• Home Is the Sailor

  • An Irish Country Doctor Story
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (524 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Patrick Taylor’s best-selling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. But there was a time, shortly after arriving in Ballybucklebo, that Dr. O'Reilly was not widely accepted by the villagers. This touching short story tell of how O'Reilly, with a little help, began to overcome their objections.

Whether you're visiting for the first time, or you're a long-time resident, you'll enjoy this fun glimpse into life in Patrick Taylor's village of Ballybucklebo.

©2013 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Too short!

Patrick Taylor is always a pleasure. John Keating did a great job with all the characters. A delight to listen to.

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Ya gotta love this series, especially if you have even a drop of Irish blood.

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Short but needed

What did you love best about Home Is the Sailor?

It provided a little more background

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At first I thought oh a short after thought, but I was wrong. I would purchase this again to add more background for the series. Thank you for writing this.

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Love this series

I love the characters in this series. Taylor does a great job of making the stories come alive. I think I am in Bally Buckle Bo when I listen. John jesting is a fabulous reader.

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I love the series. Great to get some back ground.

Have listened to the first few in the series. It's great to get back ground on where Fingal came from and how his early days in town were.

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Irish love

love the story, the characters, and the performance. enjoyable listen, in fact it is so much better than reading the book.

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A short study for a longer work?

Would you try another book from Patrick Taylor and/or John Keating?

I am committed and enthusiastic to read and/or listen to Taylor's work. Being in a location that cannot yet receive internet access, I thoroughly enjoy audiobooks and podcasts downloaded in town. In this way I can still feel connected to the service of online access to resources not readily available in our regional library.

Has Home Is the Sailor turned you off from other books in this genre?

I enjoy this genre, and the author's work. In comparison to the longer works of Taylor, I was not as satisfied. No author, I expect, can universally satisfy the devoted follower when the format changes so drastically from other successful work, in the eyes of this reader.

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reader and the reading were up to par with the other works, and equally satisfying in presentation/delivery.

Could you see Home Is the Sailor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, not as successfully as Taylor's other works. Players would, of course, depend on the extent of the commitment to other works that would require a longer-term commitment to the roles. I would not necessarily drive the selection by stars firstly. I would recommend that those, known or unknown who wish to portray the roles be given full run to embrace the characters.

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good work.

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Need More

I Love all these books. My complaint is always the same... why isn't it longer. These books are like putting on your favorite sweater. warm comfortable happy!

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best word for this book -- meh

ok, so the book was written by patrick taylor ...it can't be all bad. sorry, but the story is just boring ... have read this author's other books, which are very likeable. this one i would skip.

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I can't believe you are full price for seven chapt

have been enjoying the books written by John Keating I'm an Irish doctor. unfortunately I did not pay attention that there was only seven chapters to this book and you charged full price. not sure if I'll buy anymore.