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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
Categories: History, Ancient
5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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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 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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Amazing.

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

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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2019

Wonderfully engaging

Not just a thoroughly enjoyable overview of the current state of dinosaur knowledge but also a unique insight into the world of a paleontologist filled with a vibrant cast of scientific characters. The evident enthusiasm of the author is helped by an enthusiastic narrator

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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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  • dot_stockport
  • 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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  • kenneth
  • 17-08-2019

I really enjoyed this.

Unlike others, i dont mind a bit of background story, who found what and when etc. Over all, a good book was written and a good story was told.

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  • Fichops
  • 08-08-2019

An Absolute Joy!

Fascinating and linguistically beautiful descriptions of another world in time and the amazing creatures that inhabited it. We are relative newcomers to this earth and it was their home a long time before it was ours.