Family Fun Audiobook Review: Dinotopia by James Gurney

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be contacted by Carrie from the ZBS Foundation as to whether I would be interested in reviewing their audiobook of “Dinotopia”. I had heard of “Dinotopia” the beautifully illustrated picture book, but didn’t know much about it. I happily agreed and received both “Dinotopia” and “Dinotopia: the World Beneath”. My discriminating listeners and I listened to “Dinotopia” in the car this past week.

“Dinotopia” tells the story of Arthur and his son, Will, who are shipwrecked and stranded on an island inhabited by dinosaurs (and other humans who are descendants of previously shipwrecked people) in the 1860’s.  They adapt to their new surroundings and communities, have adventures, etc.

My kids – ages 5 and 6 – and I loved listening to this audiobook. Unlike other ones we’ve heard, this story is performed with a full cast and sound effects. The kids loved the music and the background sounds of dinosaurs, a busy shopping center, the jungle, etc. They followed along with the story and often asked for me to turn it on in the car (a true mark of favor!). I have not read the books in the series, but this one appeared to end as a chapter in a series. We’ll look forward to listening to the next installment!

This was a truly unique listening experience for us, and I’d like to thank Carrie from the ZBS Foundation (my understanding from checking their website is that it is a non-profit arts organization) for sending us these audio CD’s for our enjoyment!

I’ll have to give this one 5 Stars!

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