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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.

6 of 6 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!!!!!!

3 of 3 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.

2 of 2 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.

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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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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.

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I love this book!

this book has been one of my favorite books since it came out. though the printed version has a lot more events that happened in the year of raptor reds life that's covered in the book, I still enjoy the audio version with all the sound effects and neuances. Every time I re-read this story or hear it I always wish someone would make this into a movie, but something that is true to the book and accurate to how these beasts looked, not the Jurassic park naked raptor crap.

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Just as remembered.

i remember this from when i was a kid when cassettes were popular. It was one of our go-to's for car rides and trips. As an adult it is still as mesmerizing and entertaining as i remember.

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Loved it

Would you consider the audio edition of Raptor Red to be better than the print version?

yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

raptor red was my favorite character...

Any additional comments?

I got this to listen to on a 14 hour drive with my nieces to take them to see their father. We made this drive every weekend. After the girls listened to this story once, they wanted to hear it on the trip there and the way back home.

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Clever Girl

I listen to this once a year. I adore it. The reading is well done and the sounds and music only add to it. The story is so fantastic as well. It's unlike anything I've read before.

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