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If Only They Could Talk Audio Download – Abridged

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  • Listening Length: 2 hours and 56 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Feb. 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SPXAPM
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Audio CD
I just love the books by James Herriot. And Timothy Christopher is a wunderful reader. I was really looking forward to this audio book. What I sadly had missed, was to read, that it was abridged to only 3 cds!!! WHY???

I really hope that Hachette will come out with the original version soon! Because I am not going to buy the other abridged storys in the Herriot series. And I can't find them anywhere else.
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By Boof VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful trip down memory lane this book was. I remember watching the TV series back in the 70's and 80's and picking this book up for the first time was like settling down by the fire with old friends.

Set in the Yorkshire Dales, this is the first book in a series by rookie vet James Herriot and his new life in the countryside and among the animals and his struggle to win over the old Yorkshire farmers and eccentric characters he meets there. There were so many times when I literally laughed out loud (once in a quiet hospital corridor while waiting for someone to come out of the theatre - which got me a few horrified looks!). The character of Mrs Pumphrey and her dog Tricki Woo had me bent over crying with laughter!

I just loved this book. I live in Yorkshire, about an hour from the Dales, and it has made me want to jump in my car and head off to Herriot country; the whole place just came alive with his passion for the region. I am really looking forward to reading the rest in the series - this is the sort of comfort reading that I know I can look forward to if I need a break from real life. In the words of James Herriot while describing his beloved countryside - I felt like I could breathe. This book is a real tonic - highly recommended.
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Nice to see a resurgence in interest in James Herriot's tales. A new generation can savour his story telling. Certainly he's given the inspiration for a modern day equivalent in 'Pets in Prospect'. Both revel in the lifes of young vets caught up in the hurley burley of dealing with clients and their pets. Both written with humour and in a style that makes for easy reading.
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