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David Attenborough in His Own Words Audio CD – Audiobook, December 6, 2012

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471327345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471327346
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,366,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a 75 minute CD containing a selection of interviews of David Attenbourgh by a variety of interviewers including Parkinson a top UK TV interviewer and Mark Lawson. The interviews stem from the 1970's to the present day. There is very little new in this CD if you are an avid reader of Attenbourghs' books or have followed his career in any way. In essence what this CD is, is a compilation of a variety of interviews, that open the door on the man and career intermingled with some witty anecdotes of his life and that is it. There is so much more that could have been provided on his extraordinary career, which would be impossible to include in the meager 75 minutes. I think if the BBC were to do this properly they should create a multi disc set spanning his career which would be a fitting tribute to this great broadcaster.

The concept is interesting but it is too short a recording to do justice to this extraordinary man.
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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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