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New Life Stories

(David Attenborough's Life Stories #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  24 reviews

New Life Stories is the second installment of Sir David's look back at the wildlife that has captured his imagination and enthusiasm over his distinguished career. It is a fascinating trip around the world in search of extraordinary plants, animals, and people, in the company of this wonderful communicator. Sir David shares his thoughts on a whole range of topics, from

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Collins Publishers
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Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
David Attenborough. SIR David Attenborough - and trust me, that knighthood was more than earned. This man has been in the radio and television industry all his life and has brought many hours of joy and education to little Me and many others with stunning video footage of mesmerizing places and intriguing creatures!
And yes, this little bookworm has had a crush on him for a long time!

He's one of those people who just naturally get respect. He's dedicated, has a huge heart, is full of energy and
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eco, animals, nature
Wonderful on audio.
Angela Joyce
Oh, how good this is. I even read the section on rats, and was surprised to see that someone like David Attenborough is just as petrified of them as I am. I particularly enjoyed the sections on Elsa the lioness, hummingbirds, cicadas, and vegetables. It's all worthwhile, though, and utterly charming.
Al Bokolor
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another masterpiece of the world of nature from Mr Attenborough!
Honestly, one of the most delightful things I've ever listened to.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was in a display at the library when I was pondering a safety net of nature books for 30DaysWild, should I not be able to get out and about some days. And Attenborough seemed an essential.

This was such an enjoyable book. It's a set of somewhat random chapters which between them bring together so many elements of writing and thinking about the natural world. There are the familiar fascinating facts but also elements of autobiography - good to be reminded that this giant of broadcasting and
Laura Gilfillan
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So how do you get up into the treetops of the Amazon rain forest, so you can see what's going on up there? Maybe get a video of it. Especially if you're not so good at climbing ropes. You know, you watch these documentaries, and they just sort of do it. It was interesting hearing about his struggles to get up there, and his many other nature stories. His personal experience with Ilsa the lion of Born Free, the mob of butterflies. And his aversion to rats. That has to be a hard one for a ...more
I am avid follower of David Attenborough's works. In my honest thought, this is such a pure bliss just to read about his experience on various topics like rats, cicadas, chimps and kiwis. The narration is pretty forward and simple but nothing's wrong with it. If you're into Planet earth series and other documentaries that he's done, then reading this book provides an insight from Attenborough himself of what it's like to observe the animals way of life.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, audiobook
Whoever decided letting David Attenborough ramble about whatever he felt like was a good idea was a genius. Love the mixture of interesting facts, biography and subtle humour (using a chameleon as car security, having a conversation with a unattentive party host about the 'lovely' pterosaurs one could find flying over the Dorset Coast).
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An eclectic collection of this great man's life experiences underlining just how remarkable his life has been. Yep - his voice is clearly heard while reading this book, strong imagery too. My favourite story is about the rats, oh, and Elsa too! Well worth reading. I knocked it over in one week-end.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shiraz
Very enjoyable 3 disk collection of stories read by Attenborough
Kate Miller
I honestly don't think that Attenborough can go wrong. Beautiful stories about different types of animals that reside on our planet.
Danielle Palmer
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as the predecessor, but still quite good!! I especially liked the story of the chameleon car protection system
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can hear the great man's voice when you read the short topic chapters. Brilliant.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great book which sees David Attenborough basically talk about whatever he wants. The topics cover all-sorts: kiwis, chameleons, rats, cicadas, and even famous biologists who I hadn't heard off. As I read through it, it felt like I was sat next to him listening to him chat to me and show photos from his past.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
TITLE: David Attenborough New Life Stories
WHY I CHOSE THIS BOOK: Just trying to learn more about the natural world
REVIEW: This is no Seeds of Hope but I learned a lot of interesting facts about plants, and animals. This book is based on a TV show. Each chapter equals an episode. The author/reader discusses the history and mystery of things like potatoes and cicadas.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sir David Attenborough narrates the audiobook. It is wonderful to hear him share some of his experiences. ...more
Sam Wescott
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would pay money for that recording of Attenborough terror-swearing at the top of a rainforest canopy.

Really delightful stories, as before. I love Attenborough so much.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Attenborough. What could possibly go wrong?
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

Volume two of David Attenborough's Life Stories made once again for a delightful read. It's similar (if not identical, actually) in structure to its predecessor though the content is as varied as before. Having said that, there is a lot of overlap between the anecdotes in 'New Life Stories' and his autobiography once again - but when they are as entertaining as they are, it's not an awful lot to complain about. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on his experience with a Kiwi whilst filming in
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I read this, I couldn't help but hear Sir David's voice in my head, and that alone made it a charming affair. So my review will probably be tainted by my fandom.

I can't tell you whether or not all of these stories overlap with something in his series, but from what I know there was just a little overlap. Even then there was a shift in focus in the story from what was presented in the video. Sir David still gives that wonderful enthusiasm about the natural world, but in this book he adds his
More fascinating stories from this delightful man. I love that it ends with a story that, rather than infantalizing the subject of nature, he ends with a story about the inherent brutality of nature, people, and the relationship between the two
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of interesting stories and anecdotes from the legend of natural history himself. He really has had quite a life.
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved these, too! Just as interesting as the first Life Stories.
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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), ...more

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