A Dublin Student Doctor : Irish Country

  • by Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by John Keating
  • Series: Irish Country
  • 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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A Bit of Ireland

John Keating does a great job reading this story. The first book in the series I read but each one since has been the audio-book version. I must say that Keating does the Irish accent better than I could in my mind. I have followed the series from the beginning and each one gets better. I hope Taylor goes on the write about the WWII years. As a retired scientist I enjoyed Taylor's description of the state of science and medicine in the 1930's and it is interesting to see how medical training has evolved over time. The description of the tenements and the life of the poor had improved over the years but now seem to be going back to what it was in the past. I call this a feel good book that packs a lots of information in many area in a delightful manner. I learned how a doctor became to be called a quack and what was the origin of Boxing Day (Dec 26) was. You will enjoy this great book and series.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

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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- J. LaCroix

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio