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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (397 ratings)

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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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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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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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Bloody brilliant

fab. super interesting. very nicely paced. eye opening. wish I'd studied paleontology at uni! read this!

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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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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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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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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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Interesting

Loved it and its really interesting where dinosaurs came and what happened to them and the narrator is superb

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Very interesting book

I learned a lot listening to this book - but I had downloaded many cladistic trees of dinosaurs, sauropods and therapods which made it all more easy to understand. It is not quite a book for a complete beginner ........ I became marginally irritated by all references to his fellow palaeontologists ...... Was sorry that there was not more on all the different types of dinosaurs - duck bills for instance - it really mainly focussed on T rex and his/her antecedents.

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Very educational

apart from the constant name dropping, it was interesting and informative. The narration is good.