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David Attenborough In His Own Words Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

3.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471327345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471327346
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 25.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a fascinating audio history of the much-loved natural history film-maker." (The Independent)

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A unique audio portrait of Sir David Attenborough, Britain's best-known natural history film-maker.

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By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2013
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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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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 Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2013
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Whilst Attenborough is a national treasure, and generally gives good value in TV and radio interviews, you feel this collection of BBC interviews is rather a cynical sales idea, packaging up old material at the time there is a new (and good quality) Attenborough TV series running.

Three of the five interviews are from appearances on Desert Island Discs over the years, and these serve to illustrate how Attenborough has become a more natural live performer over his long career. They also illustrate the change in interviewing technique, from the stiff formality of Roy Plomley, via the overly-deferential Sue Lawley, to the more conversational style of Kirsty Young. The stories cover not just the natural history programs, but his upbringing and his time as controller of BBC2 (where he commissioned coverage of snooker to show off the new colour TV pictures).

This is probably not a disk you will listen to more than once, but it is interesting enough.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2013
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David Attenborough and the word `legend' are often linked.
But in David's case this really is merited.

This then is a small tribute to the great man himself and consists of 5 `cobbled' together interviews to showcase Attenborough's greatness.

I say greatness because I truly believe he is along with the late departed Patrick Moore he is one of the few greats of broadcasting history.

This brief at 75 minutes, CD gives the listener a chance to hear the wonderful tones of David Attenborough and relive his anecdotes of an eventful life.
The disc stars well with an interview with Michael Parkinson.
Parkinson is of course wonderful and he brings out the best in his guest however this is all too brief and we then have 3 Desert Island Disc shows, or rather extracts of Attenborough being interviewed. Followed by Mark Lawson talks.
The dates are Parkinson 1975, Desert Island Discs 1979, 1998 and 2012, and Mark Lawson Talks 2005.

The one I enjoyed the most was Roy Plomley's 1979. This seemed newer to my ear rather than the later interviews were the top event in David's career- the gorilla meeting was repeated and is a very familiar story from his appearances on television chat shows.

I enjoyed the CD greatly and it brightened a dull car journey but the CD gives the listener the idea that it has been a rushed job - fades seem strange and there is some repetition.

With a little love and care and a bit more research I am sure this could easily have been improved upon.

I feel sure that within the BBC archives there are tens of hours of interviews and not just radio- television chat shows could have easily been incorporated to really do justice to this remarkable man.
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