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Dinosaurs have been a source of fascination ever since their discovery in England early in the 19th century. Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years, far longer than primates. Dinosaurs present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in the Mesozoic Era, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of all dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Although extinct, dinosaurs have never been more a focus of science than they are today.
©2007 John Kricher; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Ingwe
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 04-03-13

Intriguing

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Such a great series of lectures about dinosaurs. Very comprehensive. Gives a history of paleontology and goes into the evolution of dinosaurs throughout the Mesozoic era. Also discusses the role of dinosaurs in pop culture and details all the things they got wrong/got right in Jurassic Park (among others). Very entertaining lecturer. Recommended to anyone interested in dinosaurs.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • C.
  • 04-18-09

Outstanding

Audio lectures don't get any better than this. In this series, John Kricher takes us through his subject both broad an deep. Starting with delightful lighter chapters about discovery history, pop culture and movies about dinosaurs, he does not fall short when comes down to the details. In perfect pace, perfect structure, perfect sequence, he takes us from one interesting aspect to the next. At any moment he make us feel the solid science behind his facts. It is unbelievable how much can be derived from looking at just the fossil bones, in comparison with properties of living creatures. Prof. Kricher manages to pursue 30-minutes-long, complex arguments without ever loosing the reader. I am stunned by this performance, I wish more of my teachers had been of this quality. This book cannot be recommend highly enough.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • E.
  • 01-27-09

explore with Indiana Jones

Fascinating, inspiring, and memorable to the end. Listens like an audiobook, not a lecture. Explains what we know, don't know, and how we find out answers to the first questions that come to the layman's mind. The professor's narration is delightful. I only wish he had narrated the other half dozen audiobooks on natural history that I have listened to.

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  • Richard
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • 06-19-14

John Kricher is a terrific teacher

In order to explain a complicated subject the teacher has to be very very well versed in the subject to explain it clearly, and John Kricher is clear without being condescending.

Professor Kricher touches lightly, but intelligently on the history of dinosaur hunters and their Museum directors, the earth's geological timeline and which dinosaurs existed in which era, and the anatomy of the subgroups of dinosaurs. If the man did not go deeply into each topic, it is because it would have taken several semesters of intensive course work to just to scrape the top of the geology, comparative anatomy, and the social history of the people who originally found and named the prehistoric bones. I enjoy listening to scholars who obviously enjoy their subject. I recommend this work to anyone interested in geology and history, not just dinosaurs.

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  • Gary
  • north truro, MA, United States
  • 05-27-12

Very informative most entertaining

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

Modern Scholar is among my favorites for history, science and technology lectures.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

The authors time line description of the chronological order in terms of one year. It gave me a sense of how much time elapsed between first life and first complex life.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The authors narration is wonderfully inspiring. Plenty of explanations of terms and theory
that are very understandable.

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

I did in fact listen to it in one sitting.

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Dinos Dinos Dinos!!!

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

This was the first one I've read from this series, and if the rest are as good as this one, I'll definitely be buying more!

What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

I actually haven't read any other "real" dinosaur books, so I can't really compare. I've read Dinopedia and others like it, and I loved Jurassic Park, but this was my first dino text book.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, this was my first of his, and I quite enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect, he swallowed and smacked his lips pretty audibly and quite often, but other than that he was clear and engaging.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did, actually! I love dinosaur stuff, but I wasn't sure how I'd like a whole dino text book, but I really loved it. I kept telling my husband so, too. "Man, I love this book!" It even made me laugh a few times, Dr Kricher has a pretty good wit.

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All in all, I'd DEFINITELY reccomend this text to anyone even remotely interested in dinosaurs. It was informative without being dry, a great listen (or a great read too, I imagine). I loved it so much that I read it all in just two sittings. I'm sad that Audible doesn't have any more dino texts from Dr K, I'd have scooped them right up! I give it a superb 9.5/10 (the .5 taken away for that lip smacking :-p )

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  • Me
  • Hartford, CT United States
  • 05-25-12

Worth every moment!

Would you listen to The Modern Scholar again? Why?

Already have - about 3 times!

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Professor Kricher knows his subject and makes it accessible and interesting! It was like being a kid again and discovering how cool dinosaurs were for the first time. He doesn't just talk about the dinosaurs but also the history of fossil hunting, the personalities of the people who found and studied the fossils, and there's even a chapter of dinosaurs in film. Finishing this lecture had me searching (fruitlessly) for other audiobooks about dinosaurs.

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Good, not great, intro to the topic

The substance here is a little fluffy. It sounds more like the material from a professor's attempt at keeping a group of unwilling undergrads fulfilling a gen-ed requirement, which is a step down from a lot of the other Modern Scholar series. There's a LOT of unnecessary "but I'll talk about that in lecture X" and two distinct times where the lecturer goes into two different extended metaphors to explain geologic time. The chapter divisions are a bit unusual as well, feeling more like something chosen for effect rather than by logic. However, I can't really fault it for not going that deep, and it certainly succeeds as a very broad overview.

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Absolutely Fantastic

What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

The content, presentation and the Professor himself.

What did you like best about this story?

Just the right amount of information to get you interested in Dinosaurs.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole course was good.

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

There was no one moment which was boring. You just wanted to listen on and on and on....

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Teachers like John Kricher are passionate about what they do and it is very obvious in the content and presentation of this course. It is great to feel the passion of good teachers and be inspired. Highly recommend this course.

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Awesome

Wonderfully easy to listen to and extremely interesting and entertaining. There's a lot of joy and excitement about dinosaurs to be found in these lectures

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  • Irena
  • 10-27-08

Excellent!

This is an extremely interesting set of 16 30 minutes lectures about dinosaurs
that recently has become available for download at www.audible.com.
A lecturer practically brings dinosaurs to life in all their glory and ore.
He is not only an insider in paleonthological research but also a great storyteller and the course is full not only with descriptions of different dinosaurs species but also with stories about people that discovered and reconstructed dinosaurs and with many amazing topics like evolving of life on earth, evolution of dinosaurs, dinosaurs in pop culture, birds as modern dinosaurs, warm blooded dinosaurs, Bone Wars and of course disappearance of dinosaurs. The story of Bone Wars alone which I never heard about before makes the course worth listening.
I did not have great expectations from these lectures but I ended up enjoying every minute of listening.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • patrina
  • 04-10-13

behold the mighty dinosaur

If you want to learn about dinosaurs and their origins as well as the origins and development of our understanding of them then this is the series of lectures to listen to. John Kricher takes a delight in his subject that I have rarely heard before and takes you along with him all the way.

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  • Mr. Acapella
  • 05-23-15

Much enthusiasm here

All very interesting and lectures cheerfully delivered. Lecturer bit inclined to say "and we'll be getting to that later" every few minutes. Why bother? But its a good listen.

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  • Adrian
  • 06-30-13

Mighty Good

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An enjoyable and informative series of simple lectures on palaeontology, these are not too taxing on the brain. The information is easily absorbed. As it is an American lecturer this is biased toward American history. The half hour length of each chapter is perfect to allow dipping in and out, I completed in four listens.

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