• The Rise and Reign of the Mammals

  • A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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The Rise and Reign of the Mammals

By: Steve Brusatte
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
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Fantastic Book

I was a pleasure to experience how a great scientist could also be such a great author. I enjoy reading science books but had prepared myself to get ready for a lot scientific details about a lot of animals I probably would never have heard of and thought that it might become a strain or tedious. What a pleasant surprise. The author tells the complete story of the evolution of mammals in the perspective of the history of the changes in the planet through geologic time periods. He does it in such a way that it reads like a novel. It was truly one of the best, most enjoyable science books I have read.

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Endlessly Fascinating

Well written and involving, the history of the mammal is both amazing and hard to believe at time, luck could have gone other ways.

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More books like this

I love learning about natural history. I always wondered what happened about after the Dinosaurs went extinct and this book helped bridge that gap. I could listen to a dozen more books like this.

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Outstanding

Outstanding book! Well done! compelling and endlessly fascinating! Easy read, hard to stop listening to and highly recommend.

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Excellent Book

Sometimes, scientific books with a lot dates and technical nomenclature are difficult to listen to. This was not the case. The author wove in stories, antidotes, and personal experiences that made this fascinating book very easy to listen to. Steve Brusatte has written another outstanding book!

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could have been better

I would have given this book More stars, the anti-European sentiment needs to go. migration and relocation of humans and other animals is always messy. The author seems to have made a special point of laying More blame on the Europeans

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Fascinating Read

I am not a paleontologist nor any other kind of scientist, but recently I have become obsessed with books that explain how the world became what it is today. That obsession led me to listen to this book.
There is plenty of science in this book, and Brusatte doesn’t skimp on the use of those incredibly complicated animal names, but he adds just enough personal anecdotes and downright story telling to keep the narrative going. His highly fictionalized but factual tale of the little pregnant mini horse who fell into a lake and became a fossil is a delight. So is his encounter with a legendary Polish bone digger. His explanation of the infamous asteroid extinction event 66 million years ago, and other less catastrophic but life altering incidents, are so well told I listened to them twice.
Patrick Lawlor is an outstanding narrator—so good you would swear he wrote the book.
At 13 hours, the book won’t take a month to listen to. I truly enjoyed listening, not only because I learned so much but also because Brusatte is such a great story teller.

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Let's Add This To Our Current Scgool Curriculum

If 1 in 3 Americans read this book we could simply change the way we are experiencing the 🌎, for good!

Well done Steve, THANK YOU!

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Stale, diluted and repetitive.

There is a bit of good info hidden in this garbage book. the author constantly strays from his expertise and spews fallacy ridden tropes and constantly reminds the reader that people are horrible every paragraph. Book ends with a ridiculous guilt trip future horror epilogue. This book is almost nothing about the history of mammals and just a platform for an annoying, smug second rate professor to spout belittling tropes and shovel recycled rhetoric on readers that just want to know about prehistoric flying squirrels. There are some really great books about climate change. this author should read one.

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Move over Dinosaurs!!!

You could feel the author's passion coming over in this book. I kept telling my wife and kids facts I had learned in this book and found myself talking to people about mammals and their evolution: great book and a good read.

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