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These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was merely a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the three decades that followed, Dr. Herriot has become one of the most universally loved authors of our time.

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Published December 13th 2002 by Macmillan Audio (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...

Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars. I adored this book and swallowed it whole when I first read it back in the day, and grabbed the three sequels as soon as I could lay my hands on them. All four of these old paperback books still have a place of honor on my downstairs bookshelf, wherein reside all manner of classics, old SF and fantasy, ancient English lit textbooks, and other old books. It's quite the massive collection - a lifetime's worth of books that have been lovingly and thoughtfully - or sometimes not - collect ...more
Debbie Zapata
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturday
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)
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Tom Mathews
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of animals and humor
I've read a lot of James Herriot's stories over my life but haven't read this first volume of his beloved series of memoirs. It is delightful, touching and often knee-slappingly funny. I highly recommend it.
FYI: The audiorecording of the book is narrated by Christopher Timothy, the actor who played Herriot on the BBC series based on the books.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kellyn Roth
Nothing has ever been as charming, amusing, and almost magical as this series. The setting, the era, the writing style, the stories ... just lovely. I'd recommend it to any lover of animals, England, or the country.
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
 Lisa A ⛅
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
This sale ended, too. $9.19 now. I really can't recommend these books enough, though, so grab a copy somewhere, even if it's at the library.


This book, the first in a series of memoirs by a Yorkshire country vet, is one of my favorite books ever. I read the whole set repeatedly throughout my childhood and, even now, I reread them every year or two. They are amazing, and this one is on sale for Kindle right now at $1.99. If you've never read James Herriot, pleas
Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
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
Bodosika Bodosika
An interesting and humorous piece but would have love it more had it been am younger...I give 3 star.
Jun 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers and anglophiles
Shelves: memoir-biography
Most people know by now that James Herriot wrote about his life as a country vet in the 1930s and ‘40s. I strongly recommend this memoir to every Anglophile and animal lover. The stories are hilarious in some parts and brought me to tears in others. It is books like these that teach me to appreciate all the little things around us.
When my children were small, we read and re-read the children’s versions of the Herriot books. We all loved them, our son especially. Herriot’s descriptions of Yorksh
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those of a certain age will remember the popularity of these books and the spinoff TV series. In retrospect it seemed strange that the gruelling life of a vet in an isolated part of Yorkshire in the 1930s could be an international bestseller. I recently happened across mention of James Herriot and thought I would engage in some nostalgia.
This book is a model of memoir. I now appreciate more than in my youth why these books were so popular. Although the tales are entertaining Herriot's writing is
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
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-lit
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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I should maybe bump this up to five stars, because I could see this going down as one of my favorites. I was so utterly and completely charmed by this book. Alternately laugh out loud funny and poignant to the point of tears, this book has a magical concoction of sweetness and grit. Plus, great storytelling and larger than life characters. I loved it!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Llevaba mucho tiempo con este libro en mi lista de pendientes y con muchas expectativas que sinceramente no se han terminado de hacer realidad cuando por fin lo he leído. Está bien escrito si y las historias sobre el veterinario rural protagonista son entrañables pero ha llegado un punto que se me ha hecho repetitivo, siempre contando los mismos tipos de casos. Está bien para entretener sobre todo si te gustan los animales pero de ahí no pasa.
Sinta Nisfuanna
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografi-memoar
Membaca buku ini rasanya nano-nano, kadang sedih, kadang tertawa, kadang terhenyak, kadang tersentuh, kadang jengkel, kadang merenung, dan banyak kadang-kadang lainnya... ditambah lagi cara bercerita Herriot mengalir dan santai.

Pastinya akan membaca buku-buku Herriot lainnya yang masih antri di timbunan :D

Ulasan selengkapnya >> Segala Makhluk Besar dan Kecil
I just ate this book up in chunks! We've had James Herriot's books around the house for as long as I can remember, yet I never really read through one completely until now, very sad to say.
Very well written, endearing, with a sweet thread of romance. On a side note, there was a lot of bad language through the book sadly, just a heads up.:s
I really wish I could have met James and Seigfried, and Helen in real life-wouldn't that have been thrilling!
Magrat Ajostiernos

Divertidísimo y entrañable. Enamorada de este libro completamente
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
Jeri Massi
I read Herriot's (Alf Wight) memoir decades ago, but his four books remain on my shelf to this day. He captured a way of life and a certain joy of life that has been left behind. Herriot's book are often considered "clean Christian fare," by many , but actually his accounts are often quite candid, and he doesn't sugar coat the struggle to live in the lovely but austere Yorkshire downs. The reader sees the grueling work of the three veterinarians, the backbreaking labor of the farmers they serve, ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, finca
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.
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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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
  • Let Sleeping Vets Lie
  • Vet in Harness
  • Vets Might Fly
  • Vet in a Spin
  • The Lord God Made Them All
  • Every Living Thing (All Creatures Great and Small, #8)
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful (All Creatures Great and Small)
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” 635 likes
“I don't think he ever gave a thought to other people's opinions, which was just as well because they were often unkind” 18 likes
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