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An Irish Country Girl

A Novel
Written by: Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Some 40-odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O'Hanlon, a farmer's daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy night in 1922.

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo---and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.

An Irish Country Girl is another captivating tale by Patrick Taylor, a true Irish storyteller.

©2009 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • Connie
  • 2010-07-06

Stick with it!

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 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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcia
  • 2011-07-12

Shanachie

If you like Irish folktales, this is a book for you. Just sit back and listen to the entertaining story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel Hanley
  • 2015-07-17

Very enjoyable!

At first I was disappointed that the narrater was different to the previous books in the series but this is Kinky's story and Terry Donnelly did a great job. I enjoyed getting to know Kinky and her family. Now knowing her story will I've no doubt make the remaining books even more enjoyable.

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  • Tea Lover
  • 2013-09-22

Not up to par

Would you try another book from Patrick Taylor and/or Terry Donnelly?

Yes, I have read other books in this series and will go on to the rest.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The next in the series.

What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

Although the varied children's voices were good, the overall performance was without much emotion.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sorry, but no.

Any additional comments?

I am very disappointed in this book. I am absolutely hooked on the series and the characters in the village. It would have been nice to hear Kinky's story done well.

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  • Debra
  • 2012-12-06

Love this series

I have enjoyed every minute if the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. I will say that this was my least favorite of all the books but evem with that said, I still loved it.It was great to have a backstory on the lovable houskeeper, Kinky Kencaid. I also would have preferred that the same narrator had read this book. It was a little disconderting for Kinky to have a new voice. Thank you Mr. Taylor for many hours of enjoyment.

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  • Holly
  • 2013-11-30

This series You will be disappointed by narrator

What would have made An Irish Country Girl better?

Love the series but couldn't listen to this narrator. Ruined the series for me

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Taylor again?

yes

What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

I didn't care for it. It ruined the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • S
  • 2010-01-23

Wounderful!!!!!!!

I makes me homesick for Ireland altho I've never been there.

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  • Mrs. Robert Easley
  • 2019-08-16

Pretty good

We enjoyed this book but not as much as previous ones. My hubby didn't care for the "gift of second sight."

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  • Jan Johnson
  • 2019-06-15

love this series

Not worthy of prise, but a good yarn told in a way to keep your interest. This one fills in the back story of Kiki. it makes her more loveable knowing from wench she came. Boy.

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  • Joan Parr
  • 2019-06-06

Not an easy listen

I am loving this series that begins with "An Irish Country Doctor," but i really did not care for the narrator of the audiobook.