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
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 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!
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?
65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.
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.
A great novel, with characters that feel like friends. A writer and a group of colorful cast members that will have you thinking about life and all it has to offer and coming back for more time and time again!
The reader is excellent. His development of the different personalities in this book make it one of the best books I've read in a long time. Well worth it!
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. I liked the young Dr. Laverty with his brand new medical degree and knowledge. Nevertheless, I especially liked the older, experienced Dr. O'Reilly and learning of the difficult situations that he experienced in the small town of Ballybucklebo.
I also enjoyed the narration by John Keating.
A thoroughly pleasurable read! I have put the 2nd book in the series on my Wish List already.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Very enjoyable story of a new doctor's introduction to rural Ireland and being a physician in a small village. Reminiscent of "All Creatures Great and Small" in an endearing way.
Easy to follow and understand
His voice is soothing and welcoming taking me to Balybuckleboo
No, it was too long.
Patrick Taylor's Books are meant for some light reading when I need "aMental Pick Me Up" I am "Patatoe Famine Irish" as my Mother's family imagrated to the USA through Canada on a Coffin Ship. These fun stories track my grandmother's old tales told to me in my youth. My children also holler "shu Fairy" to warn the wee ones when throwing things outside (to avoid suprising the Fairies & incuring their wrath.
I very much enjoy the keen understanding of human nature by The Doctor.
John Keating knows how to use voice inflections to add reality to the story & it's many colorful characters making the listening very realistic. A fun series.
Yes, this is a Book, among others in the series, that drive me to listen most of the night.
Anyone with Irish heritige will enjoy Patrick Taylor, as will the not so fortunate. ND John
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