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The Dinosaur Four

Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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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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a good way to zone out

I found this entertaining and enjoyable to listen to altough i was concerned about the narration as I've listened to other books narrated by him and they were awful but i actually enjoyed him doing this book.

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  • Lilyn G.
  • 23-02-2018

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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  • mavrick
  • 30-08-2017

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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  • Zach Kirkland
  • 17-11-2018

Exactly what you need to decompress

Decided to buy this audiobook after seeing the impressive presence of the author on Reddit. He is always very kind and supportive and always has great suggestions for which audiobook to listen to next. so, I decided to give his own book a shot. And wow! This was a very pleasant surprise. The author himself describes the book as a popcorn-movie-style book, in the sense that it is easy to read and not think too much about. That's pretty much how I experienced it and I couldn't be happier for it. This is the perfect book for a day trip, a long flight, or just a lazy afternoon. The story is engaging, interesting, and there are a few twists and turns that aren't readily apparent. If you have a spare credit lying around, I would highly suggest checking this book out. The narrator also takes the quality of the audiobook up several notches. Nick Podehl is a wonderful narrator and does the story justice by modulating his voice, adding sound effects, and narrating with the appropriate gusto for the campy, B-Movie style story! The author has done a very good job at creating an interesting story that keeps you entertained the entire way.

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  • Striker
  • 21-04-2016

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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  • Justin
  • 02-11-2018

It's a good book

Okay, so this book is actually pretty good. The animal behavior is decent and understandable (unlike many dino stories, like Flipside, where dinosaurs are mindless automatons who think of nothing but consuming human flesh), and not TOO far removed from paleontological possibilities. The characters are good enough to root for (or against, in the case of the villain). The plot developments are good and follow a logical course, people act like people, dinosaurs act like animals... it's just a good book about dinosaurs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2020

A fun fast read

The story was fast-paced and enjoyable. It's not high literature, but if you want a good solid adventure with lots of human vs. dinosaur action, you are in the right place. It's a little gritty, so be warned. The narrator is terrific.

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  • JollyGreenGoblin
  • 23-04-2020

Fast Paced and Fun Ride

I normally gravitate toward zombies or monsters when it comes to survival horror, but I found this story just as engaging. The action kicks off almost immediately and continues that speed throughout. I would definitely check out other works by this author. This is also the first book I’ve heard performed by Nick Podehl. He did a fantastic job and I’d definitely pick up other books he narrates.

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  • Texas John
  • 13-11-2019

Interesting story, excessive profanity

The story started well and provided good thought but way too much profanity. And, the ending felt rushed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2018

Dino Romp

This was a fun book I saw the author recommending some great audio books on a reddit thread and really liked their taste so thought I’d give it a go. Glad I did. Time travel, dinosaurs and a good handful of love to hate characters. The action starts right away and it was really easy to visualise at a Syfy film. Excellent narrator too. Have already recommended it to someone that finds audio books hard to get into and they’re loving it.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 03-04-2018

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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  • Miss Ruth
  • 03-02-2020

Thoroughly enjoyed this, credit well spent.

It isn't a who dunnit, it's a who is going to not die book with some dinosaurs and i really enjoyed it, especially as I've had some highly rated books recently that have bored me to tears. This is something very different.. Within a few minutes the plot starts (I was surprised how quickly) no dithering about and it doesn't stop. I finished this in two days, it's one of those that I didn't want to stop listening to. There were no dull bits, I just really wanted to know what happens. It isn't going to be to everyone's taste though...!

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  • H. Fosdike
  • 26-08-2018

Fine

This book focuses on a group of people residing in a cafe who are sent back in time to the Jurassic period. How does this happen? You'll have to find out. Who will survive? Four of the ten, presumably. It's quite a quick listen and although the story is quite straightforward (try and survive and get back to the future), the characters are varied enough to keep things interesting throughout. I can't admit to following exactly who was who at times, the deaths were sometimes a tad too over described considering the tone of the rest of the book and the villain was a bit too 'evil' for my tastes at times but it was a solid yarn and if you are looking for a time travel dinosaur book then this is a solid addition to that particular genre. There are definitely better books out there but if you can get it for a cheap price then it's a fine listen.

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  • Jeff
  • 06-06-2018

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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  • Tony Bough
  • 06-01-2016

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.

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