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David Attenborough in His Own Words [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Sir David Attenborough
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471327345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471327346
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Attenborough in His Own Words An audio portrait of Sir David Attenborough, Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. Full description

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better 18 April 2013
By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This AudioGo collection, "David Attenborough in his own words", is a strange release, being a lumped together arrangement of five separate BBC recordings of interviews with one of the BBC's most iconic figures. The recordings range from an interview with Michael Parkinson for BBC One's "Parkinson" in 1975, to an episode of "Desert Island Discs" on BBC Radio 4 in 2012. In between are two other appearances on "Desert Island Discs" (in 1979 with Roy Plomley and in 1998, with Sue Lawley) and an interview with Mark Lawson in 2005 for BBC Four.

While David Attenborough is a fascinating individual, with a great deal to tell from his life and work with the BBC as a manager and administrator, as well as naturalist and anthropologist, the offerings on this disc do little to present what he might have to say at its best. Each interview tends to dwell on more or less the same episodes and events in Attenborough's life and career, so we tend to get the same questions asked repeatedly by each of the interviewers, with Attenborough giving much the same answers in each case. Furthermore, the editing out of all references to the subject's musical choices in the three "Desert Island Disc" extracts has resulted in a generally ragged and poorly flowing series of interviews which, while informative and entertaining overall, leave one feeling a little disappointed -- cheated, almost -- by the end.

Considering how much fascinating material this recording could have contained, this is a very disappointing production indeed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Attenborough 17 April 2013
By D. Maddox VINE VOICE
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I was really hoping that this would be new material about this eminently fascinating man who has led an extraordinary life in two separate genres - natural history and television, from the Galapagos Islands to BBC's Television Centre. However the BBC has fallen foul of an ever-growing trend of cobbling together already broadcast material from the BBC archive, with an obsession on this occasion with Desert Island Discs with his 3 appearances given equal billing. Surely a man with 60+ years in educating us in the beauty of the natural world should have been given 'carte blanche' to produce new material. So if you are a true Attenborough fan, this is one to remain on the shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Listen but Limited in Content 1 April 2013
By C. M. Cotton TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a 75 minute CD containing a selection of interviews of David Attenbourgh by a variety of interviewers including Parkinson and Mark Lawson. The interviews stem from the 1970's to the present day. There is very little new in this CD if you are an avid reader of Attenbourghs' books or have followed his career in any way. In essence what this CD is, is a compilation of a variety of interviews, that open the door on the man and career intermingled with some witty anecdotes of his life and that is it. There is so much more that could have been provided on his extraordinary career, which would be impossible to include in the meager 75 minutes. I think if the BBC were to do this properly they should create a multi disc set spanning his career which would be a fitting tribute to this great broadcaster.

The concept is interesting but it is too short a recording to do justice to this extraordinary man.
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By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Length: 5:41 Mins
'David Attenborough - In His Own Words' is an audio CD compiling together five separate interviews with the world famous naturalist and tv/radio presenter - Sir David Attenborough. The interviews themselves were carefully selected by the BBC to show, over just 1hr 15mins, some of the incredible life that Attenborough has had since he first joined the BBC back in 1950.

The five interviews (although none in their entirety) that are included on this one CD are:

- 20/12/75 - Broadcast on the BBC One show 'Parkinson'
- 10/03/79 - Broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 show 'Desert Island Discs'
- 25/12/98 - Broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 show 'Desert Island Discs'
- 27/02/05 - Broadcast on the BBC Four show 'Mark Lawson Talks To David Attenborough'
- 29/01/12 - Broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 show 'Desert Island Discs'

And to say that Sir David Attenborough has had a rich and full life is one hell of an understatement. Through the course of these five interviews, it really begins to become apparent just how incredibly fulfilling Attenborough's life has been. He's achieved so much, seen so much, contributed so much to broadcasting history, and in doing so, enriched the lives of so many people through documenting a lifetimes worth of natural history.

I've always loved and held a great respect for Sir David Attenborough, but after listening to this collection of carefully chosen interviews brought together, I find myself admiring the man even more. Okay, so it's unlikely that I'll sit down and listen to the interviews all over again anytime soon. Perhaps in a few year's time I'll revisit them during another long car journey. But that's about it.

And that's really the only fault I can see with the CD.
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By Dr. I. Cox VINE VOICE
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DAVID ATTENBOROUGH - In his own words

This is a 75 minute CD containing extracts and recordings of this narrator of natural history films, sometime manager of the fledgling BBC2. Usually these " recollections" are issued on the death of a famous person - glad to see (Sir) David is still with us and actively following the film crews around an ever shrinking world astounding and amazing us with his voice over of the views of the natural world. Someone finds a new area to explore or a new technology to exploit and Sir David is there
If you want an insight into this amazing man who has popularised so many excellent natural history films from 1952 to the current , then this is a good snapshot of the man revealed in several interviews. It also gives an excellent flavour of his childhood and his times as a manager at the BBC during its expansion in the 60's / 70's
Apart from some repetition, this CD encapsulates a living legend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "David is like a family friend",
is what my grown-up children say - we used to watch David's wonderful series together at home for years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Toivonen Terttu T
5.0 out of 5 stars a legend
David Attenborough is a legend. This CD contains a wide collection of interviews from a variety of shows including Parkinson and Mark Lawson over a wide time frame from 70's to the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by litlight
3.0 out of 5 stars Very strange
This is a somewhat strange collection of interviews and programmes featuring David Attenburgh.

There is a continuity announcer in the crudest sense of the word. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but interesting compilation of snapshots from a National...
I've given this four stars as in being a collection of interviews it is slightly repetitive. When somebody's life is fairly well known but the field in which they work is fairly... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. I. McCulloch
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting pieces from history on one disk - not without its good...
This is a single CD with a collection of fragments from interviews with Sir David Attenborough clipped from BBC radio and television programmes over the past three decades. Read more
Published 15 months ago by G. Wake
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source material, in a compilation that could have done with...
This is a mixed little budget release.

On the one hand, it's a neat compilation of five different interviews from different points in Attenborough's life, which segue... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Stuart Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars Not essential listening.
A nice single cd of David Attenborough's appearances on various BBC radio programmes.Whilst nice to have , it does not have the impact of Attenborough's wonderful nature programmes... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul M
3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat thrown together collection of interviews
This CD, and there's only one here, includes several interviews with Attenborough done at various points during his incredible career. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent material, a slightly sloppy production.
Be assured that it is a fascinating listen - I had heard only a few bits before, of the the 5 interviews with Attenborough that are on this CD. You get 75 minutes in total. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Riches
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I enjoyed listening to these interviews and I also found them to be informative.

However I do question the value for money that this product offers and I doubt that I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Emperor
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