The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt

  • by William Nothdurft, Josh Smith
  • Narrated by Michael C. Hall
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The date is January 11, 1911. A young German paleontologist, accompanied only by a guide, a cook, and four camels, reaches the vast Bahariya Depression after a long trek across the western desert of Egypt. Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach hopes to find fossil evidence of early mammals. At the bottom of the Bahariya Depression, Stromer will find the remains of four entirely new dinosaurs, along with dozens of other unique specimens. But there will be reversals - shipments delayed for years, fossils shattered, stunning setbacks. Then, in a single cataclysmic night, all of his work will be destroyed, and Ernst Stromer will slip into history and be forgotten.The date is January 11, 2000 - 89 years to the day after Stromer descended into Bahariya. Another young paleontologist, American graduate student Josh Smith, has brought a team of fellow scientists to Egypt to find Stromer's dinosaur graveyard. After weeks of digging, they fail utterly. Then, just when they are about to declare defeat, Smith's team discovers a dinosaur of such staggering immensity that it will stun the world of paleontology and make headlines around the globe.Masterfully weaving together history, science, and human drama, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt is the gripping account of not one but two of the 20th century's great expeditions of discovery.

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What the Critics Say

"An engaging mix of history and desert drama, this Indiana Jones-type adventure is first-rate popular science." (Publishers Weekly)

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Both my 4 year old son & I enjoyed this book!

I found this book to be entertaining, enlightening and a joy to listen to. The narrator is well matched to the subject. I heartily recommend this book to any one interested in paleontology, dinosaurs, archaeology, geology, historical environments, the European science community of the early 1900's, Egypt and/or the history of those subjects.

My 4 year old son and I were listening to this book on a long drive to meet up with my folks. We met half way & were in the process of transferring my son to his grandparents when I offered the CD's/book to my parents. They refused saying they were listening to the Adams book. My son over heard this exchange and threw a *fit* saying he wanted to listen to the rest of the dinosaur book.
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- Alyssa

Science and history come alive

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt. The authors interwove the stories of two excavations in the Egyptian desert into a very interesting mystery. It?s rare to be entertained while learning a great deal about archeology, paleontology, geology, and history at the same time. Plus the narrator is terrific.
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- Ursula

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio