All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the Worlds Most Beloved Animal Doctor

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Herriot
Narrator: Christopher Timothy
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: December 2002
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours, 45 minutes
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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.

Reviews (30)

Written by shannon n on November 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book that took me away to a a beautiful place in a difficult time. Can't wait to read James Harriots next book.

Written by douglas craig on September 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great book , very well read by Christopher,really is a pleasure from start to finish Highly recommended

Written by Bronwyn Powell on September 13th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A lovely story but I had some problems with the audio. It is easy to picture Christopher Timothy in his TV role. A great insight into prewar veterinary medicine

Written by Peter Line on November 27th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic Book and very well written. Top Marks for this excellent production.

Written by Manasi Kashyap on September 17th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A beautiful book written by an empathetic person who loved what he did, understood people & had a delightful sense of humour. It's also a huge plus that it was read by Christopher Timothy who also played his part in the TV series. I listen to it every few months.

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Written by Paperback Reader from Willis, TX on April 14th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting story, a 'light' listen. Didn't finish all 12 discs, but finished 9....

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Written by Anonymous on June 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

James Herriot tells delightful stories of the life of a veterinarian in Yorkshire, England. I grew up on a farm in NW Iowa that had cattle, pigs, horses, chickens, dogs and cats. Now a city girl, it was fun to hear the stories and reminisce of my childhood days. I loved the book !!

What a wonderful time!

Written by JT on June 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was a great 12 hours. The reader really brought the story to life. But along with all the joy were a few sad parts. I guess dealing with life and death problems of animals it's bound to happen. Don't get me wrong, it's a 99% "Glad to be alive story" you'll remember and chuckle about. :-)

Fun read

Written by Anonymous on November 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is more a collection of stories than anything else, however, each story will leave you smiling. This book always left me laughing and feeling refreshed


Written by lorin on June 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

to the Yorkshire Dales where I can eat Yorkshire pudding, marry a young strong farmer and gaze over the rugged beauty of the Dales every morning over tea. classic writing, amazingly read.

Author Details

Author Details

Herriot, James

James Herriot's best-selling series of memoirs includes "All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, "and "Every Living Thing. "His veterinary practice in Yorkshire, England, is now tended by his son, Jim Wight.