• The Last Days of the Dinosaurs

  • An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World
  • By: Riley Black
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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In The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Riley Black walks listeners through what happened in the days, the years, the centuries, and the million years after the impact, tracking the sweeping disruptions that overtook this one spot, and imagining what might have been happening elsewhere on the globe. Life’s losses were sharp and deeply-felt, but the hope carried by the beings that survived sets the stage for the world as we know it now.

Picture yourself in the Cretaceous period. It’s a sunny afternoon in the Hell Creek of ancient Montana 66 million years ago. A Triceratops horridus ambles along the edge of the forest. In a matter of hours, everything here will be wiped away. Lush verdure will be replaced with fire. Tyrannosaurus rex will be toppled from their throne, along with every other species of non-avian dinosaur no matter their size, diet, or disposition. They just don’t know it yet.

The cause of this disaster was identified decades ago. An asteroid some seven miles across slammed into the Earth, leaving a geologic wound over 50 miles in diameter. In the terrible mass extinction that followed, more than half of known species vanished seemingly overnight. But this worst single day in the history of life on Earth was as critical for us as it was for the dinosaurs, as it allowed for evolutionary opportunities that were closed for the previous 100 million years. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

©2022 Riley Black (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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One of the best

There are not many Dinosaurs specific books on Audible, but there are a couple good ones. I place this book immediately into the group of with the best 2 or 3 other Dinosaur books available. The author deals specifically with the Dinosaurs and their world as it happened around them. There isn't down time in which the author talks about the fossils or the fossil hunter's and their stories. This can be beneficial at times but a lot of Dinosaur books get bogged down in stories about the Dinosaur scientists. So this was definitely refreshing take on the topic.

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an excellent book for all ages

Riley black does an excellent job writing about the last days of the dinosaurs and the impact that changed all life on Earth. she speaks about true events from the eyes of imagination. I was captivated the whole time I was reading 10 out of 10 cannot recommend this enough appropriate for all ages.

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A captivating read

I’m a lifelong fan of dinosaurs and it thrilled me to find a book that really went into the story of the asteroid’s impact and how it affected Earth in the centuries afterward. I found the story enthralling and I found the narrator delightfully engaging. There is a good tempo and rhythm to her voice that made it easy for me to follow along, and the writing was crystal clear with just the right amount of scientific terms. I felt the author did a lovely job tying everything together with such deep understanding. I definitely recommend this book to all dinosaur enthusiasts.

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a lovely breath of fresh air

pros are lovely, and bring these animals to life without compromising on accuracy. excellent!

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This is the best science book I have ever listened to

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The author’s exceptional knowledge and the wonderful way she helped me learn about this catastrophic event 61 million years ago and how it affects of every way life on earth today was delightful. If you were going to read one science book, or listen to one science book this year, this is the one I recommend.

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Wow, and not in a good way.

I don’t get all the positive reviews, most likely they’re all his friends. Sadly, I think we’re so desperate for a good book on the Chicxulub impact and the catastrophic events we lower our expectations. I really wanted to like it, it just misses the mark on so many things. I don’t understand how he was able to get permission discussing such an important subject. You would think you would want an actual Paleontologist or someone who actually works at the location to write such an important topic. I am so disappointed, I love the Chicxulub impact and study it feverishly. I can think of a handful more qualified scientists who should’ve written this book. I wouldn’t recommend it if was free. I’m just grateful I get to return it. I will make sure the next time I buy a book, he isn’t the author.

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Engrossing and well researched

The author did really well researching the science behind what happened in this time period and it was very up to date with the most recent knowledge. The story telling was very engrossing, I couldn’t stop going through it. The narrator was great!

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So well written!

I’ve never read a book that so successfully brought prehistory to life! What a great book. Loved the narration too.

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I originally gave it 3 stars ("Pretty Good") but later changed it to 4 stars ("It's Great"). The reason is I watched the 2-hour Nova show 'Dinosaur Collapse' narrated by Sir David Attenborough with guest expert Riley Black which covers much the same material in the book (the release of the book and show coincide). The show has incredible CG that brought to life 66 million years ago on Hell Creek, Montana that felt like true time travel. The world was both familiar and different, but familiar enough to be believable. This then fed into and reinforced what I learned in the book. The two together are more than the sum of parts. Highly recommended to pair these into a multi-multi-media experience (text, audio, video).