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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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great book

Loved the narrator, characters and story. I'm looking forward to the series. I also want to travel to Ireland now haha

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Not for me

I didn't like this book. The humour might appeal to some but not me. I really didn't like the swearing by the old doctor. I didn't finish the book for that reason.

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A delightful and charming book

I had already read this book. However, as I recently picked up the audiobook for a second read-through, I thought that it was time for me to review this story.

Like the title suggests, “An Irish Country Doctor” takes place in the Emerald Isle (Ballybucklebo to be exact), and follows the experiences of newly graduated Doctor Barry Laverty as he becomes acquainted with general practice in a small village.

Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed this novel as much as I did during my first readthrough. While “An Irish Country Doctor” may not be a challenging read, the small, quirky village with its cast of characters make for a cozy story to curl up on the couch with.

In terms of the audiobook edition, John Keating was a perfect narrator; bringing life to the loveable characters of Ballybucklebo.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book, and I can’t wait to read the next installments.

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A delightful, charming book

I had already read this book. However, as I recently picked up the audiobook for a second read-through, I thought that it was time for me to review this story.

Like the title suggests, “An Irish Country Doctor” takes place in the Emerald Isle (Ballybucklebo to be exact), and follows the experiences of newly graduated Doctor Barry Laverty as he becomes acquainted with general practice in a small village.

Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed this novel as much as I did during my first readthrough. While “An Irish Country Doctor” may not be a challenging read, the small, quirky village with its cast of characters make for a cozy story to curl up on the couch with.

In terms of the audiobook edition, John Keating was a perfect narrator; bringing life to the loveable characters of Ballybucklebo.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book, and I can’t wait to read the next installments.

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  • Cheri Moeder
  • 2013-09-06

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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  • Sara
  • 2014-10-24

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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  • Wendy Anderson
  • 2010-08-22

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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  • Patricia
  • 2018-12-26

review is for Irish Country Cottage not Country Dr

The narrator is as good as always.I have loved this series. But now I guess I'm done. Talk about preaching! An OB-GYN gives us a history lesson on the Troubles. The docs hand out birth control with no understanding of the side effects. And the level of understanding of the Catholic Church's teaching on Natural Law and contraception must have come from Wikipedia. I don't believe the term "reproductive rights" was used in 1969! Leaning on Margaret Sanger (the great Eugenist) is a stretch.
Sorely disappointed that this lovely little series has become a soapbox.

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  • Kelli
  • 2012-05-11

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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  • BJfirststate
  • 2009-10-16

Delightful Entertainment

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

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  • Angelyn S. Furst
  • 2010-03-11

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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  • Michael L. Wintory
  • 2009-07-11

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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  • Barbara Ostergaard
  • 2016-10-29

Love the story, but watch out for language.

I really have enjoyed the story, it reminds me quite a bit of the James Harriet books, which are a delight that the whole family can enjoy listening to on road trips or during work projects.

The language in this one, however, is definitely not family-friendly. If the F word could be edited out (its use is probably true to the character, but unnecessary in the overall story), and the physical attraction between the two young lovers could be glossed over a little more, this book would be practically perfect for a family road trip or fun listening experience. If you can get a version that's just slightly edited, it would be so much fun to listen to with the family.

The reader does a wonderful job with the accents and the character voices!

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  • Susan
  • 2010-09-13

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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