The Chronicles of St Mary's
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  • 0.5
    The Very First Damned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive | Jodi Taylor

    The Very First Damned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive

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    • By Jodi Taylor
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    Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary's series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary's as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It's two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

    An intro....not much more

    I heartily agree with other reviewers:

    1 ) Don't start the series with this book - it's not the best first impression and may well turn you o..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 November 2016 by Robyn (Malmesbury, United Kingdom)
  • 1
    Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1 | Jodi Taylor

    Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Good British Chaps win the day by muddling through

    The thing I enjoyed most about this book was that St. Mary's, both the institution and the people who give their lives to it, are quintessentially Eng..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 June 2014 by Mike Murphy (Switzerland)
  • 2
    A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2 | Jodi Taylor

    A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    More entertainment

    Some of my recent listens haven't had quite enough pace for me.... not so with this book. It cracks along at full tilt. So much going on that I got..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 November 2016 by Robyn (Malmesbury, United Kingdom)
  • 2.5
    When a Child Is Born: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story | Jodi Taylor

    When a Child Is Born: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story

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    • By Jodi Taylor
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    The time-travel series that everyone's talking about.... Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's is back with a short story. It's Christmas Day 1066, and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think.... However, history seems to have different plans for them, and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what history is up to.

    A Christmas Gift from St Mary 's to Democracy

    Another brilliant episode in this thoroughly engaging series beautifully read as ever by Zara Ramm. The only complaint I can mske about all the books ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 June 2015 by M. Price (UK)
  • 3
    A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3 | Jodi Taylor

    A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    St Mary's is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it's just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    this made me cry

    I cried twice!

    but saying that, I just can't leave it alone. where's the next one?

    Reviewed on 14 May 2015 by Roobarb (uk)
  • 3.5
    Roman Holiday: The Chronicles of St. Mary's | Jodi Taylor

    Roman Holiday: The Chronicles of St. Mary's

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
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    Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary's author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife's house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

    Great fun

    I really enjoy the Chronicles of St Mary's and this short story was a delightful bonus. Zara Ramm is the perfect reader too.

    Reviewed on 16 June 2015 by KT (London)
  • 4
    A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4 | Jodi Taylor

    A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

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    • By Jodi Taylor
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    "St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

    Max grows up in her new world

    At the end of “A Second Chance”, I was more than a little unsure where this series was going. I enjoyed the book, even the harrowing section about the..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 November 2015 by Mike Murphy (Switzerland)
  • 4.5
    Christmas Present: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story | Jodi Taylor

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

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    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.

    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, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 July 2015 by David ()
  • 5
    No Time Like the Past: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 5 | Jodi Taylor

    No Time Like the Past: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    Jodi Taylor's best-selling series The Chronicles of St. Mary is back with a bang...St. Mary's has been rebuilt, and it's business as usual for the history department. But first there's the little matter of a 17th-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London...and an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, leaving the fate of the Western world hanging in the balance.

    If the Joneses had a child ...

    If Bridgette and Indiana had a child then Max would be the result!

    Madcap adventures through time and deeply emotional this is a poignant, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 April 2015 by Garry ()
  • 6
    What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6 | Jodi Taylor

    What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail - to go wrong! Take one interim chief training officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous father of history, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil - and wait for the bang! Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary's series."

    favorite book of the series!

    I love the St Marys series and this is my favorite book of the series. Funny and light hearted read

    Reviewed on 11 November 2016 by yah ()
  • 6.5
    Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story | Jodi Taylor

    Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    It's Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max's obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they're right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt, and it's up to them to retrieve it before anyone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that's not enough, someone (Max) has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It's hot, they're running out of supplies, they can't find the gun and it's all going horribly wrong. Again.

    Short and sweet

    One hour 25 minutes of light hearted entertainment - just enough time for one jump (or one commute, in my world).

    Out of sync with the books ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 August 2016 by Robyn (Malmesbury, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    Lies, Damned Lies and History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7 | Jodi Taylor

    Lies, Damned Lies and History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

    Another winner

    Engaging story, plenty of action - Jodi Taylor pulls it off again. Narration is, as usual, excellent.

    Reviewed on 18 December 2016 by Alan R (Fife, Scotland)
  • 7.5
    The Great St. Mary's Day Out: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story | Jodi Taylor

    The Great St. Mary's Day Out: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's. Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.

    Funniest St Mary's ever

    I love all this series but this one really is a laugh a minute, don't miss out.

    Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by nicole (United Kingdom)
  • 8
    And the Rest Is History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8 | Jodi Taylor

    And the Rest Is History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
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    Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

    Another enthralling episode....

    Loved it.
    Wept a lot. Smiled a lot.
    When is Book 9 due ????

    As usual I listened from start to end in one go; unable to wait..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 April 2017 by Lynne ()