18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2012
Solid thick card box with six card foldout digipak type sections inside each with 5 or 6 cds. (35 CDs altogether)
This is packaged as the US versions of the Herriot books which collected the originals in pairs - so the first 12 discs contain All Creatures Great and Small (comprising originals If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn't Happen To A Vet), the next 11 discs contain All Things Bright And Beautiful (originally: Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vets In Harness), and the final 12 discs for All Things Wise And Wonderfull (original books 5&6: Vets Might Fly and Vet In A Spin).
All books are unabridged versions read by the excellent Christopher Timothy (who played Herriot in the TV series).
UPDATE*** - apparently these are NOT the full unabridged versions - there are some parts missing form the originals (seems to be when they were paired up for the US versions) (thanks to A Gower's review) Most stories are present but there are omissions ***
I had been trying to get hold of the abridged sets of the books by Hachette digital (3 CDs per book) and was having trouble getting them all at a non-ridiculous price, and only got hints of exactly what was included in this set, but went for it anyway - I'm really glad I did. There is a brief statement at the start of each book about their provenance by an American voice, but then Christopher Timothy reads the stories with the only interruption being short music clips at various points.
Note: Does not include The Lord God Made Them All and Every Living Thing, so you'll have to get them elsewhere (and you WILL want to to complete your set to get your fix of these excellent tales).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2014
I bought this on the strength of a previous reviewer who said this was unabridged... this is not true!
It is the unabridged version of the omnibus editions released for the USA market so there are stories missing - the most shameful one being the cricket match which is in Vet in Harness.
Don't buy if you want a complete unabridged set!!
Do buy if you are not fussed about the odd story here and there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2015
I have all the DVD,s, and all the audio collection of James Herriot....Also; I play them constantly. The audio cd,s are always on in my car. The TV series were fantastic, and a joy to watch...But listen to the audio cd,s...Christopher Timothy is masterly in his story telling. His characterisations are wonderfully done.......There is no better story teller. I wish we could see more of his acting work on TV. I understand, though, he is doing a lot of theatre.....If you are a Creatures Great And Small fan, like myself; buy these audio cd,s...You will be glad you did.