Timeless. Make me feel like I was there, looking over the main character's shoulder, immersed in each episode: sights, sounds, smells...grinning, gritting my teeth, wincing and laughing. The reader's voices brought the characters to life, and the story let you feel things from the main character's point of view. Wish I could meet him, and experience the Yorkshire Dales along side him.
The main character, the veterinarian, James Herriott. I liked his charisma, sincerity humility and occasional insecurity, in spite of his skill and diligence. I enjoyed his appreciation and affection for most people and animals, and agreed with his frustration and distaste for others. I shared his sense of intimidation of some, and cheered his pride or relief in occaions of triumph over grim circumstances.
The two-sided Boss Veterinarian, Sigfried Farnun.
What great, realistic adventures! Start with the first book and go through them in order: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All.
Youthful adventure, expose.
The narration, multiple voices.
40 below was not the problem...we have the solutions for that.
My wife read the book, and when she heard the epilogue used as the prologue, she was disappointed for me, because she got a second set of insights by learning the background after reading the adventure. I see her point, but it's too late for me, since the cat's out of the bag. I didn't know any better, so it was O.K. for me. If I could hear it again for the first time, I would skip past the prologue, then go back and listen to it later, get the benefit of additional insights to stimulate even more consideration about this saga.
Like great storytelling in a pub, told by the players involved. Could picture it all. Had me smiling, chuckling or outritght laughing.
Any of the veterinary treatments in the field and the interactions with the farmers...hilarious.
Yes, he doesn't disappoint.
I won't miss any other works by this author and narrator.
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