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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Fiffer Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9781596005013
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In 1990, Peter Larson, with his team of commercial fossil hunters from the Black Hills Institute, discovered the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen in history. He dubbed it "Sue" after the field paleontologist who first saw it sticking out of a sandstone cliff on the ranch of Maurice Williams, a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member in South Dakota's badlands. Because the skelton was 90% complete, its study promised to yield up priceless information on the life and habits of the T Rex. Larson made out a check to Williams for $5,000 to purchase the bones, and planned to make Sue the centerpiece of a museum that he and his brother had dreamed for years of building. In 1992, however, federal agents raided the Institute and seized Sue, triggering the greatest custody battle in paleontological history. In the end, Sue would be auctioned off to Chicago's Field Museum. Tyrannosaurus Sue is the definitive insider's look at how this dramatic discovery, and the ensuing legal struggle, played out. Everyone from the Jurrasic Park crowd of dinosaur lovers to those who delight in a well-told, exciting true story will enjoy this audiobook. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Moore | 2/20/2013

    " I've been a dinosaur nut since I could talk, so this might not be others' thing. But it's a juicier read than it sounds; legal battles and broken promises, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/27/2012

    " When the book deals with the archeological dig and archeological information it is very interesting. When the book discusses the long, tedious, convoluted court cases which Sue's discovery births, as it were, the book makes conversation with my mother-in-law seem more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 1/21/2012

    " I listened to this book while working on a long stained glass project. It is a well written piece of journalism. The authors do a fine job of describing the many stake holders each putting forth their claim upon the fossil skeleton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 11/17/2011

    " Incredible journey of finding such a magnificent beast of the past and the intrigue of who it belonged too. All about money as you can imagine! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/2/2010

    " Rather dull legal maneuverings and nearly entirely one-sided treatment, though nice handling of auction sequence and final chapters. Could use some fact-checking - and photos to supplement (no pics within at all). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 8/20/2010

    " Story of a T. Rex dug up in South Dakota; the people who found her, and the government's crusade to prosecute them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/15/2010

    " Took me awhile to get thru this, but it was kind of interesting. I really didn't know anything about this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 7/13/2010

    " The story of tyrannosaurs Sue is very interesting. The writing style is not. I almost put the book down several times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/23/2010

    " Tale of digging up Sue, it's seizure, trial and auction an display. Interesting but just so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/22/2010

    " Story of a T. Rex dug up in South Dakota; the people who found her, and the government's crusade to prosecute them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 12/21/2008

    " The story of tyrannosaurs Sue is very interesting. The writing style is not. I almost put the book down several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/29/2008

    " I've been a dinosaur nut since I could talk, so this might not be others' thing. But it's a juicier read than it sounds; legal battles and broken promises, etc. "

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About the Author
Steve Fiffer is a lawyer, journalist, and the author of the recently published Three Quarters, Two Dimes & A Nickel. He co-authored, with Morris Dees, two books: A Season for Justice, and Hate on Trial, which was a 1993 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives with his wife, Sharon, and their three children in Evanston, Illinois.
About the Narrator

Jim Bond is a writer and audiobook narrator who has voiced nearly two hundred titles including Blood Is the Sky, Escape the Rat Race, A Thousand Country Roads, and many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.