In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother, Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.
Now as then, All Creatures Great and Small is full of humor, warmth, pathos, drama, and James Herriot's love of life. His journey across the Yorkshire dales, and his encounters with humans and dogs, cows and kittens, are lovingly told by Christopher Timothy with all the fascination, affection and joy that suffuses Dr. Herriot's works.
©1972 by James Herriot; (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance
"One of the funniest and most likeable books around." (Atlantic Monthly)
"If there is any justice, All Creatures Great and Small will become a classic of its kind....With seemingly effortless art, this man tells his stories with perfect timing and optimum scale. Many more famous authors could work for a lifetime and not achieve more flawless literary control." (Chicago Tribune Book World)
"Herriot charms because he delights in life, embraces it with sensitivity and gust, and writes with grace. All Creatures Great and Small may well be the happiest book of the year." (The New York Times Book Review)
Many years ago my dad handed me a greasy book and said, "Here, read this. I think you will like it." I thought - Oh no, it is going to be a cowboy book, or something else that I could imagine my dad liking, but knowing I definitely would NOT. He worked at a steel mill, thus the grease, and he read on his breaks and his lunch hour. I dutifully took the book, trying to think of a way to get out of reading it, but instead, I was hooked by the end of the first page.
The book he gave me that day was "All Creatures Great and Small." It instantly became one of my favorites, and I subsequently devoured many of James Herriot's books. When I was able to purchase it on Audible, I hoped that the audio version would live up to my memories of when I read it years ago. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was almost like reading it the first time because of the length of time elapsed since the first reading. The only tiny little criticism I have is in Christopher Timothy's syntax. I loved his characterizations and his enthusiasm for the book, his wide array of appropriate accents, and the quality of his voice, but he has an annoying way of pausing for what I consider too long between each sentence. He speaks fast, which doesn't bother me at all, but coupled with the unusually long pauses, it started to sound like a fast yakityyakityyakityyak (silent pause) yakityyakityyakityyak (silent pause). The cadence of the reading began to be a little distracting.
Outside of that, I loved every bit of this audiobook, and even with that one annoyance, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Like me the day my dad first gave it to me, you will not be able to keep from loving it.
I read the hard copies of the entire series years ago, then listened to them on cassettes or CDs more than once, and now am listening again on my iPod. James Herriot's stories are laugh-out-loud funny at times, heartbreaking at others, and wise without ever being preachy or sentimental. Mr. Herriot (Wight) was a humble, generous human being and gifted writer. His wonderful stories are timeless. Download this book- you will be so glad you did.
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.
Herriot's books take you back to a simpler way of life. His love of animals shines through all his books. And the narrator is PERFECT!! I was sad to have them end. Be sure and listen to the other books in the series
I have always enjoyed James Harriot, as his observations on human life are often so profound, and the humor and compassion he conveys in his writing is a joy. In the case of these audio books, the narrator is gifted, which only adds to the enjoyment.
I have read and listened to all of Herriot’s books and loved them all. Some of his stories are funny, some sad, all are deeply humane and none are boring. The characters of Herriot’s stories – gruff farmers, eccentric and unpredictable Siegfried, charming Tristan, warmhearted Helen, and of course animals and nature – are all entertaining and full of life. Herriot’s writing is humorous and sympathetic. Timothy is an excellent reader. His reading is the best illustration to the books: different voices and accents make all the characters come alive. Timothy makes the listener see as well as hear. This production is one of the best audiobooks I have come across (on the par with Cecil’s reading of Wodehouse).
still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.
if you've got a soft heart for the countryside, the character of the land and its inhabitants, be they human or not, or if you ever wanted to be a vet when you were growing up, you will find this series remarkable.
the reading was excellent and format two worked for me.
i'll be collecting the entire series. they are the kind of stories you can come back to in time and the kind of stories that are a pleasure to introduce to children.
donald t wardlow
This is the first of an awesome series. When I first read it, when it was on the bestseller list, the narration was done by an American. Even with that handicap, these stories made me laugh, cry, and think. They're back, and better than ever, with Christopher Timothy reading them. He excels at the voices, and well he should--having portrayed Herriott on TV. Time hasn't taken the fun out of these books, and neither has an unflattering biog of Herriott done after his death in 1995, although its author certainly tried to wreck the fun of these books. The stories bring happiness to even the most harsh experiences. The tales of failed dates with his dream girl would give heart to a man facing those struggles in these modern times. The tales of an outsider becoming an insider in an often clanish community are a pure delight. Read on, and enjoy.
I would definitely recommend this story to a friend especially a young adult, a glimpse at life in the 30's English country of Yorkshire.
This is a wonderful story that takes you back to a simpler time. I laughed and cried as I listened, and felt so drawn into the story. James, Sigfried, and Tristan become so alive that you expect to see them at the Vet Hospital here in town. I love all the characters that live in their little town. This is a peaceful story to listen to during our hectic, intense, uber electronic age.
The beautiful descriptions of the country side and the eccentric characters that live there.
James Herriot, Vet surgeon
film already done but try," Bring a bucket of warm water, soap and a towel, I'm going in"...
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