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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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    A. Pecha 03-29-17
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    "As beautiful and bittersweet as life itself"

    This is among my favorite books. I was introduced to James Herriot by my grandmother, who had become a nurse in the years in which the book was set. I think she liked reading about the old ways of medical practice. She certainly used some of them on me when the occasion arose.

    All Creatures Great and Small and its sequels are filled with stories that I love to read over and over. When I got married, I saw more meaning in the love story that is woven through the first book. When I went through pregnancies and births, I found much in James Herriot's books to fill out the context of my experiences across species and over time. When my husband was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer, I found friends in the books who had been there before me and could understand what our family was going through.

    The television series based on the books is nearly as good as the books themselves. Certainly the acting is superb, which is why it is such a treat to hear the narrative read aloud by Christopher Timothy. His performance is fantastic. I feel as though he and I have always lived in the Dales. He is so good at taking the listener straight there and bringing the characters as well as the landscape to life.

    I highly recommend this audiobook and its sequels.

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    Amazon Customer 03-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic well worth the monthly credit."

    A great telling of hard work and simple humor. An appreciation of a time where those that worked with their hands where the experts and those with education served to supliment their real world knowledge.

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    susan karls 03-16-17
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    "Great listening!"

    I loved everything about it...narration was exceptional ! I can't wait to start listening to the next book in this series!

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    "Good again"

    I read this book man, many years ago. It was just as good the second time around, maybe even better. The characters came more to life this time through the excellent narrator's reading. Good again for sure.

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    Pip 03-01-17
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    "A place of solace"

    both new and familiar stories to the show. excellent. peaceful. escape. superb narration. Thank you

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    Jeremiah M. Lorrig 02-28-17 Member Since 2012
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    "James Harriot's Talent"

    Ironically, James Harriot is one of the few writers who can bring life, to life. While his setting is barnyard animals, his stories are completely human.

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    Lise Bethesda, MD, USA 02-10-17
    Lise Bethesda, MD, USA 02-10-17 Member Since 2007
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    "This book was as good as I hoped it would be"

    This is one of those books that I have always meant to read and it turned out even better than I had expected. It is a charming book that made me laugh out loud in places and sympathize with the pet owners and farmers in other places. I'm sorry it took me so long to finally read this! It is a joy to have a book like this in your memory

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    Max 02-10-17
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    "Beautifully written and narrated - top choice"

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks ever. Warm tales of humanity infused with humor, local color, rich characters. Go for it

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    Mrs S 02-07-17
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    "Even better!"

    My parents bought me the set about 40+ years
    ago, and I read and re-read them, and loved them. Decided to get the set from Audible, and am LOVING the books all over again!

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    JenniferFour 02-06-17
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    "Absolute winner"

    Christopher Timothy was, of course, perfect as the narrator. I had read the books years ago and watched the series and still I found new things to enjoy in this audiobook.

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