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The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small #7)

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  15,320 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
The fourth volume of James Herriot's bestselling series of animal stories now available in unabridged CD format for the first time.
After serving in the Royal Air Force in World War II, James Herriot gladly returns home to Yorkshire to his beloved family and multitude of patients, with many more tender, funny, sad and wise stories to tell us. Touching our hearts with laught
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Published October 1st 2005 by Macmillan Audio (first published 1981)
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Brittany
May 04, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Anwen
Feb 25, 2016 Anwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The joy of Herriot's writing is that he can bring the reader to laughter or tears, effortlessly. In the same way, whilst the focus remains on his animal patients, he has an abiding and clear-eyed affection for the humans he encounters too. Every budding writer should be made to read his prose to realise that economy and richness can go hand in hand to devestatingly good effect. Please read!
Primadonna
Dec 18, 2015 Primadonna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full with emotions. Sometimes, after reading a chapter, I found my eyes wet, and I gazed at nothing for a while. Sometimes, it made me chuckle and even laugh.

Looking at the world through Herriot's eyes, I sigh and wish that things would continue to be beautiful and bright.
Chris
Aug 11, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, animals
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
Jan 29, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, england
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.
Cathy Cramer
I love to read Herriot's books during times of stress because I find his compassion and humor so uplifting and encouraging. There were several times during this book that I had to laugh out loud. Herriot tells a good story.

"When your children are young and growin' up around ye - that's when it's best." - Grandma Clarke.

I like that quote, but I'm not entirely sure it's true. Within my extended family, the married years before children got the most votes, almost universally, but one did say that
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david
A lovely memoir by a Scottish veterinary doctor living in Yorkshire.
Lis
Nov 24, 2015 Lis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another excellent installment of the All Creatures Great and Small series. This book is truly a continuation of Herriot's veterinary life, post-war. The stories were a joy to hear and I loved hearing about his adventures abroad as well. It made me laugh and cry and just feel the utter (bad word choice) beauty of England's countryside, even if I have never gotten the opportunity go there.
I actually listened to this book, as I have done with all the others in the series, as it was narrated by
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Christyn
Oct 02, 2014 Christyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 12, 2011 Tanya W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
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
Nov 08, 2014 Maureen Grenier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
J. Alfred
Apr 25, 2016 J. Alfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Say, stranger: did you know that after World War Two various prisoners of war and displaced persons were sent as farmhands across England, to do something useful while it was figured out what to do with them? Herriot tells some stories about meeting ex-combatants from different nations on his rounds as a country veterinarian in this last group of his charming stories, the post-War batch. Characteristically, he doesn't have a single bad thing to say about any of these men. Herriot also takes a na ...more
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
Feb 06, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rahmadiyanti
James Herriot selalu memukau saya. Kisah-kisahnya sebagai dokter hewan benar-benar bikin yang baca seakan hewan #eh larut dalam cerita. Yang menarik di buku ini adalah perjalanan James ke Rusia membawa ratusan kambing dan perjalanan ke Istanbul membawa puluhan sapi. Tadinya saya sempat terganggu dengan bab-bab perjalanan di Rusia dan Istanbul yang diselang-seling dengan pengalamannya di Darrowby, tapi mungkin itu caranya membuat kita penasaran, kejadian apa saja yang dialami selama di kapal laut ...more
Brenda
Non-fiction, I should have known it (?
Anj
Sep 24, 2016 Anj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Reread in September 2016.
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Herriot looks like remaining an attractive commercial proposition for a very, very long time to come. For a chapter summary of this book, see http://www.jamesherriot.org/the-lord-... however I find it more appealing to browse the second-hand market, buy what looks interesting – and is attractively priced – and then simply nest, read, enjoy, and think.

I did enjoy this book; even though the overarching clumsy layout of chapters irritated me. Two longer chapters (foreign trips to Russia and Istanbu
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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
Dec 26, 2010 Courtney Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, borrowed
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.
Jan 18, 2013 Eligah Boykin jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



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
Oct 09, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Christin Natalia
Aug 12, 2013 Christin Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 14, 2010 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie
Sep 15, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On audiobook, Christopher Timothy is (as usual) great at James Herriot. As many have said already, this is probably the weakest of the books, I think because it goes back in forth of his trip he takes to Russia in 1961 and then later to Istanbul in 1963. As entertaining it was, these trips didn't really have much about his veterinary skills, it was more just about him and what he went through. A few things we know - he loves food, he never gets seasick in even the worst gales and he has an amazi ...more
Anne  Matasci
The Herriot series is tenderly written, but having just finished a re-read of this one, I find it a bit dated. Granted, they are post-WW II and that's to be expected, but I found myself feeling almost wistful about a way of life that seems to distant in today's world. These volumes are thoughtful and sweet and a very gentle read, but they don't appeal to me as they did when I was younger.
Peter
Jun 28, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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 (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • If Only They Could Talk
  • It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Let Sleeping Vets Lie
  • Vet in Harness
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Vets Might Fly
  • Vet in a Spin
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful
  • Every Living Thing

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