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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Taylor Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781427202772
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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 four-hundred-year-old village pub. Plans are afoot to not renew the hundred-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, Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Village magically captures the charm, wit, and ribald humor of a vanished Irish countryside and its people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ballybucklebo is an easy place for readers to sink into, with likable characters and atmospheric dialogue. Kirkus Reviews on An Irish Country Doctor

  • Patrick Taylor, M.D., is a man of words and he is a healing physician, too....A grand read from a grand man. Malachy McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of A Monk Swimming, on An Irish Country Doctor
  • Taylor's novel makes for escapist, delightful fun. Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Doctor
  • At last! Here is an authentic Northern Ireland voice. A full cupboard of delightful characters, both human and animal, enrich every page. Quirky, funny, and deeply moving by turns, Taylor’s writing perfectly captures the language and character of Ulster in times gone by. Morgan Llywelyn, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Prince of Ireland, on An Irish Country Doctor
  • “So, have a wee listen to Patrick Taylor's sequel to An Irish Country Doctor and if you're not charmed by the lives, loves and longings of the feisty folks of Ballybucklebo, County Ulster, Northern Ireland, I'll eat my hat, so I will. Read in a beguiling brogue by John Keating...Taylor peoples thatched-roofed Ballybucklebo with quirky characters...'Tis a grand place, one I hope we'll have many occasions to revisit. BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/20/2014

    " This is a great series! I am really enjoying the developing relationships, especially the one between Barry and Patricia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/13/2014

    " It was a great read. Nice to read a good book that is uplifting and not a downer. No weird characters or "shoot 'um up" stuff! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hedap | 2/12/2014

    " I had to force myself to finish this book. It lacked depth and character definition. Everyone was an Irish caricature instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 2/11/2014

    " The second book in this series, and I'm still really enjoying it. If you're looking for an indepth, dramatic plot, you will not find it here. The storylines are light and simple, making it a very enjoyable, relaxing read. As other reviewers have mentioned, the explanation of Irish colloquialisms can get a bit tedious (but not enough for me to disregard the book entirely). I look forward to reading more of these books by Patrick Taylor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 2/10/2014

    " So if you like Irish humor these are great books to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/31/2014

    " This is a tame but interesting story. I listened to it in the car, so I'm not sure what I would think if I read it. But I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and plan to read (orlisten to) the next Irish country book. I enjoyed the humor, the characters and the description of medicine in the 1960s in Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/29/2014

    " Light easy reading. Very similar in content and style to the James Herriot books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. Eric | 1/28/2014

    " If you love the charm of Irish country stories, then this book is for you. It is a continuation of its predecessor and simply picks up where the original left off. Though not an animal book, lovers of James Herriot type stories will probably enjoy Taylor's series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/24/2014

    " The reader had a great Irish accent which made the story seem very authentic. I could not have gotten that slant if I had read it. It was a charming tale about a small village in Ulster. The characters are warm and authentic, the author is a doctor and the main characters are doctors. As a result, all medical details are very realistic and detailed. A perfect book to listen to while ironing, or scrubbing floors- not great concentration needed but a feel good book to be sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewett | 1/8/2014

    " Love it - finished in a day and a half and started next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 1/2/2014

    " A great relaxing read. Just enjoy Ireland and their people in the small villages. A continuing story of Drs. Laferty and O'Brien. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/1/2014

    " a light, comical read :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/12/2013

    " I really like this series. I've been getting up early, curling up in my recliner with a coffee and blanket and thoroughly enjoying myself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ria F | 11/19/2013

    " Loved this book. Was doing 70+ hours at work each week - so it took a while to read in bits. Have put the next book in this series on my request list at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 11/10/2013

    " Enjoyed the second book as much as the first. Loved hearing the continuing stories of the villagers. Looking forward to the third book An Irish Country Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/9/2013

    " The character development was grand, but sometimes the author was a bit long winded in the descriptions. Think the story could have been a touch shorter, but overall enjoyed the tale of a doctor making his spot in a small village. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 IrishTM | 10/17/2013

    " A time in Ireland that I refuse to believe is gone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/13/2013

    " Patrick Taylor is a medical doctor. He writes an unpretentious story of medical practice in Ireland interpersed with every day trappings of greed, politics, and community living. It is a light entertaining read filled with Irish dialect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/18/2013

    " I read the first 25 chapters and I don't care if I read anymore. The dialect is so thick that some of the time I am not even sure what is being discussed. The story all in all is a fun read, but it's just not capturing me this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Le Chuck | 6/30/2013

    " It was O K. Had a hard time getting into this one. Not as good as the first. Also didn't appreciate the poor portrayal of the pathologist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/21/2013

    " Read this for Ind. Bk Gp - didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. Got into the characters, setting. Each chapter is a complete story, with continuing characters. Want to read more by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice Paterra | 5/1/2013

    " Liked the stories, resented the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/3/2013

    " Enjoyed this one much more than An Irish Country Doctor which was the first one in the series. More emphasis placed on the interactions between the doctors and the characters of the people of the village. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/19/2012

    " 3.5 stars. I always enjoy this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Ingvaldsen | 11/15/2012

    " Second in the Ballybucklebo saga of a young doctor and a hilarious cast of character of special interest to fans of James Herriot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla Leonard | 10/16/2012

    " Love this series well worth the read. It's a very humourous look at life in a small village. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/12/2012

    " I didn't like this as well as the first one, I guess because it focused less on medical practice than on the life of the community. however, it was still charming in a Herriot-esque way and a lighthearted read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 8/28/2012

    " Another delightful book about a new doctor working with a curmudgeonly old doctor, and all his comical patients and experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/9/2012

    " Quite like a an Irish country village: slow, relaxing, quirky, humorous and heartwarming. It made me check my "American-ness" at the door and embrace Irish culture again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rrshively | 12/27/2011

    " It is best to read An Irish Country Doctor before reading this book. This book is full of Irish humor, the charm of an Irish village in the early 60's, and enough medical and community problems to embellish the plot of this book This is a good, relaxing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 10/28/2011

    " I just really like this series! I am enjoying the characters and the sense of community they have and celebrate! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rivka | 10/18/2011

    " Book number two was just as good as number one! I'm finding myself wishing I knew the people in this little village. I'm also wishing there were more books in the series. I'm halfway through the four. . . I want more Mr. Taylor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 8/6/2011

    " The saga continues. Not bad for a sequel; minor repetitions but not as funny as the first book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etta | 5/19/2011

    " Nice, easy reading. Love the Irish setting. It's best to read the first in the series, "An Irish Country Doctor." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frances | 4/27/2011

    " oh dear. Two bad choices on this library trip. This is the sort of book grannies in the 1970s would have read. What more can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It's light and easy to read. I enjoy the setting it mentions many places I have been which makes it more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 3/21/2011

    " Great Series to read or listen to about a village in Northern Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/20/2011

    " I love all of Patrick Taylor's Country series books. Great, light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 3/4/2011

    " This is the second book in the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. They are all wonderful and I strongly recommend them. If nothing else, you'll learn a lot about Irish history and the culture and language, both in the 1920s and the mid-60s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/23/2011

    " Patrick Taylor is a medical doctor. He writes an unpretentious story of medical practice in Ireland interpersed with every day trappings of greed, politics, and community living. It is a light entertaining read filled with Irish dialect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 1/20/2011

    " Very reminiscent of James Herriot novels. Enjoyed the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maegan | 1/19/2011

    " Another charming read, recommended by my mom. Reminiscent of James Herriot and Maeve Binchy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/5/2011

    " This was the first book completed on my new Kindle!
    It is the second in a series. Good, not great, but I will probably continue
    with the next one to see what happens next with the Ballybucklebo villagers
    and their GP's O'Reilly and Laverty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/29/2010

    " borrowed from the library's audio section. I didn't know what to expect but it was a good storyline with a lot of extra stuff thrown in. The medical issues were interesting and informative. I'm interested to find more in this series. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor is the author of the Irish Country novels, including the New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Wedding. He was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. He is a retired medical researcher and a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.