These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was merely a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the three decades that followed, Dr. Herriot has become one of the most universally loved authors of our time.
In this first volume of memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? With the local farmers? And what will the animals think?
This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Sigfriend Farnon, Sigfreid’s zany brother, Tristan, and Herriot’s first encounters with a beautiful girl called Helen.
Now as then, All Creatures Great and Small is full of humor, warmth, pathos, drama, and James Herriot’s love of life. His journey across the Yorkshire dales, and his encounters with humans and dogs, cows, and kittens are lovingly told by Christopher Timothy with all the fascination, affection, and joy that suffuses Dr. Herriot’s work.
James Herriot is just starting out in veterinary medicine. He is green behind the ears as many of the local farmers like to remind him. James has the biggest heart and the kindest soul. He wants to do his very best and it shows.
Ok…I am behind. I have never read this book. So, when I saw it was a show on Masterpiece Theatre, I knew I must read it first. Luckily it was an audiobook at NetGalley.
I will say that this audiobook is very long. It is a good book and extremely unique but a little long.
There is so much in this memoir. I have laughed and cried and learned quite a bit. I enjoyed all the characters, as a matter of fact, I think some of them are people in my home town. This is a joyful and fun read. Also, the narrator, Nicholas Ralph, did a fantastic job. There could not have been a more perfect narrator for this memoir.
Need a good, down to earth listen…this is it!
I received this audiobook from the publisher for a honest review.