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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
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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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  • 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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  • Alex Pritchard
  • 01-11-19

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
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-19

Great introduction to palaeontology

The writing was very enthusiastic and engaging, and the author was excellent in terms of making the subject matter engaging and relevant. It was however somewhat quirky, for an essentially academic text though, particularly the potted history of the palaeontologists referred to and the descriptions of the expeditions. Consequently, it felt like as much an introduction to the world of palaeontology as it was an analysis of the rise and fall of the Dinosaurs.

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  • VC
  • 05-09-19

Fascinating insight

I’ve often wondered how a single rock.....all be it a big one! Could wipe out the most successful species ever to walk this planet. This has certainly helped and just such an interesting story, well read.

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  • Chris
  • 04-22-19

Fantastically informative and entertaining book.....

I’ve been looking for a good title on the subject of Dinosaurs for a little while and when I found this one I figuratively grabbed it with both hands (much like a T. Rex, I have now learned would do!)

I was not disappointed as this book is completely absorbing. A great story that is beautifully written and filled with knowledge of our current understanding of the subject.

The book also paints a vibrant picture of some of the colourful characters in the field of Palaeontology and Archaeology.

Finally, I found the narrator to be gripping. He reads beautifully, with an apparent understanding of the topic and a real grasp of the authors character. He reminds me a little of Dan Carlin of the wonderful Hardcore History Podcast - not a bad thing at all!

Great book, treat yourself to it now......

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  • M. R. Kemp
  • 04-03-19

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
  • 01-22-19

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
  • 01-18-19

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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  • Mythago
  • 01-07-19

really great book!

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

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-19

Amazing.

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

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  • jack
  • 02-06-19

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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  • Inman
  • 10-18-18

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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  • Deborah Crow
  • 08-28-18

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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  • 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.