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An Irish Country Girl Audiobook

An Irish Country Girl: A Novel

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.
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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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    Connie 07-06-10
    Connie 07-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Stick with it!"

    I was undeterred by all of the reviews I had read here and purchased this book. It was my first by this author. The first few chapters, when Kinky is telling her story to the children is very off-putting and, to be honest, I almost abandoned it in agreement with the negative reviews. However, I stuck with it and ended up enjoying this book very much! Definitely worth it if you persist past the first few chapters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Fulton, MO, United States 07-12-11
    Marcia Fulton, MO, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Shanachie"

    If you like Irish folktales, this is a book for you. Just sit back and listen to the entertaining story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 05-28-13
    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "If you are looking for Ballybucklebo it's not here"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had stuck with the characters and town that the other books in this series are about. This one is a boring long winded story, told to some kids by housekeeper Kinky Kincaid. Some demons or spirits didn't want her neighbor, when she was a young woman, to chop down a tree. So he chops down the tree and now ooooh scary, all these supernatural things are happening. I think Patrick Taylor had a left over short story in his files and thought he could make it part of this series by having good ol Kinky tell the story within the story. Its a huge disappointment!


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Taylor’s story?

    Boring, a story about a kid chopping down a tree drags on forever and ever. Get over it--it's a tree!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator appears to be faking an Irish accent. I liked the male reader of the other books in this series much better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, none that I can see.


    Any additional comments?

    skip this one and read the Irish Country Doctor, Dublin City Student, and Irish Country Village.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Hanley 07-17-15
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    At first I was disappointed that the narrater was different to the previous books in the series but this is Kinky's story and Terry Donnelly did a great job. I enjoyed getting to know Kinky and her family. Now knowing her story will I've no doubt make the remaining books even more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 12-06-12
    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this series"

    I have enjoyed every minute if the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. I will say that this was my least favorite of all the books but evem with that said, I still loved it.It was great to have a backstory on the lovable houskeeper, Kinky Kencaid. I also would have preferred that the same narrator had read this book. It was a little disconderting for Kinky to have a new voice. Thank you Mr. Taylor for many hours of enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S tucson, AZ, United States 01-23-10
    S tucson, AZ, United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wounderful!!!!!!!"

    I makes me homesick for Ireland altho I've never been there.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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

    coffee lover

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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 ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Rambling vegetarianism!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More meat in the storyline , less rambling on! Compared to the others in the series this was like a story written to a deadline rather than to any level of quality. Any literate person could have conjured this out of the other books in the series without stretching their creativity . Poor effort!


    Would you recommend An Irish Country Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    No see above


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    As the story rambled on very slowly this would be impossible


    What character would you cut from An Irish Country Girl?

    Kinky Kincaid


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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