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The Early Years: "Zoo Quest for a Dragon", "Quest in Paradise", "Quest Under Capricorn": The Collection (BBC Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 2 Sep 2002
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Second delight: the tales are related by Attenborough himself. Most of us are pretty familiar with that voice – authoritative, enthusiastic and silky smooth. Listening to these tapes now, it seems odd that he has never recorded before. Not only is it relaxing just to listen to (forget the tapes of whales and running water) but it is a revelation to hear him characterise each of the people in the stories. David Attenborough has frequently declared that he never had any desire to be an actor but listening to him here it is clear that the thespian talent so unmistakable in his brother Richard has not completely passed him by. Many a professional actor would envy his ability to capture the attitudes, vocal rhythms and dialects (even the devilishly difficult Australian accent) of each of his subjects without caricaturing or patronising them.
The third delight is that these narratives are historically and anthropologically informative. Here we have Bali, Java, New Guinea and the Northern Territory, all captured in a pristine and undeveloped condition just before the advent of globalisation, pollution, tourism and terrorism.
Undoubtedly an enjoyable and impressive series.