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All Creatures Great and Small Audiobook

All Creatures Great and Small

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.
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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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    philip Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-28-13
    philip Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    I like biographies and memoirs, crime novels, historical novels and more.

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    "Narrated Perfectly by Christoper Timothy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it makes me laugh.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Creatures Great and Small?

    When Herriot put a dog down, and Tristen lost the horse!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prank phone call Herriot made on Tristen.


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    Thomas Orem, UT, United States 01-02-13
    Thomas Orem, UT, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about All Creatures Great and Small?

    My wife has read all these books so I thought I'd give it a go. Herriot is a great story teller. Great sense of place and great sense of humor.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Timothy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I believe this was my first exposure to Timothy. He was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed his rendition.


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    eve Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-01-13
    eve Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-01-13
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    "Classic Favorite, Well Adapted"
    What made the experience of listening to All Creatures Great and Small the most enjoyable?

    There's nothing quite as luxurious as curling up in a clean, sunny room on a Sunday and listening to Christopher Timothy read James Herriot's classic. The stories are long-time favorites -- priceless, simple and sweet and human (or more broadly, animal). I admit, it took a while to get used to the pace (slower than reading) -- but I think in the end it has had an even more grounding, therapeutic effect. The only funny thing about this recording is the curious integration of music. It comes at the oddest (and so funny) times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Creatures Great and Small?

    They are all memorable.


    What about Christopher Timothy’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful with accents. Easy to listen to. Not over acted, but still engaging. Pretty funny when he plays female roles.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. You can easily break it up and the chapters tend to be short, so it's perfect to start and stop and pick up again.


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    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12
    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "in thralling"

    the story's are all lastingly timeless and heart warming. l was able to relax with them at timed of stress.

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    Greg 12-20-12
    Greg 12-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Both James Herriot and Christopher Timothy Impress"
    Would you listen to All Creatures Great and Small again? Why?

    Absolutely. Herriot is an engaging writer. He effectively laces in and out of his veterinarian practice and his experiences in the human world. His reflection on a bygone era from a standpoint of later years adds maturity and weight to his descriptions. I can't get enough of his work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Siegfried is such a delightfully blustery character. On the one hand he is inexpressibly charming and helpful, while on the other terribly frustrating and contradictory, but always good-natured.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I drive for a living and found this an easy listen for long sittings. Though, the story is easily broken up for shorter sittings.


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    Sid Fox 11-29-12
    Sid Fox 11-29-12 Member Since 2013

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    "All Creatures Great and Small"
    If you could sum up All Creatures Great and Small in three words, what would they be?

    Best animal stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tristen is my favourite character in the whole series. He always seems to get in and out of trouble and the relationship he has with his brother is priceless.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Timothy – was your favorite?

    I like his character of James Herriot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you want a laugh or cry see this film.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series.

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    Jeannette PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, United States 11-22-12
    Jeannette PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "James Harriet's Memoirs are a classic."
    What did you like best about All Creatures Great and Small? What did you like least?

    James writes about his experiences as a vet in a picturesque and visual manner, allowing the reader to gain a close look at his life and who he was as a person. Readers also enjoy the opportunity to become part of the community of Daroughby as they get acquainted with Mr. Harriet's neighbors and friends. The relationship between James and his partner-to-be, Sigmund Farland is as comical as it is admirable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James, Tricky Woo and Mrs. Pomfrey, and Helen, his wife to be. Mr Harriet is a very engaging character and his passion for his work stated with alacrity. Mrs. Pomfrey is delightful and her eccentric love for her dog unmistakable. Helen, when she comes into the picture is innocent and well grounded. She is a perfect balance for James.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Timothy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. however, I do remember his performance of the said character on BBC.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I enjoyed the series and viewing all its episodes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very descriptive and the characters enjoyable. The intensity and importance of veterinary medicine is clearly defined. The only caution is the language, which is too advanced for smaller ears and will offend adults of certain spiritual beliefs. Respect and admiration to James Harriet for his devotion to his work, his family , and his beliefs.

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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 11-11-12
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Great Story - Good reading"

    If you don't know about the James Herriott books about his life as a country vet in Yorkshire, England, then you are missing out. They are heartwarming and heart breaking at the same time. The performance is very good by Christopher Timothy. The accents come across wonderfully and it really brings the story home. The only downside of the production is they keep putting music in at strange times - it is a reading not a musical. But well worth the listen.

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    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 10-19-12
    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Take a break from the hectic world"

    Expertly read. The performance is a good balance between actively read and performed.

    The story is a fantastic depiction of rural,1930s England. If you have ever tasted rural life or think you'd like it, you'll like this book. By the end you'll have made friends with at least several of the characters.

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    Anandasubramanian 10-16-12 Member Since 2009

    Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.

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    "Amazing, so funny and extremely well narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to All Creatures Great and Small the most enjoyable?

    To me, the sheer joy of Herriot's adventures, and his zest for life in the farm, and his ability to see through the eyes of the animals he treats is amazing. There will NEVER be a vet like him.
    Christopher's narration is so good that to me he IS James Herriot.


    What other book might you compare All Creatures Great and Small to and why?

    Actually nothing can come even close to this series. This series is so well narrated and so funny and interesting to listen to, that comparing it with any other book is an insult to James Herriot and Christopher.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Timothy – was your favorite?

    Tristan


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES. Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the narrators that Audible has, like Ray Porter, Christopher and Jay Snyder should be paid really well. I hope Audible is listening.
    Narrators who make even a dull story interesting through their narration is simply amazing.

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