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Publisher's Summary

Timebeam to danger

Six hunters and two official guides are going on the trip of their lifetime.Their destination? Earth as it was 100 million years ago, long before human dominion, when the great hot-blooded dinosaurs ruled supreme.

Each of the time travelers has a different motive. Some are on the strange safari for pay. Others are taking a psychological and sexual holiday from civilization. There are women who wanted to show themselves the equal of men - and men out to test and prove their manhood.

But whatever their drives and desires, their strengths and weaknesses, the ultimate horror awaits them...deathbeast.

©1978, 1999, 2014 David Gerrold (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Worst book I’ve seen in my entire life as a book worm

I’m 56 and have been a voracious reader my entire life-reading 12th grade level by 3rd grade. So I’ve gone through thousands of printed books and hundreds of audible books during my life so far. I’m not a snob and read things in almost every genre out there, but this stinker is so bad I can’t finish it. I’ve started it three times and just can’t cheat myself out of good reading/listening time, life is too short. It’s like the author was trying to prove that he knew a lot of words and vomited a dictionary all over the pages. The wordiness completely interferes with the plotline. This storyline has been done much better by several other authors. There’s not much the narrator can do with it.

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Disappointing

This book started out well, as an interesting story that involved action and what not. But after about the halfway point it got very wordy and devolved from the actual action into a lot of personal reflection by the characters that really felt like it dragged on way too long. Overall I was disappointed in what had potential to be a really good story.

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Rubbish

This was one of the Audible freebies and I still feel like I paid to much money for it. Absolute rubbish!

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Just sorta bland

Likes: future meets prehistoric past is a good concept
Dislike: little character development, even less of the actual “beast”. Lots of rabbit hole content that should have never made final print.

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Narrator Voice Grates on Ears

Hated it. Two reasons. 1. Narration was horrible. 2. No plot development at all, none. NONE!

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I don't know what I expected

Read the reviews and figured I'd see what the fuss was about... I only got halfway through. Glad it was free.
Yeah, its not the best. It reads like a generic 70's B movie, and one of the bad ones at that.
I was half expecting to hear a MST3K commentary cut in.
I'm all for cheesy and unlikable characters but these guys are distasteful and psychopathic. And for Pete's sake, don't name the dino "Deathbeast", very corny.
It's a cool idea, but the story feels like the land described in it: alien and not meant for humans.
Thanks for helping me see what not to do when writing.

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Sorry Ears

I almost always listen to a full book no matter how much it hurts. And, I listened to this one entirely in spite of reviews that cautioned otherwise.

The basic story has potential. But, the author does not fully or even partially develop the characters. I read a review that said the author was overly wordy. That may be so, but I envisioned this narrated differently and I could say that it may have seemed seemed that way because of the very weak reading.

The reading led me to envision each character as a child or an overly insecure adult seeking parental warmth. I could see this read by other narrators (Scott Brick for instance) that may have made this a more enjoyable book. But even the fantastic Mr. Brick could not bring this book up more than a two star to me.

Sadly, the premise had real potential, but I found the product lacking.

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thumbs down

can't finish. story not engaging. narrator's voice is unpleasant. too much she said then he said then she said the he said

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It’s awful

I started this book thinking it CANT be as bad as the title I mean deathbeast seriously and I was wrong it wasn’t as bad it was worse DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!

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Could of been a shorter

This book had an interesting premise, but was bogged down by very long descriptions of unimportant things. Example he spent about 20 minutes rambling about the moon and fairies. It would be like watching Jaws and it took 6 hours to kill the shark at the end.
Skip this book it is not even worth listening to it for free.