I read a lot of action-based fiction with fast moving plots, but decided to try something a bit different. This was a fantastic read that really makes you feel like part of the small town in Northern Ireland where it is set. The characters are interesting, different, and well developed and there is just enough of plot to keep you going to the end. The narrator does a terrific job with all the different Irish accents.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This is a warm, Irish cozy about a new doctor who has come to a small town to help a veteran older doctor. Some of the patients are eccentric mixed with a bit of hypochondria, they must be dealt with with some humorous, oddball methods. The new doctor is taken aback with this unconventional type of medicine but he is drawn to the personal connection that seems to be the theme in this detached, urban borough of Ballybucklebo. A good start to cute cozy series with relatable characters. My favorite in this series is, An Irish County Christmas, it is a great Christmas feel good book and the characters are more developed, magnetic and amusing. Patrick Taylor does an excellent job narrating.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Yes, I am recommending it to you!
It is a happy, heartwarming, village tale that brings to my mind Herriot's "All Creatures Great & Small". Some readers might not agree with the comparison but I think it is inevitable. The new (Laverty) & old (O'Reilly) doctors are human medical doctors, in a village (Ballybucklebo) in Ireland, in the 60's. Views of our drives across Ireland came to my mind mixed with scenes from PBS TV series "All Creatures Great and Small". I loved that show.
I enjoyed both the young and the more experienced doctors. I think Patrick Taylor likes both too, maybe puts a little of himself into them. They reflect his medical knowledge & confidence. This harkens to a time we are all nostalgic for when we felt a personal connection with our own doctor (if it did ever exist).
Keating did an excellent job with the voices of the educated doctors, the villagers, the women, & the children.
Listen to this gentle series. You will feel rewarded!
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
Listening to John Keating is pleasant. He does Irish accents well. However, listening to this book will make you fall into a long doze. There is almost zero plot. You can imagine from the title what this might be. As Dr. Barry Laverty puts it, "Am I really cut out for a rural medical practice?" That, fellow readers, is the plot. Dr. Laverty tries to learn the ropes from the crusty old Dr. O'Reilly. We meet most of the occupants of the tiny town of Ballybucklebo. The name itself promises way more fun that it delivers. After a few hours the quaint Irish people, with their cats and dogs and aches and pains, bore the living daylights out of you. Only people who really love this kind of thing will enjoy this.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Well done story of a young doctor (Dr. Barry Laverty), still wet behind the ears, who joins the practice of hard boiled Dr.Fingal O'Reilly in the quaint little village of Ballybucklebo. The narration is first rate, and much preferred above reading a hard copy, as I would have missed the Irish brogue. The quirks and idiosyncrasies of the townspeople endeared me to them right away . . . awe, except for a few . . . and Dr. Fingal O'Reilly had just the CURE for those . . . I'm happy to have found a new series to listen to . . . set in the time of the Beatles in Northern Ireland . . .
The good news about this book is that is it the first of a series. When I had finished listening, I wanted to know more about these endearing characters. And the series will satisfy this in many ways.
At first I had to get used to Keating's narrative style. His Irish voice initially suggests the lilt that is often associated with reading children's books. But he creates excellent voices, enjoys the Irish accent, and I quickly found him a pleasure to listen to. As a side point, I found myself identifying the many phrases -- 'saying' -- used in everyday Australian colloquialisms as coming from Ireland. Hardly surprising, given our immigration history, but it was entertaining to recognise them.
The writer, Patrick Taylor, is an Irish ex pat, now living in Canada -- an eminent medico. This explains the confident presentation of symptoms and solutions. It also explains the nostalgia for people and place that characterises this novel -- the awareness of the limits and the innumberable advantages of the small, relatively isolatedIrish village community of the recent past.
Taylor's style is perfect for the audio format. He is an ordered and careful writer. Unlike many writers, he doesn't demand we remember innumerable names and complex subplots. In fact, he regularly summarises and thus takes the listener effortlessly along with him. This is the perfect gentle escape.
Well, I've downloaded the whole series: is that recommendation enough?
I was truly transported to an
Fingle. He was bigger than life, country - wise, funny and kind. I also loved Arthur, the crazy dog.
Handled all the Northern Irish accents well.
The REAL Northern Ireland.
Enjoy you trip!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Thought I would really enjoy this based on the reviews, ratings and topic... not so. The writing was just so poorly done, I couldn't enjoy the story. As always, I tried hard to push though this book so I don't rank something down that gets better... I'm only an hour from the end, and just can't handle the cheese anymore... I give up. Any of the "Call the Midwife" or "James Herriot" books will bring tons more satisfaction. Lots of colorful Irish jargon is the best I can say for it... but way too much profanity for target audience.