• The Dinosaur Four

  • By: Geoff Jones
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (503 ratings)

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The Dinosaur Four

By: Geoff Jones
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
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Publisher's Summary

Ten strangers trapped in time....

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.

Time is running out as 10 unlikely companions search for a way home, while one member of the group plots to keep them all trapped in the past.

Who will survive?

This unabridged production of The Dinosaur Four is performed by Nick Podehl, award-winning narrator of the Chaos Walking trilogy and The Kingkiller Chronicles series.

The Dinosaur Four contains violence, profanity, and adult themes.

©2014 Geoff Jones (P)2015 Geoff Jones

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Decent, But Not Excellent

I'm a little at odds with myself in regards to this book. It was definitely entertaining enough to keep me attentive, but I wouldn't say that it was anything like a great work of literary genius.

The book starts with the owner of a small coffee shop in Denver. One morning while serving customers, the coffee shop and everyone in it are transported back in time to an era filled with jungles and dinosaurs. I thought the concept was interesting, but a little cheesy.
Most of the story read like Jurassic Park or the Lost World, but not quite as well thought out.
Most of the characters were very predictable, stereotypical, and one-dimensional.
Also, the ending was practically a rip-off from the second Jurassic Park movie...

Narration was top notch, despite the story.

Having said all of that, I did enjoy this book, but probably won't re-listen like I do most of my audiobooks...

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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Good but lacks some bite

Those of you who follow my reviews will know that I have a crazy lust for all things zombies and of course my not so secret man crush on all things Mr Keith C Blackmore. Yes, I know it isn’t normal! You would also know that I don’t often visit outside my zombie genre. But I thought ‘a change is as good as a holiday’ and plunged in and purchased this title along with ‘The Jurassic Dead’.

If you know the title ‘The Jurassic Dead’ then you would know that it involves ‘zombie dinosaurs’ plus other 'extras'. So this title ‘The Dinosaur Four’ would have to be a pretty amazing in every detail or a story so full of wild amazing ideas, or it would be destined for trouble.

I did enjoy the story itself, it just wasn’t long enough or complex enough, or believable! Not that the idea of time travel is believable… I just didn’t find the characters believable or even likeable enough to care.

The time travel idea certainly interest me and did cause me to listen to this one in just over two days. But the time travel thing…. was not enough and left me thinking that it had some glaring problems. For example, if time travel was/is possible the author didn’t really take into factor the location problem… Lets say the cafe moved 63 million years into the past. The location of the cafe would be totally different. The earths location would be different. But yet the story focused on the time and location of the cafe without taking in consideration the earth’s location in relevance to the universe. You will see when you listen to the story why the location is such a big deal. I know this may seem strange, but it seems stranger not to address some of the most common problems like this in a title which is based around time travel.

OK with all of those comments out of the way. I still got my eight hours of entertainment out of the story. Which is never something to just pass over! It must be acknowledged that this is a good story. It is just not a story I think I would rate highly when compared to some of it’s competition.

On the narration side of things the narration was pretty good, I had no complaints, I had to chuckle a couple of times when the narrator made the dinosaur noises! The speed was slow, but honestly I find all the current narrators are a tad slow. I turned this one up to 1.25 speed. Actually I think this helped the story line, it seemed to increase the tension of the story.

I personally would have no problem buying another title written by Geoff Jones or narrated by Nick Podehl. But I would prefer to wait until the title was on the ‘specials’ list.
I really hope I don’t sound like I am ripping this one apart, because like I said I did enjoy it. The problem is it has some stiff competition.

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Such a fun read!

This was such a fun and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

The story follows a group of people who are in a coffee shop and get transported back to the age of the Dinosaurs. Just how and why, is something they have to figure out while trying to survive in a world where everything seems to want to eat you.

The plot of this, while completely unbelievable, was so much fun. Imagine going for coffee only to exit and you are in a different age, one where the animals will stomp on you or eat you! What would you do!! Well we find this out when a group of strangers get transported to an age with Dinos. They have to work together to get answers, but also to get food etc.

The characters were all well written. There is one particular character that I disliked, but that's the way the author wrote him. He was creepy and gave me chills! Each of the characters have their own strengths but can they work together? I loved the dynamics between the characters. Some hit it off straight away, while others were complete a88holes. It made them so much more believable because you know that in a room full of strangers, it takes time to trust them and not everyone will get on.

In all, this is an action packed, engaging, entertaining and addicting read. Going into it I wasn't executing to like it as much as I did, and that's in big part thanks to the writing style. The author just grabs you from the very first page and doesn't let go. This is also his debut book I think, so I'm equally impressed with that.

Nick Podehl did a great job. There were quite a few different characters but he managed to give each their own voice and personality. He also managed to portray the fear and confusion each felt when they realised where they were.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

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A Fun Ride

The Dinosaur Four is an enjoyable sci-fi dino novel covering a group of people in a coffee shop who inadvertently end up thrown back in time, along with their coffee shop, to the time of dinosaurs. I thought the assembly of characters was well played, and that none of them were scientists or adventurers, just everyday people who suddenly find themselves in an insane situation. I like how the different characters were crafted, some very short lived, some not showing their true colors until rather late in the story (some for ill, and some, like one who starts as a helpless old lady, but turns out much more than that). It all played well into the story, from the first fatality who was a corporate lady who made the mistake of taking "herbivore" for "harmless"... A scientist does make a brief appearance, but not as a long term cast member, just providing the hapless adventurers with some answers and a plot device to give them a chance to get home. The time travel aspect of it was also pretty well done, and the ending which gets into time paradoxes, was done mainly from the perspective of one of the characters, which I felt was a good way of handling it without making it impossible to follow. I also have to say I was wondering on the significance of the title. That of course does finally get revealed, but not until the last few minutes. I also liked how the characters were more pragmatic, not the idealistic types. For example when they were discussing how famous they'd be when they got home, one character remarks they'd probably be paid to hush it up, and then they all seem OK with that, and start jokingly talking about how they'd spend the money. I also liked the explanation for what happened, and the bargain basement semi sanctioned type experiments going on nearby without their knowledge, and their reaction to that.

Nick Podehl needs no introduction. He has an extensive set of works to his credit, and is featured heavily in my library, and is the narrator of my favorite horror series, the Apocalypse Z series.

This does appear to be Geoff Jones' first book, audio or otherwise, and I was glad to get the opportunity to get a review copy of it. It is a great genre that doesn't get much coverage, like quite a few genres that I like. I will definitely be looking forward to further novels by the author, and would recommend

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Dinos, Baristas, and Coffee Addicts, Oh My!

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. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.

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Agree with others, this IS a roaring fun ride!

Would you listen to The Dinosaur Four again? Why?

I don't listen to audio books twice as a general rule, but this one did peak my interest, and I paid attention to all the nuances.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the dino's, and the adventures of moving around them were very well drawn and compelling, as well as clearly being researched deeply.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Creepy Al was a piece of work, and the older lady Heidi was interesting as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Could be a plot breaker here, but the resolution is compelling. Not moving per se, but fascinating.

Any additional comments?

I frankly didn't have any predefined expectations about this book ( which, admittedly, I received for free from AudioBlast in exchange for an unbiased review, which you are reading now! ).
That said, it grabbed and kept me interested, especially the journey of the characters. Obviously the underlying concept is abit of a stretch, but on balance the book rolls along smartly, with enough twists and bites to keep even the most cynical listener hooked.

Recommended for a solid credit use!

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Exactly what you need to decompress

Decided to buy this audiobook after seeing the impressive presence of the author on Reddit. He is always very kind and supportive and always has great suggestions for which audiobook to listen to next. so, I decided to give his own book a shot. And wow! This was a very pleasant surprise. The author himself describes the book as a popcorn-movie-style book, in the sense that it is easy to read and not think too much about. That's pretty much how I experienced it and I couldn't be happier for it.

This is the perfect book for a day trip, a long flight, or just a lazy afternoon. The story is engaging, interesting, and there are a few twists and turns that aren't readily apparent. If you have a spare credit lying around, I would highly suggest checking this book out.

The narrator also takes the quality of the audiobook up several notches. Nick Podehl is a wonderful narrator and does the story justice by modulating his voice, adding sound effects, and narrating with the appropriate gusto for the campy, B-Movie style story!

The author has done a very good job at creating an interesting story that keeps you entertained the entire way.

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Good story, but some parts were akward and cringy

the overall story was pretty good. the only criticism i have is the constant talk of a cetain characters erection and urges. it was completely out of place and random from the whole story.

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Cretaceous Cafe

This was a much better book than I expected... The premise is a good one, and the story doesn't try to rely on gruesomeness as one might naturally expect... It's a character driven story, and the characters are well drawn... The group dynamics and relationships following from those dynamics are believable and true to how normal ppl would react to extreme situations... There's no stand out bad guy, but the dinos slip into that role minus a dastardly type of the homo sapien variety... Al is an insipient sociopath granted, but a bit weak s a villain... The time travel aspects are pretty simple and not overdone... Those aspects are not a huge aspect to the story as a whole, but accent it well... The paradox effect possibilities are light other than the beginning and ending... The use of the paradox angles are well described and thought through in the ending, and the ending is very satisfying... I particularly liked Buddy and Calista... Tim grew on me... The narration is better than average and fits the characters... I read it in a couple of sittings and enjoyed... Worth a credit if you like a twist on the castaway story, more so if you also enjoy creature adventures...

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A twisting b-movie type romp

Before getting this book it was described to me as a "b-movie" type book, and that is a perfect description of it. Fun, horror-tinged time travel story, filled with dinosaurs. Jurassic Park minus the clout of Spielberg, without the detailed science, and with time travel thrown in. An R-rated Land of the Lost.

Early morning in a coffee shop, stranger come in to meet friends and grab a cup of joe, when the shop and the people are transported back in time? Why? How? (What does the book title even mean?) The book will get to that eventually, but for now we are thrown straight into the horror and confusion of the change. There are dinosaurs outside. Plus someone was only partially in the 'time sphere' and has lost bits. They then stumble from one encounter to another, gathering details of how they got time travelled and how to get back.

The characters are all different, as you would expect from strangers in a coffee shop. And some are clearly not great travelling partners. Some are likeable, some are not. Intentionally or not, Jones writes situations that see all the dislikeable characters get their comeuppance in some way (to varying degrees).

[minor spoiler here]
I guess this could be sort of a complaint - that those that survive more or less (mostly less) unscathed are all part of the 'likeable' lot. In a diverse group like this you think one of the 'bad' ones would get through too.
[end minor spoiler]

Geoff Jones does his time travel well. How the time travel affects timelines isn't really clear but the book doesn't get bogged down in it. It is coherent within the book and that's what matters. He has also done at least a little bit of dinosaur research, as all the type of dinosaurs mentioned in the book are from the same late Cretaceous period. So yay for that. (Aside: Jurassic Park actually has dinos from across all the periods, and mostly not from Jurassic period - but thats a discussion for another day).


Big fan of Podehl's work here. He performs the book, giving character and emotion to each individual. No sound effects either - he performs the sound effects himself, as you would read them off the page.

Podehl often sounds young, which does make him good for younger characters or YA books well. This is not a YA book. It has gore and swearing and sex stuff. So the youngish voice of Podehl is strange in some ways.




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  • 12-08-20

A captivating story

This was my first audio book and I'm glad that it was my first. I enjoyed every second of it and I am looking forward to seeing what other books are on offer

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  • skott
  • 09-07-22

More like Dinosaur 5 Stars

Story was really fun with well fleshed out characters and staying true to the most up to date science of the time.
I'm a narrator myself and the performance of the narrator here was truly masterful. making clear distinctions between characters with ease.

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 02-03-20

Thoroughly enjoyed this, credit well spent.

It isn't a who dunnit, it's a who is going to not die book with some dinosaurs and i really enjoyed it, especially as I've had some highly rated books recently that have bored me to tears.
This is something very different..
Within a few minutes the plot starts
(I was surprised how quickly)
no dithering about and it doesn't stop.
I finished this in two days, it's one of those that I didn't want to stop listening to.
There were no dull bits, I just really wanted to know what happens.
It isn't going to be to everyone's taste though...!

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  • H. Fosdike
  • 08-26-18

Fine

This book focuses on a group of people residing in a cafe who are sent back in time to the Jurassic period. How does this happen? You'll have to find out. Who will survive? Four of the ten, presumably.

It's quite a quick listen and although the story is quite straightforward (try and survive and get back to the future), the characters are varied enough to keep things interesting throughout. I can't admit to following exactly who was who at times, the deaths were sometimes a tad too over described considering the tone of the rest of the book and the villain was a bit too 'evil' for my tastes at times but it was a solid yarn and if you are looking for a time travel dinosaur book then this is a solid addition to that particular genre. There are definitely better books out there but if you can get it for a cheap price then it's a fine listen.

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  • Jeff
  • 06-06-18

Very entertaining

At first I thought this is a bit strange, but soon you get to know the characters and feel their emotions and picture in my mind what they could see and hear.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 01-06-16

A kick-ass dinosaur thriller!

Where does The Dinosaur Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow. I've not particularly read A dingo book like this before. I've seen the Jurassic park movies and the old lost world type stories but this really got me. How long would you survive if you were zapped from your local coffee shop to the time of the dinosaurs? A great book that I couldn't stop listening too.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the premise. The characters and their interactions are great but I really enjoyed the story.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought the narration was great adding tension and pace in all of the right places. The characters are also well drawn out. Nicely done!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If I was to bring anything our from the story without spooling it I'd say that the story itself is good and that the description of the environment and the prehistoric creatures that inhabit it is really well done.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 05-31-20

a good way to zone out

I found this entertaining and enjoyable to listen to altough i was concerned about the narration as I've listened to other books narrated by him and they were awful but i actually enjoyed him doing this book.

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  • Ken
  • 02-11-22

fantastic. highly recommended.

I found this book while doing a Google search for creature stories. the author of this book had made a list of creature stories he enjoyed, and also mentioned his own book (this one). given that I enjoyed the stories he recommended, I thought I'd give it a go. really glad I did. it's quite a tale.