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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello to Dr. O'Reilly's odd-as-two-left-feet patients; his housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kinkaid; and O'Reilly's pets: Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab, and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies. The damage to his reputation is enormous, and he and O'Reilly must work to resolve the question of Barry's responsibility for the death.
They also have to figure out how to save the 400-year-old village pub. Plans are afoot to not renew the 100-year lease and instead transform the old pub into a sparkling new tourist trap. To make matters even worse, Patricia Spence, the love of Barry's life, announces she is trying to win a scholarship to distant Cambridge University, all the way in England.
Beautifully evocative of a gentler, simpler time, An Irish Country Village magically captures the charm, wit, and ribald humor of a vanished Irish countryside and its people.
©2008 Patrick Taylor (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 10-29-14

I Love This Series

A really upbeat book that is such a pleasant listen. I really enjoy hearing about the ups and downs of life in the village and all the wanderings out in the countryside. Quirky outlandish behavior exhibited by doctors and patients alike. A recommended series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By N. Murdock on 03-20-08

Such fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Each character has his/her flaws and virtues and we truly care about each one. The main plot and all the smaller ones are suspenseful or entertaining or uplifting or just downright amusing. The narrator is tops. I highly recommend this book for its joyful approach to life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 08-13-14

Pleasant but lightweight

Where does An Irish Country Village rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is pleasant but lightweight reading. It depends on what one is looking for.

Would you recommend An Irish Country Village to your friends? Why or why not?

Depends on when the person may be looking to read it. Good lightweight reading for holiday/relaxing.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Narration was good with different accents for each character.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No emotional reaction. As previously stated, lightweight but enjoyable.

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