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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 (11,933 ratings)

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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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  • 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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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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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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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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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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More of an audio documentary than a book

Good info and insight from industry experts. Not really a story. And not much of a performance. Just good details on dinosaurs and it’s relatives in a documentary/interview format.

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Great for Grown-Up Dinosaur Fans

A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs is an Audible Original treat for adult dinosaur fans and older kids, too. I was surprised at how much is still being discovered about dinosaurs and their demise. I’m definitely not a scientist, but I loved hearing about the process used by and discoveries made by modern paleontologists. The story ended with an ecological warning for everyone in 2019. Definitely a good listen!

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Loved it!

This book was perfect for my adhd because instead of being super science heavy and boring, the author interviewed different doctors, scientists, and paleontologists from around the world. It made it super exciting because each doctor had a particular subject that was their passion, and that really came through and made the book very enjoyable. I wish it was longer!

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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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Rather bias for a non-fiction.

A good listen that covers many different aspects of dinosaur life.
What I didn't like was the last 2/3 of the book was dedicated to convincing the listener of the VERY recent theory that dinosaurs are still around… in the form of birds. Suddenly all the dinos supposedly sported feathers.
And, of course, they had to include a segment that humans are causing global warming, claiming that we are living in the next mass-extinction event and it’s all our fault. BAD HUMANS. This ever changing globe never would have changed if it weren’t for you.

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