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.
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©2011 Patrick Taylor (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Yes, I would recommend beginning with the first book in the series and listening in order.
The stories about how he developed into the Doctor he becomes.
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.
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.
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.
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
the wiley oreilly he is a fun character
if you have listened to any of the other books you can visualize the characters it is a great litttle village ballybucklebo
i don.t think i would rename it
great series with luck it will continue with barry in charge
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.
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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