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All Creatures Great and Small | [James Herriot]

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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    mary 08-29-12
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    What made the experience of listening to All Creatures Great and Small the most enjoyable?

    The content is fun and the performance top notch. I dearly love these books and will read them all again in the future even though this is already my second time around ( first as a kid).


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

    When James met his wife


    Which scene was your favorite?

    can't just pick one, all of them though I do love Trixie Woo


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, laugh, laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Please give yourself a treat and read these books

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    Terra Oregon House, CA, USA 08-21-12
    Terra Oregon House, CA, USA 08-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"
    What did you love best about All Creatures Great and Small?

    It is a fantastic story. A story of the turn of the century when penicillin was just coming into use. A time of small cities, and big hearts!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James Harriet. James Harriet is performed by the gentleman who played the part in the TV show All Creatures Great and Small. Though Siegfried is a close second!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to recount! I laughed and cried and laughed again.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book, story or TV show. My kids have spent house listening to these! Based on the life of James Harriet, who was alive and helped with the TV series ..... it has all the warmth, grit and delight of a life well lived and loved!

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    Margaret Bahama, NC, USA 05-08-12
    Margaret Bahama, NC, USA 05-08-12
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    "As captivating now as when I first read them"
    Would you listen to All Creatures Great and Small again? Why?

    This is a fabulous audio book. Christopher Timothy's performance is excellent--he creates distinct voices for the many different characters and imbues the appropriate emotion. I have found myself laughing out loud or tearing up.

    I read all of the All Creatures series several times as a teenager, but haven't returned to them in decades. My parents and some of my siblings read them as well, and we would often read passages to one another (a family trait that my husband has decided to find endearing rather than annoying). I was looking for a good story for my next audiobook listen, and am so glad I bought this one. The stories are as interesting and engaging to me now as they were when I first read them. It's been a delight to rediscover Tristan's shenanigans, the disconnect between Siegfried's actions and words, and James' experiences with the recalcitrant farmers. It's like reconnecting with an old friend. I am looking forward to downloading the rest of the series.


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    Christine Dumont, NJ, United States 03-18-12
    Christine Dumont, NJ, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    What does Christopher Timothy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You don't need to be familiar with the,


    Any additional comments?

    To those not familiar with the works of James Herriot; these books are so much more than casual anecdotes of veterinary mishaps or humor. These quasi-autobiographical books are a tribute to the people and lands of the Yorkshire moors and the outlying areas. His stories with their astute observations of animals, nature, people and himself, will have you laughing out loud, reflecting on the foibles of mankind, daydreaming of visiting this area of Britain, and will also leave you yearning for a simpler time, while giving you a greater appreciation for the era in which we live.

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    Christy Taylors, SC, United States 03-12-12
    Christy Taylors, SC, United States 03-12-12
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    "Loved the Books, Love the Audio!"
    If you could sum up All Creatures Great and Small in three words, what would they be?

    Whimsical, delightful, humorous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Pumphrey - she is so adorable - the quintessential eccentric little old lady.


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

    Not audio - but enjoyed him on the tv show based on the James Herriot books


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The old man who lost his dog.


    Any additional comments?

    This performance of some of my beloved, favorite books is just perfect. Mr. Timothy captures the moments and nuances of each sentence just way I

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    rebecca HUDDLESTON, VA, United States 02-28-12
    rebecca HUDDLESTON, VA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2015

    totally useless with a new book in my hands. . .unfortunately libraries take a lot of space, which i don't have. . . i have an hour's commute to work, so. . . o. . .0. . . here i am. . . i like nonfiction, but an occasional good novel is nice, too. i'm told that i like "heavy" reading. . .maybe. . .but i also can lose myself in a little light reading as well. . .

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    "Absolutely one of the best books ever!"
    If you could sum up All Creatures Great and Small in three words, what would they be?

    perfectly satisfying life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    jim, of course. he has opened the door to his heart and mind for all of us. he is so honest about himself, including his self-proclaimed shortcomings. has laughed at himself in these stories and has invited us to laugh along with him. what an amazing man he is!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    absolutely impossible to say for sure, but i'm partial to horses, so i'd say the story of the gypsy's foundered pony.


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

    if i could have, i would have!


    Any additional comments?

    herriott is a master story-teller, open and generous, funny and tender. the choice of christopher timothy as narrator just had to be. . .after all his is the voice everyone associates with jim's, familiar from the televised episodes of 'all creatures great and small'.

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    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 01-23-12
    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    I absolutely love the stories that James Herriot wrote and Christoper Timothy is one of THE best narrators ever. Maybe playing the character on tv gave him an insight into the author, but he certainly brings it all alive to the listener.

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    "lots of laughs, and heart warming."

    Listened to this many times. Makes me wish I could be in england. Herriot makes you feel as if your right along side, feeling the cold, pain, love and smells of being a vet.

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    Suzanne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-10-11
    Suzanne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this book for the first time at the age of 13. Recently watched the first three series of


    What does Christopher Timothy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice and does the other characters voices in an amusing way. It's awesome that they got the actor from the BBC series to narrate the audio book!!!!


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    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 09-22-11
    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 09-22-11
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    This beautiful and classic tale of a British veterinarian in the early 1900's is sure to charm hearts and create that warm and fuzzy feeling at the end of every chapter. A great book with a wonderful narrator!

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