donald t wardlow
I have always loved animals, particularly my 4 Seeing Eye dogs. In my teens, these books were new, and I read them all. This could be the best of the series, because of the wildly funny stories of Herriott, a smallish man, trying to party with Granville Bennett, an overpowering party animal no man can keep up with--though he obviously enjoyed trying. Add the tale of Herriott finally establishing a beach head with Helen, after a number of disastrous attempts, a tale to bring a smile to any man who chased, and finally won, a delightful woman, and you have a book to read repeatedly. I now know that Christopher Timothy, the narrator, played Herriott on TV, and that too brings back memories. The series was the last show Mom, Dad and I could watch together, and it made us all laugh--even Dad whose strength was nearly gone, and Mom who seldom found cause to laugh. Read again, and again, and enjoy.
Even if you're not familiar with the BBC series or the book by the same name, you'll still enjoy these heart-warming animal stories. Taking place mainly during the 30's and 40's in Yorkshire, England, Herriot's descriptions of the characters he encounters -- both human and animal -- often make me laugh out loud or bring me to tears.
This book, as well as other titles in the same series, is fabulous!!!! Listening is pure joy! Christopher Timothy is unequalled in his ability to make a story come alive. And Herriot's stories themselves are enthralling. I will listen to and love this book again...and again....and again...Get the idea?!!!
The James Herriott stories are all great favorites of mine on audiobook. They're extremely well read in this edition, and they are engaging enough for either long or short jaunts in the car. I really enjoy them and will be sad when I finish the series.
Good, bad, hilarious.
Just as good as All Creatures Great and Small.
Excellent narration, considering he played James in the TV series.
Brilliant writing, brilliant narration. This audio book is the perfect marriage of good writing and talented narration. I find myself wiping away tears, or bursting into laughter as I listen. What a beautiful combination is the loving writing of James Herriot and the skillful reading of Christopher Timothy! I wish I could visit Yorkshire, although now I feel as if I'm already there.
James Herriot is one of my favorite authors so the 3 star rating isn't at all because of the quality of the story itself. I also have this book on CD and the audible version has something seriously wrong with the audio. Christopher Timothy's voice is much too deep and slow, to the point that it makes it impossible to listen to this book. Such a shame because it is a wonderful story. Hopefully Audible will fix the sound quality...until then, don't get this one.
I love the James herriot series, but this one played at a slower speed during part of it. There was a serious error in the digitization process.
I like the book as a whole
I would cast no one other than Cristapher Timothy
The audio quality sparked disappointment, anger, and sadness in me
This book should be remastered
This series has been a favorite of mine since childhood....I never get tired of it.
It makes me laugh, cry and feel good. Wonderful, lighthearted stories.
Christopher Timothy is now the voice of James Herriott for me....he does a wonderful job with varied voices, accents and inflection.
This is a lighthearted, warm read - not the book for you if you're looking for something long and highly detailed but it's well worth the time and something I go back to again and again between long series. It's a refreshing break from what I normally listen to.
As a teen, I adored the print version, and read many times. 20 years later, I am so grateful to re-discover these old favorites on audio! The narrator really added to the feel of the stories, and I enjoyed his rendition of Herriot's escapades. I'm not sure I'd say that audio is better, but for someone who spends a lot of time in the car, this is one book definitely worth listening to. An extra bonus is the format (collection of stories) which makes it easy to find a place to stop and restart.
Others in this series. All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made them All.
As the actor who played James Herriot in the TV Series, he totally understands James's character and the personalities, accents and attitudes of the villagers whose animals he helps care for.
No, it was a leisurely stroll through rural England. It was like a friendly visit to a dear friend over a number of days. Pleasant each time I turned it on.
James Herriot may have been a good vet, but he is a rather skilled writer who catches the humor in any situation. In turns I would be laughing aloud, and then crying at the next story in line. (Not easy to explain to a mortified teen-ager that you are picking up in car-line at school!) I really enjoyed re-visiting these stories. If you are an animal lover (and have a strong stomach) who likes the technical aspect of caring for animals interwoven with stories of everyday life in rural England, you will enjoy this audio book!