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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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    Gabynagy 04-02-16
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    "it is very irish"

    Good story, it gives you a true picture of the irish country life. It is read with a nice Irish accent which makes it more enjoyable

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    Kindle Customer 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A really fun listen"
    What did you love best about An Irish Country Doctor?

    I'm only about 10% through this book but am finding the characters totally engaging


    What other book might you compare An Irish Country Doctor to and why?

    The James Harriot books. Similar because of the interesting, down-to-earth characters and country settings.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled a lot


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    Jodie Ferrel 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heart warming and Funny"

    such a great story. Be prepared to laugh out loud and cry. mostly you will fall in love with this little village and hee people

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    Charles Zipprich 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Strongly recommend"

    Great read. Loved the book and the reader. Felt like I was back in Ireland.


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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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    "Magical"

    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
    Wonderful!

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    Todd C. 03-14-16
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    "a good book !"

    this book made me laugh, go oh my goodness, and the story captured me right away! loved it:)

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    Bela Balazs 03-13-16
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    What made the experience of listening to An Irish Country Doctor the most enjoyable?

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


    Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 03-10-16
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just delightful."

    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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    gwandelia 03-04-16
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    "Great performance"

    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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