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.
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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...
What a remarkable man with a remarkable life. I learnt so much not only about the natural world but his philosophy on life is just beautiful. His story is so interesting and exceptionally funny. I couldn't recommend this any more.
The story was very interesting, and David Attenborough's reading of it was excellent. the only issue is that some of the anecdotes have been used in other books published on this site, for example his bbc sties. But in general a very enjoyable listen.
This is absolutely superb! Starting in the early 1950s when Attenborough joins the BBC, he recounts his work in front of and behind the camera on the nature, anthropological, and other programs he is so deservedly famous for. The stories are fascinating, and David is just as good a writer and narrator of his autobiography as he is of his programs on air. The early days of nature films really were major explorations akin to Stanley and Livingstone. Attenborough films and captures new species, explores area and meets tribes that have rarely seem a westerner, and tests and develop new camera and sound techniques. He talks with humor and intelligence about his experiences. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, and it's certainly one I will listen to a second and maybe even a third time. I recommend this to absolutely everyone - a gem!