Love is in the air in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly has finally proposed to the darling of his youth, Kitty O’Hallorhan. There’s a wedding to be planned, but before O’Reilly can make it to the altar, he and his young colleague, Barry Laverty, M.B., must deal with the usual round of eccentric patients—and crises both large and small.
Being a G.P. in a place like Ballybucklebo often means more than simply splinting broken bones and tending to aches and pains. It can also mean helping a struggling young couple acquire their first home, clearing the name of a cat accused of preying on a neighbor’s prize pigeons, and encouraging a bright working-class girl who dreams of someday becoming a doctor herself. And, if you’re Barry Laverty, still smarting from a painful breakup, there might even be a chance for a new romance with a lovely school teacher, if her passionate political convictions don’t get in the way.
Much has changed in Ballybucklebo, and bigger changes are in store, but the lives and practices of these Irish country doctors remain as captivating and irresistible as ever.
©2012 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I've purchased most of the books in this series and am always amazed at how entertaining the series can be. Theses are wonderful, wholesome, charming and at times funny stories about life in a small village in Ireland as seen through the eyes of it's two doctors.
The narrater made the stories come alive. His Irish brogue was perfect and at the same time understandable.
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Didn't want this book to end. But please don't read it without first reading the others in the series.
Delightful narrator, lovely Irish accents (I didn't realise how many Australian expressions were from the many Irish settlers). Humane, friendly, heartwarming. Medically informed. Escaping into the small village of Ballybucklebo where people genuinely care for each other. Wonderful characters. Highly recommended.
I have read all of the Irish Country series, and have enjoyed each one. No, they are not great literature, but each one makes you feel like you are right there in this little Northern Ireland town in the 1960's.
As I have spent several weeks right in that area, and know how beautiful and delightful a place it is, I feel like I've gone back for a visit each time I read another installment. Taylor makes the characters believable and it is also interesting to see where medicine was at that time, compared to now. Sometimes I wish there were still more doctors who used common sense and could know their patients as the two doctors in these books did.
John Keating is a fave of mine. I gave these 4 stars, but would really give them more of a 4.3 or so. I needed a chill out book last week, and this was perfect. Keating brings the characters to life, and that makes this and all the series more fun than just reading them conventionally.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This has turned out to be one of my favorite series. The story is what I call a feel good story, that leaves you with a smile on your face and the desire to visit Ireland. In this book Dr Fingal O'Reilly and Kitty O'Hallorhan are getting married. Dr.Barry Laverty is leaving the village to get more training to specialize in Ob-Gyn. The life in the village continues and the doctors heal the sick and help to solve peoples problems. The author informs one of little bits of information about Ireland that might be difficult to learn in the normal course of visiting Ireland. Such as, the people from county Cork put SO at the end of each sentence. In this book there is a bit of ancient history of the Ulster area. I do hope that Patrick Taylor will continue this series. I read the first two books in large print hard back but when I switch to audiobooks it was so much more enjoyable. John Keating with his Irish accent is great and he can pronounce the words I was trying figure out how to pronounce. I had to keep reminding myself the story takes place in the late 1950 and early 1960's and that was the state of art of medicine at the time and of course no cell phones etc. Great book and series I am sure you will enjoy it as a break from your busy day.
The perfect voice for this marvelous world. John Keating does justice to Patrick Taylor's works.
I've told several friends about this series - highly recommend reading these books
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His narration is superlative. You know who's speaking by his voice.
No. I prefer listening to the books and forming my own pictures.
I look forward to a follow-up book to see what Barry Laverty ends up doing with his career.
This book is one of the best I've listened to on Audible. But I have liked all of them.
There were so many things, but I liked Dr. O'Rilley crusty old ways.
I thought the narration was wonderful and helped take you into the story.
I really wish I could have listened to it in one sitting, but as with most people, my busy life doesn't allow for that, which is why audible books are the best. I can read (listen) and still be getting something done that can not wait.
I love this whole series. I hope this is not the end. The writing is descriptive, with out being overly so. The characters are comfortable old friends. I love catching up with the going ons in Bally-Buckle-Bo. And wish I were there saying "hows about ya" Makes me miss Ireland. If you have not read/ heard any of the other books- go start at the beginning, you will not be sorry.
I have enjoyed the "Irish Country..." series for their sweet, uncomplicated stories. They are both historical fiction and medical history, set in Northern Ireland in what seems like a "time of innocence" (if Ireland can ever be said to have had such a time.) This latest one was, however, rather long on details and short on story. There was rather too much introspection for my tastes - more so that in the previous novels in the series. I found it distracting. Having said that, the familiar characters of Dr. O'Reilly, Dr. Flaherty, Kinky Kincaid and the other denizens of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland are all there, comfortable as old shoes and familiar as the back of your hand.
John Keating does an excellent job with these books; he may be among my favorite narrators.
All in all, the place and characters are familiar to fans of this series, but there are some surprises as well and just enough humor and pathos to remind you why this series is such a delight.
Funny, Thoughtful, Warm
Dr. O'Reilly is my favorite character because of his toughness, directness, and warmth.
Yes, I've listened to Irish Country Christmas and am always amazed at how he does the different dialects so seamlessly.
Mayberry meets small town Ireland in the 60s.
This series is a new favorite for me.
"This book makes me happy"
I love listening to all the books in this series, narrated so beautifully by John Keating with the Irish lilt and individual character accents. While the stories are not terribly complicated, one tends to be drawn in. This makes it easy to forget one's own problems, while at the same time allowing one to appreciate the difficulties of the average person not that many decades ago. Thank you, Patrick Taylor, and please continue writing about this wonderful village - Ballybucklebo.
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