Love is in the air in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly has finally proposed to the darling of his youth, Kitty O'Hallorhan. There's a wedding to be planned, but before O'Reilly can make it to the altar, he and his young colleague, Barry Laverty, M.B., must deal with the usual round of eccentric patients-and crises both large and small.
Being a G.P. in a place like Ballybucklebo often means more than simply splinting broken bones and tending to aches and pains. It can also mean helping a struggling young couple acquire their first home, clearing the name of a cat accused of preying on a neighbor's prize pigeons, and encouraging a bright working-class girl who dreams of someday becoming a doctor herself. And, if you're Barry Laverty, still smarting from a painful breakup, there might even be a chance for a new romance with a lovely school teacher, if her passionate political convictions don't get in the way.
Much has changed in Ballybucklebo, and bigger changes are in store, but the lives and practices of these Irish country doctors remain as captivating and irresistible as ever.
©2012 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I love listening to all the books in this series, narrated so beautifully by John Keating with the Irish lilt and individual character accents. While the stories are not terribly complicated, one tends to be drawn in. This makes it easy to forget one's own problems, while at the same time allowing one to appreciate the difficulties of the average person not that many decades ago. Thank you, Patrick Taylor, and please continue writing about this wonderful village - Ballybucklebo.
A happy listener from Canada
"Wonderful Story, Fabulous Narrator"
I've purchased most of the books in this series and am always amazed at how entertaining the series can be. Theses are wonderful, wholesome, charming and at times funny stories about life in a small village in Ireland as seen through the eyes of it's two doctors.
The narrater made the stories come alive. His Irish brogue was perfect and at the same time understandable.
"A delightful visit to Ballybucklebo Ireland"
This has turned out to be one of my favorite series. The story is what I call a feel good story, that leaves you with a smile on your face and the desire to visit Ireland. In this book Dr Fingal O'Reilly and Kitty O'Hallorhan are getting married. Dr.Barry Laverty is leaving the village to get more training to specialize in Ob-Gyn. The life in the village continues and the doctors heal the sick and help to solve peoples problems. The author informs one of little bits of information about Ireland that might be difficult to learn in the normal course of visiting Ireland. Such as, the people from county Cork put SO at the end of each sentence. In this book there is a bit of ancient history of the Ulster area. I do hope that Patrick Taylor will continue this series. I read the first two books in large print hard back but when I switch to audiobooks it was so much more enjoyable. John Keating with his Irish accent is great and he can pronounce the words I was trying figure out how to pronounce. I had to keep reminding myself the story takes place in the late 1950 and early 1960's and that was the state of art of medicine at the time and of course no cell phones etc. Great book and series I am sure you will enjoy it as a break from your busy day.
"A Lovely Heart Warming Story"
As always these books are heart warming. Finally Dr. O'Reilly is married and the prospects look good for Kinky.
The entire story line, the characterizations, as you listen you can actually picture them in all in your mind.
The wonderful Irish accent he brings to the reading of the story.
The last chapter as Barry reminisces about his year spent in Ballybucklebeau. I hope this is not the last book.
I certainly hope this is not the last book.
Didn't want this book to end. But please don't read it without first reading the others in the series.
Delightful narrator, lovely Irish accents (I didn't realise how many Australian expressions were from the many Irish settlers). Humane, friendly, heartwarming. Medically informed. Escaping into the small village of Ballybucklebo where people genuinely care for each other. Wonderful characters. Highly recommended.
"I really like this series!"
I have read all of the Irish Country series, and have enjoyed each one. No, they are not great literature, but each one makes you feel like you are right there in this little Northern Ireland town in the 1960's.
As I have spent several weeks right in that area, and know how beautiful and delightful a place it is, I feel like I've gone back for a visit each time I read another installment. Taylor makes the characters believable and it is also interesting to see where medicine was at that time, compared to now. Sometimes I wish there were still more doctors who used common sense and could know their patients as the two doctors in these books did.
John Keating is a fave of mine. I gave these 4 stars, but would really give them more of a 4.3 or so. I needed a chill out book last week, and this was perfect. Keating brings the characters to life, and that makes this and all the series more fun than just reading them conventionally.
"Very Enjoyable Series"
Loved it - very enjoyable book, series and narrator. Very good characterization and story continues.
"Love this series"
I've only listened to this series, I haven't read any of them. The performance by the John Keating is perfect, and the writing is real, comforting, and genuine. I love how everything is tied up in a neat and tidy at the end...
"Could have been half as long!"
Getting tired of the whiney Do. Laverty. Why to much detail where none was needed. If there is another book after this one don't know if I could listen to it. But I do love the Irish colloquialisms!
"an irish country wedding"
Excellent Love this Series, it's so Fun how all the different subplots join together into one Very Enjoyable Story
"Fingal is my Hero!"
This is the sixth book in the series l've listened to, out of sequence, but so far it's my favorite. I want to meet every person in these magical books. Dr Taylor has made each character come to life, along with the mystical land of Ballybucklebo. I'm of Irish decent, and have a medical background. The illness, traumas, births and obscure medical conditions are well explained. I learned some home remedies for a few things, too. Mostly, I marvel at the constant caring of the Big guy himself, Dr Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly. A true hero of a man, both personally and professionally. He is a man who rights the wrongs of his world. No wonder he is so loved and respected by all who know him, even Bertie Bishop has to give Dr O'Reilly a pat on the back now and then. I live for the laugh-out-loud segments. They are priceless vignettes. I truly hope you will give the Country Doctor series a try. Meet Fongal, Barry, Kinky, and the whole crew. You won't be disappointed, sooo.
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