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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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.