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All Things Bright and Beautiful Audiobook

All Things Bright and Beautiful

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James Herriot has now become firmly established and accepted as one of Darrowby's veterinarians. He's also married, and lives with his wife Helen on the top floor of Skeldale House. His former boss, now partner, Siegfried, lives downstairs with Siegfried's brother Tristan.

Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

©1973 by James Herriot; (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance

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    meredith 09-24-09
    meredith 09-24-09
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    "Marred by background noise"

    Glorious story read by the very actor who brought James Harriot to life in the British series, how could anyone ask for more? How about a background free of indistinct chatter loud enough to be a significant distraction? The distracting verbage waxed and waned, and could only be ignored when I turned the volume down so soft that I then lost the nuances of Timothy's wonderful performance. I was disappointed to say the least. I do not recall hearing this noise on the CDs I borrowed from the library years ago, read by the same narrator. Is this a different edition, or just poor importing into the Audible data base?

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley 10-07-11
    Shirley 10-07-11
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    "I love this book, but...."

    This is a wonderful book and I love Christopher Timothy as the narrator. However, my dissatisfaction does not come from the book or its contents but the quality of the recording. I can hear background talking, at times the narrator slows down so he has a bass voice and then picks up again. I thought maybe it was my Kindle but it only does it with this book, and that is both part 1 and part 2. I was not happy at all with the quality of workmanship at all. I wanted to buy the other two books, but I am leary now.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Saint Peters, MO, USA 06-08-05
    Elizabeth Saint Peters, MO, USA 06-08-05 Member Since 2010
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    "It only gets better when you read/listen Again!"

    Most true Herriot fan's will recall Christopher Timothy portraying James Herriot (the true-life Alf Wight) in the movies and series "All Creatures Great and Small". This, however, is a different experience. I found Timothy to be a bit harsher than I pictured Herriot on the series--even spoken as a devoted fan. In this audio format he does an amazing job on the unabridged version. His acting ability really shines here. His voices and accent range are amazing. If you need an escape and want to feel good, then go back to 1930's Yorkshire and re-live the early days of vet practice. Whether you are an animal lover or just need the relief of a book that will make you laugh and bring the beautiful moors to life, you'll never regret the James Herriot series. Christopher Timothy deserves an award for this one! Fantastic job!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Plano, TX, USA 08-21-03
    Thomas Plano, TX, USA 08-21-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Top of the Class"

    This is one of the best authors and readers I've read. Both are 5 out of 5. The subject matter here is not something I thought I would like. I was pleasantly fascinated by it. I enjoyed each listening session very much. I am very happy I experienced it. You really need to experience one of these books and then evaluate for yourself if the subject matter will keep you coming back. The book contains a number of experiences of a country vet in Scotland. Some of the stories will stay with me the rest of my life. I never got the feeling that this book was repetitive, but I can see how future books may become that way.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 05-15-09
    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 05-15-09 Member Since 2010

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    "I love James Herriot"

    Having been a lover of animal stories for several years, I picked up a copy of one of Herriot's books at a thrift shop. Since then I have been hooked. Herriot's writing is terrific and his sense of humor is ageless. He has great insight into human nature and his ability to put that into words makes him a writer worth reading and/or listening to.

    "All Things Bright and Beautiful" is definitely worth the listening time. I have been taking Mr. Herriot with me in the car when I am out driving. His stories are perfect for that. They are not so complicated that I can drive and easily listen, and also light-hearted, sometimes sad, and really entertaining.

    The narrator of his books, Christopher Timothy, is also excellent. He has the ability to give Herriot, his friends and the local people of Daroby (sp?) perfect voices. I have in the past had trouble understanding British accents, but Timothy makes it easy.

    I plan on listening to the entire series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Primrose San Miguel de Allende, MX 03-26-05
    Primrose San Miguel de Allende, MX 03-26-05 Member Since 2002

    For me it is not the genre, but the skill of the writer to make me laugh, cry, to let me fade into their words and lose myself in the story.

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    "Classic British stories filled w/laughter & tears"

    Amazing stories of a pre-WWII animal doctor dealing with the country people deep in the English countryside. If you love animals, if you love unique interesting people and have a sense of humor you will love this book - narration is perfection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Janssen 07-19-16
    Dee Janssen 07-19-16

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    "Great story, sound needs to be remixed"

    i listen frequently thru my bluetooth headset and the constant hissing and faint background voices is very annoying. The audiobook publisher needs to fix this recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn C. Thousand Oaks, CA 04-28-16
    Lynn C. Thousand Oaks, CA 04-28-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it!"

    Driving from L.A. to Portland seemed to go faster listening to James Herriott adventures. We were laughing out loud!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony W. Sellers 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Makes me chuckle"

    So well written and well read. Really endearing excerpts about genuine people. Absolutely loved this one as much as the first one. I wish that the language were less "PG" and more "G" but I suppose that angry people have a habit of swearing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Anderson 03-20-16
    M. Anderson 03-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love James Herriot's stories"

    Wonderful book and narration but horrible background noise. Sounds like the recording took place in a busy area and the background noise is really annoying!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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