Raptor Red

Raptor Red

by Robert T. Bakker

The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine.

Bakker tells his story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his revolutionary theories in this exciting tale.

From a tragic loss to the fierce struggle for survival to a daring migration to the Pacific Ocean to escape a deadly new predator, Raptor Red combines fact and fiction to capture for the first time the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the most magnificent, enigmatic creatures ever to walk the face of the earth.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.91
  • Pages: 256
  • Publish Date: August 1st 1996 by Bantam
  • Isbn10: 0553575619
  • Isbn13: 9780553575613

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This book is about a female Utahraptor, the second most famous dinosaurian meat-eater. This book is the story of Utahraptor, told through the experiences of an individual raptor, a young adult female. Considered by many to be one of the best dinosaur novels ever, the epic story follows the adventures of a young female Utahraptor during the Cretaceous Period. Animals featured in the book : Utahraptor Pterosaur Acrocanthosaurus Astrodon Deinonychus Diplodocid Gastonia Iguanodon Kronosaurus Ornithomimosaur Reading this book was an educational and entertaining experience. I've learned so much about the various species of dinosaurs and other extinct animals.

Raptor Red, the Utahraptor, over twenty- feet -long, six high and weighting 1,000 pounds, hatched from an egg, in a nest, bird -like, her two front claws are knives, able to penetrate the hardest hides, take down dinosaurs much bigger than she, very brave but does not take silly chances, her red mark on the snout, gives the animal, a distinct appearance, to the new species ( all have it), many times bigger than the previous ones. The flying reptile, lives much longer than dinosaurs, for some unknown reason, he has chosen Raptor Red as a sort of pet, showing where dead meat is, warning of dangerous predators nearby, for years, besides he can eat the leftovers, his weak beak not able to cut open a dead animal's hide...A nice surprise, Raptor Red finds her long -lost sister, taking care of her three, fast- growing, but always rambunctious, hungry chicks, now it will be much easier to hunt, the pair together are very successful.

I've had pet lizards before and I've often wondered what a dinosaur society would be like, even though I know that now we think they were not cold-blooded and had some feathers. I would be interested in reading more books along these lines, if anyone knows of any.

I felt like I was watching a documentary with running commentary from an omniscient narrator, and this is much better than interrupting a dinosaurs thoughts with human interjection.

But what makes this my favorite audio book is for the use of sound effects and music, perfectly accompanied with the story line. Why doesnt ALL audio books use a soundtrack?? The story follows a female Utahraptor, Raptor Red, in her struggles to survive. Also, this was the first time I felt heartbroken and so emotional for troubles with the love-interest in such a short time/the first book. The use of soundtrack and sound effects, like I mentioned, made things not only so much more emotional but the action was (probably) a hundred times more intense. This audio book is also very short (only about 3 hours!) which makes it a really quick listening (and trust me, you wanna keep listening). So I did not really expect much from Raptor Red. But oh no, this story following a Utahraptor was so much more emotional and enjoyable for me and Im so happy for that.

Any reader who isn't afraid of vocabulary & science, age 9 up, can enjoy this.

In Raptor Red, Robert Bakker brings Utahraptors to life, not as killing machines, but as genuine characters that feel and think. Being the picky reader that I am, I was pleasantly surprised with Robert Bakker's Raptor Red. Although I read this book while ago, it has always stuck with me and I find myself thinking about it every now and then.

At Yale University, Bakker studied under John Ostrom, an early proponent of the new view of dinosaurs, and later gained a PhD at Harvard.