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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Taylor Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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.

An Irish Country Doctor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page—and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator John Keating has a field day with the humor, long-winded stories, and colorful accents...[Keating] skillfully presents the unique and sometimes-hilarious Irish take on joy, sorrow, illness, and death. AudioFile

  • Welcome to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo where there's always something brewing beneath the Village's deceptively sleepy surface. Fans of Karon's Mitford series will enjoy this. Smoky Mountain Sentinel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dell Taylor | 2/18/2014

    " Another entertaining episode in this delightful series. Here we get the back story of O'Reilly's student days and his beginnings with Kitty. We find out about his family -- especially his relationship with his father -- and how things developed on his path to becoming the man and doctor he is by 1964 when we first meet him (in The Irish Country Doctor). However, there are still many unanswered questions will be fodder for more installments....... looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracey | 1/28/2014

    " A gentle read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynn | 1/26/2014

    " I did not know this was the prequel to a poular series about an Irish country doctor. It was a decent enough read but sometimes I had to force myself to continue reading it. I found the medical part of the novel more interesting than the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lartemis | 1/20/2014

    " The previous one of this series, Irish Country Girl, was not very enjoyable. I felt perhaps the series had run its course for me, but I liked this book. It filled in a lot of background for Dr. O'Reilly. Yes, there was perhaps more about medical cases then I needed to hear, but since my dad was a doctor, I was used to that. "

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