of their times. A failure to understand why a different scientist may have - in good faith - come to a different conclusion is again the mark of a limited imagination, which limits his own scientific credibility. Sometimes I agreed with him and sometimes I didn't, but in all instances it was distracting, and those little windows of bitterness (that's how they came off) sadly reduced what is otherwise great joy in learning new things.
Second, the author should not have read the book himself. I have no doubt he's passionate about the subject, but his affect was flat, almost bored. There is an irrepressible, child-like joy in learning about dinosaurs, and that didn't come through. There's no shame in hiring professionals to more accurately convey the emotion of one's story, and that would have been an improvement here.
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If you could sum up My Beloved Brontosaurus in three words, what would they be?
Dinosaur Love Letter would probably be the most ap.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I guess the dinosaurs, who doesn't love a good dinosaur? Because if there is anyone, there is clearly something wrong with them.
What does Brian Switek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The passion Brian has for his chosen subject shines on through out the book. It's full of little anecdotes and sound scientific research. Plus, the fact he is reading his own words adds a lot to the experience of the book. You can hear it in his voice is awe and wonderment at these animals of the past. There is also a very enjoyable radio interview at the end of the book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could quite happily listen to this all in one sitting, it isn't very long, but I'm a dinosaur fanatic so it's very easy for me to say that.