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Saint Peters, MO, USA | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
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  • 66 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "It only gets better when you read/listen Again!"

    Most true Herriot fan's will recall Christopher Timothy portraying James Herriot (the true-life Alf Wight) in the movies and series "All Creatures Great and Small". This, however, is a different experience. I found Timothy to be a bit harsher than I pictured Herriot on the series--even spoken as a devoted fan. In this audio format he does an amazing job on the unabridged version. His acting ability really shines here. His voices and accent range are amazing. If you need an escape and want to feel good, then go back to 1930's Yorkshire and re-live the early days of vet practice. Whether you are an animal lover or just need the relief of a book that will make you laugh and bring the beautiful moors to life, you'll never regret the James Herriot series. Christopher Timothy deserves an award for this one! Fantastic job!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Read it! You are missing volumes!"

    The abridged is a little distracting in audio. I was reading and listening at the same time since I couldn't put the book down. However, I found alot of missing valid description by trying to do the audiobook. I have no doubt this will become a movie and probably soon. It is a very original, well thought-out tale and a take on Dracula that I've never seen or heard of before. You won't be making a mistake investing your time and dollar in this one! And by the time you are done you'll be ready to hop the next plane to Istanbul or Bulgaria!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of a Country Vet

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Graham Lord
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    Are you a sucker for all things animal? You won't want to miss this heartwarming biography of James Herriot - one of the most famous and deeply-loved vets the world has ever known. Herriot is remembered as the modest Scotsman who wrote books that became worldwide best sellers, films, audiobooks, and a much-loved television show. But no one has ever seen him as distinguished writer Graham Lord portrays him here.

    Elizabeth says: "Alot of detail but not a 'pleasant' book"
    "Alot of detail but not a 'pleasant' book"

    This bio of Alf Wight a/k/a James Herriot tends to founder in detail, dates, times and even to the minutia of Wight's college records. Of the three hours listening time, perhaps 45 minutes were enjoyable. If you are looking for another uplifting tale like the Herriot books, look elsewhere. All of us knew that Herriot was somewhat fictionalized but seeing his partner in an unflattering light and hearing that his wife was not the character portrayed in the books seems a little too damning for a man that even Graham Lord admits was a gentle, kind, soul.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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