I am committed and enthusiastic to read and/or listen to Taylor's work. Being in a location that cannot yet receive internet access, I thoroughly enj..Show More »oy audiobooks and podcasts downloaded in town. In this way I can still feel connected to the service of online access to resources not readily available in our regional library.
A really upbeat book that is such a pleasant listen. I really enjoy hearing about the ups and downs of life in the village and all the wanderings out..Show More » in the countryside. Quirky outlandish behavior exhibited by doctors and patients alike. A recommended series.
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 ..Show More »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.
Another slice of life from Drs. Lafferty and O'Rielly with the every charming Mrs. Kincaid. This is the 4th in the series and I've loved every single..Show More » one of them. The Narrater, John Keating, is absolutely perfect with his Irish brogue and his ability to give each character a different voice.
This series is a feel good, enjoyable and lively listen!
John Keating does a great job reading this story. The first book in the series I read but each one since has been the audio-book version. I must sa..Show More »y that Keating does the Irish accent better than I could in my mind. I have followed the series from the beginning and each one gets better. I hope Taylor goes on the write about the WWII years. As a retired scientist I enjoyed Taylor's description of the state of science and medicine in the 1930's and it is interesting to see how medical training has evolved over time. The description of the tenements and the life of the poor had improved over the years but now seem to be going back to what it was in the past. I call this a feel good book that packs a lots of information in many area in a delightful manner. I learned how a doctor became to be called a quack and what was the origin of Boxing Day (Dec 26) was. You will enjoy this great book and series.
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, charmin..Show More »g 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.
I never grow tired of the books by Patrick Taylor, and narrated by John Keating, about Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, the sometimes crusty, often surp..Show More »risingly kind old doctor who takes care of a delightful group of villagers in Ballybucklebo. He began his career in the poorest area of Dublin, where he met the nurse Kitty O'Halloran, whom he loves but does not marry for the next 30 years.
I cherish the stories that Taylor weaves in and out of his books--and this one gives us a look at the newly married O'Reillys, with contrasting flashbacks between the village where he practices now (at the time of this story--which I think is in the 1960's) and the earlier time in Dublin. If you have listened to all the books up till now, you will feel as though the characters are people you would love living amongst. Taylor's gift is to give what feels like wonderfully thorough depictions of the deep humanness of those who move in and out of these stories--with all their idiosyncrasies and quirks.
Although this is (I think) the 8th book in the series--and it might help to have listened to others, it is not necessary. Each stands alone very well--and I might add, that even within the books themselves, different stories move in and out so that this whole series is somewhat a collection of vignettes about the movements (and ailments) of people who become (or usually remain) very much alive on the pages of his stories. I always feel I have been drawn into the tales in a very satisfying manner.
I have read a couple of reviews that suggest this book is not quite up to the standard of past ones. I don't know--maybe there is some truth to that, but I still love it as much as every past book--and I hope there are many more in the pipeline for readers (listeners) who love them. And I have never read one of these in paper form--so to me, John Keating *is* Dr. O'Reilly and all the others. I doubt I would want to read them, so much do I enjoy his narration!
It filled in the war years of Dr Fingal and his coming back married to Kitty. A disappointing note is that we should have been advised that it sh..Show More »ould come after Fingal O'Reilly Irish Doctor. Unfortunately I listened to the book and wish I'd realised it was out of sequence in the series.
If you are a fan of the series, don't bother with this one. The story does not continue from the others, the time frame doesn't fit with the other boo..Show More »ks, key characters are strangley non-existent and, bluntly, it's very boring.