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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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  • G. Morgan
  • 05-13-18

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
  • 06-12-18

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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  • gingerpoet
  • 07-25-18

unlistenable

The book seems wonderful. Unfortunately, the narration style absolutely ruined it for me. Genuinely couldn't stand to keep listening. Definitely try a sample before you buy - wish I had. I'm not saying it would bother everyone, but it came across as stilted and patronising to me, and also really distracting. A real shame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-18

Exactly what I wanted

A thorough review of the dinosaurs' lifetime. Includes information about the environment, specific fossils and people who have helped to shape our knowledge. It's told in clear chapters that make it easier to understand.

I will be listening again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-18

So great I'm going to buy the physical copy

This is a really wonderful book on dinosaurs. Brusatte is clear and passionate in his prose, yet never patronizing to his reader. it took a chapter or two to get used to Lawlor as a reader, but by the end I couldn't imagine anyone else reading it.
The only problem is, as an audio book, you miss out on all the illustrations. I mainly listened to this while driving so I couldn't google the many fascinating creatures this book describes but I loved this book so much in planning on buying the physical copy for my shelf

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  • Keith
  • 06-26-18

Pre-history at its best

An outstanding walk through the life and times of the dinosaurs that captures everything you could want of their story. Filled with interest nuggets it is both entertainment and academic, which are not easily brought together.

I think above all his passion for the topic and interest in their story ring most solidly. Loved it, very much recommended.

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  • james Sinon
  • 06-21-18

Nice story well told 10/10

very good book well written in a understanding educational storyline... go for it
A lot of the characters in the book at the writer mentions seem to give a different dimension an understanding to fossil hunting And the characters involved the narration is very good

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  • Fishforreal
  • 06-05-18

Engaging

Really found this interesting. It let me get back to a fascination with dinosaurs from childhood. Fascinating insights into how the current understanding has come about. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Mike
  • 06-04-18

Brilliant

As i am a bit of a fossil enthusiast this was right down my street.

The book was well written and well read it was engaging and informative please publish more books on this topic.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in fossils

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  • carl
  • 05-23-18

great book.

I'd like to learn more. can you do one on prehistoric mammals and sea creatures?

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  • Will
  • 06-13-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-18

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.