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All Creatures Great and Small Audiobook

All Creatures Great and Small

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Audible Editor Reviews

Rarely have story, author, and storyteller fused so magically as in Herriot's 1972 memoirs of a vet's life amidst the people and animals that filled it with meaning. Each moment in time reveals timeless joy, frustration, and heartbreak with such sincerity as to make it utterly compelling. As lovingly read by the actor Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in a BBC series inspired by the book, the audio experience wraps the listener in a warm embrace, bringing this classic to life and making it a no-brainer as a must-listen.

Publisher's Summary

These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the two and a half decades that followed, Dr. Herriot became one of the most universally loved authors of our time.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Janet 06-22-16
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    "This is my fourth time. Better than the first time."

    A good story well written and well performed. It is a good story for both young and old, touching the heart, bring smiles and belly laughs, giving a good picture of times gone bye, and bringing characters to life.

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    Josh 06-21-16
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    "great book and performance"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a vet, and everyone has always told me about James Herriot. I finally heeded their advice and am glad. I enjoyed Christopher's performance, very entertaining and brings the action to life.

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    karin San Francisco, CA, United States 06-21-16
    karin San Francisco, CA, United States 06-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful read !"

    This is an amazing book the narrator was out of this world and the look into how farmers live was so interesting , I am off to purchase another book by this great author and narrator , simply perfect .

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    JazzyRai 06-20-16
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    "Entertaining for any Animal lover."

    I loved the reader's voice and acting, not too dry but not over dramatic either. This story is basically living the life of a young vet with the good, the bad and the ugly. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories as I worked, they helped give some color to my day. I'd recommend it to any animal lover or animal keeper.

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    "Beautiful, as always"

    I read James Herriot's accounts as a vet in York years ago and loved them. The narrator does a lovely job of conveying the love of veterinary practice with the joy of the dales, tempered by long hours of hard work in the early years of veterinary medicine. I must now buy the rest of the series.

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    "This is my new favorite book!"

    This book is amazing on so many levels. It's intelligent and thoughtful while hilarious at the same time. I found myself at my desk laughing until I cried with the people around me looking at me as if I was insane! The performance could not have been better - it was absolutely perfect. I am going to go look for more books here by James Herriot. I hope they are all this good!

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    "Timeless and Heartwarming"

    Over 30 years ago, I first read these stories and loved every one. Now, listening to them was a "new" and sustaining experience. If you love animals, well-told tales and/or English moors, this collection will delight you!

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    Dale Jonesboro, AR, United States 06-16-16
    Dale Jonesboro, AR, United States 06-16-16 Member Since 2014

    Truck driver, Coffee drinker and avid listener of Audio books and Waylon Jennings !!

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    "A most wonderful story! "

    I have read this book multiple times, and watched the BBC tv series and now listened to this audio version, and I never tire of it. The book is full of interesting characters, humor and a sad tale or two. I greatly recommend it to anyone who loves animals.

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    Larry 06-15-16
    Larry 06-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    loved it very good book recommended to others I'm going to listen to the others.

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    PamelaEK 06-14-16
    PamelaEK 06-14-16 Member Since 2007
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    "God bless the animals"

    I can listen to this audible book many times and it always brings a smile, a LOL and sometimes just insightful musings. You can transport back in time and be the 'fly on the wall' as James attends to the animals and the people of his township.

    I have read or listened to all of Jame Herriot books and always finish with a feeling of contentment. Life was simpler and harder all at the same time and Loire accepting, it seems.

    Christopher Timothy was an excellent narrator.

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