If you watch BBC's documentaries (even the older ones) just to hear Sir David's insightful presentations, you will be delighted. This is over 19 hours of David Attenborough, by David Attenborough. It has become a collection of bedtime stories for me, detailing great adventures and well-told dramas from all over the world with the same eloquence and ease we are used to from Attenborough himself. Being an excellent storyteller, each new anecdote is thoughtfully arranged for your comprehension and entertainment. Often, the story itself or its impactful method of presentation was so humorous/amazing, I shared it with whoever was around, having retold it the best I could to do it the justice that Attenborough intended.
Listen to these passages only one or two at a time. Rewind if you think you missed something (remember, his keen editing eye included it for a reason).These stories are more memorable and meaningful that way since there are so many, and the audiobook can last a lot longer if you do. You'll be grateful if it lasts- even if it's temping to listen to just one more before bedtime.
As a longtime fan of David Attenborough's documentaries, I expected to enjoy this book from the beginning. I was expecting to love it as much as I did. In fact, my love of the book just continued to grow as it went on.
I found the details of the filming of his programs particularly fascinating, especially the really early ones. I did not know how few resources went into those early programs. Today, it is hard to imagine a nature documentary being shot by only two people out somewhere in the middle of the jungle. It's truly inspiring to hear of that kind of adventurous spirit.
And of course this book was narrated by the man himself. Who could ask for a better narrator?
David Attenborough's life pursuing Natural History has for me, been utterly revolutionary. He's inspired me since I was a young boy watching Killer Whales striking at Sea Lion pups on the coasts of Patagonia on BBC to pursue a life worth of celebrating the various length of biological miracles we have the pleasure of walking and living amongst. This audiobook helped flesh out more of the man; who's voice is generally considered a natural treasure, to being even more of a delight. By all means, this is worth every minute of your time.
well read. a pleasure to listen to. fascinating not just for the natural history but also for the glimps of filming history and the development of cameras and film. also on how conservation has developed.
This is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've had the pleasure to listen to. I have not been using audiobooks for long, but this is easily my favourite so far.
The three things I particularly liked about this book were the narrator (David Attenborough himself), the first-hand insight into the history and development of TV and nature filming, and the insane and fascinating stories of travel to what were remote parts of the globe in the mid-late 20th century.
Most people are familiar with Attenborough's famous voice from his many documentaries, and he brings the same level of emotion and awe and wit into his narration of his own memoirs. The listening is easy and the structure of the book is very easy to follow. He had me laughing to myself on many occasions about some of things that happened to him whilst filming for BBC.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in natural history, modern history, or who enjoys a good anecdote. Attenborough's Life on Air is a truly fascinating account and contains many extraordinary and entertaining tales.
Fantasy and Romance Author
I grew up watching Attenborough's wildlife documentaries on PBS, and found this book an absolute joy to listen to--fascinating and frequently-hilarious anecdotes of his globetrotting adventures, skillfully-narrated by the man himself.
He's a man who loves animals and people, and his joy in his experiences and discoveries, as well as his deep respect for the various people he met, really came across in this memoir.
One of the best books I've listened to this year--I was actually disappointed on the days when my commute ran smoothly, because it meant less time with David Attenborough in Africa, or Australia, or South America, or Tonga, or...