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All Creatures Great and Small Audiobook

All Creatures Great and Small: The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Kym Angrave 22/08/2017
    Kym Angrave 22/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bevan Lewis New Zealand 03/07/2017
    Bevan Lewis New Zealand 03/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    I work in IT in Whangarei - love reading and writing history, learning about the world and engaging with interesting ideas.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katelyn 19/03/2017
    Katelyn 19/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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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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  • Grace K
    14/10/16
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    "Brought to life
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    was sad when it ended. the narrator was excellent at capturing and depicting the scene

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  • Culvers
    Oxford, UK
    15/07/16
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    "Great story and narrator - terrible sound quality"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love this book - it's evocative of life in the Dales and of times long lost. Herriot delivers a rich sensory painting with beautiful descriptions. If you're squeamish, it might not be something to listen to over a cheese and pickle sandwich at lunchtime.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Christopher Timothy's narration is superb, and the audiobook is segmented by short bursts of instrumental music to punctuate the story. However, I tried both streaming and playing from my mobile download and there were gaps in sentences, when the narration cut out, and there were frequent jarring moments where the recording 'stuck' like a record on a turntable before continuing. Given the quality of the story, and the performance, this was highly disappointing.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • GlosterLass
    Forest of Dean, UK
    14/08/16
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    "Classic, perfect narrator - terrible editing"

    I have read the books and watched the films and TV series over and over, so was delighted to see Christopher Timothy as the narrator chosen for the Audible book.

    The stories were wonderful as ever, the narrator perfect, bringing them to life in the voice of 'James' from the TV series - the editing was not.

    Oddly timed interjections of music jarred rather than helped the mood, and the recording frequently stalled, jerked, stuttered, and therefore missed out chunks of the narrative. I felt this was not just annoying, but surely insulting to Mr Timothy who had worked so hard to give a super performance, each character brought beautifully to life.

    I was so disappointed with this one - bad editing ruined what could have been a five-star audiobook.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • caroline
    8/07/16
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    "Wonderful story but poor recording!!"

    This is a gorgeous story full of life and love and read brilliantly! The experience was let down by the dodgy recording. So frustrating!! It jarred and repeated a few times and is really bad at the end. Please sort it out Audible. This is a classic, beloved by many and deserves some TLC.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • LucyEm
    28/07/16
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    "All Creatures Great and Small"

    A much loved series. I read the books and watched the tv series many many years ago. The audio book is also enchanting to listen too. Unfortunately there are quite a few breaks and scratches in the recording. Can this be repaired?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MrsKJC
    6/12/16
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    "very enjoyable"

    it's not action packed but interesting and well read. Looking forward to the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    10/08/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    I love all of James Herriot's books and to hear them read by Christopher Timothy is just perfect. Was genuinely sad when I got to the end of this, you just want it to go on endlessly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 39!
    20/09/17
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    "Classic english story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of All Creatures Great and Small to be better than the print version?

    Better than the tv program and print version, I love all these books


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything, the realness of all the book


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Timothy – was your favourite?

    the Yorkshire folk, and the animals


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    real vetting, old style


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JohnJenner
    20/09/17
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    "wonderful book"

    it brought back the first time I read the book & the TV series, pure joy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andi Sharp
    Jedburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
    24/08/17
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    "lots of storyline missing "

    annoyingly lots of the story is missing, the whole of the 'show' chapter is missing along with most of the courtship between James and Helen. skios straight from date at cinema to the 'decision' to get married 😢

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen11
    2/08/17
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    "Brilliant!!!!!"

    I love James Herriot books , the stories are lovely with amazing narration, they will have you laughing and feeling sad, which I feel is a bonus in a good book, I have got them all and I never tire from listening to them, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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