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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Darran Hughes
  • 14-01-2021

Great story let down by poor audio in places.

great story and loved every second of it. downside was the poor audio in places, Audible should really give notice of such problems but alas they never do.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-12-2020

memories of the TV series

This book reminds me so much of the first TV series and of gentler times but hard. People of a different attitude but living to their means. Animals where their friends and partners in life and work. I am not so keen on the music but the book brings you back to green fields and sunny days in the country side. Each chapter has its own story with humans and animals a beautiful book to listen to

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  • Josefina
  • 19-12-2020

amusing and peotic at the same time

I loved it. beautrifully narrated by Christopher Timothy. I was transported to the Yorkshire Dales

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  • Benjamin D
  • 10-12-2020

Always a delight..

Not much to say really, you know it's going to be excellent before it even starts...

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