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Plan for the Worst

Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 11
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 11
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
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The 11th book in the best-selling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.

You know what they say. Hope for the best. But plan for the worst.

Catch up with the tea-soaked disaster magnets in their latest madcap adventure as they hurtle their way around history.

©2020 Jodi Taylor (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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They are back with a vengeance!!

Get ready for a bumpy ride as this book has it all tears, laughter, fears and thrills. I listened to the whole book in one day because I knew I would not sleep with it half done. The team scoot through history, London to Crete with stop offs along the way. Nothing too big or small for our beloved author to deal with. Do not try to read as a stand alone but start at the beginning with the first book. I envy you because you have found a real treat.

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Patchy

Not one of the best St Mary’s. Felt more like a bunch of short stories with a thread running through them. I’m more excited about the next Time Police installment: the first was Jodi Taylor at her best.

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Never disappointed by St Mary's

Loved it, got a bit confused in parts but that is more to do with listening late at night! Hopefully there is possibility of expansion and continuation irrespective of coins!

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Brilliant!

As a devoted Jodi Taylor fan I pre-ordered this book and was waiting with eager anticipation for it’s arrival but a few days before it arrived to download, I was rushed to hospital with a serious medical condition. The doctors seemed concerned...However I was more concerned about possibly missing the chance to listen to the next in the instalment of ‘The Chronicles of St Mary’s’. ‘ Plan for the Worst’ than over my medical emergency. My first thought as they conveyed the seriousness to me with a pessimistic air was... Oh no! I am so close to listening to Jodi Taylor’s new book, could this mean I won’t ever get to listen to the excellent Zara Ram’s narration of ‘Plan for the Worst?’ As this gloomy thought plunged me into despair, I sulkily told the doctors if things were as bad as they thought they ‘might be’. They had better get a vet! However after a week incarceration in one of NHS’s finest establishments, during which I was liberally dosed with a week’s worth of strong intravenous meds I made what the specialist told me ‘was a pretty amazing quick recovery’. (Well I did have a good incentive to aid rapid recovery) Doc: “How are you feeling now?” Me: With what I hope was a convincing smile “Absolutely fine! So can I go home now please?” The Doc discharged me to convalesce at home, with warning to come back if I didn’t get any better or worse. Anyway I have at last listened to ‘Plan for the Worst’ and “WOW! Absolutely Brilliant!” The incentive that aided my recovery exceeded my expectations. The exciting and nerve wracking story line that kept me on the edge of my convalescent bed was probably responsible for the blip in my recovery, but brushing my long suffering husband’s concerns to rest, aside, (I was unable to stop listening until Zara had read the nail biting but wonderfully satisfying final chapter) So don’t waste any time in downloading this book, after all we never know what fate has for us round the corner do we? (A bit like Max) Do download the series of ‘The Chronicles of St Mary’s’ if you are new to the books and enjoy the ride.

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meh

Big holes in the story. Main characters doing things just so the story can take its course.

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Wow!

Lots of life and death situations. Heart wrenching and gut churning moments. Pretty much another day at At Mary's! Oh and some startling revelations too.

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Another wonderful journey through time!

This is another fantastic book, definitely one of the best in the series. Full of the usual twists and turns and St Mary’s ordered chaos. I didn’t want to come to the end of the book! Highly recommend this series if you like history, time travel and a great adventure! Jodi Taylor has the knack of making you feel like you’re actually there in St Mary’s . Just brilliant!

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She does it again

Brilliant performance and madcap humour throughout. The only down side for me (without giving plot away) was the cliffhangers didn't work after listening to the time police novel. That said I loved it especially the twist at the end, didn't see that one coming up!

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Another absolute belter!

Brings back some old favourite characters, has brilliant historical set-pieces, plenty of nerve-wracking action and shows, once again, that clear-cut genres are something that happen to _other_ authors. Loved it :D

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St Mary's is as great as usual

Can't remember when I have enjoyed a series as much as this. The unique voice of Jodi's sorry telling is compelling. I really care about the characters and what happens to them. Highly recommended.

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  • Tracy Gilbert
  • 21-08-20

I will read ANYTHING by Jodi Taylor

I never even read the synapses before buying a Jodi Taylor book, and I’ve never been disappointed. Her characters are likable, smart, and multifaceted. Her ability to tell a good story, top notch! She mixes history, comedy, and amazing plots to create stories I can’t put down! Well done!

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  • Beck
  • 29-08-20

Audio book perfection has been achieved!

Dear Never-heard-of- this-series-until- today-reader, This book is amazing, but don't buy it just yet! Go find "Just One Damned Thing After Another" and start from the beginning. To fully experience and appreciate this latest book (and holy cow (bull?) what a revelation this one contained!), you need to experience the prior ten books. Clear your schedule, you will be living in a St. Mary's world for a while and will miss it when you are forced back into reality. Jodi Taylor has created something amazing with this series. Each book has inspired me to read up on the actual historical event/events that are depicted in the stories. I'm pretty sure these books have made me smarter. :) It's really a shame that most people don't discover how interesting history is until later in life. If only Jodi Taylor had written my high school & college history books... Zara Ramm's performance is perfect. Her comedic timing and subtle voice differences for each character should be studied by other audiobook narrators. This series has a lot of characters and she's given each of them a consistent vocal personality, and she does it seamlessly. This is the 11th book in the series and I think it's the best one yet. I was completely taken by surprise at the turn of events (in a satisfying way!) and never saw it coming. I will say no more about this book than that because I would hate to ruin the magic for future readers.

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  • mark nelsen
  • 29-08-20

Fantastic!

I'm always sad at the end of the book because I have to wait so long for the next one. Loved the twists in this one. If I ever get to meet Zara Ramm I know I will call her Max! She really makes the story fun!

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  • Roxanne G
  • 21-09-20

Love this series

Now I impatiently wait for the next one. Love this series AND the narrator. Match made in heaven.

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  • Margaret Rose STRINGER
  • 17-09-20

And I beieved Jodi to be an historian !

Because I had accepted without question that Jodi was writing from an historian's viewpoint I'd been able to happily accept her versions of what MIGHT have been the various historical incidents as highly likely. This book has ruined it all. Jodi cannot be an historian because she has not done any research on what is a fairly current matter of historical interest - Richard III. "Richard's death was poignantly recorded in the minutes of the Council of York: ' … king Richard late mercifully reigning upon us was thrugh grete treason of the duc of Northfolk and many other that turned ayenst hyme, with many other lordes and nobilles of this north parties was piteously slane murdred to the grete hevynesse of this citie …'" That's about all you need to know in order to understand that the whole 'Princes in The Tower' fable is rubbish. But I shall add one major fact: when Henry VII drew up a Bill of Attainder against his dead predecessor - needing to influence all of England and attract them to his new reign - THERE WAS NO MENTION OF RICHARD'S HAVING KILLED THE PRINCES. In other words, they were still alive. Read up on this. There's a lot more - a whole big lot. So the moment Jodi had her trio of adventurers observe John Tyrell outside the mysteriously darkened Tower (which was a place of residence, not a gaol) I stopped listening. I couldn't believe it. I still find it hard to believe that Jodi took the easy route, the ignorantly accepted one of Richard's being a monster. Goodbye, Jodi: an historian you are not.

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  • Leo Donelon
  • 17-09-20

wonderful series.

very enjoyable character development is well definded. right amount of intrigue. visual image is complete

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-20

Love this whole series

Time travel, history, humor all in one. Love this whole series, the writing, the reading, and the character!

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  • Irene Clai
  • 15-09-20

superbly crafted story,

I love saint Mary's, I want to be max when I grow up, and have a leon of my own.

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  • DavidH
  • 11-09-20

Not my favorite

I have truly loved many of these books and I own them all on audible. And it’s nice to finally be rid of the increasingly improbable arch villain Clive. I think Jodi has done a remarkable job with this series and I am grateful. But to be honest, this book felt too long with too little real plot and too much filler. And the cadence of having endless internal dialogue during an imminent crisis happens so often that I was actually tempted to skip ahead many times. I think the series has run down and I’ll just stick to relistening to the first few books.

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  • gina harrison
  • 11-09-20

Better and better

Just when you think Jodi can’t pull another rabbit out of her hat (wimple , helmet), she pulls out several! Some obviously long planned. And we get to go to interesting laces and learn new things too!