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All Creatures Great and Small

The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name.

Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semiferal cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. And when he meets Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, all the training and experience in the world can't help him....

Since they were first published, James Herriot's memoirs have sold millions of copies and entranced generations of animal lovers. Charming, funny and touching, All Creatures Great and Small is a heartwarming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain's best-loved authors.

©2016 James Herriot (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that 30 years on, they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then." (Kate Humble)

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Beaut book but.....

Really enjoyed the book content and narrator ~ but no need for the musical interludes.......annoying!

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easy to listen to

I love that it s narrated by the same actor that plays James in the TV series...

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  • Won
  • 28-09-2018

Such a beautiful book

all of the old world charm that I remember from reading the book years ago

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Familiar Favourite

Christopher Timothy's melodious voice relating the adventures of a young vet in the Yorkshire dales is a simple, wonderful pleasure.

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Great stories

A particularly interesting book because of it being before Antibiotics.
My main frustration is the very frequent blasphemy. Why people insist on spoiling an otherwise great story, is a mystery to me. It is very selfish and crass.

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Awesome

This is one of the most enchanting and heartwarming series anyone could hope to listen to. That it is narrated by Christopher Timothy Was a very welcome surprise. Christopher made the character of James Herriot famous in the BBC series, and to hear his familiar voice in this audible recording was wonderful. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Fantastic

Fabulous book! Excellent narrator! right at the top of the Favorite book list!!
highly recommend!

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Was just like sitting down and watching the series

Where does All Creatures Great and Small rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top of the top

What other book might you compare All Creatures Great and Small to, and why?

All the others in the series

Have you listened to any of Christopher Timothy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No first one but I want to read all them in the series but only 1 and 4 are available, please when can volume 2 and 3 be done?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, would have been great but time wouldn't allow and I wanted to savior it

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An old friend

Those of a certain age will remember the popularity of these books and the spinoff TV series. In retrospect it seemed strange that the gruelling life of a vet in an isolated part of Yorkshire in the 1930s could be an international bestseller. I recently happened across mention of James Herriot and thought I would engage in some nostalgia.
This book is a model of memoir. I now appreciate more than in my youth why these books were so popular. Although the tales are entertaining Herriot's writing is absolutely exquisite. His wonderful language and masterful timing wrimg every ounce of pathos, tragedy (and more than a few belly laughs) out of the reader.
Christopher Timothy, the narrator has a natural bent for the main character due to his years playing him in the TV series, however shows himself to be an outstanding reader, performing all the actors with aplomb.
A wonderful experience to listen to and a superb book to revisit.

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Fantastic

Narrator takes you right into the story. Excellent subtle humour, can't wait to listen to the next volume!

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  • James
  • 13-06-2018

A radiator of warmth and kindess

I read this as a lonely lad sent away to boarding school in the 1980's, James Herriot was a terrific companion.
Rereading this in the world of 2018 it was even better than I remembered it.
Great characters; human and animal, difficult cases, detective work, suspense, romance,comedy, booze and buckets of charm, this wonderful book has it all. Highly recommended.

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  • Melanie Ellis
  • 25-03-2019

Enthralling

What a lovely book and so well read! It made me laugh out loud in public at times and had just enough details about veterinary science of the time to be interesting and not so much as to take away from the story. Characters have great depth of description. A book that really deserves a cup of tea and a comfy chair.

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  • R. Van der Lugt
  • 23-07-2018

Delightful!

James Herriot’s wonderful writing is paired perfectly with the talented, versatile and playful narration of Christopher Timothy in this audio book. I enjoyed every moment and felt sad when it ended.

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  • Ondrej Elleder
  • 06-02-2018

Magical

A magical story that comes alive in this wonderful narration. I am going to start listening to the other books immediately.

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  • Grace K
  • 14-10-2016

Brought to life<br />

was sad when it ended. the narrator was excellent at capturing and depicting the scene