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See the world. Then make it better.

I am 94. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. 

As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. 

I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet contains my witness statement and my vision for the future - the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.

We have the opportunity to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.

All we need is the will to do so.

©2020 David Attenborough (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Read this book to learn, but also to honour the man. We shall never see his like again." (Sunday Times)

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Masterpiece

Sir David presents an eloquent and well-researched narrative of the status quo of our beloved planet. He gives a balanced view of the risks we face and the solutions that are available and that are still needed for humanity and nature to live in harmony. The book is much more detailed than the movie. It is a must read. I also loved that he narrated the book himself, with his familiar and soothing British accent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-20

Doesn't get much better than this.

I hope every person on Earth will listen to this book (and then go plant some trees)

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  • ian
  • 11-29-20

The most important book of our time.

I would say, without any doubt, the most important read /watch / listen of our time. David Attenborough's 'witness statement' is stark, however, his vision and solution is quite simple. Imagine a world that has enough food for everyone, no fumes and emissions, clean air and water, less noise, vast woodlands and forests and oceans teaming with life, a global community that actually communicates and works together to exchange ideas and advance our technologies and economies, that helps developing countries reach their economic goals through sustainable food, energy and technology production. A world without poverty and prejudice! We can see for ourselves that what we have done so far, does not work and is not the way to progress!

I personally think this book should be given to every student in every school across the globe🌱

This is our choice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

Incredible book by an incredible man

Such a powerful book with an amazing eye opening message. Brilliantly read by Sir David, highly recommend.

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  • Annelies Willerton
  • 10-04-20

An absolute must-read/listen!

A book with the most important message that I hope everyone chooses to read and take in. Even better as an audiobook with David Attenborough’s voice. Harrowing and inspiring at the same time. Brilliant.

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  • Rosie
  • 10-29-20

Everyone Must Read This

This book will both terrify you, and show you a glimmer of hope for the future of our children, who will inherit the results of our wastefulness and greed. I kept battling a lump in my throat throughout. What we are doing to our planet is heartbreaking. This book should be taught in schools, colleges and implemented into the laws of every country. I hope we will wake up before it’s too late.

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  • Michael Bolton
  • 10-18-20

A great life

If this is his swan song, then what a great way to do it. His life is amazing, his contribution has been amazing and I’m there, fully behind the thoughts on how we can all do our part to save the planet and ourselves.

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  • lenny murray
  • 02-03-21

superb

loved hearing him speak ,should be made part of school curriculum get into minds of children early!!

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  • james r adams
  • 12-28-20

An honest and thought provoking book

An excellent book which is very honest and factual. This is not the work of someone with an agenda but a trustworthy, very experienced man who has seen many changes in the natural world through out his life. David Attenborough is genuinely fearful for the future of planet earth and clearly explains this, and how we as a species can reverse the destruction of ourselves as well as the planet we inhabit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-20

An Essential Book

Very well articulated overview of the destruction of our natural world in the authors lifetime. The combination of compelling data, first hand accounts of how key ecosystems have declined over the past 60 years and David Attenborough’s unparalleled narration make this book essential. There is also reason for hope and the author provides a playbook for how we can emerge from this mess through new behaviours, technologies and policies. It is a privilege to have a man who has dedicated his life to the natural world and seen it decline over generations still with us to impart an important message. Let’s hope we heed it.

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  • Vangie
  • 02-28-21

On my MUST Listen list!

This was book is one that I’ll be recommending to all I know. Great work David and the entire team that helped deliver this timely message to us all!

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  • Kevin
  • 10-07-20

His Life for all of us.

Amazing that David wrote this at 93 years of age. This book is his continuing story of a life spent in the natural world and bringing into our lives, our homes, our living rooms. He has had an enormous impact on my life.

A life on my planet is set out and told in David's usual manner. Moving from grim with a host of information to more information exploring what we may do and finally moving to solutions that are already underway.

His explorations throughout this book and indeed thought his life inspires me to do similar. That is to listen, research and come up with actions I might take.

Thank you for this book David and thank you for being a most enjoyable and positive part of my life. My daughter Chloe who is a beautiful woman now, in her earlier years took to giving me books and videos of David's as she knew I loved his work. Now she and her children are part of the solution David talks about. She lives her life with an eye to leaving a small footprint and is a wonderful Mother. Again thanks David. xxxx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

last chance

this book is a last chance to hear David attenborough and a last chance to change everything we can to keep the natural environment before it goes to ruins

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  • 10-19-20

It's not just doom and gloom

Doesn't pull any punches in the possibilities of the calamities in store for us.
There is hope in the positive steps we can take to save our biodiversity and provide a positive future for the inheritors of what we leave behind

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-20

You need to listen to this.

The magnum opus of one of the most experienced and respected naturalists of all time. Watch the film, and listen to this audiobook. You, and the world, will be better for it.

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  • Jennifer Elwin
  • 11-19-20

Inspired to action

David Attenborough has brought to humanity a clear vision of our impact. In honoring his legacy it is imperative to act upon his message. Let's ensure his film / book are heard and acted upon by politicians and planners world wide. As an individual human consumer, I'm inspired to reduce my own families footprint, adopt better habits and share this with others. Never give up trying to regain the world's ecological balance, that we have so easily disrupted for our own selfish gains. If this doesn't move people to act what will?
With thanks for a life time that has included the brilliant David Attenborough.
Jennifer

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-20

Must read

An absolute must read to help people get their head out of the sand, and demand action

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  • Johan
  • 02-13-21

Best book of the decade

I don't think I have ever encountered such a thought provoking book. It's mind boggling in its scope.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-21

A must read

This is one of the most important books of our time. The message he gives is clear, backed up by a ton of research. David gives logical steps for the betterment of, or I should say, continued existence of humankind. A must read.

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  • Amy Hicks
  • 02-17-21

Wonderfully insightful

I loved listening to this book! It made me think a lot about the state of the world. I would encourage anyone to read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-21

excellent

everyone should listen to this book. it is amazingly important and educational and awareness of its content should be considered by all who know so little about these issues and solutions