The Lord God Made Them All

by James Herriot

Hardcover, 1981





St. Martin's Press (1981), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 373 pages


The fourth volume of James Herriot's bestselling series of animal stories now available in unabridged CD format for the first time.After serving in the Royal Air Force in World War II, James Herriot gladly returns home to Yorkshire to his beloved family and multitude of patients, with many more tender, funny, sad and wise stories to tell us. Touching our hearts with laughter and wisdom, lifting our spirits with compassion and goodness, James Herriot never fails to delight.


Audie Award (Finalist — 1998)


Original publication date


Physical description

373 p.; 8.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member MrsLee
The fourth book of four, Mr. Herriot, an English country vet, has two children now and runs the business for himself. This takes place in the 1950s. It is still full of warm and fuzzy stories, humor and compassion. You will still be transported out of your world and into his. If you like animals or
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people at all, you will enjoy these tales.
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LibraryThing member tripleblessings
Herriot is back in veterinary practice after WW2, raising his children Jimmy and Rosie, and travelling to Russia by ship in 1961, and flying to Istanbul in 1963. A mixed collection of stories, some more sentimental than humourous. Not as good as the earlier collections, but still interesting.
LibraryThing member rvolenti
There is something about James Herriot's tales of veterinary life that I love. His books are great for anyone who loves animals.
LibraryThing member Caitak
This one jumped around a little but was not difficult to follow - I liked the way it would jump back to the trips where James worked abroad as a vet, but because those were dated, it was always clear when there had been a shift.

Much lighter than the previous couple of books. Post-war feeling is
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reflected in the stories.

Both nice and a little sad to see the way technology and improvements to medicine changed the vetinary practice - mostly good because they were for the better but sad to see some of the older ideas dying out.
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LibraryThing member rashedchowdhury
I enjoyed this book a great deal, almost as much as the first one in the series and a lot more than the second and third ones. I particularly liked the story of Herriot's voyage to Lithuania (even in the 1960s, the city of Klaipeda was in Lithuania, rather than Russia -- Herriot seems to be
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referring to the entire USSR as Russia, just as Russians refer to the whole of the UK as England), as well as the account of the brief trip to Turkey. I was born in the USSR myself in the 1980s, so it was very interesting to hear what a British person who got to spend a couple of days in the Soviet Union in the 1960s thought of it.
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LibraryThing member JeremyPreacher
Consistently good, although as with its predecessor I found the interspersed travel stories distracting and would have much preferred them sequentially.
LibraryThing member DebbieMcCauley
Post RAF days, Yorkshire veterinary surgeon James Herriott [James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS 1916-1995] continues to chronicle his veterinary experiences in a series of light-hearted tales. These ones detail his experiences with his children growing up, post-war Britain, and a couple of trips
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overseas with shipments of sheep and cattle. Just a good heart-warming read with patches of hilarity!
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LibraryThing member MerryMeerkat
Nice book, but not as funny as the others in the series.
LibraryThing member DubaiReader
Large chunks missing.

I listened to the abridged audiobook of this novel and felt it was a bit bland. Having finished it and taken a look at other people's reviews, I find that large chunks of it have been removed in the abridgment. There is no mention of trips to Russia with a cargo of sheep, nor
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any reference to his growing children, both of which would have been interesting.

What I did get was a lot of stories about his life back in veterinary practice in the Dales and the antidotes of the farming characters and local villagers who lived there.

This version was ably read by Christopher Timothy, but it barely evoked the wonderful programmes I used to watch on TV many moons ago. three and a half stars for an entertaining listen while driving but I doubt it will get a replay - next time I'll find a copy of the unabridged version.
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LibraryThing member christinejoseph
Yorkshire Veterinarian James Herriot 2 children, Jimmy + Rose

In this newly repackaged volume, after serving in the RAF in World War II, Herriot gladly returns home to Yorkshire to his beloved family and multitude of patients, with many more tender, funny, sad and wise stories to share with us and
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warm our hearts.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
These four books were the first I read from the adult section of the tiny town library I grew up with. Still remember them fondly - still don't want to be involved in animal husbandry or to have a pet. That universality of appeal is a large part of their genius.
LibraryThing member David-Block
As always with James Herriot an excellent collection of stories and anecdotes, including a journey to Russia and another to Istanbul. Good reading.
LibraryThing member jennybeast
I remember my dad giving me these books for a birthday or xmas fairly early on, and I've loved them and returned to them ever since. Just re-listened to the excellent audio book version. _- love the accents, the humor, the wonderful setting, and the compassion to animals. Great storytelling.
LibraryThing member techeditor
I’m sorry to say that I’ve come to the end of the All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot. I read the books as I found them in used bookstores so out of order. But this book, THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL, really is the final book in the series.

Each of the books in this series
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consists of lovely stories written in first person by a Scottish veterinarian in Yorkshire, England. The time spans from the beginning of his career in the 1930s to this last book in the 1950s and 1960s. Although the stories are fiction, Herriot based them on his own experiences. So, they are largely books about animals, but they are really a series about a country vet.

These books have been around since the 1970s, but they are just as touching now.
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