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  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • A New History of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rise of the Scientists Who Study Dinosaurs"

  • By Daniel Powell on 09-16-18

1 part dinosaurs : 2 parts filler

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

If you want a collection of mediocre character sketches and personal anecdotes from a paleontologist, sometimes sprinkled with information about dinosaurs, this is the book for you! It's also a great choice if you prefer quantity of audible hours over quality of book.

On the other hand, if you're actually interested in learning about the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, you've got a lot of chaff in the way. The periodic discussions of what we know about Pangaea, early dinosaurs, T-Rex evolution, and more are fascinating, sure. But the author seems to spend as much, if not more, time describing paleontologists he has met or his own personal experiences, than he does actually sharing scientific information.

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  • Waterloo

  • The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208

From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a close run thing!

  • By carl801 on 05-13-15

Disappointing writing & narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Bernard Cornwell again?

Yes; I've enjoyed his fiction series quite a bit, and was surprised by the way that his narrative of Waterloo jumped around abruptly, repeated phrases and ideas unnecessarily (yes, I get that Napoleon wanted to fight the British/Dutch and Prussians separately, you have said that six times in the last four minutes). Cornwell also engages in some very odd tense-shifting, jumping from past tense to present tense, "Napoleon marches" to "the duchess wrote" and back again.

What didn’t you like about Bernard Cornwell and Dugald Bruce Lockhart ’s performance?

Cornwell's introduction was fine. Lockhart's vocal delivery was...weird. Every sentence was read with the same, slightly frantic energy. Sentences where there was clearly supposed to be a pause or emphasis for effect came across at the same level of intention. Then there were some very odd pronunciation choices (I've never heard "tri-colour" prononunced "treek-o-lor").

Between Lockhart's narration and Cornwell's disjointed writing, it was very hard to tell when the narrative was moving from one scene or story arc to another.

What character would you cut from Waterloo?

The narrator. A better narrator could have made up for the sins of the writing.

Any additional comments?

I only got about an hour into this, and even listening to the book in the background as I did other things, the poor writing and narration were too distracting to continue.