Along with his senior partner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Barry has his hands full dealing with seasonal coughs and colds, as well as the occasional medical emergency.
To add to the doctors' worries, competition arrives in the form of a patient-poaching new physician whose quackery threatens the health and well-being of the good people of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory support three hungry doctors? Barry has his doubts.
But the wintry days and nights are not without a few tidings of comfort and joy. Between their hectic medical practice, Rugby Club parties, and the kiddies' Christmas pageant, the two doctors still find time to play Santa Claus to a struggling single mother with a sick child and not enough money in the bank. Snow is rare in Ulster, and so are miracles, but that doesn't mean they never happen....
©2008 Patrick Taylor; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Full of stories and vivid characters, the novel recalls a good night in a pub. Its greatest charm lies in homey Ulster idioms....Good, light entertainment." (Booklist)
A charming glimpse at an Irish village - filled with characters and curmudgeons - people whom I would love to know in person. Spend some time in BallyBuckleBo (sp?) - you won't regret it.
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well i have another hard back to buy. this author is a marvel. i feel as tho i am with the doctors as they make there way through life. this book is a must read. this author has a way of keeping me enthralled in the story and very happy to be so. i am waitting, hopefuly not to long, for the next "volume". thank you
I could only listen to a small bit of this book. There was just too much swearing. Bad language really puts me off.
I was looking forward to lovely Irish characters; lilting brogues, laughter and warmth in a series that i could settle into and anjoy over and over but bad language renders a book unreadable for me.
I was so looking forward to a lovely Irish series that could settle down and savour like Herriot or D. E. Stevenson or Miss Read. I wish this series were more like them.
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The setting: holidaying on the tropical beaches of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Wanted: the ideal holiday book: engaging characters who are in caring, construction relationships (that is, not maiming and killing) and who live in an interesting community.
The narrator: sympathetic reader with convincing characterisation
Solution: Patrick Taylor’s An Irish Country Christmas and An Irish Country Courtship.
I’d already read and thoroughly enjoyed An Irish Country Doctor and my holiday decision to continue the series did not disappoint.
John Keating’s gentle Irish accented narration comfortably changes to create voices that become intrinsic to each character.
Taylor, himself an eminent doctor, clearly enjoys writing these books. He devises a wonderful little village in Ireland, fascinating medical scenarios, interesting relationships and gentle humour. We are drawn into a delightful world fuelled by people the author clearly admires or dislikes. It is enriched with medical knowledge and nostalgia for world of the 1960s where intuition and care played key roles -- and doctors made home visits.
The book was well narrated
The accent and pronunciation of the Irish names and places
The old doctor he was brash, had a good dose of common sense mixed with humour and he lived in a time when honour still meant something.
The book it not a page turner, but if you want something pleasant and undemanding that gives a a warm feeling, then you will enjoy this.
I really enjoyed the audio versions of all the books in this series. The performer brings it to life for me.
I can't pick one. They were all great.
Yes. I wish I could have listened to it in one setting.
A great series of books! Love the ones I have listened to already.
An Irish Country Doctor was fresh and new and different and a real pleasure to listen to. An Irish Country Village provided a solid sequel to the first book. Unfortunately, this book doesn't rank up there with the first two. The quirks of the town and characters now seem more like tired cliche's and I found little new in the story. Also, the author spends too much time recapping events from the first two books. Not horrible, but a bit of a disappointment after the first two books.
This wasn't an all-together BAD audio presentation...at least the part that I actually got through. It was one of those odd situations where I got about 3/4 of the way through it...and I just didn't care anymore. I was really hoping for something along the lines of Maeve Binchy, but this didn't really come close. The narration was entertaining enough, but I found the characters to be predictable, the story to be tired, and all in all, I stopped listening because I wanted to spend my time on something better. No doubt there are legions of fans, but alas, I am not one of them.
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