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Dinosaur Lake

By: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Narrated by: Johnnie C. Hayes
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Summary

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it's been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he's about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin, people begin to go missing, then there's some mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it's not only growing in size, it's aggressive and cunning and very hungry.

And it's decided it likes human beings. To eat.

And it can come up onto land.

So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men, must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it before it can kill again.

Now DINOSAUR LAKE by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a 2014 EPICS EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* in their suspense/Thriller category.

©2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith (P)2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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narration didn't do the story justice...

I thoroughly enjoyed story but the narration just didn't suit the pace of the story, RC Bray or Jeffery Kafer would've been perfect, even Luke Daniels or Oliver Wyman would have given this story the urgency it desperately needs, it was flat and bland and because of that I won't be continuing the series.

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Really enjoyed the story, the premise and the writing.

I just felt that the narration was bland. There are narrators out there that make you feel you are living every moment. This was not the case with this narration, even in life and death moments, the timbre and tone remained exactly the same.

Shame because the story had lots of action and a great pace.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 05-08-13

Good Escape Listening.

If you could sum up Dinosaur Lake in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, light, fun.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the descriptions of Crater Lake and the Park. The book is not particularly deep or wet your pants thrilling but if you're looking to suspend reality and be entertained by a lake monster for a few hours this will fit the bill. If you read the description and think you might be interested you probably won't be disappointed. The writing and narration are good.

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  • Kaz
  • 31-01-18

Great plot horrible to listen to

So this is my first real negative review on Audible. The plot of this book is fantastic, however the narrator is painful to listen to especially during the action scenes

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  • Deedra
  • 08-03-15

Dinosaur Lake

Would you try another book from Kathryn Meyer Griffith and/or Johnnie C. Hayes?

Yes,I already have

Was Dinosaur Lake worth the listening time?

yes

Any additional comments?

There are monsters in Crater Lake!Although I didn't LOVE this book,I enjoyed the story.I found the science side lacking.I was expecting a specific dinosaur to be named,not just referred to as 'monsters' throughout the book.I liked the storyline.The narrator seemed completely wrong for this book.His reading seemed lackluster and needed depth and feeling. I think this book would be great for the YA crowd.I'd have loved it as a teen.

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  • CLOregon
  • 01-10-14

Scary Adventure!

Where does Dinosaur Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high up there. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dinosaur Lake?

The last few chapters had me a nervous wreck!

Which character – as performed by Johnnie C. Hayes – was your favorite?

The main character. He felt very likable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Hayes gave the characters a very down-to-earth feel, which I thought was very appropriate for this book. Loved the book, too.

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  • S A
  • 04-09-13

Wow, just wow

What would have made Dinosaur Lake better?

Writing male characters as males. They run around wrestling with their emotions while making emotional decisions that create ridiculous situations. Basically they appear to be women masquerading as men. The female character makes stupid decisions and puts herself in situations that no sane person would.

Has Dinosaur Lake turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like the genre, this just isn't a good example. The science is incorrect or ludicrous.

What didn’t you like about Johnnie C. Hayes’s performance?

The narrator's style and voice didn't fit subject well, but it may be more the content than the narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not many redeeming qualities. The premise sounded good, but the direction the book went in and the lack of any basic research or credible situations and writing pretty much killed it.

Any additional comments?

Try Relic instead. I'm asking for my money back on this one.

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  • Fascinatingbooks
  • 22-08-15

Fun and exciting dinosaur adventure!

If you could sum up Dinosaur Lake in three words, what would they be?

Dinosaurs are Awesome!

What did you like best about this story?

The story was a straightforward adventure, not a lot of over done military weapons or insane carnage. I also liked the characters, and the setting was wonderful. I appreciate the lack of bad language and explicit sex scenes too.

Have you listened to any of Johnnie C. Hayes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't, but I would definitely listen to another one. His "down home" style was perfect.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There's Something in Crater Lake ... and it's Hungry!

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which I already own.

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  • Elle L.F.
  • 08-10-13

Make sure to listen to the sample.

I hate to insult the narrator - who reads aloud nicely - but I think this story would sound better read by someone who can add energy to an action novel. No disrespect intended, honestly, but this story's execution is fairly weak, and suffers so much more from the lackluster narration. IMHO the listening experience is exactly like hearing your grandpa read aloud to you. The rare action scenes are almost entirely softened and flattened by the friendly, folksy reading.

The naive, Mayberry-esque characters are also a distraction from what could be a solid story. The writing seems oriented to an audience who knows little of geology or dinosaurs. Give the characters some edge, remove the "character development" which feels like filler written by a 12-year-old, add more science, and you could have a fun short story. As it is, Dinosaur Lake is a long-lost episode of The Andy Griffith Show: the one where they find a big monster in the mud pond, a "woman reporter" gets eaten alive - and haha - it's no big deal. No need to involve anyone besides Andy and Barney Fife. They can handle it.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 07-05-18

Dinosaur vs Humans @ Crater Lake

Dinosaur Lake
By: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Narrated by: Johnnie C. Hayes
This is a book I could easily picture in my mind as it was reading to me. Well written, good characters, and a big meat eater out of nowhere! But this is what fantasy is for, to entertain and suspend beliefs for a bit. Forgot science and have fun! If it's got a dinosaur in it and it is eating someone, I want to read it!
The narrator has a slightly gruff voice but somehow that worked with this story. It might not with all stories but it worked great with this one!

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  • MisMissyC
  • 27-01-17

A dinosaur thriller with a 1950's B movie flavor!!

If you could sum up Dinosaur Lake in three words, what would they be?

I can't. Theres dinosaurs, good ole boy park rangers, and 1950's Mayberry feels.
Maybe I'm interpreting this book a little different from others, but to me, this book had a definite Sheriff Andy saves the town from Dinosaurs! vibe to it. I'm not complaining at all, I enjoyed this book very much, as well as the narrators interpretation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Park Ranger Henry Shore. During the entire book I was feeling "Sheriff Andy and the Valley of the Dinosaurs" in a mix of 1950's B movies, which I happen to love, so this was a great book for me. I enjoyed all the side characters introduced. The world building was good, and the author definitely captured the essence of an old fashioned state park atmosphere.

What does Johnnie C. Hayes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first I was a little put off by the deep slow drawl of the narrator, but as I got into the book, and got to know Henry and company, I found his voice and interpretation to be just right.

Who was the most memorable character of Dinosaur Lake and why?

Henry Shore

Any additional comments?

This is not a great book, but its a fun read and worth a credit. a PG rating suitable to younger listeners. Some gore and tense moments, and some characters do get "eaten" by the dinosaur.

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  • Jan
  • 24-03-16

Scary good!

Purchased as Whispersync on the cheap courtesy of EBooksHabit.
I have several works by this author, and bought this because I was delighted to get one of her books so cheaply, a real win-win!
Great lead-in and mood setting, characters established early and well. Characters are well developed and there is no problem relating to the reactions and dilemmas of each. The plot is well developed and nicely paced with some really good plot twists.
Narrator expands upon the characters and is an excellent audio performer.

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