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Publisher's Summary

The first book by legendary vet James Herriot, set in 1930's Yorkshire.

When the newly qualified vet, James Herriot, arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, he has no idea of the new friends he will meet or adventures that lie ahead.

From the author whose books inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small, this first volume of unforgettable memoirs chronicles James Herriot's first years as a country vet, with the signature storytelling magic that has made him a favourite the world over.

Here is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic of wild places and beautiful countryside.

©1970 James Herriot (P)2008 Hachette Digital

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Funny

Definitely worth a read. Funny and quality writing. Probably don't want to be eating whilst listening to this book at all!

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Engaging and Brilliant

I've never been a reader of books, but as part the English component of an Adult Education Course I did in 1995, we had to read a book, then do a written review of it. I decided to make it easy on myself and choose something 'light' with a little humour, so that doing the review might be a little easier. I chose "If Only They Could Talk". What an amazing book it turned out to be, a great story, with morsels of humour littering it. I never would have thought that I'd enjoy reading a book, like I did. The main Characters, Veterinarians, were so interestingly portrayed, from the seriousness of the vocation, to lighter moments. Then there were the interactions between the Vets & Livestock or Pet owners, which were excellently portrayed.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone, particularly anyone like me, who isn't really a book reader, but would like to try reading a book.

As an Audiobook, it's very good, but as a small negative, I would say that the performance by the Narrator, could have been just a little more animated at times. Even so, as the first of the James Herriot books, it's still outstanding and the minor criticism of the narration, won't put me off listening to more James Herriot books in the form of Audiobooks.

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Great story, brought a smile to my face.

Loved it, the pictureof the countryside, the animals and looking at a vets life with such humour were very entertaining.

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I love listening to this over and over. <br />

The narrator Christopher Timothy does a great job with the accents and different voices. Great!

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  • 19-04-2019

first chapter missing

no incluye el primer capitulo del libro que es de los más interesantes. compré el libro pensando podría escuchar el primer capitulo

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  • 06-05-2020

Please be aware that this is the abridged version

I'm a big fan of James Herriot and his stories translate well into audio format. However I was unaware when I purchased this that it wasn't the full book. I think Amazon should be clearer on this, particularly to Audible subscribers.

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  • LEEONC
  • 23-02-2009

Entertaining and light hearted book

I found this a most entertaining book and enjoyed it right from the start, I watch the series on TV but this did not ruin the reading of this book. I will listen to it a few more times over the coming months.

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  • Jen
  • 27-10-2021

As good as it gets!

Must have, listened to many times. Tha narrative never gets old and the stories are timeless

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2020

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It is brilliant book lots of ups and downs very good very well read I could listen to it again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-2020

Loved every minute.

I thoroughly enjoyed this first of James Herriot’s books. Wonderfully read and brought to life by Christopher Timothy, I could visualise the characters and settings throughout. I cannot wait to tuck into the next.

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  • Sandi G
  • 06-06-2020

all time favourite series

loved this and I can picture it all as it is happening. very good narration

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  • MISS E J GAZE
  • 03-01-2020

loved it!

its such a peaceful listen with a few giggles thrown in.
would highly recommend if you want to relax.

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  • 06-11-2019

A fascinating introduction

A fascinating introduction to herriots vet life, the time period and the Yorkshire farming community.

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  • 23-01-2019

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Very moreish - I listened while I was going off to sleep & could not bring myself to turn it off. It's really a good listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-2017

Most enjoyable

I loved every minute of this book and will certainly enjoy more of his books

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