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  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good a discovering a new Georgette Heyer

  • By Beccameriel on 24-01-16

A favourite author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I wasn’t too keen on the narrator.... I didn’t think there was a need to exaggerate the accents so much, but I love the story

  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993

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."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Christopher on 30-07-16

Best ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I read all the St Mary books, and IMO this is the best so far..... not too dark, and the introduction of the trainees was a nice touch..... good strong story line

  • The Steam-Pump Jump

  • A Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding. Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous series

  • By sophiesticate on 13-07-18

Fabulous series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-18

I love these books, a great merging of fantasy and reality.strong characters , funny and sad in equal measure

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Faro's Daughter

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family are scandalized that he proposes to marry one of 'faro's daughters', and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged at last!

  • By Maggie on 09-08-14

Strong characters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For any fan of Georgette Heyer this is a well narrated piece of fun with strong characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Faro's Daughter?

The Verbal sparring between Deb and Max

What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It’s more she doesn’t detract from the characters and the book. Her diction is clear and unaffected and the voices appropriate to the characters. I read Federica recently, my all time favourite, and was so appalled by the narration I returned it. My first ever audible return 😔

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

Yes, I always like the bit when Max is locked in the cellar and Deb leaves him a candle

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun

  • By Maureen on 18-07-11

Favourite author

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I enjoy Georgette Heyer very much it the book was spoiled by the narrator..... The voice used for Alverstoke I assume was meant to be dignified and austere, however sounded more like someone nearer 70....and Felix was some lisping baby

  • And the Rest Is History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jodi Never Disappoints!

  • By Gryfynn on 16-04-17

excellent plot line, fast paced,great narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-17

If you could sum up And the Rest Is History in three words, what would they be?

Funny, tragic, compelling.
read the series in order for maximum enjoyment

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard one, as all the characters bring something to the book, but as always, Max wins out...the main character who has her fair share of trauma and tears

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narrator

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,500

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Dreadful organization of stories

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There is no way to see the order of the books, no chapter headings, no named books...it seems to be a start at the beginning and go all the way through..The book is divided into 9 parts, fair enough...it's a lot to download at one time, but the order is impossible to follow...for example Section 3, Chapter 3 was Silver Blaze Chapter 13 is the adventure of the Naval Treaty Chapter 19 is called Chapter 4 of Hound of the Baskervilles Chapter 7 of Hound of the baskervilles is the first part of section 4....and so it goes on

74 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

"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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's still St Mary's

  • By Sheryl Mason on 12-11-14

Best ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-17

IMO this was the best St Mary so far... great plot, character development and still packed with humour and intrigue in equal dollops!

  • A Second Chance

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another chaotic, but fun outing

  • By Robyn on 07-08-17

Excellent series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Great fun... if at all possible read these in the correct order for maximum enjoyment!