The Dinosaur Four Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 06, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #136,616 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,831 in Adventure Science Fiction
#4,910 in Horror Fiction
#10,374 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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The book would have been much better without this language. It was not necessary. You say well people talk that way. Not all people. What could have been a five star book fell to the bottom for me.
I will give the author credit, he did a good job portraying the prehistoric creatures with modern science (as of the publishing of the book), including a feathered T. rex and Triceratops with quills. He makes a few assumptions about dinosaur behavior that have no scientific basis, but we're talking about animals that have been extinct for millions of years, so that's forgivable. The pacing of the book, for the most part, is pretty solid. The character dynamics unfold naturally, and though it's somewhat predictable, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. The level of description isn't always the most artful, but it's not so amateurish that I wanted to stop reading.
Unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros in this book. The story lacks a balanced view of the characters. There's a lot of POV jumping, which is fine, but it's uneven and sometimes jarring. We learn a ton about how Callie the psychiatrist, William the father, and Al the IT guy all view the world, but we get almost nothing from the perspective of Morgan the immature goofball despite his constant presence. The book is also hyper-violent, taking gore to gratuitous levels that will surely limit the age of its audience.
Forgive this one direct spoiler, but the book explicitly states how William is a single father of two boys, and yet he gets eaten by a T. rex. Not only is this a huge bummer, but it's callous when you think about how the book ends. Speaking of which, the biggest problem with this book is when it moves into the big finale. The narrative is suddenly rushed and convoluted. It abruptly focuses on just one character while several others are practically left in the background. I wanted to see how the villain FEELS in defeat after an entire novel of watching this person plot and scheme, but instead the story ends that arc with no fanfare whatsoever. And when the dust settles, the circumstances leave A LOT of questions about what will happen to the characters, the time traveling technology, and so on. But, the book just stops without any real falling action. It was frustrating after watching the characters fight their way through a prehistoric hell. I could be wrong, but it comes off as if the author was in a hurry to finish the book and didn't seriously edit the latter portion later.
On top of all that, there are multiple typos where periods or quotation marks are missing. Also, the correct abbreviation of a scientific species name is capital first name, period, lowercase second name. So, Tyrannosaurus rex would be "T. rex", not the common "T-rex". When you see a typo in a book published through a company, that's on the publisher and the editor. Self-published books on the other hand are all on the writer; they have to look their absolute best in order to stand out, and I'm afraid the typos make this book look unprofessional.
It was worth to read once, but I'm not sure I would go on this adventure with the Dinosaur Four again. The author has great potential, but I recommend he finds an editor and refines his skills.
This book just wasn’t that well written and involved several worn and shallow plot lines, like the guy who wants to sabotage the rescue effort so he can live a jungle life with just himself and a few women. So while many of these books I can read through in a day or two, it was a slog to finish this and I had to force myself to read it through.
Overall, I can’t really recommend this one. Within this genre, there are so many better books, it is fine to skip this one.
Top reviews from other countries
What's great is that it is what it says it is. I like that honesty. You signed up for a B-movie novel, you get a B-movie novel. It is unpretentious, but quite well-written. The plot keeps you going nicely, and chapters finish on page-turning events. The characters have their flaws and hidden motives, so there's plenty of conflict and tension. The point of view does jump around a little bit within chapters, which writing courses teach you is a bit of a no-no. But you know what? It doesn't matter, because it's a B-movie and this guy makes it work.
And the author is absolutely not afraid of killing his characters. The clue is in the title: The Dinosaur Four. There are ten of them at the start, so you 'do the math', as the Americans would say. Well done, Geoff Jones!
What we have here is a novel that combines action, intrigue, and the examination of the human psyche, all tied up in what could easily be a B-movie special. There are obvious comparisons to films like Jurassic Park, but Jones manages to avoid turning The Dinosaur Four into a rehash of these, putting a unique spin on the premise. While the how’s and why’s aren’t given any real detail, what there is more than works within the confines of the story.
While not everyone makes it once the coffee shop is back in the cretaceous period, those that are still around provide plenty of entertainment, and also a good look at human nature when people are thrown into such a stressful situation. Jones manages to keep you guessing as to who will or will not survive the page count, as well as ending the story in a rather unexpected fashion. Recommended.
As always there are heroes and villains in this book, one man tried to derail getting back home to satisfy his own carnal pleasures and even gets someone killed in order to try and stay in the past. However the good overcomes the bad and everything turns out ok in the end. There are numerous adventures beforehand.