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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a television transcript than a book, 20 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Life of Mammals (Hardcover)
I haven't seen the television series on which this is based but I can imagine it - impressive scenes of animals taken all over the world, with David Attenborough's unmistakable earnest voiceover and cameos of him standing alongside some rare species in an isolated spot whispering to the audience so as not to scare the beast away.

It may be good television but it doesn't make good reading.

"The Life of Mammals" consists of 10 chapters which jump the millennia and species in its bid to justify its overambitious title and provide a comprehensive coverage of a vast subject.

Every page has color pictures of the particular creature mentioned on it but, in Attenborough's bid to cover everything, the book jumps all over the place.

Instead of a narrative, the reader gets fed tidbits of whatever creature Attenborough and his cameramen have happened to film.

It's not bad but definitely not a book to read straight through, as I did, and certainly of little value to the student or specialist.
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