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An Irish Country Girl Audiobook

An Irish Country Girl: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Readers of Patrick Taylor's books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Some 40-odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O'Hanlon, a farmer's daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy night in 1922.

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo---and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.

An Irish Country Girl is another captivating tale by Patrick Taylor, a true Irish storyteller.

©2009 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Teresa Cumberland Philadelphia, MS United States 05-25-16
    Teresa Cumberland Philadelphia, MS United States 05-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, but the narration - not so much"

    A wonderful picture into the life of Kinky Kincade, the lovable and fey housekeeper of No. 1 Main Street. The story is well written with doses of Irish lore, humor, drama, and unexpected twists in the plot.
    The narration is disappointing and takes away from the beauty of the story. I am glad it was narrated by a female; but, her character voices were strained most of the time and had a whining, pleading quality during the male voice scenes. It was very difficult to listen to and I was tempted to stop listening and just read the book. There was very little change in emotion and very little difference in the voices of the characters.

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Do not miss it!"

    I enjoyed this addition to the series immensely! Absolutely beautiful! A perfect story, satisfying in every way.

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    R. J. King Rosharon, TX USA 04-18-16
    R. J. King Rosharon, TX USA 04-18-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Kinky explained"

    I noticed several readers were disappointed by the first couple of chapters of this book. Unfortunately, they had not read the earlier books. To me it is a treat to learn Kinky's story. She is a very important character in the series. Now I know about her hopes and dreams, her childhood and young adult life. She is a lovely person who has adapted to hardships. And as the saying goes has made lemonade out of the lemons. So ...

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    Terry Enns United States 04-11-16
    Terry Enns United States 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the series, disliked this book"
    What disappointed you about An Irish Country Girl?

    The story was not consistent with Taylor's previous books and the reader was not nearly as compelling as the reader of the other books. You can skip this book and miss nothing in the overall series.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Taylor’s story?

    The story was an aberration from the main series, going back to tell Kinky's story — except it focused almost exclusively on fables and told little of Kinky's life and background. The other stories are so well told and compelling; this was drudgery to listen to.


    What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

    She sounded at times like an American trying to impersonate an Irishman. The previous reader is far superior and engaging.


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    Lovin' life and winding down 02-26-16

    Rich and/or Lynn

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    "Perfect narrator for Mrs. Kinkaid's story."
    Would you listen to An Irish Country Girl again? Why?

    I don't usually more than once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mrs. Kinkaid's storytelling to the village children on Christmas Day before she served dinner. Equally wonderful was her own story from a young girl to her marriage to Mr. Kincaid.


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

    No I haven't


    Who was the most memorable character of An Irish Country Girl and why?

    The main character's dreams to become a teacher as well as her visions. Secondly, her older sister and her love, Connor.


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes up right at the end of "An Irish Country Christmas."

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    nona of 6 NH 02-22-16
    nona of 6 NH 02-22-16 Member Since 2015

    Rhonda G. Scully

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    "Great story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because I would love to talk about the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Irish Country Girl?

    The characters


    Which character – as performed by Terry Donnelly – was your favorite?

    Maureen


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When (story spoiler) Paudeen came home.


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    Kate 02-21-16
    Kate 02-21-16
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    "Amazing Storytelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was amazing as Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the storyteller. Thank you for providing us a little bit of a background of Kinky. She is fabulous!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Irish Country Girl?

    Mrs. Kinky Kincaid told the story to the children in detail and seamless, as only a seasoned storyteller could do. One needs time to develop a good story and I am glad the author took that time.


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    Mark mckinzie bakersfield, CA United States 02-09-16
    Mark mckinzie bakersfield, CA United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "it wasn't what I expected!"

    it was good but it was about kinky kinkade. And it was a story and the story it really had nothing to do with the doctors

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    Kyle Topham 11-13-15
    Kyle Topham 11-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book so far"

    I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this book. But I went ahead and I am really glad I did. It's a great addition to the Irish country Doctor series. Full of ghost and fairies!

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    Donna TORRANCE, CA, United States 09-19-15
    Donna TORRANCE, CA, United States 09-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "In love with Ireland."

    Loved I t. Couldn't put it down. On to the Next Patrick Taylor book.. away

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