A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs

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Narrated by: Ben Garrod
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Most children go through a dinosaur phase. Learning all the tongue-twisting names, picking favourites based on ferocity, armour, or sheer size. For many kids this love of ‘terrible lizards’ fizzles out at some point between starting and leaving primary school. All those fancy names slowly forgotten, no longer any need for a favourite.

For all those child dino fanatics who didn’t grow up to become paleontologists, dinosaurs seem like something out of mythology. They are dragons, pictures in books, abstract, other, extinct. 

They are at the same time familiar and mysterious. And yet we’re in an age of rapid discovery - new dinosaur species and genera are being discovered at an accelerating rate, we’re learning more about what they looked like, how they lived, how they evolved and where they all went. 

This series isn’t just a top trumps list of dino facts - we’re interested in the why and the how and like all areas of science there is plenty of controversy and debate.

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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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The doc that didn't understand how to be a book!

I feel like all those involved in the creation of this audible "BOOK" were under the impression that they were making a cinematic documentary... that or... they simply have absolutely no comprehension of audio-entertainment! The entire narration is done as though the listener is Prof. X & can magically see what he's telling them to LOOK at! He rarely describes the dinosaur's esthetics/appearance & frequently references things that really need to be seen in order to understand. The information is there but half of it is lost due to the aforementioned, MAJOR, flaw. It's EXTREMELY disappointing! This has a good deal of potential but the awful execution makes one look back & think "THIS is what causes kids to loath educational "entertainment" programs."
It's worse than those ridiculously outdated, edu., videos that every sub teacher you ever had, used as their go-to. The History channel might make up their own "facts" but even though they're incorrect 99% of the time... at least they understand that a description is required in place of a visual aid.

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it's a tv show, not a book

very frustrating since it's meant to be seen and not only heard, so it makes no sense to listen to people pointing at things and talking about them without the image.

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Global warming commercial

Ok info but turned off by ending. I don’t need a lecture on how we are ruining the planet and are essentially mass murderers. Bummed they had to go there.

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Fascinating freebie until the final 3 minutes!

Dr. Gerrod did a great job until he decided to interject politics and pseudoscience at the very end. I decided not to down rate because of that.

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Good until the last 2 minutes

A very informative and entertaining book, that holds your attention in a very entertaining way. If you want to learn some things about dinosaurs, this is an excellent choice. Except for the last 2 minutes, that is, when you're subjected to the seemingly obligatory, and tedious, preaching about evil humans causing the next mass extinction. Science is good, preaching is tiresome.

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yes!!

totally brought back my love of dinosaurs!! who would thought our image of them could change so much with just a few discoveries!

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Propaganda

The book was fine until the end when it pushed a tired theory based on a flawed computer model and fraudulently revised historical data that is not possible to create even in perfectly controlled laboratory conditions. A theory that has nothing to do with dinosaurs whatsoever. The fact that this theory wasn’t mentioned until the end begs the question- would Audible have produced it if it hadn’t been on board with the oxymoronic term “scientific consensus?”

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Fear mongering not appreciated

Very disappointing that the author ends with anthropogenic climate change fear mongering and no facts.

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environmental statement

while the book was okay. You overwhelmed the audience with too much information. Then at the end you make a environmental statement which really had nothing to do with the subject of the book. Also you allude that this book was to help you talk with your child. well you failed at that completely.

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a long podcast

I don't like calling what is obviously a piece of audio journalism, a book. it's not a book. it's six episodes of a podcast about dinosaurs jammed together.

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