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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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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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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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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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Managed to make dinosaurs boring

I can’t tell if it is the narrator or the author who do a disservice to this book but the combination has actively made me cringe several times during listening.
The author’s focus on himself and his own experiences comes at the expense of interesting information and stories about dinosaurs. Which you know, is what I expected given the title.
In an effort to make his experiences as a palaeontologist more exciting he has included inane, out-of-place detail about people and word choices that feel as though he is teaching a class of 5th graders.
If you’re going to make this an autobiography, sell it like that. If you want to talk about prehistoric times, market it like that. This hybrid doesn’t work, it doesn’t told my attention and the author does nothing to improve it.
In fact, he amplifies to ‘talking to a child’ aspect and it ends up sounding like many hours of a man telling you how cool his friends are.
Get the free 6-part series on dinosaurs on Audible, it was much better.

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The perfect audiobook

The book grasps your attention from the beginning and doesn't let it go. From stories of dinosaur bones in Liaoning province and interior Poland, to lush descriptions of the great storms that rolled across Pangea in the Triassic, the book is un put downable. I was sad when the age of dinosaurs came to a close.

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Great book for both casual and expert dinosaur enthusiasts

Brusatte has written absolutely charming love letter to Mesozoic dinosaurs, as well as the field of Paleontology and its many experts. Thoroughly covers the evolutionary path (as well as a single narrative book can anyway) from the end of the Permian all the way through the end of the Cretaceous. The reading by Lawlor was also vivid. Highly recommend.

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awesome delivery if great material.

An enjoyable listen of a subject that could easily be the most interesting ever but be prone to lengthy, wordy, boring and overly articulated explanation. This was the opposite. Relatable stories relating interesting facts in a day to day way that was easy to follow. I will enjoy it again for sure.

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So interesting

Wonderfully told by the author who is obviously very passionate about the subject. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended.

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Amazing.

I loved this book. The content, narration and flow were brilliant. Honestly cannot recommend it enough.

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  • 10-03-2021

bang-on!

There are many things to like about this book. in particular the author's passion for the topic, and insanely colorful depictions of leaders in the field. for ne this book sat perfectly between the Latin of the textbook and more common dumbed down 'facts about dinosaurs ' type of title. Techy enough to be interesting, straightforward enough to hold a busy person's attention. give it a go

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  • 20-08-2019

so glad I didn't let performance get in the way

this is SUCH a good book! The reading is a bit bizarre and I was put off, but a couple of hours in you tend not to notice it anymore. This is entertaining as well as jaw slackeningly interesting.

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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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  • 31-07-2019

Annoying narrator

Can't stand the way this guy talks could only listen to about twenty minutes of what promised to be a fascinating listen

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  • Sarah Spectacles
  • 16-09-2019

Bloody brilliant

fab. super interesting. very nicely paced. eye opening. wish I'd studied paleontology at uni! read this!

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  • Plamen
  • 23-08-2019

A great introduction in the world of Old!

The book was great, as well as the presentation. Quite full of terminologies, but once into it, easy to follow. Plenty of great facts and interesting theories, especially about the anatomy of the actual dinosaurs. It was quite fascinating. Everyone is so enamored by aliens and AI that everybody kinda forgets that there were giant birds, ruling all living millions and millions of years ago.

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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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  • Ronan McGleenan
  • 25-09-2020

Wonderful and engaging just like Dinosaurs

An amazing book both worth the read and listen. It engages both the every day person with the engaging and some strange stories of scientists in the past and Steve Brusatte exploration on the field, in museums and over a drink. Discussing the grandest lineage of evolutionary history Dinosauria. Steve Brusatte is an awesome paleontologist and a fellow that can tell a brilliant story that can both entangle your imagination and curiosity. I've read and listened to this book more times than I can count and I could read it many more times.

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  • Simon finlay
  • 14-09-2020

Well written and well read

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I enjoyed the way the the narrative intertwined the scientific opinion with the characters who researched it. Other reviewers made comment on the reader and how distracting his style was but I thought he was exactly how an American geology professor would sound.(I’m British) he’s not Stephen Fry but sounds absolutely authentic to me.

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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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  • David J Offord
  • 23-04-2021

Great science story well told

Interesting to hear the now familiar story from a younger persons perspective. Allows for a flexible viewpoint rather than the arguing of a long held treasured and now fossilized theorem. Not cold blooded reptiles but endotherms, tick, many had feathers some had wings even when only half their time as masters of their ecosphere was up and as a final proof that they are with us still , evidence of the complex lungs in common with birds , tick tick tick.

The crash of Death star and the extinction of flying fingerprints monsters of the deep and many other lifeforms is vividly portrayed by description of the horrors endured by the greater dinosaurs on their day of obliteration. A bit Hollywood chi but certainly makes the points for a general readership.

This book though incomplete to tell the full story is entertaining and recommended to anyone who like me has a general interest in the subject without a scientific background.

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