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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert T. Bakker Narrator: Megan Gallagher Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A stunning debut in the blockbuster tradition of Jurassic Park -- enhanced with dramatic sound effects.

A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. The eyes follow every movement in the great herd of plant-eating dinosaurs that mills around the open meadows, moving back and forth with the rapid scanning of a hunter who is thinking about everything she sees. She is an intelligent killer...

The time -- 120 million years ago. The place -- the plains of prehistoric Utah. The eyes belong to one of the most unforgettable heroines you will ever meet. Her name -- Raptor Red.

Raptor Red is a female raptor dinosaur, struggling to survive on her own after losing her mate. Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells the story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his groundbreaking theories in an exciting, one-of-a-kind tale. With keen insight and stunning authenticity, he tracks the raptor on her yearlong odyssey of survival as she braves a devastating storm, migrates toward the ocean to escape powerful predators, and heads north in a desperate attempt to escape the threat of deadly acrocanthosaurs, all while carrying out her natural duty to search for a new mate.

From its tragic opening to its thrilling climax on a snowy mountaintop, Raptor Red is a unique and utterly compelling look at a year in the life of a dinosaur -- a revolutionary work of fiction. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Raptor Red is a masterpiece of dramatic writing…Many writers have imagined the Mesozoic world; Bakker lives and breathes it. He becomes a dinosaur, and allows us through his vivid prose to join him on the journey. After reading it, I feel I have stepped into another creature’s claws.”

    James Gurney, New York Times bestselling author of Dinotopia

  • “A truly extraordinary book. I read it with complete fascination and feel like I’ve been on a 120-million-year virtual reality trip. That’s the way it must have been back there at the dawn of intelligence.”

    Arthur C. Clarke, New York Times bestselling author

  • “No scientist has done more than Bakker to advance the view of dinosaurs as energetic, swift, bright-colored, cunning, persevering, supremely well adapted, socially complex—in sum, thrilling—animals.”

    New Yorker

  • “Lush, lovingly detailed and really quite serious.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “The winning quality of Raptor Red is the compassion –even sweetness—with which Bakker chronicles his predators.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Narrated from the point of view of a dinosaur, paleontologist Bakker’s novel is filled with facts and informed speculations regarding dinosaur life. What the real Jurassic Park must have been like...exciting, bold and fun!”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The dinosaur known as ‘rapto’ first became well known through Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Revolutionary paleontologist Bakker, who consulted on the special effects for the film adaptation, has written a novel that might be subtitled A Year in the Life of a Dinosaur, as he tells the story of Raptor Red, a giant carnivore of the Early Cretaceous period…Bakker manages to mix scientific theories—some of which are definitely on the cutting edge—with a rip-roaring narrative. Perhaps even more miraculously, he has created a sympathetic nonhuman heroine without anthropomorphizing her into a Disney character. This astonishing and successful novel will appeal to a wide audience and belongs in all fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Introducing his superb animal biographical ‘novel,’ Bakker reveals that the "velociraptors" in the movie Jurassic Park were of just speculative provenance. No bones for raptors that big had been found. Then, during filming, they were. Bakker…imagines a year in the life of such a dinosaur, a young adult…Her year is action filled…that Bakker loads with biological and evolutionary information. Analogizing the raptors to modern wolves and eagles, Bakker attributes considerable cognition and emotion to them, which makes his book all the more exciting and provocative. Good reading for animal lovers from 10 to 100.”


  • “Good writing, good story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annemarie Metcalf | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book. I read it when I was very into dinosaurs and loved the first person narratives, as though you really are the raptors. There's a lot of science thrown in there too, which may or may not be accurate, but it gives an interesting depiction of what life could have been like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason | 2/3/2014

    " Nice store, based loosly one early Utahraptor findings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maryanne Cook | 1/15/2014

    " Jurassic Park had been made, featuring nasty but intelligent raptors. Exciting new ideas about dinosaurs, their behavior, intelligence, appearance and environment had been pouring out of paleontologists. Robert Bakker gave us, in the mid-nineties, a lot of this new information in novel form through the life of Raptor Red. This wonderful adult female raptor lives in a harsh, very brutal world where food is scarce and around the next rock she may become food is she isn't careful. She's anthropomorphized to convey information and to capture us emotionally. That's just fine because she does a great job at both. Dinosaurs fascinate almost everyone, and the yearning for further glimpses into their alien world is assuaged somewhat by this book. Like many people,I like a lot of facts woven into novels. This book's purpose is to convey facts, with the story being just a way to do that. I listened to it twice. Not only did my exercises go faster but I also found myself thinking about Raptor Red at other times. Fifteen years later I can still recall many scenes and facts. A book has to be good to stick that long. I imagine raptor knowledge has changed in the ensuing years, but I think I'll read this book again, in print this time. Raptor Red is a great read if your interests lie in this direction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andreas Strom | 1/7/2014

    " I've had this book for ages as I saw it right after I read Jurassic Park, and saw the blurb on the cover comparing the two. Never got around to reading it until now, and boy, was it a huge disappointment. The comparison to JP is ONLY because of raptors and dinosaurs, the books are not in the same category what so ever, Raptor Red bears a lot more of a resemblance to Call Of The Wild, but sadly nowhere near as well written. Bakker may be a fantastic paleontologist, but a writer he ain't. I found the book boring and repetitive, and while it was educational, it tried too hard by squeezing in as many different species and facts about them as possible. I was determined to finish this book today, on the last day of the year, so I could start fresh on page one of the next book tomorrow. If that wasn't the case I probably would have abandoned it after 50 pages or so, and told myself I'd read the rest later - something I probably never would have... "

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