©2007 John Kricher; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
Such a great series of lectures about dinosaurs. Very comprehensive. Gives a history of paleontology and goes into the evolution of dinosaurs throughout the Mesozoic era. Also discusses the role of dinosaurs in pop culture and details all the things they got wrong/got right in Jurassic Park (among others). Very entertaining lecturer. Recommended to anyone interested in dinosaurs.
Audio lectures don't get any better than this. In this series, John Kricher takes us through his subject both broad an deep. Starting with delightful lighter chapters about discovery history, pop culture and movies about dinosaurs, he does not fall short when comes down to the details. In perfect pace, perfect structure, perfect sequence, he takes us from one interesting aspect to the next. At any moment he make us feel the solid science behind his facts. It is unbelievable how much can be derived from looking at just the fossil bones, in comparison with properties of living creatures. Prof. Kricher manages to pursue 30-minutes-long, complex arguments without ever loosing the reader. I am stunned by this performance, I wish more of my teachers had been of this quality. This book cannot be recommend highly enough.
Fascinating, inspiring, and memorable to the end. Listens like an audiobook, not a lecture. Explains what we know, don't know, and how we find out answers to the first questions that come to the layman's mind. The professor's narration is delightful. I only wish he had narrated the other half dozen audiobooks on natural history that I have listened to.
In order to explain a complicated subject the teacher has to be very very well versed in the subject to explain it clearly, and John Kricher is clear without being condescending.
Professor Kricher touches lightly, but intelligently on the history of dinosaur hunters and their Museum directors, the earth's geological timeline and which dinosaurs existed in which era, and the anatomy of the subgroups of dinosaurs. If the man did not go deeply into each topic, it is because it would have taken several semesters of intensive course work to just to scrape the top of the geology, comparative anatomy, and the social history of the people who originally found and named the prehistoric bones. I enjoy listening to scholars who obviously enjoy their subject. I recommend this work to anyone interested in geology and history, not just dinosaurs.
Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.
Modern Scholar is among my favorites for history, science and technology lectures.
The authors time line description of the chronological order in terms of one year. It gave me a sense of how much time elapsed between first life and first complex life.
The authors narration is wonderfully inspiring. Plenty of explanations of terms and theory
that are very understandable.
I did in fact listen to it in one sitting.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 )
Already have - about 3 times!
Professor Kricher knows his subject and makes it accessible and interesting! It was like being a kid again and discovering how cool dinosaurs were for the first time. He doesn't just talk about the dinosaurs but also the history of fossil hunting, the personalities of the people who found and studied the fossils, and there's even a chapter of dinosaurs in film. Finishing this lecture had me searching (fruitlessly) for other audiobooks about dinosaurs.
The substance here is a little fluffy. It sounds more like the material from a professor's attempt at keeping a group of unwilling undergrads fulfilling a gen-ed requirement, which is a step down from a lot of the other Modern Scholar series. There's a LOT of unnecessary "but I'll talk about that in lecture X" and two distinct times where the lecturer goes into two different extended metaphors to explain geologic time. The chapter divisions are a bit unusual as well, feeling more like something chosen for effect rather than by logic. However, I can't really fault it for not going that deep, and it certainly succeeds as a very broad overview.
A very clearly written lecture series that is very informative to the casual or blooming dinosaur fan. I highly recommend this lecture series, I only wish it was longer. The narration is really very good, I don't think it could be better for this type of read. The subject matter includes many of the interesting topics regarding surprisingly interesting paleontological history, and covers most of the major information in what we have learned about dinosaurs in recent years. I typically only listen to narration of fiction, yet this was just as enjoyable, explanations of more complex ideas are well explained for the casual fan, but never felt too dumbed down. If there were a 'part 2' or more in depth version, I would get it without question. If you enjoy the chapter about feathers, I recommend the book "Feathers" also available on Audible(sorry, cant look up authors name).
This is an extremely interesting set of 16 30 minutes lectures about dinosaurs
that recently has become available for download at www.audible.com.
A lecturer practically brings dinosaurs to life in all their glory and ore.
He is not only an insider in paleonthological research but also a great storyteller and the course is full not only with descriptions of different dinosaurs species but also with stories about people that discovered and reconstructed dinosaurs and with many amazing topics like evolving of life on earth, evolution of dinosaurs, dinosaurs in pop culture, birds as modern dinosaurs, warm blooded dinosaurs, Bone Wars and of course disappearance of dinosaurs. The story of Bone Wars alone which I never heard about before makes the course worth listening.
I did not have great expectations from these lectures but I ended up enjoying every minute of listening.
"behold the mighty dinosaur"
If you want to learn about dinosaurs and their origins as well as the origins and development of our understanding of them then this is the series of lectures to listen to. John Kricher takes a delight in his subject that I have rarely heard before and takes you along with him all the way.
"Much enthusiasm here"
All very interesting and lectures cheerfully delivered. Lecturer bit inclined to say "and we'll be getting to that later" every few minutes. Why bother? But its a good listen.
An enjoyable and informative series of simple lectures on palaeontology, these are not too taxing on the brain. The information is easily absorbed. As it is an American lecturer this is biased toward American history. The half hour length of each chapter is perfect to allow dipping in and out, I completed in four listens.
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