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David Attenborough: The Early Years Collection

The BBC Collection
Narrated by: David Attenborough
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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David Attenborough, Britain's voice of natural history, narrates his early adventures in Indonesia, New Guinea and Northern Australia.

David Attenborough first appeared in front of a television camera in the 1950s when, together with London Zoo's Curator of Reptiles, Jack Lester, he persuaded the BBC to mount and film an animal-collecting expedition. The result was Zoo Quest. Specially recorded for audio, David Attenborough's early adventures are sometimes life-threatening, often hilarious and always totally absorbing. The warmth and enthusiasm that have made him a broadcasting legend are instantly apparent here as he recounts this magical journey.

This collection includes three volumes from Attenborough's chronicles of his early expeditions:

In Zoo Quest for a Dragon, Attenborough tells of the crew's hazardous boat trip with a gun-smuggling captain and the terror of erupting volcanoes. He also depicts for the listener some of the incredible sights he and his team witnessed - breathtaking butterflies, taking tea with Charlie the orangutan and the voyage to the little-known island of Komodo to capture the elusive Komodo dragon.

Quest in Paradise describes his next animal collecting and filming trip to New Guinea, home of the exotic birds of paradise. David tells of his adventures during the trip: being an onlooker at a formal lovemaking ceremony, seeing the skills of ritual ax making, trying to master pidgin English and witnessing a 'sing sing' at which hundreds of tribesmen came together from all parts of the country.

In Quest Under Capricorn, David Attenborough ventures to the Northern Territory of Australia. In his first expedition to the other side of the world, he meets Aborigines, goes walkabout in the bush, and learns the craft of the artists of Arnhem Land.

Also included is David Attenborough in His Own Words, a collection of interviews taken from the BBC radio and TV archives.

©2017 David Attenborough (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • 09-30-17

Good but a lot of overlap with Life on Air

Having recently listened to Sir David's "Life on Air" there seemed to be a lot of overlap in the content here - so I would recommend avoid listening to these two in close succession. Otherwise very good.

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  • Alex
  • 07-21-18

Perfect Insight

Excellent insight into the early career of Sir Attenborough. Each book is short and to the point with the kind of anecdotes you’d expect from someone so well traveled.

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  • Rich4686
  • 12-06-17

Great stories from Attenborough's earlier years

Written and narrated by David Attenborough. What more do you want? A brilliant listen for long journies..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-17

Loved it!

This was a great book- David's voice tells his stories so well, and I can imagine the places and people as he describes them.

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  • 11-22-17

Very interesting

Good that it is narrated by David Attenborough and very interesting story and i like the old interviews included

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  • P Mck
  • 07-28-19

Even better than expected, quite brilliant!

I expected David Attenborough’s descriptions of his early days to be interesting but this went far beyond that - he showed himself to be a quite fantastic actor with completely convincing accents of characters he met in his journeys in the Australian outback. Sometimes I was laughing out loud at his stories. His narrative was absolutely gripping and amazing in the lengths he went to capture scenes on film for the very first time. I think these are the very best books I have heard on Audible!

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  • Griffstar
  • 07-26-19

Fascinating Accounts of Travels

This contains 3 accounts of David Attenborough's Zoo Quest filming expeditions, all narrated by him. Assorted interviews are included as well. His accounts of travelling to far flung destinations in the 1950's are fascinating and inspire awe. His narration is soothing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

Amazing

Amazing book I have listened to this book 3 times and will be listening to it again

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  • Beth Parker
  • 02-19-19

Attenborough wonderful as ever!

I really loved listening to David's voice, recounting his earlier diaries. You get exactly what you think you will get, great stories. - with more humour than I was expecting

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  • ian m.
  • 02-10-19

The greatest narrator of all time tells his story.

absolutely one of the greatest audiobooks....in the world. I will listen to this over again and again.