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All Things Wise and Wonderful [Kindle Edition]

James Herriot
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Book Description

Veterinarian James Herriot recalls life in England during World War II, when the great forces of the modern world came even to his sleepy Yorkshire hamlet

Only a couple of years after settling into his new home in northern England, James Herriot is called to war. In this series of poignant and humorous episodes, the great veterinarian shares his experiences training with the Royal Air Force, pining for a pregnant wife, and checking in on the people back home who made his practice so fascinating. As the young men of Yorkshire are sent into battle and farmers consider the broader world they’re a part of, Herriot reflects on the lives—human and animal alike—that make his home worth fighting for. 

Editorial Reviews


“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


"Christopher Timothy played James Herriot in the beloved BBC series "All Creatures Great and Small." Here Timothy reprises his role as the young country vet in this third collection of Herriot stories....Sit back with a cup of tea as Timothy tells you funny, gentle and occassionally sad tales about characters such as local farmers with broad accents; the posh Mrs. Pomphrey, whose overfed Poermanian passes gas; and the Ministry of Agriculture officials, who rake James over the coals for inept form-filling. Timothy develops countless individual voices with different class accents, and all are perfect."--AudioFile
"... humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness... gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable." --Columbus Dispatch

Product Details

  • File Size: 2751 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060QM0G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem! October 9, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My first experience with the late James Herriot's inspirational books took place in a bookstore in Singapore, in the 80's. I was barely 14 & had not heard of this writer/vet. But as soon as I started reading All Things Wise and Wonderful - my very first JH book, I knew I had to get the rest of the series.
Through his poignant, funny, sensitive and Yorkshire-accented writing, I relived his world as a practising vet. His was a world where decent, civic minded people lived with much love & respect for their pets and farm animals. A world where I wanted/want to be in.
It is true how one book reviewer put it: every chapter will have you either laughing out loud or shedding a quiet tear. To this day, I still remember some of his stories that touched my heart. The courtship years when a young JH was trying to impress Helen (who eventually became his very supportive wife); the timid little black stray cat, who with her last breath, would placed her one surviving kitten into the hands of a caring family; the endearing 'beggar' dog; the bored, pampered & misunderstood pet dog of a wealthy spinster...I could almost touch and see JH's characters through his vivid writing. I even felt his pride when his daughter also became a vet, & his son a doctor.
I am sorry that there were not more of his wonderful tales.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you want a book that will take you back to the country life and its people with all their foibles and admirable qualities and love animals then his books will be pure enjoyment! I love the way he tells his stories. In his stories, he doesn't ever claim to be the best veterinarian around (I think he underrated himself), but you know he is a wonderful, kind, animal and people loving person. The way he speaks about the people and animals he comes in contact with, come to life and you feel you are right there with him. You will laugh, maybe cry, and cheer him on as you read. If you have animals, or raise them, you will love his books, although you don't have to own any to appreciate them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favorite November 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Harriot has that amazing ability to transport you into his world, take you into his confidence, and offer you his friendship.....all through a series of heartwarming stories taken from his life as a Yorkshire vet. It's so refreshing to read books that are not strewn with violence and sex...yet which captivate your attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants some good wholesome entertainment and an occasional chuckle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful end to a fabulous series of books! September 5, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read each of James Herriot's books many times (including this one) and still enjoy them every time I read them! This book is one of my favorite books of the series, and is highly recommended by me. If you have read the other books you will love this one just as much if not more! If you have not read any of the other books, this book would also be a good one to start off with. After reading it I can assure you that you will want to read all the others. NOTE: I also have all five of these books on audio tape (by Christopher Timothy) and would recommend these as well! It is great to listen to them while you do hobbies since you can actually do two things at the same time, and Christopher Timothy (who played James Herriot in the BBC series) really brings the characters to life, using different voices and accents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a classic December 31, 2007
By A Customer
The third book in the series and you know exactly what to expect. Yes, folks, it is every bit as entertaining as the first two, and that's probably all you need to know. But I'll go ahead and mention that he spends some time in the RAF during World War II, which we knew he would as the second book ended. I'll also mention that he and Helen have a baby, which you probably expected. One of the great joys of his writing is discovery, so I'd hate to screw that up with a spoiler, but these two tidbits are on the back cover anyway. Oh, and halfway through it, I predicted an ending in advance, and I only had to read 1000 pages by this guy before that happened. It's still great, great stuff, and you know you'll love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic January 19, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have the complete series of All Creatures Great and Small books now. This was the last one and I loved it as much as I loved the others. He was a fantastic writer and having been born and raised on a farm I can appreciate a lot of what he talks about. I also have his cat and dog stories books and loved them just as much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unabridged Audio Set Is Wonderful! April 11, 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
The reading on the audio cassettes is done by Christopher Timothy, the actor who plays James Herriot on the BBC series "All Creatures Great And Small". He does a magnificent job of Sigfried, Tristan and all the dales farmers. It is truly a delight to listen to this series of tapes - it takes you into another world.
(Note: there appears to be an error above, listing Edmund Stoiber as the reader.)
In this set, James has joined the RAF to support the war effort, though fate has other plans for him. We follow his attempts to get in shape and become a pilot, as events and people remind him of his many experiences back in his vet practice.
Perhaps because of the War Years, some of these stories are slightly more edgy, such as a rash of dog-poisonings and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that is uncomfortably reminiscent of recent events. But overall there is that sweetness of tone that pervades all of Herriot's work.
I think my favorite story was the old farmer fetching two gallons of the local pub's best beer in a milk bucket in order to warm a mother pig to her new family. Of course he saved a "drop" for himself and his mates. The amazing thing about these books is that there is never a repeated story throughout the whole series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by jam1936
5.0 out of 5 stars books by James Herriot.
I enjoy all of James Heriot books and as I was raised in Yorkshire I really know about the area, I love the humour he puts in the stories he writes about and the terrain of the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars love them all.
Ready to read the last book, The Lord God made them all. Also began watching thr BBC series based on the books.
Published 22 days ago by Curtis Wyrick
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte F. Mock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great insight on the life a vet. Humourous and informative.
Published 1 month ago by micki duerst
5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable read
I loved this book, his writing style easily sets sets the scene, and his love of animals makes this read truly enjoyable, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by cathynic
5.0 out of 5 stars How could one not love "James Herriot" or his real life protagonist
How could one not love "James Herriot" or his real life protagonist? His vivid life stories as a country Vet in Yorkshire will stay with you, soften you, and cause you to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LALLAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, laughter, pure joy
If you want to laugh and feel good, these books are for you. They are sweet, warm, and just jolly good fun. Oh yeah, and they are well written too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VAE
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories!!
I have read everyone of his books. As a veterinarian in the country he has many adventures while saving farm animals. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allean Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars I've reread my original copy of this book so many ...
I've reread my original copy of this book so many times it was falling apart so I had to order a new one!
Published 2 months ago by LEORA MITCHELL
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