Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006
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"The book of the series Planet Earth is so lavish and loving, it borders on zoophilia." (Jim Shelley The Guardian)
"Full of unique, high-quality photographs of some of our planet's rarest and most unusual life forms as well as engaging and authoritative text" (The Bookseller)
"Lavish and spectacular, with beautifully photographed views of every kind" (The Herald)
"Absolutely mind-blowing" (The Good Book Guide)
"Illustrates and vocalises the journey in a lavish manner, depicting some of the world's greatest landforms and most remarkable wildlife with skill and pertinence.... The perfect companion piece to a truly unparalleled television experience" (Accent magazine)
A lavish, breathtaking look at the Earth as never seen before, from the producer and author of the phenomenal Blue Planet.See all Product Description
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Where many books about the natural world are filled with seeming hyperbole ("you can see this feature from space"), Planet Earth does its best to display the basis for those references by making the statement and showing the photographic evidence. As a result, this book makes a serious impression on the range of challenging environments on Earth, the reasons for each challenge, and examples of how animals and plants have successfully adapted to those challenges. Darwin would be envious that you can see more in one book than he could in a lifetime of study.
If you didn't see the television series or the DVD, here's the structure:
Whole Earth (overview of how the various regions differ and why)
Frozen Poles (the Arctic and the Antarctic and why they differ)
Great Forests (huge bands of trees in temperate climes)
Great Plains (the semi-arid regions)
Grand Sands (extended deserts both hot and cold)
Mountain Heights (the highest peaks and their environments)
Fresh Water (lakes and rivers)
Rainforests (tropical jungles)
Shallow Seas (Coral-inhabited areas)
Open Ocean Depths (the bulk of the seas)
Each section contains information about the geology, physics, and chemistry of the region's character and origins. A number of stories about the plants and animals that inhabit the areas are included.Read more ›
This 'Planet Earth' book, along with many others of the 'book of the programme' genre based on the BBC Natural History Unit's work, is an excellent example of why still photos and text can often compare very favourably, even better, than video/voice (I also have the Blu-ray of this series).
This is especially so as a fairly recent trend (ie problem !) is to almost 'drown out' what we see and hear with music deemed to be dramatically relevant to the moment being 'covered'. The narration can also be rather simplistic, generic ands a bit 'twee' for my liking....
With this book you enjoy the best of what 'Planet Earth' had to offer, at your own pace and with a wealth of quite stunning photos reproduced to the best possible effect on good quality paper - albeit that the soothing tones of Sir David are absent !
The Amazon product webpage includes a 'Look inside' feature so you can get a good idea of what's on offer....
So, in some ways this book is better than the TV series and considering that it should be easily possible to pick up a very decent-condition 'used' copy for a snip on Amazon Marketplace as I did.
For lovers of these kind of books and especially the work of the BBC Natural History Unit it is something of a 'no-brainer' and highly recommended.
I was a bit disappointed, overall - the ratio of text to pictures is quite high, and I thought many of the photos were not particularly great. The book has a bit of a "cheap" feel.
But - yes - good value at the price I paid for it, but I don't think it would be for the full price ......
However, it is NOT for science buffs only. It is written in a way that makes it accessible to all audiences, whether you're a Zoo-ologist or you just have a curiosity for wildlife, it is a really enjoyable read, and worth every penny.
The photography is as breathtaking as the photography in the original BBC series, and will leave you nothing short of gobsmacked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Planet Earth, the TV show, is for me the only reason to pay for the TV licence. The book does it justice, the photos are amazing, the content very interesting. A must buy.Published 8 months ago by Autumn
Superb photography and very interesting text. A book to treasure.Published on 14 July 2014 by Hannah
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