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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405505192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405505192
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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He can tell a good story against himself, and his pleasure in the beauty of the countryside in which he works is infectious' Daily Telegraph ('Full of warmth, wisdom and wit')

The Field ('It is a pleasure to be in James Herriot's company')

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The first book by legendary vet James Herriot, set in 1930s Yorkshire.

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Read years ago. Still as brilliant now
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I can remember watching the series on TV as a child, so when I came across this book I thought I would give it a try and see if the James Herriot in the book was any different to the one I fondly remembered.

I needn't have had any fears, from the first chapter I was hooked. It is one of those rare books that I found extremely difficult to put down and finished in two sittings.

The books is written in the first person as Herriot recalls many tales, some sad and some so humorous that you will have strange looks as you sit there chuckling out loud. At the beginning of the novel we find Herriot fresh out of veterinary college and on his way for a job interview with Siegfried Farnham. After a somewhat unusual introduction he is offered the job and accepts.

The story takes you back in time to when life although being a lot harder, was also a lot simpler. We meet many colourful characters (in particular Tricky Woo, the spoilt and very rich dog). The descriptive language used is second to none and it is not hard to imagine yourself rising at 3am with Herriot in order to help a cow in labour.

Possibly one of my favourite books ever. I have just ordered the complete collection.
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Its ok
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The first book by legendary vet James Herriot. Set in 1930's Yorkshire, it warms the heart and tickles the funny bone. The characters are as rough-hewn as the Yorkshire Dales they inhabit. They draw you into their world with their charm. A youthful Herriot struggles to come to terms with his new environment, relishing the challenge. A great read and a good laugh !!
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I bought this book after watching old episodes of "All Creatures Great and Small" on the Yesterday channel The television series is just terrific, bringing the characters in the books to life with such excellent acting. Often television and cinema cannot live up to the written word, but this is certainly one exception. And the books themselves? Well, if "If They Could Talk" is anything to go by, these books are just beautifully written, full of the most wonderful country characters, rich with humour, invoking the atmosphere of those post war years. This will definitely not be the last James Herriot book I will buy. (The Kindle version is free of the usual typos which you often see, especially in the free books which I avoid like the plague these days).
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I love James Herriott-he has the gift to not only be very funny, but very touching. Reading his books can sometimes make you feel nostalgic towards an era you never knew. His love for life, even when things are going slightly pear shaped, transpires in all his stories and is a delight to behold. You end up feeling like you knew all the people in the stories-Siegfried, Triston...He really lets you into his world.
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I'd forgotten how much fun these books are! great, evocative portraits of yesteryear. great characters, real relish in the writing and descriptions, sigfriend and his brother are hilarious. One word of warning though if you are squeamish - the books are more graphic than I'd remembered - the vet details of what happens to the animals, their insides etc is a bit eye-watering at times!
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A wonderfully gentle, humorous and entertaining rural drama. It gives a detailed insight into the hard life of a country vet in pre-war England and the author’s love of animals and of the countryside shines through irresistibly. It is wonderfully nostalgic too, reflecting a gentler era though life itself was much harsher. Truly a great read for people of all ages.
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