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
I'm only about 10% through this book but am finding the characters totally engaging
The James Harriot books. Similar because of the interesting, down-to-earth characters and country settings.
I smiled a lot
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.
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
Good story and the narrator did a wonderful job great accents . Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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.
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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