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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846076420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846076428
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 3 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The perfect present for nieces, nephews and godchildren, this is one of those books that once bought will remain a bookcase favourtie for years to come.

...fascinating and informative in equal measure

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"Life is a breathtaking view of the world, of the plants and animals, featuring incredible photos from around the world" (Laurence Howell Shortlist)

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A groundbreaking tie-in to an epic BBC series, and the biggest and most exciting natural history story of all - the story of life on earth.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Moss on 1 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
With its bold and all-encompassing title, and following as the latest in a line of BBC's spectacular nature programmes, 'Life' had a lot to live up to. Luckily, it does not disappoint! This book provides the perfect accompaniment for the TV programme, providing a more in-depth account of the animals shown in the programme. It is filled with stunning photography and fascinating descriptions of the remarkable and peculiar ways in which various species have adapted to their unique circumstances. As you read through, you truly are left with a sense of awe at the complexities and delicate balances that exist in the world that we live in. A must for anyone with an interest in...Life!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By I. Lewis on 8 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked up a copy of this book after watching the BBC series, and it doesn't disappoint! Not only is the photography really breathtaking, but it reveals some of the most amazing, and often bizarre, creatures in the world today. From extraordinary Sea Creatures which look like they belong to another world, to giant almost prehistoric lizards, to fantastic big eyed marsupials that are so cute you want to take them home, this book has something to please everyone. Perfect present for anyone who likes Natural History and/or amazing photography!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KB36 on 1 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
'Life' is a stunning visual treat which both adults and children in our household have been unable to put down. The photography is vibrant and the accompanying text is balanced to inform without overloading readers both young and old. This is now on my Christmas list for several family members and friends as it is a delight for all.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
`Life' is the companion book to the BBC series of the same name and like the series it has amazing images and outstanding facts that will leave you amazed at the diversity and splendour of nature. Covering the same ground as the series this book is broken into various chapters focusing on various animals and habitats. These chapters are Introduction, Location Map, Extraordinary Sea Creatures, Fabulous Fish, Irrepressible Plants, Insect Ingenuity, Frogs, Serpents and Dragons, Brilliant Birds, Winning Mammals, Hot Blooded Hunters and Intellectual Primates. The photography is simply breath taking and make this worth the purchase price alone, before you factor in the informative and clear writing. The BBC makes exceptional nature documentaries and this was no exception and if you were a fan of the series then I can heartily recommend this book and if you have an interest in natural history and haven't yet seen the show then this would still make wonderful reading. Due to it's large hardback format this would make a great coffee table book, but to be honest you could just as easily enjoy this from cover to cover or dip in and out of it as the mood takes you. I can see this being a book I will come back to at various times in the future and will enjoy flicking through the images within it's pages. Stunning and fascinating, what more could you want?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sep 2013
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Another great publication from the BBC. The book accompanies the excellent TV series and immerses you that little bit further.

You could argue that if you have seen the TV series, why bother with the book. I just find that the enhance the show as they are intended. You have a reference to hand and anything you might have missed is covered, and more, in the book. It makes for good bed time reading, albeit a bit weighty. In fact I find books such as these more relaxing than reading a good novel which ends up over-stimulating my mind.

Written into 9 chapters it covers plants, fish, reptiles and mammals. There is a map at the beginning showing you where filming took place, so you have a better idea of where the events took place. It is well written and presented and side notes cover the photographs. The photography is visually stunning as you would expect from an institution like the BBC. How they took some of the shots is beyond me. The picture of the American alligator partly submerged and showing a full set of teeth, the chinstrap penguins sat on a block of blue ice and the hyena with the worn down canines were just a few of the images that I spent a few minutes admiring.

If you are a fan of the BBC series of shows, I would recommend building up a collection of books to go with them. I have mentioned this in previous reviews; don't overlook the market place for second hand books. These type of books tend to get read once and you can pick up some very good quality copies for a lot less than new.
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This book is worth buying just for the pictures alone. I was dithering between the DVD or the book for my daughter who is studying animal behaviour at university and decided on the book because I thought that it would have more technical details than the dvd. Although it couldnt be cited as a text in an assignment, there is enough technical details for the non novice without being too dry for the beginner. If you like Attenborough's presenting style, then you will like the text style too with plenty of excellent pictures to illustrate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Williams on 14 Dec 2009
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A truly beautiful book which tells the remarkable stories of how certain species of animals and plants have adapted in order to survive. We picked up the book before seeing any of the TV series and were then inspired to watch it all on iplayer. The book and tv series compliment each other - but the book also stands alone as a natural history guide to the wonders of evolution. What I particularly liked was that it picks a small number of creatures and documents them with very readable descriptions and stunning photographs - so that it does the animals justice, rather than than cramming in too many species. The wealth of photographs means that it is accessible to the younger members of the family, too.
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