Tyrannosaurus Sue

  • by Steve Fiffer
  • Narrated by Jim Bond
  • 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Jurassic Park crowd of dinosaur lovers to those who delight in a well-told, exciting true story will enjoy this audiobook.


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Suing for Sue

The story of the discovery of the legendary T-Rex Sue and of the following legal battle of "suing for Sue" is amazing but the narrative is so overwhelmed with legal details I am sure I would never reached the end of this book if I were actually reading it and not listening to an audio book.

Sometimes the narrative jumps to the general aspects of paleontology and history of the dinosaurs discovery and it is a welcome relieve from the legal proceedings but I am glad it wasn't the first book I read on this subject. It is not so easy to figure out a clear picture from these jumps.
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- Irena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-10-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio