David Attenborough is a giant of natural history and this book charting his many TV series brought home to me just what a contribution he's made to our understanding of the natural world. I hadn't really realized what hardships and privations he's had to go through to capture the footage of unusual life forms in inaccessible places. It's fascinating to hear how the advances in technology have aided his work and enabled him and his team of dedicated camera and sound men bring the natural world into our living rooms. This is a wonderful book and I enjoyed every minute of it. Attenborough is an excellent raconteur with a lively sense of humour. Unreservedly recommended as a great listen.
The scene is set in the first chapter in which Debbie Carter is found dead in her apartment the victim of a brutal rape and assault. Possible suspects are interviewed and the police focus their attention of two men. This is not a book out of John Grisham's imagination, but a product of his painstaking accumulation of facts about a real-life case of injustice. I have enjoyed many of his novels which I've found gripping and though-provoking and this present book is no exception apart from a mind-numbingly boring chapter 2 of the recording about baseball with lots of names of players, scores and teams that meant nothing. There was over an hour of this, and it seemed much longer. I was listening while out on a long hill-walk and had nothing else to listen to so carried on otherwise I would have given up. I'm glad I didn't because the rest of the book was a shocking but compelling account of a terrible injustice in the legal system due to incompetence, pride and down-right corruption by the police and prosecutors. By the end of the book I felt enraged by what had happened to Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz.
Apart from the focus on baseball near the beginning this is a five star listen that is read with verve by Vincent Marzello.
I have to admit that I've had a bit of a prejudice against Richard Dawkins over his rather over-confident assertions about Darwin's theories completely explaining evolution. I'm a biologist (and certainly no creationist) but can see that there are grey areas that we can't explain. However, I was won over by this interview, in which he was reasonable and interesting, and I will certainly listen/read his book.