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All Creatures Great and Small Audiobook

All Creatures Great and Small

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    N. Finger Cincinnati, OH 01-12-17
    N. Finger Cincinnati, OH 01-12-17 Member Since 2016

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    I was bored by this book. I really wanted to like it, but it often failed to keep my attention

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    GW 01-06-17
    GW 01-06-17

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "A classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All Creatures Great and Small to be better than the print version?

    I would consider it to be more entertaining because I prefer audiobooks but the book itself is brilliant, so it would depend upon the person's personal taste.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has a sense of community of affection that is sadly missing in today's world.


    What does Christopher Timothy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance is filled with humor and charm. I love the way he voices the characters. It makes them come alive.


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

    As an animal lover, I can say that there were many such moments but there is a certain scene with an older man and his dog that is very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have listened to this strictly for Mrs. Porphyry and Tricky-Woo but the entire audio is a joy.

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    Candace Loftus Highland Park, Illinois 01-05-17
    Candace Loftus Highland Park, Illinois 01-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly Engaging"

    Beautifully written! It will pick you up, carry you along and set you down gently with bits of laughter and some soft tears. This is one of my all time favorites and there are at least 3 more in the series and a charming TV series on PBS

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    Marcia moraga, US, Canada 01-03-17
    Marcia moraga, US, Canada 01-03-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Great fun"

    Sit back and relax. And don't do too much when you are listening. Knitting is ok. Writing letters is not

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    Cathy 01-01-17
    Cathy 01-01-17
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    "Wonderfull reading!"

    These stories are wonderfull to read and bring back such a simpler time. Highly recommend reading for any animal lover.

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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 01-01-17
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 01-01-17 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Beautiful Books well Narrated"

    Such wonderful stories that I loved reading decades ago and transfer so well into audio form under the masterful narration of Christopher Timothy. This is an audiobook I can listen to many times in the upcoming years with renewed enjoyment.

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    J. Forsythe-Crane Los Angeles, CA 12-30-16
    J. Forsythe-Crane Los Angeles, CA 12-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Charming performance of a classic"

    James Herriot's books were some of my favorites as a preteen. This wonderful recording brings the story to life in a delightful way, not just due to the accents, but also due to the narrator's skill and obvious enjoyment of what he is reading. A strongly recommended download!

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    Alfonso Fernandez 12-14-16
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    "The perfect Yorkshire experience"

    Long time reader of author James Herriot , I have always been interested in the phonetic spelling of the various accents of his environment. The narrator does a superb job in bringing the listener into the Yorkshire Dales and encapsulating them in the world of Darrowby. I simply love this book and I am looking forward to listening to the rest in the series

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    Connie 12-01-16
    Connie 12-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "If you need something pleasant and full of hope"

    I chose this book that I've read in the past because I needed something to lift my mood and it did not disappoint.

    There are very odd musical interludes, sometimes falling in the middle of a paragraph, but other than that this was thoroughly enjoyable. The Yorkshire accent is amusing and I can only assume it is accurate.

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    JBiscoff California 11-28-16
    JBiscoff California 11-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Sweetest book ever - beautifully written❤️"

    Series of short Stories, of the life of a country veterinarian living and working in the Yorkshire Dales, in Northern England (think crisp, cold and picturesque farm country) around the time of the Second World War.

    The stories are charming tales of farming life and values through the eyes of the optimistic Scottish veterinarian outsider. He takes the only job available to him, and through his many adventures with both people and animals, makes this place his home.

    Through the short stories we learn about life; universal values of kindness, optimism, sharing, and caring and very hard work. We watch a young bachelor find his place and begin his family in this enchanting land.

    I am a "very progressive business woman" living in Los Angeles, Ca. and truly love the stories for their warmth and straight forward, yet beautifully descriptive writing style.

    A complete treasure! I recommend the book and the series.

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