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New Life Stories - David Attenborough (Audio CD)

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Genre: Documentary / Author: David Attenborough / ISBN: 1408468409

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      09.01.2013 17:42
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      Great stories enjoyed best in ten minute sessions.

      This three-set CD, is called, 'New Life Stories' and is from the Radio 4 series made by the BBC. I have the book of his memoirs, 'Life on Air' which came out in 2002 and many of the stories on this 'New Life Stories' collection are repeated. There is also a repeat from the series about birds as in the part about Australian flightless birds, entitled, 'Kiwi.' I promise you, that Sir David Attenborough is such a mesmerising story teller that repeats will not be a nuisance unless you have them on a different audio book.

      Series one came was broadcast in 2009 and this set was made in 2011.This three box CD set will probably not be played just once but several times over several years. Now that is value for money especially as this is currently on sale on Amazon for £9 instead of £16.36.

      Please note that this is abridged from the original BBC Radio 4 series. I think that this is good because any longer and I would tire of listening.

      The picture on the front of the CD box is of a smiling, grey-haired, Attenborough.

      Inside, the box is a printed programme guide.

      CD 1:
      Canopy
      Kiwi
      Charnia
      Foreign Fare
      Cicada
      Earthworm (After 'Hummingbirds' and 'Butterflies' this is my third favourite story about the hunt for the giant earthworm although there are other strong contending chapters).
      Wallace

      CD 2:
      Hummers
      Identities
      Rats
      Monsters
      Butterflies
      Chimps
      Cuckoo

      CD 3:
      Quetzalcoatlus
      Chameleon
      Nectar
      Waterton
      Fireflies
      Elsa

      David Attenborough famed for his wildlife documentaries comes to visit me in my house via this audio CD. His distinctive voice is quite a reassuring and melodious sound. His words are well pronounced and there is no mumbling. He has perfect pitch and clarity. His twenty antidotes are completely fascinating. Each snippet lasts ten minutes. The whole CD lasts for three hours and twenty minutes.

      The CD is ideal for taking a relaxing yet informative break and then returning to the CD at a later opportunity. Those who think they might be bored think again because David Attenborough has a pleasing sense of humour and passionately relates vignettes well beyond the rest of us armchair dwellers will ever experience.

      You don't need to be a scientist to enjoy these stories but definitely need to have an interest in natural history. The stories, written and read by Attenborough are about his favourite experiences whilst filming the many documentaries about the natural world. The combination makes this thoroughly enjoyable and accessible to a broad spectrum of listeners. There are occasional statistics that slip in between the descriptive narrative but nothing too taxing and these always blend in with the stories. For people who know nothing about natural history this amazing man is the pervading lord of presenters and is one of those tireless and rare people who contribute much of their lives to the world in their endeavours to raise awareness about our planet.

      Attenborough makes it clear that science doesn't have all the answers as to why animals and plants behave as they do. He emphasises the mysteries of our world and, thus, makes his stories all the more compelling. There's even a piece that includes the Loch Ness Monster and sex between earthworms!

      Although this is volume two of the radio series it really doesn't make any difference to the enjoyment. It can be listened to without hearing the first series.

      There is only one catch with this audio book and that is you have to rely on the narrative description and imagination to conjure up a picture in the mind. As fascinating as the audiobook is it doesn't quite engage me as the television programmes do. It is missing the visual details. However, the description is so well done that I am very happy to listen in for a ten minute session. Occasionally, I have gone for another chapter only to find later that the voice of Sir David Attenborough took me into a journey into the land of dreams!

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