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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189915
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Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today's American West expect it—and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood. Having enough of the violence of the big city, Mike has retreated to a far corner of civilization to spend his days running the Square C Ranch and pining for Jeanette Coulter, its spirited and iron-fisted owner. But Mike is soon to learn terrible things can happen beneath Montana's big skies, too. The badlands are home to more than just horses, cattle, cowboys, and laid-back rattlesnakes. Just beneath the surface are the bones of a dinosaur family that could make a fortune for whoever gets to them first. When a paleontologist and his attractive young assistants arrive at the Square C to dig, Mike senses trouble is clinging to them like Montana mud. Once discovered, those bones won't stay buried, and not everyone hunting for them is doing it in the interest of science. When a murderer begins to stalk the dinosaur hunting grounds, Mike has to combine the lessons he learned in Los Angeles with those of the Montana prairie to protect the people and the land he has come to love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Dinosaur Hunter is a fascinating thriller, well-crafted and relentless.... A cross between Tony Hillerman and Larry McMurtry, this is one hell of a good [listen]. Douglas Preston, author of Tyrannosaur Canyon
  • “Hickam not only knows his bones, he also knows how to tell a story, prompting readers to keep turning pages to answer that all-important question: “What happens next?”

    Charleston Gazette

  • “The narrative style reads like an old Western.”

    Oklahoman

  • “Details of cattle ranching, paleontological fieldwork, and small-town life all combine to heighten the realism and suspense in Hickam’s (Rocket Boys) latest book, which should appeal to lovers of mysteries and the West.”

    Library Journal

  • “The rare novel that pits science against cowboy doggedness, getting both of them right.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "The Dinosaur Hunter is a fascinating thriller, well crafted and relentless, about a murderer who stalks the peerless dinosaur bone-beds of a remote Montana ranch. A cross between Tony Hillerman and Larry McMurtry, this is one hell of a good read.”

    Douglas Preston, author of Tyrannosaur Canyon

  • “The Dinosaur Hunter reveals Hickam to be a combination of John Sandford and Michael Crichton, with a generous helping of Louis L’Amour thrown in for good measure. It may not take a rocket scientist to write a novel, but Homer Hickam shows that this rocket scientist can spin a darned good yarn.”

    Peter Larson, coauthor of Rex Appeal and Bones Rock

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jami | 2/13/2014

    " This was a weird story with disjointed characters and generic dialogue. Definitely my least favorite of the Hickham books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nici | 2/13/2014

    " I had a hard time getting started but once i got past the first couple of chapters ,I couldn't put it down.Was up late a few nights with this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/3/2014

    " Homer Hickman's novel, The Dinosaur Hunter a story about a group of people who look for dinoaur bones. There is mystery, a one sided love story, and various interaction between all the characters, and a little murder to keep things hopping. Overall not a bad story. It was just that ... a quick easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne Stephens | 1/20/2014

    " Cowboys and dinosaurs sound like an odd combination, but Homer Hickam pulls it off in his new novel. I have always enjoyed this author's books, but this one is the best so far. The setting is in the wide open spaces of Montana on the ranch of Jeanette Coulter, a tough widow who knows everything about cattle ranching. Her foreman Mike Wire is the narrator. When a paleontologist asks permission to access federal land adjoining Jeannette's ranch, Mike gets the dinosaur hunting "bug." The story contains action, mystery, adventure and lots of science. I really enjoyed this book and I think it was one of the best ones I've read this year. I learned a lot about Montana and dinosaurs. The book has something for everyone. You will enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/15/2014

    " Listened to this one in the car on the way to work. Slow pace - perfect for the car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Owosina | 1/7/2014

    " It's an easy read. Some interesting info on dinosaurs. It kept my attention although there were some scenes that felt silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billie | 12/30/2013

    " We checked this book out at the library for another one of our long road trips. Hickam does not disappoint. We really enjoy his writing style, characters, and adventures. This was different than the WWII books in materials, but still engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ssigmonc | 10/23/2013

    " Good book... my only complaint is wrapping up all the mysteries and having so much action in the last 20 pages... I felt that for all the detail during the book, the wrapping up could have been spread out a tad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/7/2013

    " Now I want to visit the Badlands in Montana! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/23/2013

    " I read this a few weeks after reading Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier, which also involved fossil hunting. I liked the Montana fossil hunting setting of this book, but the plot and characters were just kind of so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/28/2013

    " Fast-paced mystery in Montana with paleontologists. Was fun. I like the cowboy sense of humor. It also made me snort-laugh how many female characters wanted to bed the main male character. Dudes - if you need an ego boost, and you own a pair of cowboy boots, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/31/2013

    " Not quite what I expected but very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/18/2012

    " Interesting story combining the wide open spaces of Montana, paleontology, and villians who turn out to be Russian mob. It takes 200 of the 300 pages to get to the heart of the storyline. It finished well, though, so I suppose it was worth the build up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 11/29/2012

    " sort of a romp. enjoyed it. a paean to the west, individualism, survivalism, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 10/26/2012

    " I liked it. It was a little hard to get into at first, but then became a real page turner. also some interesting facts about dinasaurs as well woven into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Blake | 8/28/2012

    " Written by the author of "Rocketboys," which was the basis for the movie, "October Sky." It was pretty good...slow at first, but it picked up in the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 2/2/2012

    " Excellent book. The story has an unusual locale and an unusual plot line. Main character has a wry wit and the paleontology was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Leicht | 12/25/2011

    " Hickam writes well. I like the characters, a little too much dinosaur info for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 11/22/2011

    " The first half was more interesting to me than the second half. However, I must say, I'm not overly interested in dinosaurs. For a reader who is, or for a reader who likes science, I think this book would be great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 8/9/2011

    " Genevieve, I think you would enjoy this story set in eastern Montana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/23/2011

    " Was not good, was not bad. A quick read about a ranch where dinosaur bones are discovered. Trouble from bad guys follow and basically you end up with a so so story about how to run a ranch and learn a bit about dinosaurs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 5/5/2011

    " Audio -- I like the all that had ti do with the dig and the ranchers. the back story could have been left out. if the sexual content was taken out this could be a pg read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 4/18/2011

    " This is an interesting novel about Montana, ranchers, dinosaur hunters, and crime. The characters are realistic and draw you into the story. Things go awry on a dinosaur dig and many people show they are not who they seem to be.

    I enjoyed this book, and give it a good recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/10/2011

    " Not quite what I expected but very entertaining.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/14/2011

    " sort of a romp. enjoyed it. a paean to the west, individualism, survivalism, but fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/11/2011

    " I learned more than I really wanted to know about dinosaurs but the story was interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/10/2011

    " I liked it. It was a little hard to get into at first, but then became a real page turner. also some interesting facts about dinasaurs as well woven into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/26/2011

    " Excellent book. The story has an unusual locale and an unusual plot line. Main character has a wry wit and the paleontology was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/13/2011

    " It's an easy read. Some interesting info on dinosaurs. It kept my attention although there were some scenes that felt silly. "

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About the Author

Homer Hickam is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the acclaimed movie October Sky. He has also authored the military history bestseller Torpedo Junction, along with several other popular historical and science fiction novels. A respected amateur historian, scuba expedition leader, and military veteran, he continues to write using his personal experience and history for creative material.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.