Ten strangers trapped in time....
A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.
Time is running out as 10 unlikely companions search for a way home, while one member of the group plots to keep them all trapped in the past.
Who will survive?
This unabridged production of The Dinosaur Four is performed by Nick Podehl, award-winning narrator of the Chaos Walking trilogy and The Kingkiller Chronicles series.
The Dinosaur Four contains violence, profanity, and adult themes.
©2014 Geoff Jones (P)2015 Geoff Jones
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"Decent, But Not Excellent"
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.
I might. It's a long story and great for a road trip.
Al. It's been a couple weeks since I finished but I think his name was Al. He was just creepy but done well by author and narrator.
Same as above. Al
It's too long for one sitting in my world.
The Dinosaur Four is a clever science fiction novel. A small diner is sent into the past with a few patrons inside. The authors detail into the Cretaceous period is what really made the novel for me. He used fine details whether true or not made me believe the story and the animals of the time. Although, I think he knows his stuff. For me believable and probable are what makes a good sci-fi. I have a science background and know enough not to be fooled by knock-off sci-fi. This was the real thing.
He also designed great characters that were individual. I found myself laughing even though the scene was gory because of the characters and their thoughts. Lots of backstabbing going on. Nick Podehl helped to bring out the personalities at the same time has a fab narrator voice.
Overall very entertaining and highly recommended for sci-fi and time-travel fans.
fast paced but descriptive and vivid. An R rated Jurassic park with less technical jargon
Couldn't couldn't stop listening to it had to stay awake all night to finish it fantastic performance by the author and narrator excellent!!!
"Different than I expected, but highly entertaining"
I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but what I got was great. Highly entertaining listen, with diverse and believable characters. The dinosaurs were great. I really enjoyed that they fit the up to date theories about their existence, aside from maybe the hyper-violence, which is to be expected of dinosaurs I guess. Overall it was a great story with excellent narration. It you have any issues with violent ends to characters be aware that this is maybe more graphic than a straightforward time travel story.
This story was fun all the way through. I have to say that it did in fact have faults, but at no point did I feel bored or disinterested.
"Awesome, if yor like Jaws, Jurassic park"
one the best books I've listened to in a long time . I loved it....
"Unique Time Travel Novel"
This audiobook was awesome! It's a very different twist on time travel back to the age of dinosaurs. It has villains, dinosaurs, two hero's and one smart, feisty grandma! Some characters get their comeuppance and deserve it and
Some totally get the shaft.
Excellent narration, I look forward to new audiobooks from this author.
"A fun bit of escapism"
It was only 30 minutes or so into “The Dinosaur 4” that I began to compare this fun audiobook to the various “creature features” available on any given weekend on the SyFy Channel. Whether it is Megladon vs Mecha-Shark or Sharknado, there is an inherent joy to be found in a little escapism mixed with the blood of characters that were too slow to get out of the way of something with rediciously large teeth. Especially so when it is well done within these mainly low-budget movies. Dinosaur 4 compares very favorably to the “Well Done” members of this genre and I could very easily see it as a SyFy movie one day. Dinosaur 4 shares many characteristics of the typical entrée of this genre: small cast of characters, a minimum of different locale changes, stereotypical characters, and (most importantly) predators with big teeth.
This 8 hour audiobook started off with a bang, wasting no time in getting to the action. Within 10 minutes of hitting play, we are back in time and can see the writing on the wall for the first victim. Character development is done on the fly and, while the characters are stereotypical in their motives and actions, it works: we have a dislike for him or her, we are rooting for that one to survive, we have the 70 yr old widow knitting a scarf, and the 20 know-it-all punk and everyone inbetween… in short, like in the creature features, we have the annoying ones who we want to get eaten and we have the brave noble ones who we hope will save the day. We start off with 10 characters and not everyone is gonna make it to the end. And some of the victims and survivors are going to be surprises.
The performance by Nick Podehl was excellent. Mr Podehl has established himself as a new arrival to the Top Tier of professional narrators and he does not disappoint with his skilled narration. He provided unique voices and accents to each character and there was never a question of who was speaking at any given time.
I would not say The Dinosaur 4 is a literary masterpiece, but then again, it isn’t supposed to be. It is simply a well written, fun bit of escapism. I enjoyed it and I think you will also.
I received a copy of The Dinosaur 4 in exchange for a fair and unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookJukebox.
This book was quite entertaining. It was easy to identify with the characters, and I often paused to think about what I would do in the same situation. That being said, after the ending I still have loads of questions. I won't go into those because I wouldn't want to spoil anything, but an epilogue might have been appropriate since there isn't any room for a sequel. Either way, even though I didn't really get a warm and fuzzy, the ending was acceptable, and I thoroughly recommend this book.
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