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An Irish Country Doctor Audiobook

An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice. At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly, Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colorful and endearing residents, including a malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife; an unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby; a slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof; and a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.

Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life - and love - than he ever imagined back in medical school.

An Irish Country Doctor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate listeners from the very first page - and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.

©2007 Patrick Keating; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Gregory Wellenius 11-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

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    Nanaaglo 03-08-16
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    "My one draw back"

    I enjoyed the listening to this audible book in every way BUT, if like me, you do not like the Lords' name used as a cuss phrase, this book is not for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 08-16-15
    Susan Bartonville, TX 08-16-15 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "A Good Start"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 06-13-13
    Librarian OK, USA 06-13-13

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "A medical Irish "All creatures great & small"!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 02-20-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 02-20-12 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "An extremely Irish, very shaggy dog story."

    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.

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    Lee Ann Wood Montana 02-13-16
    Lee Ann Wood Montana 02-13-16
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    "foul language"

    I could not listen very far into this one. the language was really bad. I don't need to be insulted.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-02-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-02-15 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "A Bonnie Tale of a Little Irish Town in the 60s"

    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 . . .

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    Jane 11-13-12
    Jane 11-13-12

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    "Absolutely delightful series!"

    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?

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    rmdrescher 02-24-12
    rmdrescher 02-24-12
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    "CHARMING!"
    What did you love best about An Irish Country Doctor?

    I was truly transported to an


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fingle. He was bigger than life, country - wise, funny and kind. I also loved Arthur, the crazy dog.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    Handled all the Northern Irish accents well.


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

    The REAL Northern Ireland.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy you trip!

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    Jan 02-09-15
    Jan 02-09-15 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Cheap James Herriot Imitation"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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