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Publisher's Summary

The second volume of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.

Now settled into the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby and married to Helen the farmer's daughter, James Herriot thinks he's finally got himself sorted. But life as a vet in the 1930s was never going to be easy. Quite aside from his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, he must contend with new-fangled medical techniques, delivering calves after far too much homemade wine, and a grudge-holding dog called Magnus who never forgets. And then, with Britain on the verge of war, James faces a decision that could separate him from Darrowby - and Helen - forever....

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 Things Bright and Beautiful is a heartwarming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain's best-loved authors.

©1973 James Herriot (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Absolutely delightful

A delight to listen to especially as the narrator is the same person who played James Herriot in the BBC television series.

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If you love animals Read This!!

James Herriot writes with so much compassion, accuracy and humour. I have thoroughly enjoyed every word.

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A few technical issues but overall very enjoyable

I am thoroughly enjoying reading my way through this series. The audio narrator - Christopher Timothy - does an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life. As noted in my review of the first book, there's no plot here, just a series of well written and entertaining musings on the life of a country vet in the 1930s. As such, it's an easy one to pick up and put down as needed.

There were a few issues with the audio version (a little jumpy in places and an odd echo now and then) and some tropes perhaps haven't aged as well as they might. Both the technical and other issues, however, were minor enough not to spoil my overall enjoyment. I'm looking forward to book three!

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Superb narration

Christopher Timothy does a superb job of bringing to life the characters in these stories. It's the best performance I have heard in an audio book.

I found the musical interludes annoying. Also, there are some minor problems with the audio quality and editing (some scratchy sounds, repeated words and skipping).

I think this is a shame considering the work Mr Timothy has put into the narration, but it's only slight and it doesn't detract from his performance.

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Awesome book

beautifully read, excellent story! A great escape into country Yorkshire following Jim Herriots rounds as a vet

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A Timeless Classic

Great narration of a timeless classic about the beauty of animals, people and the everyday...expect to have a few laughs, too!

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Great book ~ narration terrific ~ but...

Why the occasional musical interludes?? Intrusive to the narrative....the story stands alone without embellishment!

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

What a wonderful book, written beautifully with fact and humour. Christopher Timothy narrated the story excellently, making the relaxing and very enjoyable story come alive.

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  • 19-09-2018

Brilliantly written

This book was wonderful and would have been better if only the editor kept the music out of it, I did not feel it added and often it diminished from the book.
On more than one occasion the music was between sentences in the same paragraph or even words in the same sentence, each musical piece was about 30 seconds long and often overlapped the end of the sentence and the beginning of the next.
In general I think the editor and narrator did a poor job of it and would not recommend their works to anyone, James Herriot is still a great author and should be read/listened to.

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  • Grace K
  • 08-08-2018

Christopher Timothy is excellent as usual

And there are no glitches in this version as well. Several sad points in the story. Change can be sad

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  • MD
  • 10-12-2017

at last

This was the only omnibus audio book missing from the herriot collection on audible. It is superb and a must for any fan. You also get to meet Granville Bennett for the first time. Very enjoyable

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  • 16-11-2018

Good book spoiled by music

Love these books, but miss the familiar music, and the edits were somewhat clunky and the music chosen disappointing.

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  • John Graddon
  • 03-10-2020

Pity about the music!

Wonderful wonderful stories told beautifully.

What a shame about the awful editing and the truly terrible music randomly played needlessly between non breaking chapters!

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  • 17-12-2019

Superb storytelling

Prefect narration and wonderful colourful stories told with warm and good humour.
I actually quite liked the occasional light music that sometimes played between storylines.
The chapter spacing is a bit off (Amazon), but that won't stop you enjoying this book.

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  • A.Connor
  • 18-02-2019

‘perfect stories, gifted story-telling

As a child I’d read & watched & really loved all things JamesHerriot. Now Im grownup, Im enjoying these tales every bit as much; gorgeous gentle humour.
No-one but Christopher Timothy should be allowed any place near the narration - he *is* Herriot, superb!
A beautiful book for all ages.

PS- somebody (prev review ^) on here moans about ‘music’ spoiling the reading..? For heaven’s sake - theres a couple of bars of cheery tunes here & there; no impact, no issue.

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  • Rachel d.
  • 10-12-2017

loved it

have read it years ago along with the other James Herriot books, but really enjoyed listening to it again.

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  • Mrs. B. S. Heath
  • 20-12-2021

A great listen

Christopher Timothy narrates the real life story with such empathy and superb intonation. A joy to listen to as he transports you back to the Yorkshire Dales in the late 1930s.

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  • Ginger
  • 20-11-2021

Good Listen

A very good listen apart from the silly music. An excellent story and a great narrator.

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  • Robert Henshaw
  • 18-10-2021

Christopher Timothy was maybe the obvious choice but also the best choice

Really enjoyed Christopher Timothy’s reading, he was obviously very invested in this and it was as if the author himself was reflecting. So much life and warmth in Herriot’s writing.

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  • Jane Moor
  • 05-01-2022

beautifully read

A wonderful stories and beautifully read by Christopher Timothy. A keeper. The added music was irritating and unnecessary. it added nothing.


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