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!
There is nothing better than a good book!
Where do I begin?!?! James Herriot's words and experiences are brought to vivid life by the flawless and brilliant narration of Christopher Timothy! I have never been so captivated! Timothy's spot-on vocals left me awestruck- he truly captures Herriot's sharp wit and genuine love of all creatures great and small, all things bright and beautiful!
I loved the TV show and the books. They are one of my most favourite series in TV and books.
I love the audiobooks because it brings back memories of the era and the people. Christopher brings the characters back to life and all the images flood back.
I have come to love audiobooks as much as I do books. It is to hard to choose for me. I love both.
Just the other books in the series compare to All Things Bright and Beautiful.
No this is the first time for audiobooks.
If you love animals and people you will enjoy this book. There is humour sorrow and history all rolled up in to one.
Jame Herriot is not only a great vet he is also a great writer who can make you laugh and cry.
Yes. I love listening to stories and this one is so lovely.
All the voices he makes, and the inflections of his voice give feeling and emotion to parts of the story
Not much I can add to the glowing reviews of any James Herriot book, other than 'Ditto'. All his books are a fascinating historical record of veterinary practices from the 1930s. We're all fortunate he took the time to write out his experiences.
You won't regret the purchase of any of his books and will laugh and cry through them again and again.
James Herriot's stories are perfect for a cold night, a warm fire, and a hot cuppa. Chirstopher Timothy does is great. So many characters, each with a recognizable voice and personality. You hardly know it isn't a full cast performance.
The stories are fantastic! They will touch your heart! You will laugh and cry but be unable to turn them off! I played this book in my office and teachers that vcme in got so interested that they did not want to leave.
Trick Whoo! The stories about him are so funny and heart warming.
The way the author discribes the country side I feel like I am there.
I don't get to listen to it in all one setting. I play my audio books while at work at a high school. I share them with the teachers that come to my office to work on things. They love them and some have even joined and are purchasing the books as well.
I selected these books by James Harriot because I read them when I was younger, and I thought I remembered them, but having the read to me has been a whole new experience.