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
"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)
I like biographies and memoirs, crime novels, historical novels and more.
Yes, because it makes me laugh.
When Herriot put a dog down, and Tristen lost the horse!
The prank phone call Herriot made on Tristen.
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.
I believe this was my first exposure to Timothy. He was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed his rendition.
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.
They are all memorable.
Wonderful with accents. Easy to listen to. Not over acted, but still engaging. Pretty funny when he plays female roles.
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.
the story's are all lastingly timeless and heart warming. l was able to relax with them at timed of stress.
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.
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.
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.
Best animal stories.
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.
I like his character of James Herriot.
If you want a laugh or cry see this film.
I love this series.
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.
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.
No I have not. however, I do remember his performance of the said character on BBC.
I enjoyed the series and viewing all its episodes.
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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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.
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.
Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.
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.
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.
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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