Irish Country

15 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 8,238 ratings

Home Is the Sailor Publisher's Summary

Fans of Patrick Taylor’s best-selling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. But there was a time, shortly after arriving in Ballybucklebo, that Dr. O'Reilly was not widely accepted by the villagers. This touching short story tell of how O'Reilly, with a little help, began to overcome their objections.

Whether you're visiting for the first time, or you're a long-time resident, you'll enjoy this fun glimpse into life in Patrick Taylor's village of Ballybucklebo.

©2013 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 0.5

    • Home Is the Sailor

    • An Irish Country Doctor Story
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309

    Fans of Patrick Taylor’s best-selling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. But there was a time, shortly after arriving in Ballybucklebo, that Dr. O'Reilly was not widely accepted by the villagers. This touching short story tell of how O'Reilly, with a little help, began to overcome their objections.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Too short!

    • By Jane E. Lewandowski on 05-02-16

    Regular price: $1.88

  • Book 1

    • An Irish Country Doctor

    • A Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,593
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,208

    Barry Laverty, M.B., 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Book

    • By Sara on 10-24-14

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • An Irish Country Village

    • By: Patrick Taylor M.D.
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 947
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 746
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739

    Welcome back to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello again 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I Love This Series

    • By Sara on 10-29-14

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 3

    • An Irish Country Christmas

    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 901
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 734
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 731

    Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful christmas listen

    • By Sara on 09-18-13

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 4

    • An Irish Country Girl

    • A Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 500
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411

    Readers of Patrick Taylor's books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there.Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stick with it!

    • By Connie on 07-06-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 5

    • An Irish Country Courtship

    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 537
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535

    After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner in the practice. He's looking forward to becoming a fixture in the community, until an unexpected romantic reversal gives him second thoughts. Will he truly be happy tending to routine coughs and colds for the rest of his career? After all, even when a more challenging case comes along, like a rare tropical disease, all he can do is pass it on to a qualified specialist or big-city hospital. Is running a humble GP's shop all he wants out of life?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite book series

    • By Angelyn S. Furst on 11-02-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 6

    • A Dublin Student Doctor

    • An Irish Country Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438

    Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How the series all began!

    • By J. LaCroix on 10-21-11

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • An Irish Country Wedding

    • Irish Country, Book 7
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 448
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Story, Fabulous Narrator

    • By Angelyn S. Furst on 10-26-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 8

    • Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor

    • An Irish Country Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355

    Fans of Taylor's best-selling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Newly married to his once long-lost sweetheart, he's ready to settle into domestic bliss, but there's always something requiring his attention, be it a riding accident, a difficult patient with a worrisome heart condition, a spot of grouse-hunting, or even some tricky shenanigans at the local dog races.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Full of Irish wit and Wisdom

    • By Jean on 04-15-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9

    • An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

    • An Irish Country Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271

    Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plans to marry midwife Dierdre Mawhinney. Those plans were complicated by the outbreak of World War II and the call of duty. Assigned to the HMS Warspite, a formidable 30,000-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant O’Reilly soon found himself face-to-face with the hardships of war, tending to the dreadnought’s crew of 1,200 as well as to the many casualties brought aboard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable

    • By Michael on 03-23-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9.5

    • The Wily O'Reilly

    • Irish Country Stories
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly made most listeners’ acquaintance in Patrick Taylor's best-selling novel An Irish Country Doctor, he appeared in a series of humorous columns originally published in Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour. These warm and wryly amusing vignettes provide an early glimpse at the redoubtable Dr. O’Reilly as he tends to the colourful and eccentric residents of Ballybucklebo, a cozy Ulster village nestled in the bygone years of the early '60s.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rehashed Material

    • By cheri on 04-30-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 10

    • An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea

    • An Irish Country Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly came to the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, young Surgeon-Lieutenant O'Reilly answered the call of duty to serve in World War II. Fingal just wants to marry his beloved Deirdre and live happily ever after. First, he must hone his skills at a British naval hospital before reporting back to the HMS Warspite, where, as a ship's doctor, he faces danger upon the high seas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By Jean on 07-13-17

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 11

    • An Irish Country Love Story

    • A Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    It's the winter of 1967, and snow is on the ground in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, but the chilly weather can't stop love from warming hearts all over the county. Not just the love between a man and woman, as with young doctor Barry Laverty and his fiancée, Sue Nolan, who are making plans to start a new life together, but also the love of an ailing pensioner for a faithful dog that's gone missing, the love of the local gentry for the great estate they are on the verge of losing, or Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's love for his longtime home and practice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charming story

    • By Jean on 07-31-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 12

    • An Irish Country Practice

    • An Irish Country Novel
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 128

    Once, not too long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo: Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only has O'Reilly taken a new trainee under his wing, Doctor Connor Nelson, he's also added a spirited Labrador puppy to his ever-expanding household at Number One Main Street. Meanwhile, his trusted partner, young Doctor Barry Laverty, finds himself wondering if he's truly ready to settle down and start a family with his lovely fiancée, Sue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well worth the wait!

    • By Kerry on 10-16-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 13

    • An Irish Country Cottage

    • An Irish Country Novel, Book 13
    • By: Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    The New Year brings challenges and changes to the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. The Christmas holidays have barely passed before a fire engulfs the humble thatched cottage housing of Donal Donnally and his family. Although the family escapes the blaze more or less unsinged, Donal, his wife, their three small children, and their beloved dog find themselves with nothing left but the clothes on their back.    

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charming, whimsical and lovely

    • By Bonnie on 10-18-18

    Regular price: $27.99