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A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs

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Narrated by: Ben Garrod
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,608 ratings)

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  • A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs
  • Written in stone…but the story is the same.
  • A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs
  • "I'm looking up at three actual dinosaurs."
  • A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs
  • Can you dig it? Fossil hunting

About the Creator and Performer

Ben is the Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Behavior from Anglia Ruskin University, a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College, and a PhD, which looked at monkey evolution on tropical islands, entitled 'Primates of the Caribbean' with the University College London and the Zoological Society of London. Ben has recently announced So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs...?! is now on sale as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 following his third UK tour earlier this year.

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  • 07-05-19

strong performance, misleading title

This is a weird program, structured exactly like a documentary you might see on television with the exposition and the interviews and the computerized models, but all of this data has been carefully translated into audio. I enjoyed it; it’s interesting without getting too lengthy. The interviews and descriptions are interspersed with calming music. Some of the experts interviewed gave very clear and vivid answers, others didn’t speak as intelligibly (to the layperson), one seemed like an egomaniac. There were several personal tangents, but overall the range of discussion topics (including early mammals, modern descendants of dinosaurs, prehistoric marine life, fossil types, paleontological history, and the mass extinctions) provide the listener with a survey of germane material as well as a fair amount of detail.

Note that this is not really a program that teaches you about various dinosaurs as the title seems to suggest. I also don’t like how the narrator brings up an interesting point and then says, “but we’ll cover that later." While moving along and keeping the listener engaged, the audiobook does cover a variety of dinosaur-adjacent topics, so I don't care for the way the information is organized as much (ymmv, and perhaps I wasn't paying proper attention today). Prof Garrod does a really fine job otherwise; he's an excellent narrator and what the program lacked in a sort of top-down hierarchical organization it almost made up for in flow and pacing.

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Fascinating!

I really enjoyed this, especially that it was a benefit of membership. Data and facts were nicely interspersed with witticism. Well done!

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Fun pop-science summary

I’m probably exactly the audience for this book—I once had to explain sheepishly to another museum visitor in the hall of dinosaurs that no, I didn’t have a six-year-old at home; I was the six-year-old who never grew up and ended up as a science teacher.

This was a great listen that raised my rather low opinion of Audible considerably. The narrator is a biologist, and therefore pronounces terms correctly. Recent (and not-so-recent) research is described clearly and accurately (as far as I could tell; some material dates back only a year or two and I haven’t read the actual sources).

This book is good for helping update somewhat rusty knowledge. I think it would also be good for teens, because it captures the wonder and excitement of science, although I’m not sure whether teens have the background to comprehend the significance of some of the material. For Baby Boomers who might have had a treasured Sinclair Gas toy, but missed developments after elementary school, the certainty of the paradigm shift is going to be mind-blowing. Dinoaves is a fact, and they’ve found the feathers, air sacs, etc to prove it. And the dinosaurs are still more successful than the mammals. Cool stuff.

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Very interesting

Interesting and easy to follow and remember. Really gives you a taste for further reading: Good narration.

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What a wonderful suprise

This was just plain fun to listen to and soak up. The whole family loved every minute of this book as a start to our cross country drive. To make things even better we'll be stopping at a fossil dig site in about a weeks time and they're even more amped for it because of you Mr Garrod! Thank you so much for this. I'll be purchasing another title soon.

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Fun and Science!

This made me rethink how I viewed dinosaurs. Very well done. It was quite entertaining without being silly and informative without being boring.

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More of podcast than a book

The book felt unstructured and a bit all over the place. The format and language gave me a feeling that this was ever intended to be anything more than a well produced podcast.

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Love dinosaurs. Loved this Guide. And it's Free!

I am into dinosaurs. I have read numerous articles about them in Scientific American, in the NY Times Science Section, Discover Magazine and other publications. Loved the articles but I didn't retain too much. This 2 hour and 42 minute overview of mass extinctions, the rise of early small dinosaurs, the rise of monster dinosaurs, the fall of the dinosaurs and rise of their avian descendants is just what I needed. So worth the listen.

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Great listening.

Narrator was easy to listen to, I see myself listening to this book multiple times.

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Superb documentary with brand new material

This is the soundtrack from a video summarizing some of the newest finds in dinosaur paleontology, I got it for free as a July 4th special but it is well worth the $6.95 that is the standard charge. If you are a dinosaur fan like me, this was a fantastic update on some of the most recent finds about dinosaurs and other Mesozoic animals. I was surprised and delighted by how up to date the content was. Well worth your time!

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