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.
"...humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness...gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable." (Columbus Dispatch)
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!!!!
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!
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?
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.
donald t wardlow
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?"
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.
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.
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.
The two-sided Boss Veterinarian, Sigfried Farnun.
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.
Christopher Timothy was great in the tv series as james herriot and I absolutely love that he reads the books too. He does a great job and the stories are wonderful.
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.
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."
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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