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Publisher's Summary

Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become.
In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine. Fingal and his fellow aspiring doctors face the arduous demands of Trinity College and Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital. The hours are long and the cases challenging, but Fingal manages to find time to box and play rugby - and to romance a fetching, gray-eyed nurse named Kitty O’Hallorhan.
Dublin is a city of slums and tenements, where brutal poverty breeds diseases that the limited medical knowledge of the time is often ill-equipped to handle. His teachers warn Fingal not to become too attached to his patients, but can he truly harden himself to the suffering he sees all around him - or can he find a way to care for his patients without breaking his heart?
A Dublin Student Doctor is a moving, deeply human story that will touch longtime fans as well as listeners who are meeting Doctor Fingal O’Reilly for the very first time.
Listen to another Irish Country novel.
©2011 Patrick Taylor (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. LaCroix on 10-21-11

How the series all began!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dublin Student Doctor to be better than the print version?

The audio of this book was great. The narrator, John Keating does a terrific job of bringing the characters to life so that you can picture each one in your head.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I could not pick a favorite character because I enjoyed each one of them for different reasons. Each character in the book has their own quirks, their own personalities and I found that I laughed and cried with each.

Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

John Keating does a great job with Fingal but I find that his performance as the

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by Fingal's feelings towards his fellow man. Against all advice to stay distant from his patients, he didn't and they became people with names and faces.

Any additional comments?

I pray that Patrick Taylor writes more in this series and that John Keating narrates. The books are awesome and the reader is beyond compare. You won't be disappointed with this listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 04-01-13

The early days of Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, MD

First, I must say that this is one of the most charming and engaging series I have ever read or listened to. And also one of the few that I listen to again and again. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is a (deceptively) gruff old country doctor, who normally lives in Ballybucklebo, a small town in Ireland, in the 1960's with his new partner, the young Dr. Barry Lavety. They have a wonderful housekeeper, Kinky Kincaid, and other characters are also regulars.

Together they serve the medical needs of this tiny rural community in a dedicated, old-fashioned house-calls sort of way, but knowledge of the patients' quirky personalities, their secrets, or their fears, or their pride,etc, is truly what makes them so special to them all.

These books are filled with the touching stories of the people they interact with, while also presenting a realistic view of what it must have been like to be doctors in such a small place and having so much responsibility for the lives of everyone in their care. And of course, they have their own stories interwoven throughout.

In this wonderful book (which is written after quite a few others are already out) Patrick Taylor has decided to take Dr. O'Reilly back to his student days in the 1930's Dublin, his romance with nurse Kitty, and we see the beginnings of the man who will become the caring and dedicated doctor who is so vital to Ballybucklebo in later volumes. It begins as he comes to the rescue of a motorcycle victim, and then moves through more flashbacks as we learn about his home life, his father's resistance to his going to medical school, his training, etc.

This book is everything we have come to expect from this series--which is so wonderful that I feel sure they might become classics, in the way of other stories that tell the stories of people so touchingly that one wants to read them again and again. John Keating as narrator is excellent for these books. His ability to capture the sense of the emotions and attitudes of people, as well as differentiate their voices is unmatched! Highly recommend the whole series!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-01-17

the only book I have ever returned

found the narrator to have a high pitched fast speaking almost irritating delivery. The story kept wandering off on tangents after chapter 5 could not listen any more.

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