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The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones #BookReview

Title: The Dinosaur Four | Author: Geoff Jones | Pub. Date: 2016-12-6 | Length: 8 hrs 7 min | Narrator: Nick Podehl | ASIN: B018Y2C4Q8 | Genre: Science Fiction Time Travel | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy from the author for review consideration

The Dinosaur Four

They came for the coffee and wound up in the Cretaceous.

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, a chunk of building is transported 67 million years back in time, along with everyone inside.

Ten unlikely companions find themselves in a world of dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles. Several survivors compete for leadership as they search for a way home, and one member of the group plots to keep them all trapped in the past…

Book cover for The Dinosaur Four

The Dinosaur Four Review

I really enjoyed The Dinosaur Four. It was fast-paced, well-written, and kept me engaged from beginning to end. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I agreed to review The Dinosaur Four. I just knew the cover was awesome, and I liked the idea of a random group of people getting transported to the past. I was a little bit wary about the time travel aspect, but considering they were going back to the dinosaurs, I didn’t think much could go wrong. (I have nothing against time travel in stories, I just don’t like it when the book turns into a history lesson.)

By the time I’d been listening to the book for an hour or so, I was just hoping for lots and lots of people getting turned into dino-snacks. I knew it had to happen, considering we start with twelve, but the title is The Dinosaur FOUR. I’m happy to report that there were, indeed, several instances of people getting turned into dino-snacks. The first death is the best one, I think, though. Just because of the method (non-snacking) of death, and who it happened to.

The collection of characters that get sent back to the Cretaceous was pretty fun. I was pleasantly surprised by the assortment. My favorite one was probably the delivery guy. I found myself rooting for him to live straight from the beginning. Kudos to Geoff Jones for writing a positive African American male into the story. The tease about “one member plots to keep them all in the past” had me giving most of the characters the figurative stink-eye in the beginning. As soon as it became clear who it was, I promptly spent the rest of the book hoping that character died in the most horrific way possible. And while I didn’t exactly get the most goriest of satisfactions, I have to say the way that one gets what’s coming to him was absolutely perfect and utterly evil.

The Dinosaur Four was an entertaining story in it’s own right, but Nick Podehl’s narration greatly enhanced it. The audio version was a blast to listen to. Podehl isn’t afraid to make a fool of himself with sound effects, and I found myself laughing with delight on a few occasions because of this. Overall, this was a fantastic audiobook to listen to, a great story to experience. Just a general, all-round nicely executed piece of entertainment. If you like dinosaur-themed action that doesn’t take itself too seriously, I definitely recommend giving The Dinosaur Four a try. 

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  1. This sounds like a fun book! I wish I could get into audiobooks. I find that if my eyes and hands aren’t busy, my mind wanders. LOL.

    • They’re perfect to listen to when you’re driving for that very reason 🙂

  2. Dino snacking and a great narrator. I so want this one now. And I agree, that cover is a winner!

    • It’s definitely worth picking up!

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