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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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    Terra Lodi, CA, USA 02-04-09
    Terra Lodi, CA, USA 02-04-09
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    "A definite favorite"

    I was first exposed to All Creatures as a child when my mother used to read us chapters in the car. Since then I have all the books in the series over and over again and they never lose their charm. James Herriot tells about his life experiences as a vet with great feeling, understanding and humor. I love the fact that each chapter is a complete story and that there's a thread that connects all the stories together throughout the book.

    This audible version is perfect. There's a British narrator who does a variety of very believable 'hills' accents and he emphasizes all the right words. I found myself laughing and crying with the characters, just like I do every time I read the books.

    This is a definite good read/listen for any animal lovers out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Aubrey, TX, USA 12-23-07
    Maria Aubrey, TX, USA 12-23-07 Member Since 2010
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    Great story!

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    Dale Cochrane, AB, Canada 07-23-06
    Dale Cochrane, AB, Canada 07-23-06
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    "Wonderful."

    When I was younger, my Dad used to read James Harriot stories to me before bed time. Christopher Timothy does an excellent job of recapturing some of those memories.

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    Troy Muncie, IN, USA 06-12-06
    Troy Muncie, IN, USA 06-12-06
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    "Fantastic Book, Decent Recording"

    I love this book and the choice of narrator was fortunate, since he played JH in the television version as well. I won't gush on about the greatness of the book or the reader though, since others have done that. Let me just note that there is one oddity in the file. At 5:27:07 - 5:27:39 of the second part, there is a bit that audible.com forgot to delete, announcing that "This is the end of side 20 ..." If you couldn't already tell by the acceptable but not stellar audio quality, this audiobook was re-recorded from a cassette tape source.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh USA 05-27-05
    Josh USA 05-27-05
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    "Amazing story; Good Naration; Production flaws"

    The original book is great and the narration very well done. The only drawback is that the transfer from the original cds or tapes was sloppy. A couple of the "This is the end of side X" phrases were left in and the begining of some sides are clipped so that you lose a page or two of the book. If audible.com redoes the faulty transfer it would be a 5 star audiobook.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Lamb Kingston, Ontario Canada 02-21-04
    Margaret Lamb Kingston, Ontario Canada 02-21-04 Member Since 2015
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    "deserves six stars!"

    This is a really wonderful recording of a wonderful book. I have read the book and seen the BBC series, so you'd think I'd be tired of it by now, but I loved listening to the recording. I know I will return to it many times. The stories are usually funny, sometimes sad, and always wise. The author paints such vivid pictures that I feel as if I've visited Yorkshire and met the people.

    The reader is the actor who played the author in the TV series and is one of the best audiobook readers I've ever heard. He does a great Yorkshire accent too -- something he didn't have to do playing Herriot himself on TV.

    I'm eager to hear the sequels as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy PHOENIX, AZ, US 09-14-03
    Sandy PHOENIX, AZ, US 09-14-03 Member Since 2012
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    "I miss this book!"

    The book was absolutely wonderful and the narrator made it even better. I finished the book days ago and still miss it, it was a great escape.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia 04-17-04
    Lydia 04-17-04

    Ever since I was a child, I've been comforted by spoken word and stories . I love Simon Vance's narratives, Anthony Bourdain's humour.

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    "Never Lost Interest!"

    This is my first experience listening to the narrator, and the first time I've "read" or heard anything by the author.

    It was wonderful! I've listened to it over and over.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ellanora Titusville, FL, United States 08-13-11
    Ellanora Titusville, FL, United States 08-13-11
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    "NOT FOR ME"

    THIS BOOK WAS A ZERO FOR ME.....BOUGHT FOR ME BY MY WIFE BUT IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT I WOULD ENJOY. STOP LISTENING QUICKLY.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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