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An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel | [Patrick Taylor]

An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

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.
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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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    Lavonne Newark, DE, United States 10-16-09
    Lavonne Newark, DE, United States 10-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful Entertainment"

    I had to listen twice - sensational story, fabulous characters and a top quality reader!

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    Michael Marana, AZ, USA 07-11-09
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    "An Irish Country Doctor"

    I was very happy to learn that there are three Audiobooks by the author; expecially that John Keating would the narrator. I quickly became interested in the wonderful characters Mr. Taylor, the Author, created, and I believe whomever listens to these wonderfully happy stories will find themselve reliving their memories.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wynnewood, Panama 09-13-10
    Susan Wynnewood, Panama 09-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "delightful "read""

    Another one of those books that should just not end. John Keating's voice is perfect for this story. Loved every minute!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 03-11-10
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    "Delightful"

    This is a delightful slice of Irish life. The narrator was wonderful. His rich brogue made the text come alive. An innocent, charming respite.

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    Shirley Craigieburn, Australia 11-28-11
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    "Great book , easy to listen to!!"

    I really enjoyed this funny and believable book, terrific story line, great narrator. It shows us that you cannot always judge actions when you don't know the history of someone else.
    Great characters, cant wait to get the next story in the series

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    Diane Rancho Mirage, CA, United States 01-03-12
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    "I've just fallen in love..."

    ....with "An Irish Country Doctor"! What a delight. Great humor, wonderful characters, and a very entertaining narration. I just finished this audiobook and I've already ordered the next in the series.

    Thank you, Patrick Taylor!

    Diane, CA

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    Greg Newton, MA, United States 11-23-11
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    "Fantastic"

    I read a lot of action-based fiction with fast moving plots, but decided to try something a bit different. This was a fantastic read that really makes you feel like part of the small town in Northern Ireland where it is set. The characters are interesting, different, and well developed and there is just enough of plot to keep you going to the end. The narrator does a terrific job with all the different Irish accents.

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    "An extremely Irish, very shaggy dog story."

    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.

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    Wendy Salt Springs, FL, United States 08-22-10
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed - An Irish Country Doctor"

    I would highly recommend this audio novel for the story line itself. The bonus is the narrator! The characters are so well written, that you wish they were you friends. Instead of a fictional novel you are so engrossed in the characters that the story just sort of happens. Well worth the read --- don't miss the great audio book.

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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 05-11-12
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2002

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

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    "Be Reminded Gently of Important Life Lessons"

    For those who enjoy quirky 1990s European films like "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" and "Waking Ned Divine," this may be the book for you. Like those films, this book focuses on life's minutia and finds humor in the everyday. Although the lessons set forth are not new, there is no doubt that these are lessons worth being reminded of and there is no better way to be reminded then in a gentle novel such as this.

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    A charming book from start to finish. I didn't want it to end. Full of humour and observation of human life. Well worth a read.

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    "Go back in time"

    A really lovely story with real issues, light and dark humour running through it This is a throughly enjoyable book. Im now starting on book two of the series of seven. What a lot to look forward too.

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    "I miss my newfound friends"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the 'goings on' in Ballybucklebo and getting to know the inhabitants.
    At first I thought the narration was a bit slow and wouldn't hold my attention but soon it became perfect as the tone of the narrator's voice and the speed of reading added colour to the written word and I found myself planning activities so that I could carry on doing my various chores while listening to more of the story. An enjoyable story full of wit, charm and the deviousness of the Irish. I am looking forward to meeting my friends again in the next audiobook by Patrick Taylor.

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