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Christmas Present Audiobook

Christmas Present: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story

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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas Eve at St Mary's. And all through the house. Nothing is stirring.... Except for Max, Peterson, and Markham, sneaking out at midnight for an assignment that is very definitely off the books.

It was ten years ago tonight that senior historians Bashford and Grey went missing in 12th century Jerusalem. So how did they end up in AD 60 Roman Colchester?

Max has a theory. Peterson has a plan. Markham has bacon sandwiches. Colchester has Boudicca and her bloodthirsty Iceni hordes.

And then there's the giant pig...the enraged, giant pig....

Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Wras 07/01/2016
    Wras 07/01/2016 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Time and history as a present"

    A great short story to add to the Chronicles of St. Mary and an explanation to what happened to pod number 4. Plus more adventure and closure of some questions.
    Excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David 01/07/2015
    David 01/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Greatest Story Ever Told?"

    Great story as expected. What I didn't expect was, as I'm lying here at midnight unable to sleep due to it being the hottest UK July night on record, to be made to feel Christmassy! Make of that what you will...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    UsefulThings 29/05/2015
    UsefulThings 29/05/2015
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    "Loved it"

    This has to be one of my favorite additions to the main series.

    Keep them coming !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy G 28/04/2015
    Amy G 28/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Great short story from a great series"
    Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favourite?

    Max! Zara Ramm really brings her to life!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it's short enough for one long-ish car journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like that this short story was made available to add another facet to the overall series. I always enjoy learning more about the background of characters and this was the perfect platform.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Mason Auckland, - New Zealand 13/04/2015
    Sheryl Mason Auckland, - New Zealand 13/04/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Stunning idea, well written"

    Something no one expected, there's no clue to it in any of the full length books. I wonder if the ramifications will be included in No Time like the Past or any of the future full length books.

    I have to admit it was a marvel to listen to and a perfect Christmas present for Guthrie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Avid reader 09/04/2015
    Avid reader 09/04/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply wonderful!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Christmas Present to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of Jodi Taylor's Chronicle of St Mary's series so I can't say. However I can't imagine the print version being better as the audio is superb.


    What other book might you compare Christmas Present to, and why?

    Other than the rest of the series ... nothing really.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She is absolutely perfect in her rendering.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a short story so yes, I listened to it right through.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read / listened to the Chronicles of St Mary's I really urge you to give them a go if you like clean, informative about history, and laugh out loud funny!
    The books can be read as stand alone but I advise you to start at the beginning and work through in order as the story line and characters develop with each book. You'll be hooked after the first one. I was, and am eagerly awaiting the audio version of Book 5!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carien 08/04/2015
    Carien 08/04/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "What a marvellous gift"

    A massive shambles and yet they come out of it successfully, in true St. Mary's style.
    A touching story, of care and friendship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Voyager 29/06/2015
    Voyager 29/06/2015

    ldatakiller

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    "The series that keeps on giving."

    Superb, terrific, fantastic, great, excellent, witty, funny, and just a really good rollicking series.
    Usually I read stuff like "Live free or die" by John Ringo, but I jumped out of my comfort zone and listened to the first audio book in the series, "Just one damn thing after another" and have been up at night for two weeks listening to the first 5 books and 3 novella's ever since. Can't wait for book 6 and Zara Ramm is the perfect narrator for them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bluelesley 04/12/2016
    Bluelesley 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Five *****"

    Once again St Mary's and the team are triumphant!!!! In one word 'WONDERFUL!!!! That is all

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    Sharpy 02/09/2016
    Sharpy 02/09/2016 Member Since 2015

    Love crime thrillers, secret service, comedy.

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    "Fantastic stand alone adventure"
    What did you like most about Christmas Present?

    Fast paced standalone adventure. Great plot line.


    What other book might you compare Christmas Present to, and why?

    Any of the other chronicles of st. Marys


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    As wonderful as ever!


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

    Laugh as usual. Jodi is very funny in her writing and beautifully delivered by Zara.


    Any additional comments?

    Onto the next in the series. Can't wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sheryl
    Las Vegas, NV
    14/09/15
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    "A nice addition to the series"

    Very exciting St. Mary's short story. Love the usual St. Mary's humor and excellent narration by Zara Ramm. I do so love this series, especially on audio. I listened to this after book 6, but it takes place before, and so it filled in the blanks on the presence of some historians that are re-introduced in that book. It was fun to see where they came from but it might have been less confusing if I had read this one before book 6 (where I was scratching my head wondering why I couldn't remember these characters). Very strong for a short story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen
    Chesterton, IN, United States
    08/08/15
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    "Time Travel Fluff"

    I may be calling this fluff, but I'll fess up that I love it. It's silly, fun and a great read. Enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Paul V.M. Flesher
    Laramie, WY USA
    20/07/15
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    "A good ending"

    Well written with appearances by your favorite characters. You figure the ending will be disappointing, but it isn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angela C
    Southern CA
    16/07/15
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    "Cute, but too short"

    Almost a foreword. Over before it started. Leave it to St. Mary's to keep you wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colonelswife
    10/04/15
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    "As always, Jodi Taylor rocks"

    Highly recommend EVERY volume in the St Mary's Chronicles. You will love the characters , the history , humor & adventure . Very cleverly written , & ZARA RAMM is simply superb .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Northmead, Australia
    10/04/15
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    "Short...but can't complain about the price"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jodi Taylor writes fairly madcap time travelling adventures. These very short stand-alone stories sit in that world and offer an entertaining escape from reality. Best of all, they're free!


    What other book might you compare Christmas Present to and why?

    Tough to compare it with anything.
    I guess Jodi Taylor books have that same whacky humour you get from Douglas Adams...and maybe Ben Elton.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ginger Dawn Harman
    U.S.A
    10/12/16
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    "Wonderful Modern Fiction"

    I truly enjoyed this short story. The pace was moderate and the performance by Zara Ramm was well done. With elements of time travel and historical fiction, many readers will enjoy this Christmas tale. It also provides a hint of mystery and romance. I plan on reading Jody Taylor again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherri Lupton Hollister
    Pamlico News
    30/11/16
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    "A Fabulous New Author"

    The short story Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor is part of a series Chronicles of St. Mary's. I thought this was a fun and fast-paced adventure with interesting characters. It combines history, science and human interaction in a way that makes you believe in time travel and ancient deities. I'll have to check out the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucille Sullivan
    04/10/16
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    "Wonderful story"

    This episode of St Mary's is wonderful. Something only Max and her cohorts could pull off

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean McCall
    California
    06/07/16
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    "Dipping my toe in the world of St Mary's"

    This amusing short story, part of a much larger series, is my introduction to the historians of St Mary's. They time travel on various missions in stone huts that function like Dr Who's Tardis. There is some interesting history but the story is built on situation comedy. The characters seem fairly numerous and varied. Some are clearly interested in each other...others only in work. Eccentricity is the norm. They fight, they are loyal friends. Nothing happens according to plan. British to the core. The only similar story I can think of is The Librarian.
    In the Christmas Present, a small group decide to throw out the rule book on Christmas Eve and make a rouge rescue mission to the scene of Boudicca's revolt (lots of burning and dead Romans). There, they hope to find two lost historians...ten years gone. One is the lover of a sad and grumpy colleague, who they fear is on the verge of suicide. Reuniting the couple is The Christmas Present. I think there is pun on "present". Beware, very British laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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