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The Modern Scholar Lecture

The Modern Scholar: Behold the Mighty Dinosaur

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Publisher's Summary

Dinosaurs have been a source of fascination ever since their discovery in England early in the 19th century. Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years, far longer than primates. Dinosaurs present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in the Mesozoic Era, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of all dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Although extinct, dinosaurs have never been more a focus of science than they are today.

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©2007 John Kricher; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Melanie Quebec, QC, Canada 03-27-15
    Melanie Quebec, QC, Canada 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Dinos Dinos Dinos!!!"
    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first one I've read from this series, and if the rest are as good as this one, I'll definitely be buying more!


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I actually haven't read any other "real" dinosaur books, so I can't really compare. I've read Dinopedia and others like it, and I loved Jurassic Park, but this was my first dino text book.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, this was my first of his, and I quite enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect, he swallowed and smacked his lips pretty audibly and quite often, but other than that he was clear and engaging.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did, actually! I love dinosaur stuff, but I wasn't sure how I'd like a whole dino text book, but I really loved it. I kept telling my husband so, too. "Man, I love this book!" It even made me laugh a few times, Dr Kricher has a pretty good wit.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, I'd DEFINITELY reccomend this text to anyone even remotely interested in dinosaurs. It was informative without being dry, a great listen (or a great read too, I imagine). I loved it so much that I read it all in just two sittings. I'm sad that Audible doesn't have any more dino texts from Dr K, I'd have scooped them right up! I give it a superb 9.5/10 (the .5 taken away for that lip smacking :-p )

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    Michael 03-28-14
    Michael 03-28-14

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    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, Informative and Entertaining.


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    I had no idea, honestly! I have fairly good grasp of the late Paleolithic up until today. I even have a fair grasp of the big bang to the formation of the solar system, plants and early life. But what about this middle bit. The missing bit. The bit about dinosaurs. Nope had no idea. Out with some cartoon imagery and basic names of dinosaurs from a child I knew nothing. Now I do. It is actually, ironically, the most interesting period, and the bridge.

    I always scoffed at it as a time of some kind of irrelevant giant lizard birds and some crazy safari clad men going about digging up bones (fossils). Oh how wrong was I! It is so much more, it really is, and it is not irrelevant at all.

    So if this is how you ended up here to find out about the mesolithic I can tell you this title is very enlightening while being concise and informative. A real find and contrast to the great courses perfectly practised more intensely academic style. I like that a great deal but this is more what a lecture hall is like actually in the real world. It is a bit more casual, a bit less scripted. Have a listen it will bring back your student days - but this time giant lizard birds are brought to life. ;) Enjoy!

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    Amazon Customer Bedfordview, South Africa 10-26-12
    Amazon Customer Bedfordview, South Africa 10-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    I have never written a review for any of the many audio books I have listened to in the past. However, I felt obligated to write a review for this one as it is the best performance I have ever listened to. Kept me highly entertained throughout. Did not want it to end!


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    SteveB New York, NY 06-03-11
    SteveB New York, NY 06-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    Absolutely fantastic lecture/audiobook, whatever it is. It's informative but easy to understand, even for dummies like me.

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    Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 01-17-09
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    "Highly Recommended"

    I am always pleased with "The Modern Scholar" series. This title is no exception. I highly recommend it.

    The lessons cover all aspects of dinosaurs. So it's inevitable that there will be a lesson topic you don't care for as much.

    This program is geared toward "non-experts". But the final few lessons concerning modern theories is really great, and should interest everyone including the experts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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