• All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Ralph
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (552 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by Nicholas Ralph, star of the new PBS Masterpiece series.

A tie-in to the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series and Christmas special.

The second volume in the multimillion-copy best-selling series.

Millions of readers and listeners have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the 50 years since his animal stories were first introduced to the world.

All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel to Herriot's first collection, All Creatures Great and Small, and picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants - both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine as we laugh, cry, and delight in the portraits of his many varied animal patients and their equally varied owners.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

Masterpiece® is a registered trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. Used with permission. A Playground production for Masterpiece and Channel 5 in association with All3Media and Screen Yorkshire. Cover photo © Playground Television UK Ltd / Photographer: Ed Miller 

©1973 James Herriot (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Whatever joy one found in [All Creatures Great and Small] is in [All Things Bright and Beautiful], only even more joyous; whatever laughter rippled from the throat in the reading of the first, finds even greater gusto in this one. It is funny, wry, simple in its story but as deep and perceptive of life's truths as the superlative sensitivity of the write and his talent can make it.” (Dorothy Eastland, The Hartford Courant)

“Christopher Timothy conveys his relish for the countryside and country folk, not to mention animals....Herriot's generous nature and honest concern coupled with Timothy's friendly style are a winning combination.” (AudioFile)

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beautiful

beautifully written, one can see Yorkshire and know it's people in the descriptions. a wonderful story ! Nicholas Ralph is a pleasure to listen to, his Scottish brogue is lulling and peaceful. Great choice of a narrator !!

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Perfect breakfast time story

I’ve loved these stories since childhood, and used to fall asleep listening to Christopher Timothy’s readings. Was so excited to find this new narration! Love hearing these stories in the Scottish accent. Nicholas Ralph’s performance adds an extra charm and depth to the story... even when he’s describing the after birth fluids and muck from a cow. ;)

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Splendid

In the words of Herriot’s jolly if over liquified colleague “splendid “. A great romp of a book , I read the series as a boy and was smitten . Now , in a strife torn with all manner of cultural divisiveness, to bask in simple human / animal goodness is a great relief . Mr Ralph is a charming and talented actor , capturing a wide swathe of characters. Highly recommend this series .

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Absolutely wonderful!

I hated for the book to end. Really and truly wonderful. I absolutely loved it!

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Enjoyment beyond Words. More books, please!

Greetings from the mountains of Colorado U.S.A.

Outstanding!!

Please narrate more Mr. Ralph. What a talented performer you are.......

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always a winner

it doesn't get any more pure, any better than a James Herriot novel. 10 out 10

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Superb narration -- wonderful story!

I loved the first book, but quite possibly enjoyed this one even more! Nicholas Ralph is the perfect narrator for this series -- and I really hope he will do the rest of the books as the PBS show continues!

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The Best!

I love all the Herriot stories. They are all fun and fit for kids as well as adults. Life just doesn't get any better then this!

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Beautiful, timeless story flawlessly delivered! I loved the authenticity of the Scottish accent by the actor/reader, Nicholas Ralph.

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Heartwarming Stories

Lovely writing with wit and charm told from the caring veterinarian. Will listen to all of the books in this series.