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.
"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.
I received this book for free via Reddit in exchange for a review. It is A great trip back to the time of dinosaurs. When I stopped trying to compare it to Jurassic Park and letting it stand on its own it grew much more enjoyable for me. The author does a good job with the flow and pacing of the novel and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the work to life. Definitely recommend to anyone who love time travel and dinosaurs.
"An Interesting take on Time Travel"
I've had this book on my wishlist for awhile and I finally was able to listen to it. While nowhere near the same level as say, Jurassic Park. The Dinosaur Four was a very fun listen.
What started out as a typically Denver morning for 10 people, quickly turned into stuff of nightmares.
I really didn't know what I was expecting going in, but it was a pretty enjoyable experience. It was nice to see the dinosaurs have a more updated looked due to all the new information we have about dinosaurs. My only one complaint is that I guess the book/movie Jurassic Park does not exist in this universe. As some of the actions the characters take, would not be the case IF they had seen (or read) the story.
The time travel mechanics were also a different take and refreshing. All and all I think Geoff Jones took some time to do a good bit of research for his story, and I think it shows. Yes some of the characters were one-dimensional/stereotypical and made stupid mistakes, but at the some time. You can't blame them either.
So in the end, if you have 8 hours to burn on a fun dino filled adventures. I'd do suggest trying this book out.
Full Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.
"Great concept, entertaining story"
I can't remember when 'Jurassic Park' was published, but I believe it's been that long since I read a book that mixed modern-day humans and technology with prehistoric dinosaurs. Nothing against Mr. Crichton, and I'll admit my memory is fuzzy, but I think I enjoyed this story more.
I thought the author had a creative and enjoyable take on the 'Humans meet dinosaurs' trope. Pacing was good, the narrator was excellent, and the story kept me engaged. It was definitely a worthwhile listen.
"Interesting, fun and suspenseful at times"
This is good overall story by a writer that I'm new to but that has a style I like a lot. There was a good bit of comedic relief, plot twists and some interesting ways he tied together some elements of the story that I was very curious to hear.
This book felt a little like "14" by Peter Clines (a little) and that was awesome because I love that book. Just vaguely but it was nice and enjoyable. Totally different stories but the way events were managed to be tied together and such was good in both (in my humble opinion).
Overall, I really enjoyed this and recommend it for lovers of sci-fi. I like how some things were explained and even seemed to make sense to me. Love the author's sense of humor as well.
OK so I had to listen to this twice to get a good opinion of it. the characters are decent but they make a lot of dumb choices and a big chunk of the book had me cringing. fun story tho and the ending was good. I liked the narrator. over all I liked the book. but that one creepy guy was just awful
"Fun, but irritating at times."
I enjoyed this book, but really hated a few of the characters. I get that they're supposed to be unlikable, and as people they're probably more realistic than most fantasy stories. But I just kept hoping certain ones would be eaten by dinosaurs.
I liked everything about this book, the setting, the characters, the pace of the story. Nick Podehl does an awesome job as usual. do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you can't go wrong with time travel and dinosaurs.
fast paced but descriptive and vivid. An R rated Jurassic park with less technical jargon
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