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The Battersea Barricades

Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)
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Summary

It's not easy being a rebel. So many new skills to assimilate. Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first. And quickly.

It's the time of the Civil Uprisings, and two young women set out to make a difference. Their only problem? They don't know where they are. Or where they're going. Or what to do when they get there. Other than that...

Fans of St Mary's will enjoy this glimpse into the past of some of their favourite characters.

©2018 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Very moving

Jodi's descriptions are always great but this time I felt like I was really there.

It's not your usually time travelling romp but that's ok because it tells us more about some of our favourite characters.

Also I wasn't crying at the end I had something in my eye.

So make a pot of tea get the chocolate digestives open and enjoy.

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Great !!!!!!


I do enjoy the short stories that are dotted through the larger St Mary's story.. This one gives you a insight into Mrs Mac and co's back story. Most enjoyable. What about Nurse Hunter and Mr Markham nexr. You know are they or arnt they

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Wonderful<br />

Loved it, too short though!
This is st Mary's at it's best and I hope we'll have a chance to hear more.

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The Past in the Present

The back story of The Battersea Barricades. Sometimes funny, sometimes odd and sometimes sad.

Beautifully and tightly crafted short story.

Yes, I cried.

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Wow

Jodi Taylor had me in so deep,it felt like I had to climb out of my kindle. Another great short story by this lady.

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A great addition to the canon

Loved finally hearing about the Battersea Barricades and the geopolitical background to the series. Definitely worth a listen or two...

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Brilliant!

Another’s wonderful episode from St Mary’s. This is one of the best short stories so far.

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Jodi does it again!

Absolutely perfect, I personally believe the best of the short stories in the Chronicles of St Mary’s canon.
Zara as always brings the words to life and drags you into the emotions the characters are feeling.
Get yourself a cup of tea, a packet of biscuits and settle in for a wonderful story of 3 women’s fight for freedom.

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Another epic short story

If you are a fan of the saint Mary’s chronicles, you’ll love this background tale as much as any of the others. It’s another excellent tale from Jodi Taylor, with the fantastic Zara narrating.

I really enjoyed hearing about those unsung heroes and what really happened during the recent history of their England.

The only problem is waiting for the next one!

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Too short a story for this historical event!

This story is set on St George's day, when three minor but important characters meet to remember the part they played in the Battersea Barricades. As this event is referred to in the series I wanted to find out more. While I learned a lot about some of the characters, the event itself and the link to Thirsk and the founding of St Marys was not fully explored. The role played by other characters who were involved, such as Major Guthrie, was not explored, so ultimately I felt there was a much bigger novel here waiting to get out. Maybe one day it will.

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  • michael pentecost
  • 23-04-18

just what the series needed

finally, a background story that explains the world that the series lives in. it shows the history behind the series through the reminiscing of three exceptional women.

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  • Lora Feeley
  • 23-04-18

Wow! "Enough is enough"

I expected to greatly enjoy the glimpse into the bad ass background of 2 or 3 of St. Mary's strong women, and I especially expected to enjoy more detail surrounding the "civil unrest" that has been mentioned throughout the series, but this short story is so much more than its entertaining parts. The "little people doing what they can" story builds and builds until it ends on such a highly emotional note, both for the women during the battle and the women reflecting on the anniversary. They're fictional women, who fought a in a fictional civil war, but I still feel like I should toast in their honor seeing as they moved me to tears. And overarching everything is the timely message: Enough is enough, have the hard conversations and do the hard things now, before it comes to violence against your own brethren.

I would however like to complain to Audible re: their refusal to have the author's introduction narrated and included, on this story and previous series installments. The author has written something she clearly wants her readers to see, and just because this format is audio, it does not mean listeners are not interested in the author's *entire* story. Please include introductions going forward.

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  • Patricia
  • 11-05-18

Fabulous as always.

Love the series, the stories, the characters, the humor. Currently relistening from the beginning to all books and short stories.

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  • steve wilson
  • 30-04-18

love to read ms. Taylor's books..can't get enough!

excellent story, loved the narrator too.
a very creative writer who developed stories that are fascinating.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 26-04-18

Here we learn more of future history<br />

In this short story, we learn about the big civil uprising that is so much a part of The Chronicles Of St. Mary's. No time travel here, or whatever you choose to call it. The ladies of St. Mary's simply tell the story of their time in the resistance. It's a darn good story too, and told in such a way that brings up wellsprings of emotion. A darn fine trick considering that it's based of fictional events in a fictional war, fought by fictional charcters. It still moved me.

This not just a good St. Mary's story, it is a good story period.

Recommended strongly.

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  • Cheryl
  • 24-04-18

The History of the Ladies of the Rebellion

Jodi Taylor again delivers a funny, touching, educational addition to the St. Mary's saga in the story The Battersea Barricades. It was interesting to hear the history of the civil war that has been hinted at in the past books, and to have the delightful heroes of the Barricades tell the story made it that much more touching. This was a great way to celebrate St. George's Day. Even though it seems St. George wasn't British.

Zara Ramm once again proves that she is one of the best narrators on Audible.

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  • Sara E. James
  • 12-04-19

Disappointing

Odd choice to tell the story filtered through a story. It should have been first person of one of the women. I also would have liked more explanation of the reasons for the conflict. The actual battle was underwhelming. The death was thrown in with no prior mention of the character.

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  • bebe
  • 23-01-19

Shock and Awe

The Battersea Barricades have been mentioned in previous books in this series and I have wondered what happened there. It was clear that it was an immensely important event for this series and that three elderly ladies from St. Mary's had been involved. In this short story I found out what happened, and it is amazing.

This story is not humorous. It is intensely moving - almost mesmerizing. I had tears in my eyes for the last ten minutes. Jodi Taylor does an excellent job writing this serious story and Zara Ramm does her usual excellent job at narrating it.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 10-12-18

The ladies tell their story

Taylor always entertains with her intelligent and often highly humorous writing. Don’t be misled - she has no problem killing off characters. It’s St George’s Day at St Mary’s, and Max ends up joining Mrs Marks, Enderby and Shore who are together in remembrance of the fighting at the Battersea Barricades - the final battle of the Civil Uprisings. They’re joined by Dr Bairstow, and the three women share their story. Well done.
Ramm does a good job of narration.

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  • Avid Reader 44
  • 13-11-18

The Most Compelling of the Novellas

I've been a huge Chronicles of St. Mary's fan for years. This was far and away the best of the novellas. While the books sometimes have me in tears, usually the novellas are all comedy and fun. This one had me sobbing. The story you've always wondered about - the mysterious battle in Britain that's often referenced and never revealed - finally gets told. If you're a fan of the books, you have to listen to this one! #TimeTravel #AlternateUniversity #Gutwrenching #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes