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Summary

The second volume of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.

Now settled into the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby and married to Helen the farmer's daughter, James Herriot thinks he's finally got himself sorted. But life as a vet in the 1930s was never going to be easy. Quite aside from his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, he must contend with new-fangled medical techniques, delivering calves after far too much homemade wine, and a grudge-holding dog called Magnus who never forgets. And then, with Britain on the verge of war, James faces a decision that could separate him from Darrowby - and Helen - forever....

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 Things Bright and Beautiful is a heartwarming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain's best-loved authors.

©1973 James Herriot (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • 10-12-17

at last

This was the only omnibus audio book missing from the herriot collection on audible. It is superb and a must for any fan. You also get to meet Granville Bennett for the first time. Very enjoyable

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Good book spoiled by music

Love these books, but miss the familiar music, and the edits were somewhat clunky and the music chosen disappointing.

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loved it

have read it years ago along with the other James Herriot books, but really enjoyed listening to it again.

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Pity about the music!

Wonderful wonderful stories told beautifully. What a shame about the awful editing and the truly terrible music randomly played needlessly between non breaking chapters!

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Superb storytelling

Prefect narration and wonderful colourful stories told with warm and good humour. I actually quite liked the occasional light music that sometimes played between storylines. The chapter spacing is a bit off (Amazon), but that won't stop you enjoying this book.

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‘perfect stories, gifted story-telling

As a child I’d read & watched & really loved all things JamesHerriot. Now Im grownup, Im enjoying these tales every bit as much; gorgeous gentle humour. No-one but Christopher Timothy should be allowed any place near the narration - he *is* Herriot, superb! A beautiful book for all ages. PS- somebody (prev review ^) on here moans about ‘music’ spoiling the reading..? For heaven’s sake - theres a couple of bars of cheery tunes here & there; no impact, no issue.

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Absolutely Perfect

I have laughed and cried. Christopher Timothy narrates beautifully. The stories are beautifully written.

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Like a Big Hug

Beautifully written and perfectly narrated. Heart warming and funny. Total escapism to the Yorkshire Dale's.

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Very poor copy 😢

This copy has many blank periods making it difficult to follow. I'm not sure chapter's are in order.

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wonderful

Loved every minute of this book and Christopher Timothy's performance. l enjoyed the television series years ago and this was even more pleasurable.

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  • 19-09-18

Brilliantly written

This book was wonderful and would have been better if only the editor kept the music out of it, I did not feel it added and often it diminished from the book. On more than one occasion the music was between sentences in the same paragraph or even words in the same sentence, each musical piece was about 30 seconds long and often overlapped the end of the sentence and the beginning of the next. In general I think the editor and narrator did a poor job of it and would not recommend their works to anyone, James Herriot is still a great author and should be read/listened to.

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  • 08-08-18

Christopher Timothy is excellent as usual

And there are no glitches in this version as well. Several sad points in the story. Change can be sad