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  • David Attenborough: The Early Years Collection

  • The BBC Collection
  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

David Attenborough first appeared in front of a television camera in the 1950s when, together with London Zoo's Curator of Reptiles, Jack Lester, he persuaded the BBC to mount and film an animal-collecting expedition. The result was Zoo Quest. Specially recorded for audio, David Attenborough's early adventures are sometimes life-threatening, often hilarious and always totally absorbing. The warmth and enthusiasm that have made him a broadcasting legend are instantly apparent here as he recounts this magical journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but a lot of overlap with Life on Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

The greatest narrator of all time tells his story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-19

absolutely one of the greatest audiobooks....in the world. I will listen to this over again and again.

  • Seven Years in Tibet

  • By: Heinrich Harrer, Richard Graves
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer’s escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic a life we never see.....

  • By Jacqueline on 14-04-13

one of the greatest stories of all time.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

When people are put in desperate situations they really can do remarkable things.
This story shows us how a wholehearted desire for freedom, led two men on an epic adventure, one that was only made possible,by the rarest combinations of shifting history and place in time.

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

An epic story, brilliantly read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-18

Shantaram is an all encompassing epic, filled with insight into every aspect of human life.

  • Pirate Hunters

  • Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story, and his ship, have been lost to time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Mark on 13-03-19

fascinating from start to finish

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

A thrilling mix of modern adventurers and historical hero's masterfully written and beautifully read. would recommend to anyone