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Summary

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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Very entertaining

At first I thought this is a bit strange, but soon you get to know the characters and feel their emotions and picture in my mind what they could see and hear.

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A kick-ass dinosaur thriller!

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?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • Lilyn G.
  • 23-02-18

Dinos, Baristas, and Coffee Addicts, Oh My!

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.

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  • Striker
  • 21-04-16

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.

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  • mavrick
  • 30-08-17

Good story, but some parts were akward and cringy

the overall story was pretty good. the only criticism i have is the constant talk of a cetain characters erection and urges. it was completely out of place and random from the whole story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-18

Team Buddy

Loved this. Finally a good action packed creature feature. The added human drama written in was deliciousy wicked. Really hoping for more from Jones

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  • Fran
  • 30-04-18

Unusual time travel to our prehistoric period. Great world and character development.

Several people and parts of a building with a cafe are sent into the time of the dinosaurs. They have to work together to try to figure how to stay alive and hopefully learn how to return to the future. The dinosaurs are ruthless, food for the travelers is scarce and some of their fellow travelers are not to be trusted. I listened to the narration which was very good.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 03-04-18

Action, twists and great characters

This audiobook was surprisingly good. An experiment gone wrong transports an unlikely group of people back to the time of dinosaurs and they have to figure out how to get back to their own time while at the same time avoiding the many dangers they encounter. It is the characters/relationships in this story rather than the plot (although that was good too) that makes this story enjoyable. The twists in the personalities and plot, as well as the realistic reactions keep you entertained. The narrator did a really good job of giving the characters individual personalities and with the male and female voices. His pace fit the story just write and really drew you into the story. This was an enjoyable, interesting story with twists, action and great characters.

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  • Brian
  • 25-02-18

A Fun and Distracting Fiction Story

This was one of those books that sat on my TBR pile for a while before I gave it a shot and now I'm a little sad that I waited this long. It was a really entertaining read.

The story follows a group of people who were transported back in time to the age of Dinos. They have to figure out what the heck happened to them and how to get back home in one non-eaten piece.

Sometimes you need a book that is just total fiction to take your mind off of everything that is going on around you. This was definitely that book. It reminded me a bit of an old TV show that I watched where they were just randomly driving on a road and they "fell" into the past in the age of Dinos. This was similar where it was obviously strong fiction but just so darn enjoyable.

Definitely an action-packed fictional tale with pretty strong character building (anytime you can write a good character this isn't super likable to start always gets my attention).

Overall, a good book to distract you in these trying times. Combine that with Podehl's narration and you have a winner.

I was voluntarily provided with a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps.

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  • The Zombie Specialist
  • 23-05-17

Good but lacks some bite

Those of you who follow my reviews will know that I have a crazy lust for all things zombies and of course my not so secret man crush on all things Mr Keith C Blackmore. Yes, I know it isn’t normal! You would also know that I don’t often visit outside my zombie genre. But I thought ‘a change is as good as a holiday’ and plunged in and purchased this title along with ‘The Jurassic Dead’.

If you know the title ‘The Jurassic Dead’ then you would know that it involves ‘zombie dinosaurs’ plus other 'extras'. So this title ‘The Dinosaur Four’ would have to be a pretty amazing in every detail or a story so full of wild amazing ideas, or it would be destined for trouble.

I did enjoy the story itself, it just wasn’t long enough or complex enough, or believable! Not that the idea of time travel is believable… I just didn’t find the characters believable or even likeable enough to care.

The time travel idea certainly interest me and did cause me to listen to this one in just over two days. But the time travel thing…. was not enough and left me thinking that it had some glaring problems. For example, if time travel was/is possible the author didn’t really take into factor the location problem… Lets say the cafe moved 63 million years into the past. The location of the cafe would be totally different. The earths location would be different. But yet the story focused on the time and location of the cafe without taking in consideration the earth’s location in relevance to the universe. You will see when you listen to the story why the location is such a big deal. I know this may seem strange, but it seems stranger not to address some of the most common problems like this in a title which is based around time travel.

OK with all of those comments out of the way. I still got my eight hours of entertainment out of the story. Which is never something to just pass over! It must be acknowledged that this is a good story. It is just not a story I think I would rate highly when compared to some of it’s competition.

On the narration side of things the narration was pretty good, I had no complaints, I had to chuckle a couple of times when the narrator made the dinosaur noises! The speed was slow, but honestly I find all the current narrators are a tad slow. I turned this one up to 1.25 speed. Actually I think this helped the story line, it seemed to increase the tension of the story.

I personally would have no problem buying another title written by Geoff Jones or narrated by Nick Podehl. But I would prefer to wait until the title was on the ‘specials’ list.
I really hope I don’t sound like I am ripping this one apart, because like I said I did enjoy it. The problem is it has some stiff competition.

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  • Larry
  • 04-07-16

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.

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 02-05-16

Starts off as pathetic, but ends strongly enough.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Most of the beginning and middle was so shallow it was boring. The plot is simple: a cafe and the people within it are sent to the past and must avoid being killed by dinosaurs. As a survival thriller, this basic idea for a plot is okay as long as your cast of written characters is strong. Thus the characters and the writing are the real problem here. The characters make bone headed decisions, are supremely one dimensional with one to maybe two personality traits, and are basically predictable stereotypes.

What was most disappointing about Geoff Jones’s story?

The shallow characters and simple plot. Good narrator or no, the story was just too amateur.

Which scene was your favorite?

The insane time traveling chase scene the last twenty minutes.

Was The Dinosaur Four worth the listening time?

Not really. The only good part is the very end. Was it worth the 7 1/2hours to get there? Probably not.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful