We find Gerald Durrell coping with uncooperative animals and TV producers during the filming of The Amateur Naturalist.
©1985 The Estate of Gerald Durrell (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
How to Shoot an Amateur Naturalist could have been a great book. I love animal stories and I love photography, so I thought this would be a fabulous combination of the two.
The author went into too much detail about things that weren't really funny or necessary to the stories and didn't provide enough detail about things that were amusing. Don't get me wrong...there were several moments of hilarity that made me laugh, but there weren't enough of them to justify the time or the credit that I spent reading this book.
If you're really into film making, you might enjoy the "backstage view" of the filmmaking process that is provided. Personally, I wanted to hear more about mishaps with the animals.
The narrator, Nigel Davenport, is the only thing that kept me going. He has a wonderfully smooth voice, and I would gladly listen to him read something worthy of his skill. This just wasn't it.
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