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When Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather, they think he's crazy, especially when he tells them about his time machine. But after Emma is kidnapped at the exact time that her grandfather predicted, Max and Kyle are forced to believe his eccentric stories - even the one about the Chronal Engine in the basement.

Now, to save Emma, Max, Kyle, and their new friend Petra must pile into a VW Bug, and use the Chronal Engine to take the road trip of a lifetime - right back to the Cretaceous period. With dangers all around, the teens find themselves dodging car-crushing herbivores in addition to the terrifying T. Rex. In this ancient environment, can three contemporary teens hunt down a kidnapper, forage for food, and survive long enough to return home?

©2012 Greg H. Leitich (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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A fine adventuring read with some bite..

My son told me about this book(as a school assignment) and I decided to find it on Audible and I have to say it was worth the money. However the only disappointing part was that I feel it was not long enough I look forward to another book or even under the book for series and my son is also very impressed with the book it talks about time travel dinosaur study all the sci-fi stuff you'd expect
I definitely see the simil to "A Very Strange Trip" by L.Ron Hubbard and that the mystery of the ending leaves a lot of fun theories to ponder....

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Nothing scary here ...

It was a fun listen ! Not too heavy , not too light , just right . Do you have three hours to kill in the car ? Sit back , set the cruise control and enjoy .

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  • 01-17-17

Enjoyable enough but the narration is a bit flat

This was a good time travelling story, with dinosaurs, fossils and a bit of a mystery and a few cliff hangers thrown in.

Some of the reviews for the story were a bit lukewarm and hinted that the plot might be full of holes. We thought it was a lot better than that, but I did feel that the narration left a little bit to be desired, especially when compared to the quality of other narrators we've listened to. Maybe that's just the difference between American narrations and UK narrations.

Don't be put off by the other reviews. Our 6 nearly 7 year old son was able to keep up with the plot and whenever we had to get out of the car for a break we were keen enough to find out what was going to happen next.

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  • 04-09-21

an amazing adventure

what a great book such a wonderful story full of adventure and fun loved it from start to finish

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  • Wendy
  • 03-31-20

Excellent

This is a delightful tale about the past with dinosaurs and children trying to find their kidnapped sister. The story “grabbed” me from the start. My 10 year old grandson will love this story. I did. Excellently narrated. The narrator makes you see the story as if you were there.

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  • Colin Jerome
  • 02-21-20

surprisingly captivating

Starts a little slow but quickly runs away into intrigue in a fight for humanity

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  • Magda 'chipmunk' L.
  • 11-14-19

Didn't think I could finish it

It's only 3 hours but I struggled to get through the first hour. I love dinosaurs and time travel and expected something much better. This may be a children's book and was written for 10 year olds because the way the story is told and narrated is very suited to a kids book. Maybe that's why put me off, I didn't expect such lame and predictable dialogue as if i'm watching a bad 80s movie. but I finished it and that says something.