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The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small #4)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  12,921 ratings  ·  246 reviews
With each book more embraceable than the last, James Herriot once again brings us the magical beauty of Yorkshire through his heartwarming experiences as a country veterinarian. These new stories provide a grand finale to the wonderful books that began with all Creatures Great and Small.

It is just after World War II, and James has returned from the R.A.F. to do battle with
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1981)
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Brittany
Herriot never disappoints. If I had to choose one of his books that is the weakest, it would be this one. The stories and characters are not quite as memorable as in his other books, and there are some rather off-topic chapters (more about that in a bit). But even if it is the weakest of the five, it is still a touching, engaging, funny, and perceptive book.

It picks up right where All Things Wise and Wonderful left off, with Herriot coming home from the RAF. It chronicles life post-war, and the
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Chris
Of the 4 books that I have read in the All Creatures series, this one was by far the weakest. The stories don't have the same charm as his first 2 books. One of the things that detracts from this one is the telling of his trip to Russia. He alternates chapters, moving from his Russia adventure in one chapter back to Darrowby in the next, which disrupts the overall flow. The Russia story-line is very mediocre - no humor or charm in it at all. Plus, this story-line randomly switches between past a ...more
Sue
The fourth installment of his experiences as a vet working in Yorkshire. Like the other three, this is the sort of book that you could dip into at various points and have a self-contained tidbit of his joys and struggles. I think I've said with the others, and it's true here too: it's good that he's not afraid to tell some tales on himself. An enjoyable, light read.
Christyn

The Lord God Made Them All is the fourth book in Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small Series. It is also probably my least favorite of the bunch (so far). I'm not saying that means it's bad or that I didn't like it - it's just my least favorite of the series. There is still charm and humor and wonderful emotion but it got a little…scrambled, so to speak.

I think it was the interspersing of forward-jumps to Herriot's trips to Russia and Istanbul (two separate trips) that for the majority of th
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Tanya W
As usual the gamut of emotions, laughter, joy, sadness, and so forth. James Herriott is an excellent writer. There aren't that many books I consider worth owning, but after reading James Herriot's first book, I purchased all his books. They are all a joy to read.
Maureen Grenier
The Lord God Made Them All ***** by James Harriot

I’ve read several of Harriot’s books, the true-life saga of a practicing veterinary surgeon from Scotland who takes up a vet practice in the Yorkshire Dales. This is another heartwarming read of the memories of this kindly veterinarian who loves his patients and has great respect for the farmers and pet owners who call him at all hours of the day and night to tend to their ailing animals. The book takes up the story of the years he spent in the Da
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Sam
James is home from war, and this book covers quite a large chunk of the post-war period. Interspersed with his regular life in Darrowby are chapters about his work as a travelling vet, escorting sheep by ship to Russia, and cattle by plane to Turkey. Siegfried and Tristan make brief appearances, though I do still miss the presence they had in the first couple of books. The story about Fred was heart-breaking. But the line that went something like "I wondered if I was the only veterinary surgeon ...more
Lynne Stringer
I think this was the least of all the James Herriot books, but was still enjoyable in its own right. There was no doubt he knew how to tell a story in a wonderfully engaging manner.
Lily Pilly
This was a wonderful book which gave me a good insight about the life of a country vet....james herriot wrote this book so candidly and compassionately...I just love reading his books.
Jade Lauron
Number 4 in the series, I read the first 3 awhile back and watched most of the BBS production (awesome, by the way). More good stories of a country vet.
Heather
Like all the James Herriot books, another classic was achieved with this. I love that each chapter is a remembrance of an event and although these books are written progressively, the reader can read a chapter, put down the book for a while and then pick up later and not feel as if one has forgotten too much. Instead, you are back in the Dales accompanying Herriot on his most memorable adventures. I like to read this book while I am also reading others because of that and if I just need to escap ...more
Inder
Probably my least favorite of the series, but even not-so-great Herriot is an utter delight. I'm very sorry to be done.
Brenda
Non-fiction, I should have known it (?
Shannon
While there's life, there's hope.

This seems to be the overall message of James Herriot's wonderful The Lord God Made Them All (and in fact his entire All Creatures Great and Small series). Reading these books has been one of the best and most thoroughly enjoyable experiences I have had in some time. I wish that I had thought to pull these books off my shelf last year when I was suffering from a period of depression. If there is one writer who can completely restore my faith in humanity and in l
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Valerie
This is the volume that begins "When the gate fell on top of me, I knew I was really home." Too many people don't seem to read these books with attention to detail. Many people, for example, recognizing that Herriot was a Scot, suppose that he was working in Scotland, rather than Yorkshire, the largest and most varied county in England.

This volume is a good example of this sort of misconstruction. This book doesn't begin at the end of WWII. The war is still going on. Herriot has been invalided
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Courtney Johnston
In a way, James Herriot helped me develop my theory of mind as a kid.

We had at least four Herriot collections in the house I grew up on. Although our farm was several decades and half a world away from the Yorkshire Dales he writes of, it was by reading his tales of life as a country vet that I came to see farming, and the farming community, as a thing apart from me - a way of life, an industry, a history that stretched far far beyond me, my family, our farm, the road where half my immediate fam
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Eligah Boykin jr.



Just finished reviewing the Chapter Summaries for this book, and really got a warm feeling. I love the easy-going picaresque pace and flow of this novel and how even the animals have characters as interesting as the humans that Herriot encounters. Here Herriot talks about his adventures in Russia as he travels the seas to get there by ship and those in Istanbul where he travels by rickety airplane to arrive.

Whether talking about handling his clients back home or the fine cuisine he is treated to
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Jenny
What a fantastic group of stories James Herriot shares in this collection. Best of all, you don’t have to read them straight through. Each one stands independently, with the exception of his travel chapters. Pick up and read when and where you like. Each chapter takes only 10-20 minutes to read. Perfect leisure reading with big rewards for the spirit, both laughter and tears to be expected.

I love the beginning story describing the 7 gates of hell Herriot had to pass through before he got to this
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Christinnatalia
James Herriott's books have never failed to fascinate me. This is his third book that I have read and I really like it. He is a great storyteller. Each story is given emotions that keep me engrossed and make me able to feel what he intends to make the readers feel. I was close to tears when I read the Amber story and smiled to myself picturing the naughty Brandy the Labrador (whuch also appears in Dog's Stories). He succeeds in giving me all the more reasons to love animals. His love for animals ...more
Mom
This is the fourth of James Herriot's books about his experiences as a country veterinarian in England. I love these books! Although not all of the stories have happy endings, most of them do, and the ones that don't are handled well. This book covers his practice in the years when his family was small, and also includes some of his experiences traveling as the veterinarian in charge of cargo animals. One of the things I have always enjoyed about Herriot's books (and there are many things; this ...more
Peter
Jul 08, 2012 Peter added it
A fine collection of short stories centered around the life of James Herriot(Wight).

Those of us buying into the pastoral idea, where everything was better in the olden times, will find themselves right at home in this literature. However, the fiction also deals with the advances in medicine and technology as well; for good or for worse. Readers will find many of the problems facing a veterinarian are not entirely biological.

That said, much of the drama in Herriot's writing comes from the farmers
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Lj
I read this series of books a while ago and have now listen to them on tape. Very endearing sweet and can transport you to back to a simpler and sweeter time. At the same time they are a study of human nature and personal relationships. I am loving the audible version with Christopher Timothy as the narrator soothing like having someone read you a bedtime story.
Emily
It's been many years since I've read a James Herriott book, and I'd forgotten just how much I love reading these autobiographical escapades of a country vet in England. This particular volume takes place in the years following WWII. As always, the author's self-deprecating humor and warmth permeate the work, and each chapter can stand alone as one story. One thing that was a bit funny about this volume is that the author skips back and forward from the 1940s to 1961-1963 to relate his adventures ...more
Sharon
I read this wonderful book, the 4th in the series,many years ago and remembered liking it. After rereading it I was not disappointed, I still like it a lot. The stories he recalls of his interaction with animals and their people are charming, funny and at times sad. It happened during a span of time, after WW ll, when there were great leaps in medical practice. Highly recommended. I'll have to pick up the first three again?
DubaiReader
Large chunks missing.

I listened to the abridged audiobook of this novel and felt it was a bit bland. Having finished it and taken a look at other people's reviews, I find that large chunks of it have been removed in the abridgment. There is no mention of trips to Russia with a cargo of sheep, nor any reference to his growing children, both of which would have been interesting.

What I did get was a lot of stories about his life back in veterinary practice in the Dales and the antidotes of the farm
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Lydia
Love James Herriot as always. This was my least favorite book, though. For one thing, Siegfried is only mentioned two or three times, and Tristan only shows up once. What?!? :( The Farnon brothers are my favorite! Especially Tristan. Not only that, it never talks about who they marry or who their kids were. How sad can it be to never hear about Tristan's final girl? The writing was as good as usual. However... it was really weird the way he broke up the time in Darrowby with stories about his tr ...more
Anneliese
You simply can't go wrong with James Herriot, but I have to admit this fourth one doesn't hold up quite as well to the standard laid out in the first three. The pacing is odd, for one thing - there's several jumps across a 10 year gap, from his time just after returning from being in the RAF to down the road when he travels across the world with two sets of different animals (sheep and cattle). Good stories, to be sure, but each chapter flips back and forth, which can make it a bit confusing. Al ...more
Bjipson
More of the same charming stories from James Herriot; includes some tales of his time in the RAF during WWII. Not the book to begin with, but certainly recommended for those who have developed an interest (or addiction) to Herriots vet stories.
Jes Fraser
These are beautiful books out of my childhood. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always heartening, these are the stories of a vet working in the Yorkshire Dales in the 30's, 40's and 50's. A must for animal lovers.
Jennifer
Again, this is a lovely account of the Yorkshire country vet Herriot. I really love his writing style, and his stories make you laugh out loud one time and cry another one. The book is suitable for children and adults, and I can strongly recommend reading it.
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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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Other Books in the Series

All Creatures Great and Small (5 books)
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful
  • Every Living Thing
All Creatures Great and Small All Things Bright and Beautiful All Things Wise and Wonderful All Creatures Great and Small & All Things Bright and Beautiful James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

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