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A Dublin Student Doctor Audiobook

A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kathleen Yarrington 05-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    this is the best series I have had the pleasure of listening to. The humor is outstanding!

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    Kate 02-29-16
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend beginning with the first book in the series and listening in order.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories about how he developed into the Doctor he becomes.


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

    O'Riely


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dublin Doctor


    Any additional comments?

    All of the books in the series are outstanding thus far. It makes me wish i could step into the book and meet the characters.

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    Brett 07-03-15
    Brett 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    This is a great series that is well narrated. I enjoyed hearing the back story to O'Riley's life.

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    Carolyne 06-23-15
    Carolyne 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Real Life of an Irish Doctor in Training"

    I loved this book. It is lively and real. The compassion and fun that is Fingal resonates through the book. For anyone who is interested in medicine it is a revelation. Anyone who is offended by hearing the Lords name used in vain may find that part difficult. I did at first but because it's usage seems to be so much part of the Irish language I was able to put it aside. The story is very informative about life in Dublin between the world wars and life in the tenements was graphically but kindly drawn.

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    joanne Monument, CO, United States 05-13-15
    joanne Monument, CO, United States 05-13-15
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    I especially enjoy the narrator, easy listening, good voice, the series is fun to listen to, good character development, no violence or profanity which is truly a joy and rare to find.

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    Arlene WIng 04-06-15
    Arlene WIng 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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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 2016
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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
    Pamela 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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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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