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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. McCoy Viginia Beach, VA USA 07-23-03
    C. McCoy Viginia Beach, VA USA 07-23-03 Member Since 2002

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    "The best in Classics"

    This and all of the books by James Herriot are supreme examples of the wonder of Human compassion and love for creatures other than humans. They are all warm and inviting and appeal to ones sense of decency and love of life. All of his books are unique and in a category of their own - unsurpassed, superb, totally enjoyable from the first page to the last. I think they should be required reading for everyone!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alison New Hope, PA, USA 02-22-05
    Alison New Hope, PA, USA 02-22-05
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    "A little different story..."

    In addition to all the animal stories, this volume of Herriot's books talk about his experiences in the RAF during WWII. It's touching and funny at times. The atmosphere of wartime England is palpable. As with the rest of the Herriot audiobooks, this one is very well-read and engaging.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 09-11-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Excellent story, Poor editing"

    I love the James Herriot books, and this one is a favorite. Christopher Timothy does a great job as the narrator. However, in the middle of Chapter 50, the story changes completely, and then the end of the book is in the middle of chapter 55! Then it takes up where it left off in Chapter 50. Editors, where are you?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TS Warrior Oakland, CA, USA 09-19-12
    TS Warrior Oakland, CA, USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Great but flawed"
    Any additional comments?

    I first discovered this entire series as a child and loved them then. Listening to them as an adult, I find them even more remarkable. However, this particular edition (or at least my download) of All Things Wise and Wonderful has a major flaw. It seems that at some point, the dvds the Audible edition was created from was put out of order. The end of the book occurs about an hour or so before the recording actually ends. I suspect that a single dvd was placed out of order.

    Other than that, these are remarkable stories about fascinating people and animals. I highly recommend them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARK United States 05-28-12
    MARK United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish you were there."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Timeless. Make me feel like I was there, looking over the main character's shoulder, immersed in each episode: sights, sounds, smells...grinning, gritting my teeth, wincing and laughing. The reader's voices brought the characters to life, and the story let you feel things from the main character's point of view. Wish I could meet him, and experience the Yorkshire Dales along side him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, the veterinarian, James Herriott. I liked his charisma, sincerity humility and occasional insecurity, in spite of his skill and diligence. I enjoyed his appreciation and affection for most people and animals, and agreed with his frustration and distaste for others. I shared his sense of intimidation of some, and cheered his pride or relief in occaions of triumph over grim circumstances.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Timothy – was your favorite?

    The two-sided Boss Veterinarian, Sigfried Farnun.


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

    Too many.


    Any additional comments?

    What great, realistic adventures! Start with the first book and go through them in order: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald T. Wardlow Myrtle Beach area, sc usa 03-13-09
    Donald T. Wardlow Myrtle Beach area, sc usa 03-13-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Still funny after all these years"

    I first read the four original James Herriott books in the late '70s and early '80s, when they were first issued. The U.S. government records audio books for blind folks like myself, and the readers they get are good. However, in the cases of the Herriot books, they made the huge mistake of using an American reader. Fortunately, this recording has a British reader--an absolute must for these stories. Mr. Timothy is exceptional, and sounds a great deal like the man who played Herriot in the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small," in the '80s. The decades between haven't taken the fun out of these tales, and neither has an extremely unkind biography of Herriot, though the author certainly tried to destroy what Herriot created. I close with a line from the original Dr. Doolittle movie--"Maybe what the doctor tells me isn't all together true, but I love every tale he tells me. I don't know any better ones, do you?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Elliott Orem, UT United States 06-05-14
    C. Elliott Orem, UT United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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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 FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-24-14
    Elizabeth FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013

    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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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 03-23-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2013

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "Amazing!"

    Where do I begin?!?! James Herriot's words and experiences are brought to vivid life by the flawless and brilliant narration of Christopher Timothy! I have never been so captivated! Timothy's spot-on vocals left me awestruck- he truly captures Herriot's sharp wit and genuine love of all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 10-06-12
    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2006
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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