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An Irish Country Practice

An Irish Country Novel
Written by: Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
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"The charm of Taylor's Irish Country tales is brought to life in John Keating's performance. His Irish lilt will transport listeners straight to Ballybucklebo...Keating's pacing and inflections are perfect as he gives a unique vocal personality to each character." - AudioFile Magazine on An Irish Country Love Story

The An Irish Country Practice is the 12th heartwarming installment in New York Times and Globe and Mail best-selling author Patrick Taylor's beloved Irish Country series.

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.

As the doctors cope with domestic and professional challenges, they also look after their patients and their ailments, including a mysterious cough, a housewife whose frequent "accidents" may have a disturbing cause, and a respected colleague who might be succumbing to an old vice.

All is not sickness and worry, however. There's plenty of joy and merriment to be found as well, from a visiting circus to racing to sailing...and maybe even a happy ending or two.

This touching audiobook is as warm and cozy as the lovable town in which it takes place.

©2017 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • Lesley Wilson
  • 2018-12-27

Feel good.

Love the voice of the reader/narrator. I never fail to enjoy a Patrick Taylor yarn. The folks are mostly warm-hearted and gentle....even the “baddies” usually turn out to be quite interesting and most marvellous of all they usually change for the better. I miss everybody when the book ends as I feel it’s my family who has gone some place else. Thank you so much Patrick Taylor.

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  • Mrs. Robert Easley
  • 2019-09-20

Return to Ballybucklebo

It's like going to the same spot each year for vacation and catching up with the happenings of favorite acqaintances. We''ve enjoyed this series by Patrick Taylor and now know many of the people in Ballybucklebo who inhabit this quaint Irish village.

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  • Kerry
  • 2017-10-16

Well worth the wait!

Great characters and as always a beautiful slice of life. I enjoyed every moment .Thanks 😎

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  • Jean
  • 2019-12-08

Delightful

Oh boy, another visit to Ballybucklebo in the 1960s. Fingal O’Reilly, M.D., and his partner, Barry Laverty, M.D., have a new trainee, Connor Nelson, M.D.

The book is well written and supplies a great view of a Northern Ireland Village. The story has humor, drama, and gossip as the daily life is told. I have enjoyed this series. I read the first few books, but then switched to the audiobook format. I much prefer this as John Keating is so good with all the various accents and, of course, the pronunciation of some Irish words. I am looking forward to the next book.

The book is thirteen hours thirty-five minutes. John Keating does an excellent job narrating the story. Keating is an actor, voice artist, and an Earphone Award winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Barb
  • 2018-12-02

Wonderful.

This story is pure pleasure, gentle and funny and sometimes sad, but always kind at heart. The reading of it is delightful with the Irish brogue.

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  • Deaconessa
  • 2018-10-24

One of my favorites!

I love this series! Patrick Taylor’s writing, John Keating‘s narration. May the series never end!

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  • lives4golf
  • 2018-08-18

Wonderful story with colorful characters!

I think this is the final book in the series and all of the storylines are neatly tied up. But I would definitely listen to more of the lives of the lovable characters in this friendly village in Ireland.

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  • gujiru
  • 2018-07-04

love this series

When I managed to finish a difficult book for me, I make it a rule to pick up a story of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his loving friends in Ballybucklebo. As always, heart-warming, funny, lovable people make me relax and chuckle, which is greatly owed to the superb narrator.

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  • nihl
  • 2018-04-16

A bit dark

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not as much as his other books.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I realize that a doctor's practice can be sad. After all, sick people are being treated. BUT, this one seemed darker to me. My favorite was An Irish Country Christmas because nobody died.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Excellent, as always!

Did An Irish Country Practice inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

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  • sherry davis
  • 2018-03-13

Loved it.

I have enjoyed the entire series. Light, nothing heavy and very good story telling. Would recommend this to anyone.