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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello to Dr. O'Reilly's odd-as-two-left-feet patients; his housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kinkaid; and O'Reilly's pets: Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab, and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty.

After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies. The damage to his reputation is enormous, and he and O'Reilly must work to resolve the question of Barry's responsibility for the death.

They also have to figure out how to save the 400-year-old village pub. Plans are afoot to not renew the 100-year lease and instead transform the old pub into a sparkling new tourist trap. To make matters even worse, Patricia Spence, the love of Barry's life, announces she is trying to win a scholarship to distant Cambridge University, all the way in England.

Beautifully evocative of a gentler, simpler time, An Irish Country Village magically captures the charm, wit, and ribald humor of a vanished Irish countryside and its people.

©2008 Patrick Taylor; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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I Love This Series

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 in the countryside. Quirky outlandish behavior exhibited by doctors and patients alike. A recommended series.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Such fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Each character has his/her flaws and virtues and we truly care about each one. The main plot and all the smaller ones are suspenseful or entertaining or uplifting or just downright amusing. The narrator is tops. I highly recommend this book for its joyful approach to life.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant! A Lovely Read

Since my husband's family lives in Northern Ireland and I have visited many times, I could relate to the sayings and the manner of speaking. I started to check out airline tickets as soon as I was done! The time period was a few years ago but the basic life style is still there; not entirely gone. All the characters were precious in their own right. I plan to do a listen again. This book could not do itself justice by reading the print, but with Keating reading it the book just came to life.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A wonderful getaway

I loved this book. It wasn't hard to get into, the characters are warm and real. John Keating is the perfect narrator who gives the story a feeling of validity. If you want to curl up with a cup of tea and get away, this is it, as are the sequels.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • tucson, AZ, United States
  • 07-18-09

a true pleasure

this is a wounderfull listen. I entend to buy a hard back for my library. it is bound to be a clasic. it made me laugh out loud, wishing i were there with them. it isn't often i find a book that keeps me wanting more and on the edge of my seat but this one has. thank you

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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John Keating is as enchanting as Jim Dale

If you could sum up An Irish Country Village in three words, what would they be?

Humorous! Engaging! Delightful!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I must admit to two. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is bluster on the outside and mush on the inside. I have never met a character as compassionate and altrustic as "Himself" - Fingal recognizes the dignity of every single person ; and, Donal Donnelly - shrewd and endearing and sometimes clueless.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

He totally captures the personality of the characters and gives the listeners an understanding of the Gaelic pronunciations. I feel like I am back in Ireland.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

James Herriot meets Fingal O'Reilly

Any additional comments?

I purchased this book in March. It is now May and I have purchased and listened to the entire series. Not since the Harry Potter series have I enjoyed books so much. The stories are compelling and tender and amusing. Keating's narration is spot on. I am homesick for Ballybucklebo at the end of each book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This is a great series!

What made the experience of listening to An Irish Country Village the most enjoyable?

A continuation of the story. You feel like you are part of the story.

What other book might you compare An Irish Country Village to and why?

Any number of Maeve Binchy stories, simple uncomplicated, down to earth tales.

What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A consistent narration giving a unique characterization and personality to the characters

Who was the most memorable character of An Irish Country Village and why?

Dr. O'Rielly and Dr. Laverty.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An Irish Country Village

A delightful tale about 2 doctors in an Irish country village and the personalities who live within. I think we all know someone who lives here. Written with humour and beautifully narrated.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Alive with wonderful characters.

I enjoyed every second I listened. The wonderful characters and the events of daily life in an Irish village were delightful. Refreshing!

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Wonderful

I fell in love with this series. It reminded me of James Herriots "All Things Bright and Beautiful" I hope there's more to come.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • 08-13-14

Pleasant but lightweight

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

This is pleasant but lightweight reading. It depends on what one is looking for.

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

Depends on when the person may be looking to read it. Good lightweight reading for holiday/relaxing.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Narration was good with different accents for each character.

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

No emotional reaction. As previously stated, lightweight but enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

None