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Christmas Present Audiobook

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

Regular Price:£0.00

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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    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...

    3 of 3 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 !

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steph H United Kingdon 03/01/2017
    Steph H United Kingdon 03/01/2017 Member Since 2015

    I read/listen a LOT, I will try all genre's but I don't necessarily love all genre's. I believe reading expands the mind and imagination.

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    "Short and Fun"

    Yet another great little short story from the St Mary's series. Very enjoyable and a nice little fill in in between books.

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    Amazon Customer 03/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "enjoyed this audio book."

    will look for more from the author and the narrator loved the sarcasm. pleasantly surprised

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sigrin Valdisere, France 19/12/2016
    Sigrin Valdisere, France 19/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "And then the world went white"

    Another brilliant short story from the St Marys crew. I do not get bored of these books and Zara Ramms delivery is brilliant.

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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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
  • Richard S. Swol
    Lindstrom, MN USA
    02/05/17
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    "St. Mary's Never Leaves Anyone Behind"
    Would you listen to Christmas Present again? Why?

    Yes. It was a short but excellent entry into the series. It also gave some more depth to the character of Guthrie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the face of a stream of attacking chariots, historians bickering about what the driver is wearing. All the while security is trying to get them out of the way.


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

    Yes. Again, she is the perfect narrator for this series. Her voice fits perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scenes with Guthrie. Both at the beginning and end of the story. It really humanized him.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all a lovely Christmas present to the readers/listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    20/04/17
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    "warms the heart"

    a special story that just warms the heart and leaves you wanting more. looking forward to the next story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine McIntyre
    21/03/17
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    "History the way i like it"

    loved it from beginning to end and the narrator was sublime! perfect in every way

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    04/03/17
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    "I <3 this series"

    If you're looking for a quick and simple happy-ending story involving the loveable St. Mary's characters, then this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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