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Life on Air Paperback – 20 May 2010
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"It's almost impossible to believe that all these things happened to one man... but David Attenborough wears his achievements lightly and there are as many laughs here as there are animals." (Michael Palin)
"What shines through most of all is his enthusiasm - as undimmed now as when he started out." (Sunday Telegraph)
"An enthralling autobiography from one of the linchpins of television. His life has been fascinating. Attenborough is a master story-teller, and his book is crammed with anecdotes." (Good Book Guide)
"Life on Air, David Attenborough's professional autobiography, tells the entertaining story of how he turned us all into armchair experts in natural history." (Douglas Palmer New Scientist)
"[An] engaging and often amusing text." (Choice)
The broadcasting memoirs of Sir David Attenborough, the world's leading Natural History programme-maker – revised and updated in mass market paperbackSee all Product description
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He became a pioneer of this media and given the constraints of early television it is amazing that he and his team managed to produce the documentaries that they did, the patience, tenacity and sometimes daring is described in wonderful and engaging detail.
Despite this slow start I soon found myself dragged into his world as he took me on his adventures, the people he met, the places he visited and the animals he discovered, there are times when he encountered real danger, but also some very funny moments.
David makes no attempt to preach, which is admirable given some of his experiences, he just tells it as it is. I felt that he was truly enjoying telling me his story and sharing his experiences.
His distinctive voice, humour and gentlemanly charm, made for compulsive listening.
I think I would, after listening to this masterpeice,consider myself a bit of an audio book convert, reading made easy. It is a veritable recreation of the televisual career of a true british icon who demonstrates his gift not just as a presenter but now as a narrator,his lush warm tones giving an even more vivid evocation of his subject matter than any tv programme ever could.
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It's a wonderful book. It's beautifully written and read by him. He details the history of early television and the BBC with a ribbon of film history studded with starlit gems that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandy Gray
This is a great read for anyone who`s a fan of David Attenborough (and who isn`t?), full of fascinating anecdotes from his earliest days at the BBC up till Life in Cold Blood... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cornishpasty
I should have realised that this was going to an epic journey . The book is obviously read by the great man himself and his smooth voice is very reassuring and comforting to listen... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cruise Queen
I absolutely loved listening to this. It's 19 hours of fascinating stories that will make you laugh and cry. If you're hesitating, get it. You won't be disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love david Attenborough but the print on this is quite small so struggle to read it. ShamePublished 4 months ago by sammyb1
This book certainly does cover Attenborough's Life on Air, with very little about his home life, family life or his childhood - aside from a concise but touching tribute to his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Calum
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