A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs: Resurrecting the Whimsy of Youth (How’s This Book?)

Written/Narrated By: Ben Garrod
Published By: Audible
Length: 2 Hours, 42 Minutes
Link to Purchase

You know what’s cool? Dinosaurs! Every kid has gone through the dino-obsession phase in life, including myself. They’ll ramble about their favorites, from triceratops to the t-rex to my favorite: the Godzillasaurus (hats off if you get that reference). But as they grow up, the magic of these prehistoric creatures disappears. They get up and move on.

I am the same way. Honestly, before listening to this production, I hadn’t thought about dinosaurs in god-knows how long. And frankly, I still don’t think that I will. But hey! Now I know some really interesting tidbits about them!

‘A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs’ is, much like last week’s topic ‘The 3-Day Effect’, is less of an audiobook and more of an audio-documentary. It stars author Ben Garrod as he flies all about the world and asking expert paleontologists for information regarding the history and biology regarding dinosaurs. Simple, right?

Yes. Yes it is. And it is very fascinating.

The book goes through the entire history of the dinosaurs, from their inception after a mass-extinction event all the way up to the meteor that caused their own mass-extinction. It breaks down certain dinosaurs from each different era, how and why they evolved so quickly, and what led to their peak.

It also goes over some fascinating scientific methods used by actual paleontologists. This includes the methods used to determine how big the creature was with only a few bones, determining how they walked via footprints and computer simulations and even what fossilized shit can be studied. They are insanely interesting and make the book a must-listen for science nerds.

The narrator, in-between the recordings of everyone he interviews, is clearly very passionate about the material. He has a lot of energy, which lends itself well to his natural charisma. He makes listening to this a treat.

Excluding the part at the very end where the book gets super real and dark. I have no clue where the hell that came from.

Unfortunately, that’s about all there is to talk about when it comes to this. It is a very fascinating and in-depth presentation of dinosaur info. If that sounds like something that would interest you, then I’d recommend checking it out. If not, then you may want to give it a pass.

Plus, now I know a bunch of cool new dinosaur names! Like DREADNOUGHTUS! That’s metal as fuck and made listening to this whole thing worth it!

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