I have loved the James Herriot collection for years and am now ecstatic to have it on my iPod. All his stories elicit a 'feel good' feeling for the listener with his brilliant writing and subject matter. Add Christopher Timothy's ability to make it all come to life in audio and you've got a winning combination over all.
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.
I feel as though I were there and the animals and people were part of my life too. And now that the narrative has ended I am reluctant to return to the modern world.
Everyone who loves animals should read or listen to James Harriet 's series of books.
Each chapter is like a story of its own. perfect to listen on your way home ft work
And who doesn't love to listen to a good Scottish accent?!
Reader & all-around literate person
Herriot's stories are wonderful classics, and Christopher Timothy is the perfect narrator for these splendid books. But the bizarre background voices sometimes made it seem like watching a theatre performance with people chatting in the row behind you.
Add to that the oddly random music occasionally pasted in at chapter transitions, and you have an excellent performance marred by bad production.