Kittens and cats of all kinds populate this program and, like their flesh-and-blood counterparts, they will purr their way into the hearts and minds of everyone who hears their stories. You'll meet cats of farmers, merchants, and matrons; cats with definite social graces and wild, untamed natures; and some cats who became a cherished part of the Herriot family. You'll also meet some of the wonderful people of Yorkshire, men and women whose lives were changed forever by the love and affection of these fascinating, independent, caring creatures.
©1994 by James Herriot; (P)1994 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
Ah, listening to this audiobook was the sweetest pain and awfulest pleasure! I've never been so moved by any audiobook (tears, runny nose, even sobs!). It must be because last year we lost our beloved feline companion of 18 years, but it's also surely because James Herriot deeply sympathizes with, loves, and understands cats and their humans and because Christopher Timothy feels the same about Herriot's stories. Listening to the savory and vivid descriptions of the feline friends, arching their backs and purring thunderously and fulfilling vital roles in their people's lives, and then hearing of them falling ill and wasting away, and then being filled with an almost unbearable suspense as to whether or not Dr. Herriot will find and cure what ails them... well, it's all just the heart of the sad transience and amazing beauty of living beings in our wonderful world.
I really love Christopher Timothy as reader. He really acts his reading, doing voices, sounds, and everything in just the right tones and inflections to keep the listener engaged. I loved these cat stories, they were great! However, as a warning to others, if you've already read the four longer books in his series (All Creatures, All Things B&B, and All Things W & W), then you'll find that all these cat stories are repeats from those books. I only ordered it after listening to those others because I was hoping to hear one specific cat story I remember reading as a short story when I was a kid. It wasn't in here, so the book was 100% repeat for me. Enjoyed it thoroughly and did listen to it all the way thru.
Im a huge cat lover and I really enjoy Mr.Herriots storys. I have only listen to 3, but I must say this one was full of tears for me. So I highly recommend James Herriot just mabye not this one unless your a bit more tuff skinned than me.
It has a lot of touching stories about cats. It may be a rather painful read if you recently lost a loved furry friend though.
It's quite similar to James Herriot's all other books, detailing his veterinary practice.
It also reminded me a bit of "Urban Tigers, Tales of a Cat Vet" by Kathy Chisholm.
Previous to listening to him, I thought a narrator's job was to just read the book clearly and that's it. Christopher Timothy changed my view entirely and has now made it difficult to listen to other narrators.
He is just so good at narrating. He changes his tone of voice to match the mood perfectly. His almost singing voice keeps you constantly awake and aware. His voice impressions really bring the dialog to life. His grim tone during sad moments is bound to contribute to you crying your eyes out.
While I think I would have enjoyed listening to the whole thing in one go, I normally listen to my books while taking a walk. So I listened to it in 20-ish minute intervals, which happens to coincide with chapter/section length, for the most part. It's also the kind of book that is easy to pick up and put down at any time.
A great book for cat lovers, although it is pretty much guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes. Do not read in public.
It was a wonderful, heart warming set of tales. Sometimes sad but still uplifting.
I really love the work of James Herriot.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
I've gotten somewhat tired of the cat stories that go like: family meets cat, family initially doesn't like cat, but gets used to it, then loves it, then cat gets killed by car, the end. There are only so many such stories (or similar) that you can read/listen to. Fortunately, these are pretty different. Mostly heartwarming, lighthearted, and fun. I enjoyed them all, which is a rarity.
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