• 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 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-04-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Audio

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Summary

A sweeping and groundbreaking history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists.

The dinosaurs. 66 million years ago, the Earth's most fearsome and spectacular creatures vanished. Today their extraordinary true story remains one of our planet's great mysteries.

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. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers - themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period - into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs' peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth's history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a "sixth extinction".

Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research - which he calls "a new golden age of discovery" - and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.

An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs' epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

©2018 Stephen Brusatte (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Arthur Sippo
  • 02-05-18

A general update on modern dinosaur science

Great book written in a breezy fashion. Does not deal with the minutia but gives a grand overview of dinosaurs: where they cam from, what they were like, and what happened to them. A good book for the interested layman and for those who want to caught up on the latest findings in Paleontology.

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  • allen
  • 01-05-18

what a great book!

loved this book. the author's writing style is informal, fun, and energetic and the narrator translates it like a pro.

the book is a nice blend of personal annecdote and intro to paleontology. should satisfy those who love layman's history and science plus the adventure book crowd.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-18

A dinosaur lover's love!

I absolutely loved this book. It was quite a treat learning about the multiple periods, the animals within, and the story about the author's profession (and personal) growth. One of my favorites!

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  • Alex
  • 31-05-18

A fantastic reintroduction to the evolutionary history of Dino’s

Since I’ve been a kid always loved dinosaurs and have read quite a bit of pop sci stuff on the topic. This book did a great job establishing a timeline and structure that kept me interlocked with the story he told while providing the information I was looking for. Highly recommend.

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  • Khodg
  • 23-05-18

great book and narrator🤓

this book was a great! perfect for every dino need out there and those just curious about our natural history. The writer combined with the narrator made what some people may consider a dry or boring topic action packed and exciting living in the time of the dinosaur. Ever since I’ve started reading this Ive been telling people to look at the “dinosaur” in the trees or flying in the air. they look confused and I recommend this book

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  • John
  • 21-05-18

A bad mixture between the narrator and the author

The travelog sections are terrible and bring down the whole book. The actual parts about the dinosaurs are great, but hearing about the author is worried about speaking the local language and running over people with their expensive luggage is tiresome.

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  • Ryan
  • 14-06-18

A superb review of what we know and don't know!

A superb review of what we know and don't know about Dinosaurs. Fantastic for those of us who haven't really kept up with the latest "news" on Dinosaurs since the early 2000s or so. As an added bonus the author does a great job telling us how these discoveries were made and makes an effort to humanize the otherwise lengthy list of scientists who have made all this knowledge possible.

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  • Juan Peña
  • 10-06-18

AMAZING! A time traveling experience

What an amazing book, loved it! A real, complete, look into paleonthology, Darwinism and the history of the planet we live on. I had never read something like this and Im totally mind-blown. 5-stars and a standing ovation for Steve Brusatte.

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  • kenneth m. mcdonald
  • 09-06-18

Entertaining and insightful!

An enjoyable treatise on dinosaurs. Lively and interesting. Suitable those with a casual interest or for a serious hobbyist. Recommended.

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  • Steven Petersen
  • 01-06-18

Great overview of latest take on dinosaurs

Nice mix of human interest (the author seems to be friends with every major paleontologist) and descriptions of the latest dinosaur research, methods, and theories. And well handled by the narrator so the author’s unabashed enthusiasm and dino geekiness comes through :-) As someone who grew up with an interest in dinosaurs then didn’t pay much attention beyond knowing about a big asteroid ending it all, it was very interesting and informative. So that’s how they can figure out what color dinosaurs were!