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4.00008883361464 out of 54.00008883361464 out of 54.00008883361464 out of 54.00008883361464 out of 54.00008883361464 out of 5 4.00 (11,257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Herriot Narrator: Christopher Timothy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593971755
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This third bestselling collection finds beloved veterinarian James Herriot training for the Royal Air Force while going home to Yorkshire whenever he can to visit his wife and his many dear friends—of all species—and enthralling us once again with his marvelous and engaging stories.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christopher Timothy played James Herriot in the beloved BBC series "All Creatures Great and Small." Here Timothy reprises his role as the young country vet in this third collection of Herriot stories....Sit back with a cup of tea as Timothy tells you funny, gentle and occassionally sad tales about characters such as local farmers with broad accents; the posh Mrs. Pomphrey, whose overfed Poermanian passes gas; and the Ministry of Agriculture officials, who rake James over the coals for inept form-filling. Timothy develops countless individual voices with different class accents, and all are perfect. AudioFile

  • ... humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness... gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable. Columbus Dispatch

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcia Scates | 2/17/2014

    " I loved reading about his military experience. He made me want to join a boot camp fitness class. However, the author then suddenly goes into farm experiences about putting older animals to sleep. I got a little confused. I started to skip paragraphs. I also didn't make sense of the dialogue. Mr. Herriot is a good writer, but I give it three stars because the reminiscing between military and farm was too confusing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrin | 2/5/2014

    " I'm rereading these books now that I am supposed to understand what some of these diseases are, but then I find out that I don't, actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/2/2014

    " Harriot shows up what the Yorkshire countryside is like through his delightful depictions of the people, landscape, and the animals. This story is set during WWII when he learn to fly with the RAF...it seems each time he enters a new adventure in the RAF his mind wanders off to the hills and dales of his home county. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys the voice of a story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 2/1/2014

    " James Herriot stories are from his real experiences in Yorkshire in the 30's and 40's but it reads like a piece of well-written fiction. Funny and compassionate... I've loved all his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/31/2014

    " A classic everyone needs to reads. Heart-splittingly endearing and funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Kotalik | 1/19/2014

    " I love James Herriot. If you love animals, this is the series for you. Trust me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/10/2014

    " I read these all when they first came out... loved the small stories, the entire atmosphere... humor, human interest, and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/2/2014

    " animals are better than most people! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francie | 12/18/2013

    " Fun books I read as a teenager because my mother loved them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tashy Tash | 12/3/2013

    " I loved Harry Coopers biographies, and i love this book. Heartwarming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Pucci | 11/20/2013

    " These stories are wonderful. The life of a World War II British country veterinarian is described colorfully and sympathetically with funny, sad and absurd tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Steimle | 10/14/2013

    " More stories from our favorite English vet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 9/9/2013

    " A book about people and life disguised as a book about animals. Wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Track | 8/30/2013

    " I just love this "series"... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Langston | 7/13/2013

    " I couldn't put it down. Made me want more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/22/2013

    " Please read my review in "All Creatures Great and Small". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 10/10/2012

    " Can you put this on a CD? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 6/29/2012

    " Wonderful story! Herriot has a way with words and his stories come to life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 6/4/2012

    " Audiobook. Great, just like the others in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rayni | 12/23/2011

    " Now I discover there are 4 books in the series. I have only read the first 3 books. Now I have the joy of reading more books by Dr. Herriot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faby | 12/1/2011

    " nice to hear about real living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/8/2011

    " Really good book & series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Fallon | 5/16/2011

    " nobody writes better true life animal stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/15/2011

    " Sweet, funny book ... you'll love it if you have pets. This is probably the third or fourth time I've read it. It's just so heart-warming. 5/5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 5/9/2011

    " Veterinary stories intertwined with Mr. Herriots time spent in the RAF during WWII give this book a different perspective than the previous three in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 4/4/2011

    " animals are better than most people! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katniss | 3/7/2011

    " Just as amazing and touching as the previous books, James Herriot tells us of all the strange, happy, sad, and in between things that happened during his time as a veterinarian, connecting his experiences there to his time in the military. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/3/2011

    " I have read all of his books. If there were more I would read them. Entertaining, fun and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 2/2/2011

    " Loved it, but can't figure out why he tells about all the times he gets drunk...he never seems to be able to tell people no. Other than that it was great reading about his experiences with the animals, interesting and comforting for some reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/17/2011

    " Herriott = awesomeness. Just how does he manage to produce warm and witty books with such simple language and small tales? Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 1/12/2011

    " I love the way I feel like I know all of the villagers personally after reading Herriot's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 1/11/2011

    " More stories from our favorite English vet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethanie | 10/3/2010

    " GREAT for animal lovers... even though I am not a LOVER, I do enjoy the way Harriot writes and all his adventures of being a vet in England durning the World War I era is facinating! It's even better if you can listen to his books read on tape with a reader from the UK! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/31/2010

    " A classic everyone needs to reads. Heart-splittingly endearing and funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/2/2010

    " I read this and all the other James Herriot books when I was in college. I devoured them with glee! "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Timothy starred as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, the internationally renowned BBC television series based on Herriot’s work. A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Timothy is a winner of the prestigious Sir John Gielgud Scholarship and the Sir Laurence Olivier Award. He also coproduced and starred in a critically acclaimed film version of James Herriot’s Yorkshire.