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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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    Aerete Michigan 10-24-16
    Aerete Michigan 10-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoughtful Memoir"

    Before the unmemorable cluttered the shelves with stories of themselves, James Herriot penned this thoughtful memoir of his life as a country vet in Yorkshire.
    His observations of the strength of character of the farmers reflect a respect for their character as well as the land they farmed.

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    T. Reed Massachusetts USA 10-19-16
    T. Reed Massachusetts USA 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a wonderful book!"

    I laughed often, and was captivated by the tales. I read the book several times before, and this audiobook was a fresh new way to experience the story. Christopher Timothy did an excellent job reading and bringing the characters to life.

    I highly recommend this audiobook, you won't go wrong. And read the book too!

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    Jess 10-16-16
    Jess 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Timeless & treasured, a beautiful collection..."

    Read these treasured stories as a girl, loved hearing them again as an adult. Captivatingly read by Christopher Timothy, his accents and feeling make the stories all the more mesmerizing and wistful.

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    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 10-16-16
    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 10-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful"
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    I read this book when I was very young and liked it. But that was in the 1970's, so I decided to listen to the audible version now. It was delightful. Often times witty, I loved hearing the stories about people and animals. If you want a light and fun read or listen, this book is wonderful.

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    Sheri Powers 10-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "every bit as good as when I read it 30 years ago."

    excellent narration! it's really wonderful amen a narrators voice can transport you into a different place and time. .. love these characters. .. just as wonderful and warm as it was when I first read it as a teenager almost 30 years ago. ... these stories fueled my dream of becoming a vet. ... even spent 'some time in the yorkshire dells. .. this really brings me back. ..thank you for a marveled presentation!

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    Kelsey 09-27-16
    Kelsey 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great as always"

    Herriot's books are favorites of mine, and the audio version is much the same. The musical interludes are a bit annoying between chapters, but it's not so much that it's distracting. Highly recommended.

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    Carryn Philadelphia, PA, US 09-26-16
    Carryn Philadelphia, PA, US 09-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Deserves its place as a classic"

    Very enjoyable reading. One doesn't even have to be an animal lover, it's also a wonderful snapshot of life in this time and place. One caveat, a lot of the humor is created by the townspeople's and Herriot's boss' crazy behavior and seemingly continuous disparaging treatment of our hero. If the stories are even half true, he put up with a lot and worked incredibly hard. Overall a fun read.

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    Richmond Rabinowitz 09-10-16
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    "choppy"

    This is a very pleasant book that gives you a nice sense of a part of England that is less often written about. But it is a little flat. The humor doesn't quite make it, the dramatic parts are not particularly dramatic and character development is sketchy. I actually thought I must be listening to an abridged version. But, nice people, nice landscape, nice narration.

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    Ed Leawod, KS, United States 08-14-16
    Ed Leawod, KS, United States 08-14-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Lovely. Quaint. But a long slog."

    Lovely and quaint. But a long slog. Don't think I'll read another in the series.

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    Lisa 08-09-16
    Lisa 08-09-16

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    "Delightful Story and Narrator"

    Christopher Timothy does a delightful job narrating a delightful story. The scene toward the end (no spoilers) where James and Siegfried are talking about marriage was so well narrated, I was laughing out loud in my car! But throughout the book, Mr. Timothy skillfully brings life to all the sundry characters in the story. I have put the rest of the Harriott books narrated by Mr. Timothy in my queue.

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