An Irish Country Doctor

A Novel
Narrated by: John Keating
Series: Irish Country, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2,877 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An Irish Country Doctor from best-selling author Patick Taylor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate listeners from the very first moment - and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by. 

Barry Laverty, MB, can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice. At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. 

The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly, Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colorful and endearing residents, including a malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife; an unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby; a slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof; and a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor. 

Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life - and love - than he ever imagined back in medical school.

©2004, 2007 Patrick Taylor (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Fun Book

A light, positive, upbeat and fun listen. Low stress reading. Stories of country doctors and their community of quirky patients in a different world of Ireland from the past. Charming.

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Something's Missing ... But It's Not the "F Bomb"!

If you loved the James Herriot series that began with "All Creatures Great and Small," it will be next-to-impossible not to recognize the similarities in this first of the "An Irish Country Doctor" series. Young doctor with a newly minted degree travels to the wilds of Ireland to work for the irascible local country doctor that the community loves...and meets, perhaps, the love of his life. You may also feel ripples of "Ballykissangel" if you are/were a fan of that BBC series. While this is an enjoyable book, and John Keating does a great job with the narration, this novel fell short of "All Creatures..." and "Ballykissangel" for me. It has charm, but lacks the warmth.

This book should come with a warning. If you are traveling with children, you may want to choose another story. The "F bomb" is dropped regularly throughout the story, and in some places very liberally.

All of that being said, I'll buy the next in the series to see if Mr. Taylor warms up to his characters.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed - An Irish Country Doctor

I would highly recommend this audio novel for the story line itself. The bonus is the narrator! The characters are so well written, that you wish they were you friends. Instead of a fictional novel you are so engrossed in the characters that the story just sort of happens. Well worth the read --- don't miss the great audio book.

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Be Reminded Gently of Important Life Lessons

For those who enjoy quirky 1990s European films like "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" and "Waking Ned Divine," this may be the book for you. Like those films, this book focuses on life's minutia and finds humor in the everyday. Although the lessons set forth are not new, there is no doubt that these are lessons worth being reminded of and there is no better way to be reminded then in a gentle novel such as this.

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Delightful Entertainment

I had to listen twice - sensational story, fabulous characters and a top quality reader!

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Delightful

This is a delightful slice of Irish life. The narrator was wonderful. His rich brogue made the text come alive. An innocent, charming respite.

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An Irish Country Doctor

I was very happy to learn that there are three Audiobooks by the author; expecially that John Keating would the narrator. I quickly became interested in the wonderful characters Mr. Taylor, the Author, created, and I believe whomever listens to these wonderfully happy stories will find themselve reliving their memories.

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delightful "read"

Another one of those books that should just not end. John Keating's voice is perfect for this story. Loved every minute!

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I've just fallen in love...

....with "An Irish Country Doctor"! What a delight. Great humor, wonderful characters, and a very entertaining narration. I just finished this audiobook and I've already ordered the next in the series.

Thank you, Patrick Taylor!

Diane, CA

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Great book , easy to listen to!!

I really enjoyed this funny and believable book, terrific story line, great narrator. It shows us that you cannot always judge actions when you don't know the history of someone else.
Great characters, cant wait to get the next story in the series

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  • Jude
  • 09-07-12

Go back in time

A really lovely story with real issues, light and dark humour running through it This is a throughly enjoyable book. Im now starting on book two of the series of seven. What a lot to look forward too.

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  • Gertie
  • 08-08-10

I miss my newfound friends

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the 'goings on' in Ballybucklebo and getting to know the inhabitants.
At first I thought the narration was a bit slow and wouldn't hold my attention but soon it became perfect as the tone of the narrator's voice and the speed of reading added colour to the written word and I found myself planning activities so that I could carry on doing my various chores while listening to more of the story. An enjoyable story full of wit, charm and the deviousness of the Irish. I am looking forward to meeting my friends again in the next audiobook by Patrick Taylor.

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  • Ann in Durham
  • 08-19-09

Loved it from the beginning to the end

A charming book from start to finish. I didn't want it to end. Full of humour and observation of human life. Well worth a read.

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  • Wendy
  • 03-10-18

Wonderful and gentle, full of humour. <br />

very easy to listen to, highly recommended.
looking forward to the nd at one in the series.

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  • anna
  • 02-26-17

County down humour

Where does An Irish Country Doctor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read this book many years ago and was well chuffed to find it on audio! Co down locals will reconise areas and humour. Its funny touching and a real good read! Give it a go i bet you'll reach for the rest.

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

All of it!

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but i certainly will again

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  • cameron.hoare
  • 05-15-19

good book

this book was obviously written by someone who knows a bit of general practice. goid read

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  • Pinkie
  • 03-04-18

Loved it :)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, and have done

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

Take 2 tablets precisely before the pain starts :)

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I certainly will. Couldn't have put a better narrator with this book. He brings every character to life and I fell in love with them all.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed. The description of such simple things were wonderful.

Any additional comments?

Now moving onto book 2

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  • Carol Anne Harvey
  • 02-25-16

Shenanigans in Ballybucklebo

I often laughed out loud listening to this book. Highly recommended if you like good characterisation and an engaging story.

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  • Gwen Barber
  • 06-23-15

loved the characters and the storyline

great story,enjoyed the narrator, well written, characters were funny and serious makes for a good storyline