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
The story was completely spoilt by the sheer amount of swearing! And I mean swearing!! Would not recommend.
Too much filthy language.
This book was like a James Herriot "wannabe" but it fell far short.
If you are looking for a James Herriot-type book where the young doctor comes to live in a country town, you might like this. However, the writing is not comparable and, as other reviewers have stated, the language is strong. I will probably not read the sequels. The narrator was very good.
This is a story set in gentler times.
If you need some good old fashioned sweet romance - give it a go.
Just bring out the insulin.
Quirky folks, funny happenings and animals with odd personalities make for a great time. I listened to this book straight through. As I write this I am downloading the next book because I just have to know what happens to them all next.
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