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Editorial Reviews

Rarely have story, author, and storyteller fused so magically as in Herriot's 1972 memoirs of a vet's life amidst the people and animals that filled it with meaning. Each moment in time reveals timeless joy, frustration, and heartbreak with such sincerity as to make it utterly compelling. As lovingly read by the actor Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in a BBC series inspired by the book, the audio experience wraps the listener in a warm embrace, bringing this classic to life and making it a no-brainer as a must-listen.

Publisher's Summary

These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the two and a half decades that followed, Dr. Herriot became one of the most universally loved authors of our time.

In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother, Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

Now as then, All Creatures Great and Small is full of humor, warmth, pathos, drama, and James Herriot's love of life. His journey across the Yorkshire dales, and his encounters with humans and dogs, cows and kittens, are lovingly told by Christopher Timothy with all the fascination, affection and joy that suffuses Dr. Herriot's works.

©1972 by James Herriot (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance

Critic Reviews

"One of the funniest and most likeable books around." (Atlantic Monthly) "If there is any justice, All Creatures Great and Small will become a classic of its kind....With seemingly effortless art, this man tells his stories with perfect timing and optimum scale. Many more famous authors could work for a lifetime and not achieve more flawless literary control." (Chicago Tribune Book World) "Herriot charms because he delights in life, embraces it with sensitivity and gust, and writes with grace. All Creatures Great and Small may well be the happiest book of the year." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Fantastic, couldn't be better.

I have loved this book since I first read it in my early teens. It was the primary driver that got me interested in being a veterinarian, and I now have quotes from the books and the author himself on the walls of my veterinary hospital. This audiobook even includes music from the old TV episodes. For years I have wanted original hard copies of the original books, but now I may just satisfy myself with these audiobooks. At least they won't just end up collecting dust on a shelf since I can listen to them in the car, and elsewhere.

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All Creatures Has a Top Spot in My Heart

I've loved this story since I first viewed it on TV years ago. The best as an audio book as well! Pure enjoyment!

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Delightful!

I love James Harriott and hearing it added to its charm. I highly recommended this audible book.

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An animal lovers delight

This is a magnificent rendering of one of the most beloved books of my time, if not all time. Christopher Timothy who played Heriot in the charming PBS series based on Heriot's books, gives a virtually perfect reading of this book. Despite the fact that I have read this book, and the subsequent volumes, more times than I can recall (at least 10 probably), I never tire of the stories of Heriot, a young veterinarian and his cases as a newly accredited veterinary surgeon in Depression era Yorkshire. Of course there are a lot of laughs (Tricky Woo is my all time favorite animal star in the series) and a lot of tears (animals who perish from maladies curable by today's antibiotics often), Heriot's genius is to make you see and hear the farmers and townspeople that he had to learn how to work with (he was not from Yorkshire) and of course, most of all, to absolutely adore his partners in the practice, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon. Heriot tells lovely, quick paced, stories that feature many richly drawn characters and there are many quaint, old-fashioned lessons to learn from these tales. Despite the fact that Heriot's books may be largely fictional, it does nothing to detract from the charm and vivacity of the narration. I can not recommend this book strongly enough. I would give it more stars if I could! Enjoy this gem. It will be a book you enjoy many times, I suspect.

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very enjoyable and extremely well performed

At first I thought the pace was rather slow but then I figured out that was the point. A very well-crafted and performed story that got me very involved through to the end. The performance was amazing. The dialect the accents were spot on and made the story come to life. An excellent book.

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Excellent author and excellent reader! Loved it!

This book was fun, witty, and very entertaining to listen to. The reader did an excellent job with the various accents and does a surprisingly good impersonation of a drunk person. I absolutely loved listening to the author's stories/life experiences and the ending couldn't have been more satisfying. this book leaves you with a very happy and content feeling when it's done. I really can't say enough good things about this book.

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Soothing

Unfortunately, due to the heavy accent and regional-specific language, my friend and I could only understand less than half of this. However, when we did understand enough to grasp an entire vignette, we enjoyed it. Therefore, we just played it over several weeks while relaxing and if we drifted off, fine, if we didn't comprehend it, fine. It was still a relaxing narration and the voice and stories seemed likeable. Sometimes, you just absorb what you can and leave it at that.

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All Creatures Great and Small

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An autobiography, All Creatures Great and Small was written by James Herriot, audiobook narrated by Christopher Timothy, and is close to 16 hours of listening. Narration by Timothy is great, no issues and a pleasant listen.

A Norman Rockwell painting in print, or possibly A Prairie Home Companion radio broadcast, this story tells us of an innocent world cover to cover. No murder, no bad language, no sex, a clean … really clean … story. Depending on perspective, All Creatures Great and Small is young adult, although the story has moments of eloquent prose a seasoned reader will enjoy. Settings and environmental detail is nicely conveyed - you’ll smell the barn.

The story begins early in Jim Herriot’s life as a rural veterinarian and ends with his marriage just prior to WWII. The book is a compilation of short stories, Jim’s adventures as a vet, i.e., birthing pigs and cows, turning a foal in the womb, being “uncle" to a wealthy woman’s Pekinese and pet pig, and eccentric farmers pouring out old wives tales of animal cures. Example: Cut off the tail of a cow to let the worm out. Jim keeps a straight face through such advice if he wants to keep the farmer as a customer.

There are sequels to All Creatures Great and Small, a BBC television series, etc., it’s been around a long time - mid 1970s. A great story for a family read and discussion, or a gift for any animal lover. Just a lovely story. Enjoy.

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I've watched it, read it, and now listened to it

I've loved it in every medium! This now lives in my library in a way that precludes me letting me lend it to someone who forgets to return it!

The narrator reminded me of the voices I heard watching the series on PBS. This vet loved his job...most of the time...freezing snowy nights might stress him out as would cantankerous farmers sometimes. There is humor and sadness as well...as in most lives. And this is his life; a very full life lived in Yorkshire, England, as he joins a practice fresh out vet school.

The story is very positive and heart warming and real. This is the first book in the series which will end up being collected in my Audible.com library.

Yes, I heartily recommend this book for your listening pleasure...listening with you children or grandchildren or other loved one can only enhance your enjoyment.

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I listen to this one over and over

I love all of the James Harriott collections, but the story of how he started out is a great one.

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