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The complete BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, featuring all 20 episodes about some of the strangest plants and creatures from around the world.

One of the nation's most popular presenters examines 20 marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences.

What was Sir David's first pet? Which animal would he most like to be? What creature lays 'the biggest egg in the world'? How do you communicate with an ancient nomadic community in Fiji? And what did Sir David do when confronted by a ten-foot-long reptile?

His enthusiasm is as infectious as ever, and conveys a unique fascination on topics as diverse as the Sloth, Monstrous Flowers, the Platypus, Giant Birds, Dragons, the Fire Salamander, Faking Fossils, the Coelacanth, the Dodo, Bird's-nest Soup and the Large Blue Butterfly. So listen to these stories to find out the real reason why animals sing, the story behind a 150-million-year-old feather, and what it is about snakes that really unnerves Sir David.

©2009 David Attenborough (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Who doesn't love David Attenborough?

If your family is like my family, you've watched every David Attenborough film on Netflix so often you can practically recite them (except for the parts with the killer whales and the baby grey whale which we skip all the time, no one should watch that more than once.) You've watched David's joyous response to the blue whale and the lyerbirds mimic chainsaws.

These stories are a nice accompaniment to the films with some nice behind the scenes tidbits.

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Outstanding in every respect

This is exceptionally well-narrated and our only complaint was that it did not go on for another 6 hours. Get the enhanced version if possible for maximum sound quality. If you are a fan of his Nature programs, you will really enjoy this. Great for kids and adults.

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David Attenborough rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I 💙💙💙💙💙💙 David Attenborough

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Always a pleasure

I have loved sir David Attenborough and his work for my whole life and this book was no different. simply wonderful

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Love Attenborough's soothing voice and humor

Attenborough always calms, soothes, entertains, and educates. A kind, humble, and self-respective narrator who shares his full life and appreciation for our natural world wirh humility.

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David Attenborough

David Attenborough is a wonderful presenter and I could listen to him day and night.

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delightful!

David Attenborough's Life Stories are just wonderful! He starts his book stating he would like to be a sloth and continues throughout with educated, witty stories. The first time I attempted to listen I could not get through this book, it is not difficult but there are times when a picture would be nice. I had to get to the point in my listening skills where I can imagine what he is saying. At the end he discusses the hobby of collecting and how collecting has changed over the years. Electronic developments, (i.e. emails effect on stamp collecting), internet and books and enviormental controls and concerns have altered many traditional types of collecting. He mentions the advancements in photography and how the camera is the hope and advancement of todays collectors. I loved this short listen and plan to store it on my Kindle so I can listen over and over.

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What an absolute delight!

Attenborough is a master in communicating biological science and just thoroughly entertaining. I listened to this book on my morning commute and arrived at working feeling as though I had been at a dinner party listening to an wonderfully interesting guest!

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  • 12-14-09

Attenborough's a hit once again...

Has David Attenborough ever done something to the dislike of... anyone? This collection of little stories and incidents in his life are beautifully narrated in that most recognisable of voices. Humour mingles in with his clear love for all things wild and one can't help but to smile at both. Hours of listening that you find yourself drifting off to, but rewinding, just to hear what he has to say.

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  • Mark
  • 06-08-10

Magical

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book - David has the most wonderful, listen-able voice. You can hear the enthusiasm he has in every sentence, beautifully delivered to draw your mind into his world. I have listened to this book around 6 or 7 times now and it hasn't yet grown tired or old for me. My only complaint? I want more life stories!

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  • Robert W.
  • 11-13-20

A good purchase

Very good, short. I wish it was longer. But very good non the less. Highly recommend.

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  • Ken
  • 11-02-20

what a man...

Brilliant Love listening to this man. Very informative... only fault is, its just too short!!

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  • Roman Snell
  • 03-15-20

life changing

amazing book, really made me think about what i should value in life, preformed by on of the most extraordinary people to walk the planet

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  • Rufus
  • 12-31-19

You can't go wrong with David Attenborough.

Always loved the great David Attenborough. Seen him live. His books are a 'must have'.

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  • Frances Ravden-Green
  • 12-26-19

Pure Nectar

I feel that David is our National Treasure and that nothing he could do would be wrong and this is just one more item of proof.

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  • 09-26-19

Amazing

A fantastic listen educational and fun. A real adventure with great discretionary accounts. Will listen not only once to this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-18

Soothing

A national treasure and hero, but also a calming voice to fall asleep to. I've played it every night for three days straight. And I've used it in the past. But it's also worth staying awake to. You learn fascinating things about Attenborough, including his cheeky side.

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  • joanne
  • 07-10-18

Life Stories is amazing

I love Sir David Attenborough and listening to him talk about his life is the most interesting book I have ever listened to. Wonderful.

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  • bds2
  • 02-07-17

The Life of David

As good as the decades of tv shows. the life of. David attenborour very interesting.

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  • Allyson Becker
  • 01-25-17

Wonderful

Sir David at his best. He tells fascinating stories from the natural world with a zest and enthusiasm only he can impart. It's a pity there wasn't more.