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A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel | [Patrick Taylor]

A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.
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Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become.

In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine. Fingal and his fellow aspiring doctors face the arduous demands of Trinity College and Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital. The hours are long and the cases challenging, but Fingal manages to find time to box and play rugby - and to romance a fetching, gray-eyed nurse named Kitty O’Hallorhan.

Dublin is a city of slums and tenements, where brutal poverty breeds diseases that the limited medical knowledge of the time is often ill-equipped to handle. His teachers warn Fingal not to become too attached to his patients, but can he truly harden himself to the suffering he sees all around him - or can he find a way to care for his patients without breaking his heart?

A Dublin Student Doctor is a moving, deeply human story that will touch longtime fans as well as listeners who are meeting Doctor Fingal O’Reilly for the very first time.

Listen to another Irish Country novel.

©2011 Patrick Taylor (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Arlene WIng 04-06-15
    Arlene WIng 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love these books."

    Wonderful warm stories that bring the post war Ireland and the era to life. Love the characters. Great narration and accents.

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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 03-29-15
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 03-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes they are a good listen the books have serious and funny moments but are light hearted and well read it is a good series hope they continue with barry laverty


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the wiley oreilly he is a fun character


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    if you have listened to any of the other books you can visualize the characters it is a great litttle village ballybucklebo


    If you could rename A Dublin Student Doctor, what would you call it?

    i don.t think i would rename it


    Any additional comments?

    great series with luck it will continue with barry in charge

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    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 03-11-15
    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 03-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The best in the series so far."

    A gentle heartwarming story, Patrick Taylor paints a beautiful word picture with soft strokes.
    A beautiful story in the midst of this current world filled with murder and violence.
    Fantastic.

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    Karen Thompson 03-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A satisfying medical story"

    These stories reflecting this era in medicine are dear to my heart. I love the characters and the realistic account of medical practice in this period of time..
    The narrator is terrific and gives the stories personality.

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    Pamela 03-04-15
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    Enjoyed but a bit too much in time change and medical procedures not as quick moving as other books in series.

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    Kathryn E. Keeling Scottsdale, AZ 02-06-15
    Kathryn E. Keeling Scottsdale, AZ 02-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed how this book couched dr ore illy'a story as a young man within a current event within the series. I also appreciate the historical novel aspect of this book. I very much like the narrator and his efforts complemented by information within these books to learn about the various dialects and use of words and phrases according to different regions and classes.
    This story is more sober than many of the others. While there is humor, I wasn't laughing or having the chuckles often such as the last one. I enjoyed just as much as any.

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    J. Rose Marshall, MI, United States 10-09-14
    J. Rose Marshall, MI, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2012

    Celtic Folk, Rock & Fiction

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    "Good as part of the series, not great on its own."
    Would you try another book from Patrick Taylor and/or John Keating?

    Yes, I'm enjoying the series. John Keating did a nice job on The 13th Apostle too.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Taylor again?

    Yes I will finish the series. Two to go. I listened to this one out of order.


    Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

    Fingal O'Reilly of course, the main character.


    Do you think A Dublin Student Doctor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has many follow up books already. I think once I do the final two, I'll have had plenty and be ready for other authors. In fact I find two Patrick Taylor books in a row a bit dry, so I break it up with other authors.


    Any additional comments?

    There are too many slow details, especially on medical cases. I'd like more story and maybe some action for a change.

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    Eileen United States 03-22-13
    Eileen United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The making of the Dr Flahertie O'Reilly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would recommend this book as I have become quite the fan of Fingal O'Reilly and the crew of Ballybucklebo. The community sounds very charming and quite believable.


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy listening to the Irish accent.


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    Amy Hyde Houston, TX, USA 02-11-13
    Amy Hyde Houston, TX, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Always great to hear a Patrick Taylor story"
    What did you love best about A Dublin Student Doctor?

    The story is so rich with detail.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Keating?

    Not sure... I felt like he was just reading the text...very sing-song, without meaning.


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    Maggieck Chicago, IL 12-01-11
    Maggieck Chicago, IL 12-01-11 Listener Since 2005

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    "Hated the beginning but it got better."

    I chose this book as it reminded me of the All Creature's Great & Small series - just for people. Initially I hated the arrogance/self-importance of the main character. However once the story focused more on his past as a student doctor - I got what I was looking for and became much happier with the story.

    A decent read - but not good enough to seek out other titles in the series.

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