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More about the author than dinosaurs

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-09-23

This book should be called, “The story of my career in palaeontology”. The author spends more time recounting his own accomplishments and that of his palaeontologist buddies than he does actually talking about dinosaurs. The book reads more like a personal memoir with the author fan-boying about other palaeontologists, describing their quirky mannerisms, and hitting on all of his own career highlights, with a bit of dinosaur educating thrown in for context. Maybe it’s just the nature of the egos in this field - to self-promote, give everyone their due, and name-drop ‘the team’ as much as possible? In any case, you feel like dinosaurs and their history definitely take a back-seat in this book. I mean, it’s not a bad read... but it definitely doesn’t live up to what the title alludes to.

Jill Lepore should not narrate.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-09-10

Nice overview of the American ‘experiment’, as the author calls it; but with less of an emphasis on all the details of what happened through US history, vs the why. She weaves a nice thread of the key turning points, figures and missed political and social opportunities that left their mark on the American identity. But dear god Jill Lepore should not narrate. She is waaaaaay to precious (and near impossible to hear) when reading certain parts, and comically bad when putting on an impersonation to quote people.

Great story... but inconsistent voices?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-01-11

Great sci-fi story. Rich & deep. My only issue was with the narrators... there are a bunch of different voices for different characters, but they change between chapters. So one voice you get to know for one character, is all of a sudden gone in the next chapter, or even once, the voice plays a different character. So, that was less than ideal.

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