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Publisher's Summary

In this third enchanting collection of stories, James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, picks up where All Things Bright and Beautiful left off: World War II has begun, and James has been inducted into the RAF. We see him at training camp and we go back with him to Yorkshire - on real trips as he breaks away to see Helen, who is about to have a baby, and on trips of reverie as he recalls the dales, the animals, and the Yorkshire people who have so enriched his life.

We meet old friends again - his partner Siegfried, the zany Tristan, the bon vivant Granville Bennett - and scores of new folk, each with a story to tell. James Herriot is back and, as one reviewer said of his work, "If ever you have loved a friend, human or otherwise, these stories are for you."

©1977 by James Herriot; (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, a Division of CPU, Inc.

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"...humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness...gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable." (Columbus Dispatch)

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Excellent story, Poor editing

I love the James Herriot books, and this one is a favorite. Christopher Timothy does a great job as the narrator. However, in the middle of Chapter 50, the story changes completely, and then the end of the book is in the middle of chapter 55! Then it takes up where it left off in Chapter 50. Editors, where are you?

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Great but flawed

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I first discovered this entire series as a child and loved them then. Listening to them as an adult, I find them even more remarkable. However, this particular edition (or at least my download) of All Things Wise and Wonderful has a major flaw. It seems that at some point, the dvds the Audible edition was created from was put out of order. The end of the book occurs about an hour or so before the recording actually ends. I suspect that a single dvd was placed out of order.<br/><br/>Other than that, these are remarkable stories about fascinating people and animals. I highly recommend them.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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The best in Classics

This and all of the books by James Herriot are supreme examples of the wonder of Human compassion and love for creatures other than humans. They are all warm and inviting and appeal to ones sense of decency and love of life. All of his books are unique and in a category of their own - unsurpassed, superb, totally enjoyable from the first page to the last. I think they should be required reading for everyone!!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • New Hope, PA, USA
  • 02-22-05

A little different story...

In addition to all the animal stories, this volume of Herriot's books talk about his experiences in the RAF during WWII. It's touching and funny at times. The atmosphere of wartime England is palpable. As with the rest of the Herriot audiobooks, this one is very well-read and engaging.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Still funny after all these years

I first read the four original James Herriott books in the late '70s and early '80s, when they were first issued. The U.S. government records audio books for blind folks like myself, and the readers they get are good. However, in the cases of the Herriot books, they made the huge mistake of using an American reader. Fortunately, this recording has a British reader--an absolute must for these stories. Mr. Timothy is exceptional, and sounds a great deal like the man who played Herriot in the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small," in the '80s. The decades between haven't taken the fun out of these tales, and neither has an extremely unkind biography of Herriot, though the author certainly tried to destroy what Herriot created. I close with a line from the original Dr. Doolittle movie--"Maybe what the doctor tells me isn't all together true, but I love every tale he tells me. I don't know any better ones, do you?"

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Luv the story

Transports me to a wonderful world thank you .. Please audible I wish you could fix the ending as its placed near chapter 55 not at the end but it still is such a special story and is so well read

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Mistake in Audible's version

The original recording is on cassette tapes and Audible mixed up the last tape so the end of the story is out of order. Other than that, I always love James Herriot! Wish Audible would fix this.

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Final chapters out of order

This book needs to be re edited. The story ends nicely with him coming home from the Air Force but then there are more chapters following with him still in the air force. The animal tales are good as expected. Audible should really fix this glaring error.

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What a life!

How lives a life like this is one question but to have the gift to write about it so eloquently is truly amazing.

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  • Leigh
  • Mount Pleasant, SC United States
  • 03-23-13

Amazing!

Where do I begin?!?! James Herriot's words and experiences are brought to vivid life by the flawless and brilliant narration of Christopher Timothy! I have never been so captivated! Timothy's spot-on vocals left me awestruck- he truly captures Herriot's sharp wit and genuine love of all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful!

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