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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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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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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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Bloody brilliant

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

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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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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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Wonderful and engaging just like Dinosaurs

An amazing book both worth the read and listen. It engages both the every day person with the engaging and some strange stories of scientists in the past and Steve Brusatte exploration on the field, in museums and over a drink. Discussing the grandest lineage of evolutionary history Dinosauria. Steve Brusatte is an awesome paleontologist and a fellow that can tell a brilliant story that can both entangle your imagination and curiosity. I've read and listened to this book more times than I can count and I could read it many more times.

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Well written and well read

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I enjoyed the way the the narrative intertwined the scientific opinion with the characters who researched it. Other reviewers made comment on the reader and how distracting his style was but I thought he was exactly how an American geology professor would sound.(I’m British) he’s not Stephen Fry but sounds absolutely authentic to me.

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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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Perfect to Get back into Dinosaurs

Absolutely Superb, great narration, simple to understand yet detailed beyond belief. Couldn't recommend the book higher to anybody

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bang-on!

There are many things to like about this book. in particular the author's passion for the topic, and insanely colorful depictions of leaders in the field. for ne this book sat perfectly between the Latin of the textbook and more common dumbed down 'facts about dinosaurs ' type of title. Techy enough to be interesting, straightforward enough to hold a busy person's attention. give it a go