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Ten strangers trapped in time....

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.

Time is running out as 10 unlikely companions search for a way home, while one member of the group plots to keep them all trapped in the past.

Who will survive?

This unabridged production of The Dinosaur Four is performed by Nick Podehl, award-winning narrator of the Chaos Walking trilogy and The Kingkiller Chronicles series.

The Dinosaur Four contains violence, profanity, and adult themes.

©2014 Geoff Jones (P)2015 Geoff Jones

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Decent, But Not Excellent

I'm a little at odds with myself in regards to this book. It was definitely entertaining enough to keep me attentive, but I wouldn't say that it was anything like a great work of literary genius.

The book starts with the owner of a small coffee shop in Denver. One morning while serving customers, the coffee shop and everyone in it are transported back in time to an era filled with jungles and dinosaurs. I thought the concept was interesting, but a little cheesy.
Most of the story read like Jurassic Park or the Lost World, but not quite as well thought out.
Most of the characters were very predictable, stereotypical, and one-dimensional.
Also, the ending was practically a rip-off from the second Jurassic Park movie...

Narration was top notch, despite the story.

Having said all of that, I did enjoy this book, but probably won't re-listen like I do most of my audiobooks...

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Good story, but some parts were akward and cringy

the overall story was pretty good. the only criticism i have is the constant talk of a cetain characters erection and urges. it was completely out of place and random from the whole story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but lacks some bite

Those of you who follow my reviews will know that I have a crazy lust for all things zombies and of course my not so secret man crush on all things Mr Keith C Blackmore. Yes, I know it isn’t normal! You would also know that I don’t often visit outside my zombie genre. But I thought ‘a change is as good as a holiday’ and plunged in and purchased this title along with ‘The Jurassic Dead’.

If you know the title ‘The Jurassic Dead’ then you would know that it involves ‘zombie dinosaurs’ plus other 'extras'. So this title ‘The Dinosaur Four’ would have to be a pretty amazing in every detail or a story so full of wild amazing ideas, or it would be destined for trouble.

I did enjoy the story itself, it just wasn’t long enough or complex enough, or believable! Not that the idea of time travel is believable… I just didn’t find the characters believable or even likeable enough to care.

The time travel idea certainly interest me and did cause me to listen to this one in just over two days. But the time travel thing…. was not enough and left me thinking that it had some glaring problems. For example, if time travel was/is possible the author didn’t really take into factor the location problem… Lets say the cafe moved 63 million years into the past. The location of the cafe would be totally different. The earths location would be different. But yet the story focused on the time and location of the cafe without taking in consideration the earth’s location in relevance to the universe. You will see when you listen to the story why the location is such a big deal. I know this may seem strange, but it seems stranger not to address some of the most common problems like this in a title which is based around time travel.

OK with all of those comments out of the way. I still got my eight hours of entertainment out of the story. Which is never something to just pass over! It must be acknowledged that this is a good story. It is just not a story I think I would rate highly when compared to some of it’s competition.

On the narration side of things the narration was pretty good, I had no complaints, I had to chuckle a couple of times when the narrator made the dinosaur noises! The speed was slow, but honestly I find all the current narrators are a tad slow. I turned this one up to 1.25 speed. Actually I think this helped the story line, it seemed to increase the tension of the story.

I personally would have no problem buying another title written by Geoff Jones or narrated by Nick Podehl. But I would prefer to wait until the title was on the ‘specials’ list.
I really hope I don’t sound like I am ripping this one apart, because like I said I did enjoy it. The problem is it has some stiff competition.

12 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • groveport, OH, United States
  • 07-04-16

A fun bit of escapism

It was only 30 minutes or so into “The Dinosaur 4” that I began to compare this fun audiobook to the various “creature features” available on any given weekend on the SyFy Channel. Whether it is Megladon vs Mecha-Shark or Sharknado, there is an inherent joy to be found in a little escapism mixed with the blood of characters that were too slow to get out of the way of something with rediciously large teeth. Especially so when it is well done within these mainly low-budget movies. Dinosaur 4 compares very favorably to the “Well Done” members of this genre and I could very easily see it as a SyFy movie one day. Dinosaur 4 shares many characteristics of the typical entrée of this genre: small cast of characters, a minimum of different locale changes, stereotypical characters, and (most importantly) predators with big teeth.

This 8 hour audiobook started off with a bang, wasting no time in getting to the action. Within 10 minutes of hitting play, we are back in time and can see the writing on the wall for the first victim. Character development is done on the fly and, while the characters are stereotypical in their motives and actions, it works: we have a dislike for him or her, we are rooting for that one to survive, we have the 70 yr old widow knitting a scarf, and the 20 know-it-all punk and everyone inbetween… in short, like in the creature features, we have the annoying ones who we want to get eaten and we have the brave noble ones who we hope will save the day. We start off with 10 characters and not everyone is gonna make it to the end. And some of the victims and survivors are going to be surprises.

The performance by Nick Podehl was excellent. Mr Podehl has established himself as a new arrival to the Top Tier of professional narrators and he does not disappoint with his skilled narration. He provided unique voices and accents to each character and there was never a question of who was speaking at any given time.

I would not say The Dinosaur 4 is a literary masterpiece, but then again, it isn’t supposed to be. It is simply a well written, fun bit of escapism. I enjoyed it and I think you will also.

I received a copy of The Dinosaur 4 in exchange for a fair and unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookJukebox.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Starts off as pathetic, but ends strongly enough.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Most of the beginning and middle was so shallow it was boring. The plot is simple: a cafe and the people within it are sent to the past and must avoid being killed by dinosaurs. As a survival thriller, this basic idea for a plot is okay as long as your cast of written characters is strong. Thus the characters and the writing are the real problem here. The characters make bone headed decisions, are supremely one dimensional with one to maybe two personality traits, and are basically predictable stereotypes.

What was most disappointing about Geoff Jones’s story?

The shallow characters and simple plot. Good narrator or no, the story was just too amateur.

Which scene was your favorite?

The insane time traveling chase scene the last twenty minutes.

Was The Dinosaur Four worth the listening time?

Not really. The only good part is the very end. Was it worth the 7 1/2hours to get there? Probably not.

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Such a fun read!

This was such a fun and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

The story follows a group of people who are in a coffee shop and get transported back to the age of the Dinosaurs. Just how and why, is something they have to figure out while trying to survive in a world where everything seems to want to eat you.

The plot of this, while completely unbelievable, was so much fun. Imagine going for coffee only to exit and you are in a different age, one where the animals will stomp on you or eat you! What would you do!! Well we find this out when a group of strangers get transported to an age with Dinos. They have to work together to get answers, but also to get food etc.

The characters were all well written. There is one particular character that I disliked, but that's the way the author wrote him. He was creepy and gave me chills! Each of the characters have their own strengths but can they work together? I loved the dynamics between the characters. Some hit it off straight away, while others were complete a88holes. It made them so much more believable because you know that in a room full of strangers, it takes time to trust them and not everyone will get on.

In all, this is an action packed, engaging, entertaining and addicting read. Going into it I wasn't executing to like it as much as I did, and that's in big part thanks to the writing style. The author just grabs you from the very first page and doesn't let go. This is also his debut book I think, so I'm equally impressed with that.

Nick Podehl did a great job. There were quite a few different characters but he managed to give each their own voice and personality. He also managed to portray the fear and confusion each felt when they realised where they were.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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A Fun Ride

The Dinosaur Four is an enjoyable sci-fi dino novel covering a group of people in a coffee shop who inadvertently end up thrown back in time, along with their coffee shop, to the time of dinosaurs. I thought the assembly of characters was well played, and that none of them were scientists or adventurers, just everyday people who suddenly find themselves in an insane situation. I like how the different characters were crafted, some very short lived, some not showing their true colors until rather late in the story (some for ill, and some, like one who starts as a helpless old lady, but turns out much more than that). It all played well into the story, from the first fatality who was a corporate lady who made the mistake of taking "herbivore" for "harmless"... A scientist does make a brief appearance, but not as a long term cast member, just providing the hapless adventurers with some answers and a plot device to give them a chance to get home. The time travel aspect of it was also pretty well done, and the ending which gets into time paradoxes, was done mainly from the perspective of one of the characters, which I felt was a good way of handling it without making it impossible to follow. I also have to say I was wondering on the significance of the title. That of course does finally get revealed, but not until the last few minutes. I also liked how the characters were more pragmatic, not the idealistic types. For example when they were discussing how famous they'd be when they got home, one character remarks they'd probably be paid to hush it up, and then they all seem OK with that, and start jokingly talking about how they'd spend the money. I also liked the explanation for what happened, and the bargain basement semi sanctioned type experiments going on nearby without their knowledge, and their reaction to that.

Nick Podehl needs no introduction. He has an extensive set of works to his credit, and is featured heavily in my library, and is the narrator of my favorite horror series, the Apocalypse Z series.

This does appear to be Geoff Jones' first book, audio or otherwise, and I was glad to get the opportunity to get a review copy of it. It is a great genre that doesn't get much coverage, like quite a few genres that I like. I will definitely be looking forward to further novels by the author, and would recommend

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Realistic sci-fi!

Would you listen to The Dinosaur Four again? Why?

I might. It's a long story and great for a road trip.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Al. It's been a couple weeks since I finished but I think his name was Al. He was just creepy but done well by author and narrator.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Same as above. Al

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's too long for one sitting in my world.

Any additional comments?

The Dinosaur Four is a clever science fiction novel. A small diner is sent into the past with a few patrons inside. The authors detail into the Cretaceous period is what really made the novel for me. He used fine details whether true or not made me believe the story and the animals of the time. Although, I think he knows his stuff. For me believable and probable are what makes a good sci-fi. I have a science background and know enough not to be fooled by knock-off sci-fi. This was the real thing.

He also designed great characters that were individual. I found myself laughing even though the scene was gory because of the characters and their thoughts. Lots of backstabbing going on. Nick Podehl helped to bring out the personalities at the same time has a fab narrator voice.

Overall very entertaining and highly recommended for sci-fi and time-travel fans.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I quite liked this one!

What did you love best about The Dinosaur Four?

It was exciting from beginning to end. Never found myself drifting. I hated the people I was supposed to hate and rooted for the ones I was supposed to root for. Well done all around.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It did. I found the characters engaging (even if they were slightly under developed) and the immediate threats that they found themselves in kept the story moving forward.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Probably William.

If you could take any character from The Dinosaur Four out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The T- Rex.

Why?

Because this question is fucking retarded.

Any additional comments?

Give it a shot! Especially if you are looking for a quick read that will pass the time!

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 01-04-16

Agree with others, this IS a roaring fun ride!

Would you listen to The Dinosaur Four again? Why?

I don't listen to audio books twice as a general rule, but this one did peak my interest, and I paid attention to all the nuances.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the dino's, and the adventures of moving around them were very well drawn and compelling, as well as clearly being researched deeply.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Creepy Al was a piece of work, and the older lady Heidi was interesting as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Could be a plot breaker here, but the resolution is compelling. Not moving per se, but fascinating.

Any additional comments?

I frankly didn't have any predefined expectations about this book ( which, admittedly, I received for free from AudioBlast in exchange for an unbiased review, which you are reading now! ).
That said, it grabbed and kept me interested, especially the journey of the characters. Obviously the underlying concept is abit of a stretch, but on balance the book rolls along smartly, with enough twists and bites to keep even the most cynical listener hooked.

Recommended for a solid credit use!

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony Bough
  • 01-06-16

A kick-ass dinosaur thriller!

Where does The Dinosaur Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow. I've not particularly read A dingo book like this before. I've seen the Jurassic park movies and the old lost world type stories but this really got me. How long would you survive if you were zapped from your local coffee shop to the time of the dinosaurs? A great book that I couldn't stop listening too.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the premise. The characters and their interactions are great but I really enjoyed the story.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought the narration was great adding tension and pace in all of the right places. The characters are also well drawn out. Nicely done!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If I was to bring anything our from the story without spooling it I'd say that the story itself is good and that the description of the environment and the prehistoric creatures that inhabit it is really well done.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.