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All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics [Kindle Edition]

James Herriot
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Book Description

Timeless stories from a country veterinarian about the animals and people that shape life in a sleepy English town

Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the natural world. Collected here are three of his masterpieces—All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful—which have been winning over animal lovers everywhere for almost fifty years. From his night visits to drafty barns during freezing northern England winters, to the beautiful vitality of rural life in the summertime, to the colorful menagerie of animals—and their owners—that pass through his office, Herriot vividly evokes the daily challenges and joys that come with being a veterinarian.
Witty and heartwarming, these classic books also feature an original introduction from the author’s son, Jim Wight, and bonus archival photos courtesy of the Herriot estate.

Editorial Reviews


“Herriot charms because he delights in life, embraces it with sensitivity and gusto and writes with grace.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Some stories are funny, some are earthy, some dramatic, and some touching to the point of tears.” —The Washington Post
“A wise and wonderful writer.” —The Boston Globe

About the Author

James Herriot (1916–1995) was the pen name of James Alfred “Alf” Wight, an English veterinarian whose tales of veterinary practice and country life have delighted generations. Many of Herriot’s works—including All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, and Every Living Thing—became international bestsellers and have been adapted for film and television. Herriot’s stories rely on numerous autobiographical elements taken from his life in northern England’s Yorkshire County, and they depict a simple, rustic world deeply in touch with the cycles of nature.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2940 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060QM0CY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Big Bundle of Classic Comfort Reading November 15, 2011
By Cathytg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
James Herriot's stories of life as a Yorkshire vet need no introduction -- they must be among the most beloved books of all time. Now at long last they're available in e-book form. I got mine this afternoon and I'm happy to say that they are fully formatted with chapter stops and the text is clean and proofread. There's also a nice introductory essay by the author's son, and a bio at the end. The table of contents includes links to the introduction, the front cover of each of the three books, and the bio; to get to chapters within an individual book, you have to select that book from the table of contents, then click forward a few pages to get to that book's own table of contents, which is a little less convenient than being able to reach all the chapter stops from the main table of contents.

Getting the first three books bundled together at a reasonable price is a perfect early holiday gift to us all!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All-time Favorites Botched Up March 20, 2013
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James Herriot's books have been favorites of mine for many years, so I was pleased to find them available in Kindle editions. However, it seems no one proof-read these editions after they were converted as I have found many incorrect words, punctuation marks where articles should be, and other indications of imperfect OCR conversion. These errors are not few; there are multiples present in every chapter of every book in this series! While in most cases it was easy to figure out the correct word (especially since I have read the print editions many times), these mistakes detract from the reading experience. I wouldn't mind as much if I wasn't paying full price, but when I'm charged as much as or more than the print edition, I have a problem with this!

Readers, if this is your first experience with James Herriot's writings, do yourself a favor and buy the real thing. You'll get the full stories as they were meant to be read, with no guesswork.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down Memory Lane December 22, 2011
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Did you read these when they first came out? I did, and in some small corner of my mind, was sorry I'd discarded them. Kindle makes it easy to tote this trio around, so I've spent a week or so reliving Herriot's adventures as a country vet. It's been great fun to come across bits that stayed with me all these years and to discover stories I didn't remember. Herriot's style is warm and pleasant and his characters - clients, colleagues and animals alike - are vivid. I'll be sorry to finish the trilagy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was not condensed December 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read all of James Herriots books and loved them all. I laughed and cried and read them all again. I would have bought them for my Kindle library but I was disappointed these were condensed. I won't buy them this way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reading Experience February 5, 2012
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I read these books when they were first published and loved them. For several years now I have gone in every few months and clicked not the button "tell the publisher I'd like to read this book on my Kindle." At last they are available and I'm enjoying them every bit as much as I did the first time I read them. Some stories you'll laugh at and some you will cry over but always you will appreciate the skill of the author, Alf Wright. It's obvious how much he loved being a vet and what a warm and kind man he must have been. People who love these books might also want to read the biography by his son. His son James is also a very skilled story teller.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred the Books December 7, 2012
By Joan
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I love the Herriot stories and was happy to see them as ebooks, but they were not as good as the originals. Too much cutting and editing has been done.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, terrible editing January 17, 2012
By Debbie
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Herriot's books are a wonderful, humorous and heartwarming collection of tales of life as a Yorkshire vet in the 1940's' and are every bit deserving of the five star rating, more if it were possible. However, the editing on the Kindle version is aweful. Spellcheck catches misspelled 'non-words' but won't spot misspelled 'words'. For example, rough instead of tough, or than instead of that, where the word is still a word but the wrong word for the sentence. There are many of these mistakes in the book, along with missing punctuation scattered throughout. I don't think I've ever read a book with this many editing mistakes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of books by James Herriot April 9, 2013
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The series of books written by James Herriot are some of the most entertaining books I have ever read and the best of all the books written by this author (I think I have read them all). True accounts of the life of a country veterinarian in northern England may not sound very exciting, but everyone I know who has read these books were enchanted and entertained by the content. Be prepared to laugh out loud at many points in the books. BBC even made a series based on these books.

I highly recommend these books to anyone. My first introduction to this series was in hardback and paperback in the 1980s. I recently purchased these much loved books for my Kindle. Rarely do I read books more than once, but this is my third time to read them and no doubt it will not be my last.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read all 3
Delightful book.
Published 5 hours ago by carmamaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all animal lovers.
If you love animals, you will enjoy reading this books (set of three).
Published 5 days ago by Kaushik Joshi
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden oldie!
This book is an old classic but I loved it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I can recommend it, a well deserved five star review!
Published 8 days ago by Denise Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Loved the simplicity, the joy, and the bleak reality of the English countryside vet in the 30's. Fighting myths, lack of today's technical advances, this was hard work, and the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by donna mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no way you can read these books without falling in love with...
This is the collection of James Herriot's (James Alfred "Alf" Wight, OBE, FRCVS) books which provide the premise and stories of the TV series of the same name. Read more
Published 19 days ago by TerieDoesAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars I shyed away from the 1970s television series at first because of the...
When I saw the Amazon prompt, to post a review on these winning stories I thought, "of course I must"! Mr. Wight's stories are not just for a niche audience. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Nancy Aponte
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comfort reads
I grew up listening to these special stories set in north Yorkshire. They are timeless classics and will forever be some of my favorite comfort reads.
Published 26 days ago by Bethany Zull
4.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
The Book Lady sent one of the volumes that was not as advertised, but replaced it very quickly. Good customer service.
Published 1 month ago by Al Schlag
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Read it many years ago, found it in kindle unlimited, enjoyed it again.
This is a great set of books.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth J. Muzikar
3.0 out of 5 stars Great animal stories, less interesting people.
If you love animal stories, James Herriott is a favorite, of course. His descriptions of the life of a country veterinarian in prewar Yorkshire are great and many of the stories... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Hellinga
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