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I really enjoyed this book as my month of December listening from Audible. It was a great warm up for the holiday season. The quirky stories are jumble of funny silliness and difficulties of every day life. The reader gets the feeling and mood of Ireland from the past. Much like a James Herriot book but with human patients. Highly recommended.
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The setting: holidaying on the tropical beaches of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Wanted: the ideal holiday book: engaging characters who are in caring, construction relationships (that is, not maiming and killing) and who live in an interesting community.
The narrator: sympathetic reader with convincing characterisation
Solution: Patrick Taylor’s An Irish Country Christmas and An Irish Country Courtship.
I’d already read and thoroughly enjoyed An Irish Country Doctor and my holiday decision to continue the series did not disappoint.
John Keating’s gentle Irish accented narration comfortably changes to create voices that become intrinsic to each character.
Taylor, himself an eminent doctor, clearly enjoys writing these books. He devises a wonderful little village in Ireland, fascinating medical scenarios, interesting relationships and gentle humour. We are drawn into a delightful world fuelled by people the author clearly admires or dislikes. It is enriched with medical knowledge and nostalgia for world of the 1960s where intuition and care played key roles -- and doctors made home visits.
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Listened to this in the run up to Christmas on my daily commute. Sweet, gentle story, not perhaps for those who like hardcore back to back action, nevertheless I enjoyed it! Narration was great although mrs kinkaids voice and way she said SO all the time did grate on me a little 😝
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With each novel in this series you learn, and love, a little more of the characters. Listening at night before I sleep takes me back to a time when life was more simple and caring. The narrator does a great job of bringing these wonderful characters to life. I find as I work my way through these novels I almost become a part of Ballybucklebo. Enjoy!