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All Creatures Great and Small (All Creatures Great and Small #1)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  86,807 ratings  ·  2,207 reviews
The stories of a young veterinarian making his way in the rugged English countryside—and of the people and animals he met along the way

In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, m
ebook, 440 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1972)
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Jason Koivu
Oh dear heavens, a cow is having a difficult birth! A cat's sick! The local lord's thorough bred has skinned its knee! To live in a world where these are your most worrisome worries is to live in the world of James Herriot, the pen name of the real-life mid-20th century country vet of the Yorkshire Dales in northern England.

Loosely based on his experiences, these delightful tales ("drama cozies" I call them) take place in an idyllic setting: The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors...

Oct 14, 2008 Meg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meg by: my friend Janet
I have this problem--an addiction, really--called BOOKS. I start reading one and I usually can't stop until I realize that awful smell is... ME!... or my kids do that incessant-tapping-on-my-shoulder thing to ask if dinnertime will be occurring before bedtime... (I know, I know. Probably shouldn't have put that in print. Now CPS is gonna come after me.)

Point being: This book was NOT like that. I could read one chapter each night, then put it down without my brain going all... twitchy (those of y
It's semi-astonishing that I've been married to a veterinarian for a year and a half, which followed a year and nine months of dating/engagement, in which time I went on many emergency calls with her to treat sick horses (and the occasional goat), adopted a dog and a second cat to go with the first one my dearly beloved already owned, and various and other sundry proximity-to-a-vet type stuff has gone down AND YET only now have I finally said to myself, "Hunh, I should read that James Herriot gu ...more
Debbie Zapata
I've read this book so many times over the years, yet every single time I get to the last word on the last page I am ready to go back to chapter one and start all over. From the first day of Herriot's arrival at Skeldale House, being greeted by a tsunami of leaping, barking dogs, to the week of tuberculin testing that brings the book to a close, we share the moments of joy, laughter, tears, nerves, confidence, mix-ups and triumphs involved in his Yorkshire veterinary practice of the 1930's.

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Mike (the Paladin)
There are no negatives in this book. When I first read it (them as I read Herriot's vet stories one book after another)I would read them late at night in bed after my wife had gone to sleep. Frequently I'd be laughing silently, but laughing so hard I'd shake the bed. Now and again I'd look over and see her just looking at me having been awakened by my convulsions of mirth. Then I'd end up reading aloud for hours...costing us both much needed rest.
James Herriot's books are, for me, the ultimate in comfort books. Which is odd, it occurred to me while listening to this audiobook; there's blood and gore and uterine explorations and knackerings and death and cruelty… There is casual mention of deeds and practices which would turn PETA's collective hair white. But I've been reading these books since I was about ten. (Which, considering the language, is surprising. Them Yorkshire farmers were salty, mind.) And then there was the wonderful tv se ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Apr 14, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of animals, lover of everyday humor in storytelling, people in the veterinary field
As a future veterinarian growing up, I was told by many people to read this book. It is apparently considered a rite of passage for those who want to enter the veterinary field. Finally I did read it when I was in my junior year of college before vet school. It was wonderful. Herriot is a hilarious,heart-warming and talented author. He writes with an ease that is addictive to read. He manages to imbue every chapter with scenes that are laugh out loud funny, but also scenes that will bring tears ...more
❄ Lisa Ann ❄
This book reads like a consecutive series of individual diary entries told from the perspective of a newly graduated veterinarian beginning his journey into the world of employment. The stories were sometimes comical and other times more serious with a plethora of medical terminology thrown in. I am not particularly squeamish and I usually relish challenging myself with comprehending "doctor-speak" but in a few chapters the graphic surgical references overshadowed the personal experience that th ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Sariah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This book is well, spectacular, in a normal day way. James Herriot had a way of showing how little annoying, silly, and/or normal everyday events are truly remarkable. This book has those fuuny moments, embarrasing moments with those sweet ones that can only be called miracles.

I have really enjoyed this book and I recomend it to everyone, whether you like animals or not (This one is different from other animal stories, because its not only about animals, but about a world of people with animals
I wasn't sure that I would like James Herriot's works when I first came across them. A collection of animal stories by a country vet, I thought, but how wrong I was. I was well and truly engrossed the minute I started. His tales are so much more than that! They are beautifully crafted stories that are funny, touching, and quite simply, likeable.

What makes his memoirs truly remarkable are the vivid pictures he paints of the Yorkshire Dales, his self-depracation and the evident love and respect he
I should start with a warning: this book contains some graphic explanations of animal anatomy and veterinary procedures that I would have preferred be left ignorant about, however the charming descriptions of idyllic country life and their inhabitants more than make up for it.

I was surprised at how funny this book is; I should have read it years ago! My favourite episodes involve Mrs. Pumphrey and Tricki Woo. I’d recommend the audio version narrated by Christopher Timothy who does an excellent
I had always been curious about this book, because there was such a great fuss over it that persisted well into my life (it was written shortly before I was born). Well, the fuss is all true - this is one of the best books I have ever read - an autobiography, technically, about a simple man who loves his job. Not only is he a good author, but he is perhaps the best observer of people I have ever seen - he can make 20 english farmers all seem different. I laughed frequently - his descriptive skil ...more
OK, I admit it. More than once as I was reading this collection, the words of Kramer (yes, that Kramer) popped into my head: “Oh, I’ll take a vet over an MD any day. They’ve got to be able to cure a lizard, a chicken, a pig, a frog—all on the same day.”

And for more than 50 years, in the Yorkshire Dales of northern England, that’s exactly what James Herriot did. (Well, maybe not the frogs. But pigs and cows and sheep and horses and dogs, yes.) All Creatures Great and Small is the first in his lo
When I was five, I wanted to be an artist. I was crazy about drawing. When I wasn't fighting with my sibs over something, you'd likely find me holed away, either reading or drawing. My dad was an artist, you see. Sure, running that liquor store in the ghetto was what paid the bills, but it was firmly stamped in my six-year-old mind that he was meant for a higher calling. I mean, look at the gallon of milk he painted on the side of the store. Was it not the perfect rendering of a gallon of milk? ...more
My uncle had such a harried schedule and such uncertain breaks that he too often couldn't indulge his love of reading at work. He carried these books to work because you could read a chapter in five minutes--then go on to the next chapter hours later with no loss of continuity.

He also loved the tv version, though he was getting a bit hard of hearing by the time I lived in his house, and often needed a translator at hand for the Yorkshire dialect.

If I were recommending, I'd recommend both. I don
This book surprised me. I had always been aware of it (who hasn't?) but I never had a desire to read it. It came up for a group read and a friend (Liz) asked if anyone else would read it so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did as it was so funny at times. Herriot has a way of describing events that just makes you laugh. You get a good sense of what life was like in those far rural parts of England years ago. The chapters were brief and moved quickly so it's a good one to have around as a q ...more
An excellent book written by a vet who deals with animals in Britain's countryside. Some of the spin-offs weren't as great, but all were a good read. They're funny, heartwarming & full of fun stories about livestock & pets, but most especially about their odd owners.
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Divertidísimo y entrañable. Enamorada de este libro completamente
Tessa Eger
Don't deny this happens to you. We all get down, hit a rough patch, lose a job or get a divorce. Sometimes a gripping action movie is just what you need. But sometimes nothing works but a good, heartwarming laugh. For those moments, there is one author I can always count on. He's gone now, but his works will endure. The author is James Herriot, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, or Alf. The books are collectively known as All creatures great and small, as was the BBC tv series. Every book ...more
Laura Leaney
This rating is from my teenage self. I haven't read this book since, well, whatever year that was, but I loved it. I was reminded of it by Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals. These are the kinds of books that formed my world view. Animals and the English countryside. What could be more interesting to the young lover of gardens and cows?
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Aseguraros de compraros la 2ª edición : Todas las criaturas grandes y pequeñas by James Herriot, ésta está llena de erratas y errores. La otra está perfecta.
Valerie Kyriosity
A pretty close to perfect audiobook. Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot in the TV series, knows the character as well as anyone, so his reading is pretty close to flawless. And the stories themselves are a blend of humor and pathos that is pretty close to impeccable.
A good read! Two of the veterInarians in the book reminded me of the one I worked for, except the one I worked for was angrier!
This book is purely delightful! Having indulged recently in the "Irish Country Doctor" series, I am amazed at the similarities these two books hold, even though one deals with animal patients and the other with human. Not withstanding, I quickly grew to appreciate James Herriot. I loved his no-nonsense approach to so many of those whom he visited. Even in the most bleak of circumstances - no heat, minimal light, early morning hours, uncomfortable surroundings, and difficult diagnoses, Dr. Herrio ...more
This is a book that any animal lover will enjoy. James Herriot is a newly qualified veterinary surgeon in the Yorkshire Dales. He takes a position as an assistant to Sigfried Farnon after completing his coursework in 1937. We learn of his struggles and triumphs, both in caring for the animals and dealing with the people in his daily life.

His writing is so vivid and detailed that you feel as though you are right there with him as he is caring for a sick cow, a dying dog, or any number of cases d
What a wonderful trip down memory lane this book was. I remember watching the TV series back in the 70's and 80's and picking this book up for the first time was like settling down by the fire with old friends.

Set in the Yorkshire Dales, this is the first book in a series by rookie vet James Herriot and his new life in the countryside and among the animals and his struggle to win over the old Yorkshire farmers and eccentric characters he meets there. There were so many times when I literally la
I can't remember how old I was when I read James Herriot for the first time. It must have been late elementary school or middle school. What I do remember is the burning desire it fostered in me (and in probably every other child who reads it) to be a vet. James Herriot adored his life, and his passion pours through in his simple, straightforward, but absorbing, storytelling.

It was recently, standing beside (and filming) one of our vets as he put his arm to the shoulder up the back ends of a st
A book to make you fly through the pages, chuckle ridiculously to yourself, and sigh with contentment at the end. I read this book in high school and liked it very much. This time as well, for some reason, it just really hit the spot. Not the least of it is that Herriot is clearly a man who found meaning in what he did and where he lived. He loved the Yorkshire Dales. They became a part of who he was. As a narrator, he is conscious about this measure of grace in his life and reflects upon it in ...more
James Herriot was a veterinarian in England, beginning in the late 1930s. This is a memoir of his first couple of years as a vet, working in a rural area as an assistant to a country vet.

I really enjoyed this. Not only does Herriot describe the animals he treated, he met and married his wife during this time and reading about their courtship was enjoyable, as well. He also describes the vet he worked for (I think he would have driven me nuts!) and that vet's brother who also worked with them. Th

I remember listening to the audiobook of this as a child on a long car ride, and realized the other day I had never read the books. The stories, by turns tender and hilarious, of a country vet in pre-WWII Yorkshire are so well written. Herriot has a gift for describing the rolling countryside, the ramshackle barns and the animals that make you feel as though you are there. Some of the stories never really go anywhere and you wonder, Why is this included? But most of them are absolutel
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James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer. Wight is best known for his semi-autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.

In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow
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“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” 501 likes
“And there was that letter from the Bramleys—that really made me feel good. You don’t find people like the Bramleys now; radio, television and the motorcar have carried the outside world into the most isolated places so that the simple people you used to meet on the lonely farms are rapidly becoming like people anywhere else. There are still a few left, of course—old folk who cling to the ways of their fathers and when I come across any of them I like to make some excuse to sit down and talk with them and listen to the old Yorkshire words and expressions which have almost disappeared.” 11 likes
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