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The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior (Life Trilogy #3)

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"Watching and filming animals world-wide has occupied most of my working life. By the end of the 1970's, the marvels and wonders I had witnessed had become a dazzling, almost confusing kaleidoscope and I began to feel a need to put them in some kind of order, to try to produce a coherent survey of the natural history of the planet. So I started on a decade of work which wa ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Little Brown & Co. (first published 1990)
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Pramod Nair
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Attenborough, a man with an insatiable passion to witness, wonder and study our fascinating living planet, made natural history approachable for layman through a series of highly informative and engaging documentaries and companion books, of which the ‘Life’ trilogy, I consider as my favorite. In ‘Trials of Life’ the third work in the trilogy, Attenborough take us on a journey around globe telling us about ‘Ethology’ or the objective study of animal behavior, in his signature style of flai ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
A short review, a longish aside with some personal ramblings and pictures of animals!

I really really liked this book. I thought about giving it five stars, but because I'm class-ocentric and I enjoyed Life of Mammals better, I felt my star ratings should show this distinction. Currently, or as current as when I was reading this, I am reading two animal books. One was great and one so far sucks. This is the great one.

Note: If David Attenborough would make a beautiful book / five part BBC documen
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent examination of the natural world and animal behavior. The narrative is organized well and looks at animal behavior starting with birth and ending with 'continuing the line' (sexual behavior). In between, there's a look at growing up, finding food, hunting, making a home, living together, fighting, friends and rivals, talking, and courting. It is a fascinating look at the wide variety of animals and the adaptations that they've made to their environment. The photos are lovely and illust ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jenny
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You know, most of the time reading nonfiction is boring. But this was actually interesting! All the stages of different animals throughout the time they were born to when they die. EVERY DETAIL(of their life)!
Oct 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really interesting. This is the companion book to the documentary series that came out when I was a teen. I love David Attenborough!
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting and indepth look it how life on earth begins, survives and passes on its knowledge to the next generation, this book looks at the different adaptations, skills and methods used by species and species groups to survive and pass on its genes. Attenborough takes the reader through life chapter by chapter revealing the different styles and methods used for each with descriptive and readable language without losing any of the drama or knowledge that comes with it. This book covers everyth ...more
This book is excellent. It charts the trials that animals have to face during their life, from growing up, to finding food and a mate, from defence to making a home. It is fascinating stuff, especially the amazing colour plates that are included throughout the text. And although some of the stuff Attenborough is describing is pretty complicated, it comes across in a good, easy way, so the reading of this book is a pleasure rather than a chore. Well worth the read.
Frank Ashe
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Attenborough is magnificent. This book is at the level of his previous works. It doesn't get 5 stars simply because he's been consistently so good that 5 stars has to be reserved for something more than exceptional!
Noah Jensen
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
this book is realy interesting, i love the anumal kingdom so this book is perfect 4 me. 2 interesting facts i learned 2day kangaros have a musle in their pouch that closes in watter so the baby is in no danger of drouning, and that a baby goat is a kid.
Nilu R.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you love animals and natural history, this is a great light read. It is written well, and organized like a nature show. I have re-read this book several times, enjoying it each time.
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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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