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A stunning debut in the blockbuster tradition of Jurassic Park - enhanced with dramatic sound effects.

A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. The eyes follow every movement in the great herd of plant-eating dinosaurs that mills around the open meadows, moving back and forth with the rapid scanning of a hunter who is thinking about everything she sees. She is an intelligent killer.

The time - 120 million years ago. The place - the plains of prehistoric Utah. The eyes belong to one of the most unforgettable heroines you will ever meet. Her name - Raptor Red.

Raptor Red is a female raptor dinosaur, struggling to survive on her own after losing her mate. Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells the story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his groundbreaking theories in an exciting, one-of-a-kind tale. With keen insight and stunning authenticity, he tracks the raptor on her yearlong odyssey of survival as she braves a devastating storm, migrates toward the ocean to escape powerful predators, and heads north in a desperate attempt to escape the threat of deadly acrocanthosaurs, all while carrying out her natural duty to search for a new mate.

From its tragic opening to its thrilling climax on a snowy mountaintop, Raptor Red is a unique and utterly compelling look at a year in the life of a dinosaur - a revolutionary work of fiction.

©1996 Robert T. Bakker (P)2004 Simon & Schuster

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why in the world is this abridged

this was one of my childhood favourites and indeed jump started my deep love of dinosaurs. I was ecstatic to find it on here and purchased it immediately, only to realize it was the abridged version. I'm so disappointed! this was a fantastic book in every aspect, there's really no reason the full version shouldn't be available.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Really needs to be unabridged this story is worth

I could give you a laundry list of things that were memorable but they were in the book and I kept waiting for them, this pretty much jumps into the
Book half way in. Wait for the unabridged version!!!!!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Pooler, GA, United States
  • 02-21-11

Karen

I have always loved this book, and it sounds almost as good as reading it. I vastly preferred the unabridged book, as this version cuts out a lot and does the story a disservice. I really wish the author had done more like it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Robert T Bakker Rocks

Listen to it ALL the time. The narrator is nice, but the background music is annoying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Slightly different from the original

I really enjoyed this book when I read it after it first came out. I've read it many times over the years since then and always walk away wishing that it wasn't a singular work. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of some of what I would say are the funniest bits. I missed the encounter with the Gastonia, and the side story of the mammal that saved the pack, but all in all, it was an enjoyable experience once again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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short but very good

I've never read the physical book and I enjoyed this abridged version.
I'm normally annoyed by abridged audio books but I found this one much more enjoyable than typical abridged books.
I would happily listen to a sequel done the same way.
the only downside to this book is how short it is.
the year of life in these creatures world rushes by.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Big fan of Bakker's! Megan did a wonderful job!

This has ALWAYS been one of my favorite go to books! Bakker let's you see In to the life of a Utah raptor and I couldn't be happier about how he does it.

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Very disappointed in the abridgement

Would you try another book from Robert T. Bakker and/or Megan Gallagher?

From Robert Bakker, yes. From Megan Gallagher, only if the ludicrous background noise was cut out. She's very pleasant.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Megan Gallagher?

The original narrator of the audiobook! This is the second time it's been recorded; I had it as a teenager, and it was much better.

Any additional comments?

This is a very short book. It should NOT have been abridged, and I'm sort of ticked off that it was. I wouldn't have purchased it if that had been clearly flagged. That said, Raptor Red remains a great book. But get it out of the library instead, I think.

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it never needed a adaptation!

I remember finding this book in 7th grade and loving it with ALL of its side stories, the side stories is what brought it all together. it's disappointing to find that someone thought it needed to be adapted. I found this adaptation rushed and uneventful. There were so many things missing, like red's struggle to find food, the young male's fascination with the flowers, and the inner monologue of what a crocodile mom was thinking. but it still brought back nostalgia.

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not the full text. good but disappointing story.

I loved reading this book as a kid and still have it. too bad it's abridged.