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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

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"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 it....

absolutely loved this...initially thrown a little as it wasn't Christopher Timothy narrating ...but my childhood memories soon came flooding back ...Nicholas Ralph is an excellent narrator. Really looking forward to listening to the second book....many laugh out loud moments ... would definitely recommend ....

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Reborn tales.

Read these books 40 years ago. Watched the new tv series on Channel 5 and enjoyed. Downloaded this and was impressed with Nicholas Ralph’s ability to voice so many different accents when narrating. Hung onto his every word even in the wee small hours! Best audible book ever.

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Just Wonderful

I loved reading the stories many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the recent Channel 5 version. It was excellently cast and produced, even though it doesn’t stay entirely true to the books, So I thought I’d give Nicholas Ralph’s reading a cautious try, as he was a new actor to me. And I have to say that I was absolutely delighted with his performance. His characterisations and fabulous Yorkshire accents were truly a revelation! Add that to being taken back to the lovely writings of Alf Wight, I shall enjoy this audiobook over and over again. On a final note, last year I visited The World of James Herriot in Thirsk and can highly recommend its really interesting and informative displays and artefacts. Wonderful!

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A classic memoir captivatingly read.

The memoirs of James Herriot are loved the world over and deservedly so. At times humorous, then poignant, you’ll find yourself wiping a tear from your eyes as the stories unfold. They have a real feel good factor about them. They also offer some meaningful life lessons, such as the account about James’ fear of performing a procedure on a terrifying horse. Herriot also paints a beautiful picture of the Dales, a place he clearly loved until his dying day. Nicholas Ralph, a Scot himself, does a fine job as narrator. His ability to make the different characters come to life with their unique accents makes listening a pleasure. He might only just be launching his career as an actor, but it seems clear to me that we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the future. It’s my sincere hope that he will be used to narrate James Herriot’s other books in the series. (Update: I see that he narrates the next book, too. 😁👍🏻) If you like animals and a good yarn, then you’ll love this trip down memory lane. The Herriot stories have a universal appeal and will be enjoyed by readers/listeners both young and old.