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An Irish Country Girl

A Novel
Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
Series: Irish Country, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Readers of Patrick Taylor's books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Some 40-odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O'Hanlon, a farmer's daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy night in 1922.

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo---and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.

An Irish Country Girl is another captivating tale by Patrick Taylor, a true Irish storyteller.

©2009 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • creagan
  • 06-07-2010

Stick with it!

I was undeterred by all of the reviews I had read here and purchased this book. It was my first by this author. The first few chapters, when Kinky is telling her story to the children is very off-putting and, to be honest, I almost abandoned it in agreement with the negative reviews. However, I stuck with it and ended up enjoying this book very much! Definitely worth it if you persist past the first few chapters.

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  • Marcia
  • 12-07-2011

Shanachie

If you like Irish folktales, this is a book for you. Just sit back and listen to the entertaining story.

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  • Rachel Hanley
  • 17-07-2015

Very enjoyable!

At first I was disappointed that the narrater was different to the previous books in the series but this is Kinky's story and Terry Donnelly did a great job. I enjoyed getting to know Kinky and her family. Now knowing her story will I've no doubt make the remaining books even more enjoyable.

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  • Tea Lover
  • 22-09-2013

Not up to par

Would you try another book from Patrick Taylor and/or Terry Donnelly?

Yes, I have read other books in this series and will go on to the rest.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The next in the series.

What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

Although the varied children's voices were good, the overall performance was without much emotion.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sorry, but no.

Any additional comments?

I am very disappointed in this book. I am absolutely hooked on the series and the characters in the village. It would have been nice to hear Kinky's story done well.

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  • Debra
  • 06-12-2012

Love this series

I have enjoyed every minute if the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. I will say that this was my least favorite of all the books but evem with that said, I still loved it.It was great to have a backstory on the lovable houskeeper, Kinky Kencaid. I also would have preferred that the same narrator had read this book. It was a little disconderting for Kinky to have a new voice. Thank you Mr. Taylor for many hours of enjoyment.

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  • Holly
  • 30-11-2013

This series You will be disappointed by narrator

What would have made An Irish Country Girl better?

Love the series but couldn't listen to this narrator. Ruined the series for me

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Taylor again?

yes

What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

I didn't care for it. It ruined the series.

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  • S
  • 23-01-2010

Wounderful!!!!!!!

I makes me homesick for Ireland altho I've never been there.

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  • MissCindy
  • 12-03-2020

Keep reading...this is a story in a story.

I usually hate stories within stories and get tired of waiting to get back to the story I thought I was going to read. But now that you know you’re going to have about twelve chapters or more to wade through before you get back to the story of Kinky, Dr O’Reilly, and Dr Laverty, stick with this. It’s worth it! The story within is actually a fine tale (once you realize what you’re in for), and it’s a great background for the rest of dear Kinky. Hang in there. You’ get your reward.

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  • M. Mason
  • 04-03-2020

Love love love

At first I had a hard time getting used to the female voice in this book but I soon got used to it and wow. I loved the story line and was enthralled every moment. I wish it had lasted longer. The history of the Irish ways and the connection to the “other side” was sooo gripping.

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  • Mrs. Robert Easley
  • 16-08-2019

Pretty good

We enjoyed this book but not as much as previous ones. My hubby didn't care for the "gift of second sight."

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  • Dekka52
  • 08-07-2013

Rambling vegetarianism!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More meat in the storyline , less rambling on! Compared to the others in the series this was like a story written to a deadline rather than to any level of quality. Any literate person could have conjured this out of the other books in the series without stretching their creativity . Poor effort!

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

No see above

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

As the story rambled on very slowly this would be impossible

What character would you cut from An Irish Country Girl?

Kinky Kincaid

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