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Going Loco

Further Adventures of a Scottish Country Doctor
Narrated by: Dr Tom Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Summary

Picking up from where his first memoir left off, Dr Tom is back with more of his gloriously eccentric stories. Still based as a locum in his beloved Scotland, he now takes time out from the surgery for stints as a medical researcher, travelling wherever he is called, from Rio to Jerusalem, Vienna to Singapore.

Part memoir, part travelogue, Going Loco takes us on a dizzying journey around the medical world - from the challenge of a make-shift surgery in the African bush, to the terror of smuggling beagles into Amsterdam on behalf of a global pharmaceutical company. We encounter extraordinary characters on the way - impossible patients, brave souls, and more than a smattering of crazy doctors.

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Not what I thought

really didn't enjoy this book didn't get to chapter 3 couldn't bear it anymore and wasn't what I thought it was about

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Cracking read

I loved this book as much as the first. The author has an easy listening style in both the writing and narration, and a knack of putting a humorous slant on his many adventures. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

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Another great book read by Dr Tom.

Love this book and the others in the series. Dr Tom telling the story makes the tales come to life. I want to visit all the places he does as what he makes me picture in my mind is wonderful. His medical tales are really interesting, and well balanced between the hilarious and the serious.

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  • Julie
  • 20-01-12

Something's wrong with the recording.

Would you try another book from Tom Smith and/or Tom Smith?

Yes. We'd especially like to finish this one!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Loco?

The part where we realized that we'd already heard what we were hearing. approximately 7 hours and ten minutes into the story.

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  • mkwhite30
  • 28-01-19

What a life!

This book really blew me away! Some of the information was so shocking, and most of the anecdotes were either heart warming or hilarious! I will buy the rest of his books as well as listening to this one a few more times! His life and journeys chronicled here are truly amazing!

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  • ginny chambliss
  • 28-11-18

A few thoughts...

I fell in love with the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor and narrated by John Keating. I listened to the entire series 3 times which for me is unheard of. I think I now know them by heart. I was looking for another similar series and came upon The Scottish Country Doctor series by Tom Smith and I listened to the first book. I was a bit disappointed because this book was actually an autobiography and thus told in the first person. Dr. Tom Smith also narrated, which was nice. It was not like the Irish Doctor series which had many characters and was, I believe, fictionalized but based on true events. However, I did enjoy the book as it did cover the early years of Dr. Smith's country practice. This book, the second in the series, was disappointing to me. I almost returned it after just a few chapters as Dr. Smith left his country medical practice - as the pay was not sustainable and the hours were brutal. I expected him to carry on in a larger city or something, but instead he went to work for a pharmaceutical company. I struggled through that major section and was really disheartened. I did not like the research, trials, and business aspect that had ethical dilemmas not always decided the way I thought they should have been (nor did Dr. Smith). I want to be fair - I just didn't like the rest of the book even though he ultimately left the pharmaceutical company and went on to a different career by attending medical seminars and writing about them for different journals, companies, etc. I struggled with a lot of the things he was faced with in his travels. The only thing I really liked were the 3 or 4 very short periods where he did locums (substituted for a doctor in their practice while they were away for a short period of time). He was back to practicing medicine and these were the brightest spots in the book. So - all this to say if you enjoy autobiographies, you may enjoy this book. He is a very good narrator and it is his life story. I was just so disheartened with his work world and a lot of what he experienced that it left me rather sad. I would not have selected it if I had known.

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  • Beth Hogan
  • 02-08-18

A treasure

this is the people Doctor equivalent to All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

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  • S. Zimberoff
  • 03-07-18

This title may or may not be derived from 'Locum'.

Ah the new English words we American readers get to learn! They are all found in wonderfully told tales by Dr. Tom Smith! I'm pretty sure that the title is a double entendre, i.e. 'Loco' as in crazy and 'Loco' as in locum! You'll have to read his first book or this one to find the meaning of locum (unless you are from his side of the pond). I totally loved the transition from country doctor to locum. I'll try anything written by Dr. Tom Smith...in my book he's up there with the best of the storytellers!

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  • Asha H
  • 27-12-16

Wonderful!!

I've so enjoyed Dr. Tom's stories, wonderfully read by the man himself. His humble courage in the face of the unpredictable world is marvelously heartening. From tears to belly laughs, this and his first book are well worth a listen. I'm onto the third now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-12-16

Enjoyable Series

Interesting stories, characters and the right amount of humor and history. Well worth a listen.

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  • Ann
  • 30-04-15

Second Best

This second memoir of a Scottish doctor dealt more with the travel and business side of his practice. Well written and well performed in his pleasant Scottish brogue, it has moments of humor and interaction with memorable patients. A nice follow-up to the first and best volume called A Seaside Practice.

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  • Mrs. P.
  • 15-10-13

What an interesting life!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the continuation of his experiences. There are fewer stories of his practice and more of his life in industry but he writes and reads with good humour and interest. I loved it.