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All Creatures Great and Small Audiobook

All Creatures Great and Small

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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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    Gaghan Eureka, CA, United States 07-04-16
    Gaghan Eureka, CA, United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    I remember watching the television show all Creatures Great and Small with my grandmother when I was a little girl. This book evokes all the wonderful imagery and delightful stories I remember watching with her. Plus there are some new stories that I don't remember. I would highly recommend this book it is a timeless classic.

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    "All Creatures great and Small"

    Good stories but accent of narrator some times difficult for listeners not accustomed to the language.

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    Sharey 07-04-16
    Sharey 07-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Soothing"

    Unfortunately, due to the heavy accent and regional-specific language, my friend and I could only understand less than half of this. However, when we did understand enough to grasp an entire vignette, we enjoyed it. Therefore, we just played it over several weeks while relaxing and if we drifted off, fine, if we didn't comprehend it, fine. It was still a relaxing narration and the voice and stories seemed likeable. Sometimes, you just absorb what you can and leave it at that.

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    Kathy 07-02-16
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    "Love this book!"

    He is such a great descriptive author! It takes you back to a simpler, better era.

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    Sandra 07-02-16
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    "Great reading!!!!(listening)"

    I loved the narrator!!! Can't wait to get to the other ones!! Awesome books!! thanks

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    susan 06-30-16
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    "Delightful read of an old fashioned English Vet."

    Wonderful reminisces and life story of an Yorkshire country veterinarian in the 30's. Delightful story of clean, decent, honest folk and a young vet in "merry old"....... Nothing that really challenges the brain or mysterious intreige. Just plain, good, easy listening of a lost way of life.

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    Rebecca 06-23-16
    Rebecca 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book great and large"

    Wonderful listening to fantastic narrator performing an incredible personal account of the mans way of life that I have come to envy and relish daydreaming about. Thank you to all who made this possible that I can exist I my chosen socially isolated life and become immersed in another world that overflows with the various delights not accessible to me directly. What a cosmic gift. Now I will start the second book by this wonderful man who cares for the animals as we all should aspire to also care about animals. His stories warm my heart.

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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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