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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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    "Sweet and entertaining!"
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    This was a great drive-to-work distraction. The characters are very likable and there are many teachable moments - It was also nice to learn a little about medicine and Ireland as well.

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    Cynthia A. Becl Sioux Falls SD 03-19-16
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    Excellent story and narration. I enjoyed it very much indeed! I recommend it to all who enjoy a light hearted funny story.

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    Never wanted it to end. Captures you from the first moment, gently taking you along on a magical ride through a wee small town in Ireland
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    this book made me laugh, go oh my goodness, and the story captured me right away! loved it:)

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    Good story and the narrator did a wonderful job great accents . Thoroughly enjoyed it.


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    Thoroughly enjoyable. Full of humor and folk wisdom. P. Taylor's descriptive prose and sense of humor made this one hard to put down. I would describe it as "Doc Holiday" meets " All Creatures Great and Small". I just can't imagine anyone not appreciating every minute of this delightful story. The characters unfold naturally without excessive wordiness or emotional baggage added for "drama". The narration was just perfect. I'll look for other stories from this author. A credit well spent.

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    The reader is really excellent. He so well communicates emotions and vibrancy of the characters who are very funny. The story is light and moves along well. If you enjoyed All Creatures Great and Small, you will like this. Just switch out the animals for people. It also gives an interesting perspective into the life and challenges of a country doctor. Refreshing!

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    The story has a nice pace: not so slow as so make one yawn, nor so fast as to take your breath.
    Beautiful narration. Quaint, lovable, believable characters. Like spending time at home in the country. A nice glimpse into the not too distant past.

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    "If only life could be so wonderfully simple!"

    I read a fair amount of books and periodically I like to listen to those that are not complicated, provide a sweet story and on occasion make me yearn for simpler times. This is such a book. I recommend it for anyone who would like to catch a glimpse of a time when people were good for their word, neighbor helped neighbor and a party meant bring good food, instruments to play and be ready to dance! The narrator's brogue made this sweet, little journey all the better.

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    "I felt I was in Ireland!"

    The accent of the storyteller and the sound of enjoyment in his voice, transported me to its heart. I hope to listen to more by John Keating!

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