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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 (12,473 ratings)

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Written in stone…but the story is the same.
"I'm looking up at three actual dinosaurs."
Can you dig it? Fossil hunting

  • A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs
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  • "I'm looking up at three actual dinosaurs."
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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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  • 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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Not a real book

This is just the audio from a documentary, much of the audio directly relates to the visuals of the documentary.

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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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