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)
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).
When James met his wife
can't just pick one, all of them though I do love Trixie Woo
Laugh, laugh, laugh
Please give yourself a treat and read these books
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!
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!
Too many to recount! I laughed and cried and laughed again.
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!
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.
You don't need to be familiar with the,
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.
Whimsical, delightful, humorous
Mrs. Pumphrey - she is so adorable - the quintessential eccentric little old lady.
Not audio - but enjoyed him on the tv show based on the James Herriot books
The old man who lost his dog.
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
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. . .
perfectly satisfying life
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!
absolutely impossible to say for sure, but i'm partial to horses, so i'd say the story of the gypsy's foundered pony.
if i could have, i would have!
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'.
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.
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.
I read this book for the first time at the age of 13. Recently watched the first three series of
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!!!!
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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