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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

The Untold Story of a Lost World
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years. 

In this hugely ambitious and engrossing story of how dinosaurs rose to dominate the planet, using the fossil clues that have been gathered using state-of-the-art technology, Steve Brusatte, one of the world's leading palaeontologists, follows these magnificent creatures from the Early Triassic period at the start of their evolution through the Jurassic period, to their final days in the Cretaceous and the legacy that they left behind. 

Along the way, Brusatte introduces us to the cast of new dinosaur hunters and gives an insight into what it's like to be a palaeontologist whose job it is to hunt for dinosaurs. He offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable discoveries he has made, including primitive human-size tyrannosaurs, monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex, and feathered raptor dinosaurs preserved in lava from China. 

At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures who ruled the earth before us. 

©2018 Steve Brusatte (P)2018 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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So good!

So in-depth, so fantastic and a timely reminder at the end, thankyou, think ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ but for Dinosaurs

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Great listen

Highly enjoyable, engaging and easy listening. Brusatte does a great job bringing the many characters both extinct and present to life. narration was good and never impeded the story. I liked how the auther brought himself into the story talking about his mentors, colleagues and expeditions he went on giving it a more personal flavour. Strongly recommend.

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Outstanding Book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. I was hooked from beginning to end and learnt so much more about dinosaurs that I didn't know before. Well written and easy to understand. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of the science of dinosaurs and the wonderful diversity of life that previously existed on our planet. This book easily deserves 5 stars.

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A whole world revealed.

As a life long student of the natural world I seek out areas of ignorance..When browsing Audible I saw this book and recognized I knew little about dinosaurs.
This well constructed book has lead me through a new world with humor and good pacing.
Highly recommend.

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A summary without a thesis

This book is recommended as a summary of the current thinking on dinosaurs organised around a timeline of their time in Earth. Beyond this it, it had very little to say. Unlike the Robert Bakker book of the 1980s, it advanced no interesting new thesis. Furthermore, it was peppered with pastiche descriptions of characters from paleontology that made me cringe. By the end, it had undermined my interest in dinosaurs, since it indicated no current debates and read like an apologia for a discipline that had slipped into dullness

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Loved it

Really well written book. I especially enjoyed the writers explanations of his life experiences. Also enjoyed the narrator, it just makes it easier to listen to when I can feel the passion of the narrator.

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  • G. Morgan
  • 13-05-2018

Very enjoyable.

Very enjoyable, well performed, clearly written, lots of things that I didn’t previously know from childhood fascination, I recommend.

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  • stewart
  • 12-06-2018

fascinating

Brilliant overview of the rise of TRex and his cousins, that dispelled so many if the "facts" that I have came to know.

I now feel both compelled to learn more (the ultimate measure of success for any introductory text) and to put on a cowboy hat and get out to Hells Creek and search for some bones myself!

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  • M. R. Kemp
  • 03-04-2019

Really interesting read on Dinosaurs antecedents and descendants!

A great story of the rise and fall of on of the most interesting species ever. Excellently told as a story of evolution of both science and the creatures themselves from a palaeontology expert.

If this is your bag, a must read!

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  • B. W. Evans
  • 22-01-2019

Truly very interesting book

I have an interest in palaeontology but I hoped that this book would be useful for dropping off to sleep with at the end of the day as well as listening to in the car.

It is extremely well read very interesting highly informative and I don’t listen to at nights anymore I’m learning so much from this book I’m really glad I purchased it

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  • AReader
  • 18-01-2019

Interesting, and read with gusto!

I found this informative and fun. Both writing and narration are good. It's very up to date as of 2019.

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  • Alex Pritchard
  • 11-01-2019

Superb! What a fantastic story

Brusatte has always been a hero of mine and this book delivered! inspiring, fantastical and amazing. Brusatte takes you on a trip around the world, nd through time. interspesing dinosaur history with his own stories and memories while conducting research in the field.

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  • Mythago
  • 07-01-2019

really great book!

I loved this, wish it was longer. it has reignited my childhood love of dinosaurs.

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  • Mr. A. J. Kingshott
  • 02-01-2019

reignited my childhood passion.

Just to know with confidence that birds are dinosaurs makes me happy. Check this out.

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  • Ross Nevin
  • 19-12-2018

A throughly informative piece of writing

Without doubt the best book I have ever read/listened to about my favourite subject dinosaurs.

Excellently written and highly informative whilst also entertaining. Very well narrated also.

The description of the last days of the Cretaceous period gave me goosebumps, it was as if I was there experiencing every moment.

A truly wonderful book.

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  • matt
  • 20-10-2018

loved it

great balance of education and entertainment, the later provided by many tales of eccentric scientists and world travel.