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
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
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.
Just a very pleasant listen with a wonderful narrator. Loved narrator's ability to do different characters and accents. A lighthearted book about a young new Dr going to work for the older experienced village Doc. Loved the village residents.
I picked up the first book in the Irish Country series because I was looking for a peaceful read, and this little novel appeared to offer it. I am happy to say it did. The author himself is a medical doctor from Ireland, and this fictional narrative has heart and belief behind it. There’s not much to raise the pulse, but the plot is just right to pull you through this idyll.
Dr. Barry Laverty is fresh out of medical school and heads to the country town of Ballybucklebo in hopes of being an assistant to the current town’s doctor, Fingal O’Reilly. The quaint town outside of Belfast is full of delightful characters who constantly need guidance – far beyond just the physical – from the two doctors. Barry gets a helping hand from the world-wise and gruff Fingal, and their burgeoning friendship is a delight to follow. The minor escapades of the novel resolve without too much issue, but An Irish Country Doctor is less about plot and more a glimpse into a world we all want to live in.
If you’re looking for a charming vacation and light reading than this book would probably fit the bill. It deserves to mention the similar and superior James Herriot books. This tale does not quite have the ultimate charm of All Creatures Great and Small, but if you have already acquainted yourself with those, give this a go.
My one caveat is the language. It’s pretty strong in the beginning. It grows milder as the book progresses, but it took away from the story for me. Whether it’s there for reality’s sake or for some other reason, I felt like it hurt the idyllic feel of the novel. Of course, I think cursing is lazy in real life or in fiction, but it’s worth noting.
Taylor’s story made me want to go find a peaceful village and enjoy the one I live in more. I may not continue to the next one in the series right away, but I know there’s something for another rainy day.
6.5 stars out of 10
If you loved the James Herriot series that began with "All Creatures Great and Small," it will be next-to-impossible not to recognize the similarities in this first of the "An Irish Country Doctor" series. Young doctor with a newly minted degree travels to the wilds of Ireland to work for the irascible local country doctor that the community loves...and meets, perhaps, the love of his life. You may also feel ripples of "Ballykissangel" if you are/were a fan of that BBC series. While this is an enjoyable book, and John Keating does a great job with the narration, this novel fell short of "All Creatures..." and "Ballykissangel" for me. It has charm, but lacks the warmth.
This book should come with a warning. If you are traveling with children, you may want to choose another story. The "F bomb" is dropped regularly throughout the story, and in some places very liberally.
All of that being said, I'll buy the next in the series to see if Mr. Taylor warms up to his characters.
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 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.
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.
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