©1974 James Herriot; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"A great opportunity to introduce new listeners to audio." (AudioFile)
"Herriot's skill as a storyteller is classic." (Detroit Free Press)
"[Herriot's] message is affectionate, and his four-footed creatures are irresistible." (Time)
I love to read print, but Jim Dale does such a fine job of voicing the characters and capturing their emotions that even the voices inside my head as I read silently cannot compete. Furthermore, I listened to these tapes with a dyslexic child who had little patience for the stories otherwise--even with a beautifully illustrated version. She fell in love with them when she heard Jim Dale read them.
The Christmas Cat captured our hearts.
Atmosphere. He makes the characters and the setting live.
I run/knit/swim/climb/watch Bollywood when not driven to the brink of insanity by homeschooled children who think and talk far too much.
It is Good rainy day book. It has a Nice slow pace and voice. It's understandable and smooth. I like it.
Actually, yes. As an American, I can't imagine the Yorkshire accents just from the printed word. Jim Dale's reading is quite excellent, though his James Herriot doesn't sound as Scottish as often described in the books.
That would be a spoiler.
Timing, accent, voices.
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