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All Things Wise and Wonderful | [James Herriot]

All Things Wise and Wonderful

This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.
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Publisher's Summary

In this third enchanting collection of stories, James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, picks up where All Things Bright and Beautiful left off: World War II has begun, and James has been inducted into the RAF. We see him at training camp and we go back with him to Yorkshire - on real trips as he breaks away to see Helen, who is about to have a baby, and on trips of reverie as he recalls the dales, the animals, and the Yorkshire people who have so enriched his life.

We meet old friends again - his partner Siegfried, the zany Tristan, the bon vivant Granville Bennett - and scores of new folk, each with a story to tell. James Herriot is back and, as one reviewer said of his work, "If ever you have loved a friend, human or otherwise, these stories are for you."

©1977 by James Herriot; (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, a Division of CPU, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"...humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness...gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable." (Columbus Dispatch)

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    C. Elliott 06-05-14
    C. Elliott 06-05-14
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    "Perfection!"

    Reading the works of James Herriot in print is always enjoyable. His writing is beautiful and moving. Listening to Christopher Timothy bring those words to life is exquisite. Masterful writing comes together with brilliant narration, and the result is perfection. These books are a treat for the soul.

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    Elizabeth 03-24-14
    Elizabeth 03-24-14

    I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."

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    "A classic in every sense"

    All of Herriot's books are very enjoyable because he had a wonderful eye for beauty, for humor, for poignancy, for sorrow, and for joy. And he knew how to set it all down masterfully on paper.

    However, before reading this to children, parents should be aware that this was a hard-drinking culture, and Herriot didn't minimize that fact.

    As for the narration? Well, it's Christopher Timothy! What more needs to be said? He's wonderful.

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    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 10-06-12
    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A view into a time many would love to live"

    Well narrated, depicting the rich variety of accents, I come back to these books when I need a vacation. While i grew up in a modern Ohio farmtown, this book takes me home to simple folk and an honest day's work.

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    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 07-23-12
    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Love this book"

    The stories in this Herriot novel are great. I love Christopher Timothy's narration. He is just great. My young daughter has commented how he makes the voices so different that he really makes the story come alive. I wish there were more to listen to!

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    Linda United States 07-03-12
    Linda United States 07-03-12
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    "Warm & Satisfying!"
    What made the experience of listening to All Things Wise and Wonderful the most enjoyable?

    I felt as if I was privleged to be there....in the English farming countryside....watching & enjoying the people, the animals...the most ordinary but precious experiences......from the point of view of a good man with an appreciative sense of humor....a refreshing, positive listening experience!











































    Any additional comments?

    also presents the English temperment at it's best!

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    J 07-02-12
    J 07-02-12
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    "Just as good as I remember"

    My mother gave me this series to read when I was about 11 or 12 and I thought it was wonderful. I got James Herriot's Stories for Children from Audible for my kids to listen to on car rides and enjoyed it so much that I got the All Things Great and Small series for myself. It held up to everything I thought about it 30 years ago. I was a great series to listen to while I worked. Wonderful observations on humanity, funny stories, sad moments and just an overall pleasure to enjoy again. Excellent performance by Christopher Timothy as well.

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    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 04-23-12
    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY IS PERFECT FOR HERRIOT BOOKS"
    What did you love best about All Things Wise and Wonderful?

    I GOT ACQUAINTED WITH HERRIOT VIA THE TV SERIES AND LOVE THE BOOKS.


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

    HE GIVES EACH CHARACTER A VOICE AND PERSONALITY. HAVING SEEN HIM IN THE TV SERIES, HE IS THE MOST NATURAL PERSON TO READ THE BOOKS. MY RESPECT FOR HIM AS AN ACTOR HAS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY BECAUSE OF HIS PERFORMANCES IN THESE BOOKS. HIS ACCENTS, VOICES, TIMING - PERFECT! HE HAS ACTED OUT THE STORIES AND MADE THEM MORE ENTERTAINING AND REAL.


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

    SINCE IT IS BROKEN UP INTO DIFFERENT STORIES, ITS EASY TO PICK UP AT MY CONVENIENCE.


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    H. ORourke Canada 03-05-12
    H. ORourke Canada 03-05-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Easy Listening"
    Would you listen to All Things Wise and Wonderful again? Why?

    Yes, and I have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Things Wise and Wonderful?

    Love all of james herriott's stories


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love the characters and descriptions of the scenery.


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

    Nothing that stands out at this moment. I have heard all his stories so am not sure what came from this one. I do love how some of the adventures are still relevant today.


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    Sherry kILLEEN, TX, United States 12-07-11
    Sherry kILLEEN, TX, United States 12-07-11
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    "Just as great as "All Things Bright ans Beautiful!"

    If you liked "All Things Bright and Beautiful" you will love this too! It touches your heart!

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    ROCHELLE CASCO, MI, United States 01-31-11
    ROCHELLE CASCO, MI, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2014

    excited

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    "Add this to your collection."

    You will enjoy every moment. No one tells a story better than James Herriot did. The person who reads the story Tim ? does a great job. His voice sounds just like James Herriot, at least it seems that way. My tapes from years ago sound almost exact.

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