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Read by Nicholas Ralph, star of the major TV series on Channel 5.

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 semi-feral cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James finds 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 heart-warming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors.

©2020 James Herriot (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic reviews

"I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that thirty years on, they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then." (Kate Humble)

"Herriot's enchanting tales of life in the Dales are deservedly classics. Full of extraordinary characters, animal and human, the books never fail to delight." (Amanda Owen, best-selling author of The Yorkshire Shepherdess)

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Brilliant tales, beautifully told.

Having read Alf Wright's books a number of times, it was great to hear them read by this young man in his natural accent. Something akin to the original author. The charm of the stories are still fully there but matched by the charm of a Scottish voice. As Pa Larkin would say "Perfik!" Currently the young narrator is bringing to Channel 5 screens, a modern, lovely made, visual version of the Mr Wright's books. Four TV episodes in, it is already the most watched show in the Channels history. That itself, alongside the makers and actors, is a testimony to the skill of Mr Wright in vet skill, in writing skill and his wonderful varied stories of life. Thank you Alf Wright for brightening the hearts of world millions even when times were a roller-coaster that we all experience to some degree. I look forward to hearing more books lovely narrated by the young excellent actor playing him on our screens. I am just waiting to hear when the next one is available. My pre-order will be quick put in. R.I.P. Mr Alf Wright ...and thank you big time!

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Just wonderful!

I first read these books almost 30 years ago and when I decided to revisit on Audible I thought long and hard which version to buy - this one or the 'original" Christopher Timothy narrated one. I loved Christopher in the original BBC series, but after watching a few episodes of the new Channel 5 series I decided that Nicholas Ralph's voice was perhaps more authentic as Alf Wight, the real Herriot, was a Scot.

This was a delightful listen, just as I knew it would be. A light hearted glimpse into the life of a country vet in the 1930, before all the modern equipment and miracle drugs. James Herriot's love of animals shines through every word. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about the book, and it will always be one of my favourites.

Nicholas Ralph did a wonderful job with the narration. I loved his Scottish accent but his different Yorkshire accents were perfect too.

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Loved this book when I read infant years ago and still love it now. Such a good story writer and the narration is brilliant, nothing beats a soft Scottish burr

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Wonderful listen but...

I'm very disappointed as I discovered some chapters missing: for example the chapter about the party from which James and Helen leave together, or the two chapters about Darrowby show - which is unfair as they are the ones used in the new series - very changed but you can recognise them. There are quite a few other chapters missing that I can find in my books I bought a long time ago.
But of course the stories are beautiful anyway and also beautifully read by Mr Ralph, a real pleasure to listen to.

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This version narrated by Nicholas Ralph is a delight from start to finish. Beautiful characterisation for an ageless classic!

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Excellent narration of this classic

Wonderful narration of the latest actor to portray James Herriot.... Really did like all of Nicholas Ralph's various characters voices...He is excellent on audio (as well as the excellent latest series on screen) Would highly recommend this newest audio of all the wonderful Herriot books.

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First Audio Book and I’m loving it

To be honest I was going to purchase a hard copy as I considered audio books a little lazy! I decided to give this a go and I’ve loved every second. Alf White has such a fantastic way with words when describing sensations, environment and events. It’s no wonder why his works are so popular after all this time.

Coming from North Yorkshire this has personal resonance for me. As for Nicholas Ralph’s narration he is very clear and well spoken with his melodic Scottish accent. It must be extremely difficult for a Scotsman to emulate a broad Yorkshire accent but he does this so easily and successfully. When I attempt to do a Scottish accent it comes out Irish!

If you want a ruddy good book to listen to, don’t think twice, listen to this one!

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Very entertaining

This is a very enjoyable collection of tales from James Herriot about his life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales. With a rich cast of characters & some beautiful imagery, it paints a picture of harder times which still seem more attractive than our current reality.

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All creatures great and small!

Absolutely fantastic! Well written and so very well narrated. You can’t ask for me. Thank you.

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Brilliantly read

So enjoyed listening to this audio version getting completely lost in the narration so easily