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An Irish Country Village

Written by: Patrick Taylor M.D.
Narrated by: John Keating
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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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  • 2021-09-23

Enjoyed it overall

Love the accents and characters and the village life stories. The narrator tends to “read” the book instead of acting the parts which is frustrating.

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Love the Series

The storyline, characters, narration - it all draws you into Ballybucklebo. You have been there after reading these books.

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An entertaining novel!

Charming characters and loveable dialogue! Another grand read by Patrick Taylor! A simple and wholesome read that leaves you smiling and with a good feeling in your heart!

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  • Sara
  • 2014-10-29

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.

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  • N. Murdock
  • 2008-03-20

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.

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  • Donna NE Philly
  • 2008-08-21

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.

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  • Paulaa Bouffard
  • 2009-03-12

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.

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  • Fab Sha
  • 2009-07-18

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

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  • Kathleen Herbert
  • 2009-02-07

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.

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  • margaret
  • 2008-02-14

Northern Irish humour?

This book is not a good example of Northern Irish humour or of anything else. It goes into incredibly detailed descriptions of medical procedures - totally unnecessary unless the author thinks his readers want to learn medical procedures from a novel. Repetitive, uninteresting - I removed it from my IPod after listening to unrealistic characters bore me for 3 hours - I couldn't take any more and there were still 10 hours to go!!

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  • Margaret Murray
  • 2010-03-08

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.

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  • Zagnut427
  • 2010-03-04

Light reading

As many others have said, this story was a lot like the James Herriott stories, although I would say, with less comedy. It was certainly pleasant enough but not memorable enough to be a Favorite.

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  • Michael
  • 2008-04-10

A Delight

If you like James Herriot's books, you will like Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Village. Herriot's books are about vet. medicine. Taylor's book is about people medicine. I hope Mr. Taylor writes more books about the people of Ballybucklebo. The characters were as human as the rest of us yet interesting and fun to read about.

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