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The Living Planet

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  421 ratings  ·  12 reviews
(Also has Collins ISBN - 0002191393)

Nowhere on our planet is devoid of life. Plants, animals and man thrive or survive within the extremes of climate and almost infinite variety of domicile which it offers. Single species and often whole communities, adapt to make the most of ice-cap and tundra, forest and plain, desert, ocean and volcano. The adaptations are sometimes ext
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 1984 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.
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Pramod Nair
Written by ‘David Attenborough’, ‘The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth’, is the companion volume to his incredibly successful BBC nature documentary series from 1984, which portrays the diverse history of life on our planet in staggering detail. This documentary series and the book is a follow up to his own much acclaimed series ‘Life on Earth’ from 1979 - which investigated the story of evolution - and carries on with his in-depth study in to the intricate and amazing ways in which animal ...more
Ryan
David Attenborough is as accomplished a writer as he is a TV presenter, having always written books to accompany the documentary series that he creates and presents. The Living Planet followed on the back of the series most responsible for his fame - Life on Earth. It surveys the Earth ecologically, describing the major biomes and explaining how their respective plants and animals are adapted to the specific habitats. The author is truly one of the great naturalists of 20th century, having a bro ...more
Sher
I learned so much about the earth from this book. I recommend it to everyone.
Maneet
Amazing non-fiction book full of travel writing.
'The Living Planet' is based on a series of programmes made for BBC Television.
This is a sequel of 'Life on Earth'.
Written in 2nd person about the portrait of the Earth.
Describing all parts of the world from the frozen to the warm. Experiences are expressed using a range of metaphorical vocabulary.
This book interests me through its meaningful use of words which create clear and beautiful visual imagery.
I think the book needed to be more spacial wi
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Suzy Platt
Wonderful book, been looking at this book with my 9 year old son. He found it very fascinating.
oleeleeo
I was so impressed with how straightforward this book was written. The chapters are broken down nicely: The Furnace of the Earth, The Sky Above, The Baking Deserts, etc. The overall takeaway here is this: despite the illusion of things remaining much the same the earth is always, absolutely always changing. And the flora and fauna is always adapting as well. Some examples I already knew as I'm interested in this stuff and have read about it before. Yet I learned so much new material reading this ...more
David
The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth by David Attenborough (Little, Brown and Company 1984) (575). This book was made to accompany the beautiful PBS television series of the same name. It's sort of a “history of the natural world” for non-scientists. My rating: 7/10, finished 10/25/14.
Gabriel Iqbal
The book and the film are my favourite companions. I grew up with David's documentaries and so are my kids... We just love the man and the soulful relationship that he sparks vis-a-vis our existence on a Living Planet.
Ian
Nov 15, 2014 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars
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No one communicates enthusiastic fascination in the natural world like Attenbourough. Still own it after all these years
Carolyn
One of my first Sir David books. Excellent!
Rita Halpert
It was awesome, but Life on Earth was better.
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Sir David Frederick Attenborough is a naturalist and broadcaster, who is most well-known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, produced in conjunction with BBC's Natural History Unit. The series includes Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), Life in the Freezer (about Antarctica; 1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), T ...more
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