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Publisher's Summary

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.

12 of 12 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!!!!!!

7 of 7 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.

3 of 3 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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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.

1 of 1 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.

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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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Nostalgia

I loved this book as a kid, due to the point of view. not from man. Short, but sweet and as an eternal lover of dinosaurs...a classic.

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Abridged Awesomeness

Where does Raptor Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of my favorites that I have ever read. It would get full 5 stars if this was NOT an abridged version.
The performance is well done, and the sound effects add to the general enjoyment.

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Beautiful

I noticed the audiobook didn't have some details that the first edition Raptor Red did. That being said it is super hard to find a physical Raptor Red Book, I'm really missing the original copy I had. I wish they didn't abridge it, there's so many wonderful details and honestly not one detail in the book is superfluous. All points and observations made eventually become pertinent to the Raptors story. This is a beautiful story of a Utah Raptor based upon the remains found and what could have been when she was living. This story is brilliant, well written, the style is extremely had to pull off and he does it effortless. I wish I knew more books like this, because it is one of my favorite books of all time. My original hard copy was so worn from reading the pages curled gently, the spine was creased from opening it so many times and the pages were soft with so much use. That's from a person who loves books, and keeps them in a controlled climate book case.