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A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3 | [Jodi Taylor]

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

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.
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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. The long awaited jump to Bronze Age Troy ends in personal catastrophe for Max and just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse - it’s back to the Cretaceous Period again to confront an old enemy who has nothing to lose. So, make the tea, grab the chocolate biscuits, settle back and discover exactly why the entire history department has painted itself blue.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    janet 08-08-14
    janet 08-08-14
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    "Totally in love"
    What did you love best about A Second Chance?

    I love everything about this book and this series...the humor, the world building, the history, the snarkiness, the language, the characters, everything except ...they end. I never want the books to be over.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is fabulous! The characters all come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MJ Baltimore 09-06-14
    MJ Baltimore 09-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This series is just gettihg better and better."
    Any additional comments?

    This series is fast becoming one of my favorites. I love the lead character, Max, for her snarky humor, and she is surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters at St. Mary's. There's humor, adventure, history (some interesting re-tellings and speculations) and romance.

    Do yourself a favor and don't start with this book--go back to the first in the series, Just One Damned Thing After Another, and get to know these people from the beginning. You won't be sorry.

    Zara Ramm does a wonderful job of narration--I will look for other books that she reads just to hear her interpretation of them.

    Highly recommended! I can't wait for the next one, which is due out in print in January 2015. I'm hoping the Audible version won't be far behind.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom 10-08-14
    twinsmom 10-08-14
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    "A series well worth reading"

    Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in the series. So, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't thrill me as much as the others. It started off very slow for me and I actually got a bit bored with all the details about Troy (but then, I'm not a history buff). This book just had a different feel to it and I missed the feel of the first two. The second half of the book picked up considerably for me (hence 4 stars instead of 3). I don't like some of the choices Ms. Taylor made and given the end am not sure why she made them in the first place. It was all a bit too heart-wrenching for me and then totally shocking come the final chapters. Regardless, I am still looking forward to reading the next book to see where the storyline goes. I adore these characters and the audio narration by Zara Ramm. I hope book 4 comes out in audio sooner rather than later.

    Just a note- be sure to read the series in order and don't start from the middle. It really won't do the books justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lora 11-03-14
    lora 11-03-14

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "New favorite author found!"

    Love this series this book was even better than the first one couldnt wait to read the second one finished the third one in a week ( which is a record for me) preordered the fourth one.
    Sent to Troy her long awaited destinations causes her to make a everlasting life changing decision.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen I. Kedzierski 01-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Did anyone notice a change at chapter 16"
    What did you love best about A Second Chance?

    I have enjoyed the first three books in this series and hope it continues for a long while. I love the combination of adventure and humor with a little romance.


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

    I think Zara Ramm is a wonderful reader and I have enjoyed listening to her on the first two books and the first 15 chapters of this book, but as I was driving in my car today we switched to chapter 16 and to my ear there was a different reader. The voice was off and the cadence was different. I am still in chapter 16 so I do not know if this continues but I am interested to know if anyone else has experienced this, since I have not seen another reader credited and no one else has mentioned it.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and Zara Ramm and I hope she continues to read, voice act, not sure what the right word is, but she adds to the experience for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 12-27-14
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 12-27-14 Member Since 2014

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "The Big Bang to Helen of Troy where to go next"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Yes, Yes, what a series and story. I love history, and getting to visit many of the events of the past.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Second Chance?

    The jump to the point of zero and how the crew were able to jump back to St. Mary.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Excellent as always


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The experience of history like you have never known it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colonelswife 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED this book & the Series"

    The only problem I have with this novel is it was TOO SHORT.
    The story was wonderful, the history well researched . I laughed & cried. The Chronicles of St Mary's would make an amazing TV series or a series of movies . I can't get enough of St Mary's !

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    Chris 03-08-15
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    "I love Max and Jodi and Zara!"

    This series is just the best of everything!
    History - viewed a new and fascinating way! Mystery, suspense, humor and humanity - please don't stop!!

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    scarecrow 02-19-15
    scarecrow 02-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This one's a slow burn"

    At first I thought this one was more boring than the first two. I was wrong. Best one yet!

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    Angela C. Southern CA 02-12-15
    Angela C. Southern CA 02-12-15
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    "another great book"

    I admit it, I am addicted to this series. This book is darker than the first two, but is a great book.

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  • Leanne
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    "I love this series .."

    another wonderfully witty and entertaining installment, very well read yet again. Will be starting on no.4 shortly..

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  • Stina
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    "Very good!"

    This third book lived up to all expectations and was brilliantly narrated. Perfect! Everything I could have hoped for. Great.

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  • Miss M H Elvin
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    "It's on repeat"

    From the opening of the first book all the way through I've loved it.
    The story is clever imaginative and comes back to humour at all the right times.
    It's beautifully read too. I love her light quirky voice. Thank you

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  • Loz
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    "Fab 3rd part!"

    Fantastic, believable, funny, sad, educational, memorable - can't ask for much more! I love these books - the writing, narration and the learning - bring on the next one :)

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  • diva bubble
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    1/18/15
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    "Great story."

    I really enjoy these books and would recommend them. They are a trawl through history some of the places that the characters visit and what happens are given a new twist. Interesting and very believable. The stories are well read in a gentle voice that does not grate and is easy to listen to.

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  • Happy and Smiling
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    "Another great installment"

    This was another funny and entertaining addition to the series about time travelling historians. Surprisingly this one was a bit of a tearjerker in places, but entertaining nevertheless. Ended on a cliffhanger so I have already downloaded the next installment. Perfectly narrated by Zara Ramm, whose wry voice is perfect for Max.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda
    9/24/14
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    "Excellent story."
    Would you listen to A Second Chance again? Why?

    Most certainly. There were a number of twists in the plot that are well worth listening to again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Second Chance?

    The description of Troy.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has a fine balance of both.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzy GM
    8/28/14
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    "This is an amazing series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh definitely, extremely well written and narrated. The research must have been immense but so realistically done you could have been there!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


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

    Oh she is superb! Extremely well characterised and I love the way she interpreted how each character should be played. Well done Zara I will certainly look for more books read by you.


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

    When Leon went to rescue Max the first time he had met her.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved every minute of these books and will definitely read them again and look for more by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Jacqueline Ditchfield
    United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "A Great Adventure through time, a joy"
    If you could sum up A Second Chance in three words, what would they be?

    Laughter, History, and Tragedy


    What did you like best about this story?

    Takes you into another, more exciting world


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Every scene, joy, laughter, and the reality of ancient battles, all in one book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definately


    Any additional comments?

    Hope to have more from Jodi Taylor

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheryl
    Auckland, New Zealand
    8/24/14
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    "Oh yes, it's worth it"
    What did you like most about A Second Chance?

    I found that the best thing I liked about this was the author's ability to mess with your emotions. Okay, I'm female but one minute I was laughing and not long after tears were pouring down my cheeks. There is a lot of historical research in this book and I suspect the "horse" of Troy was probably true. It seems logical anyway.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To be honest? The last bit, it's a serious teaser for the next book. What will Max and Leon do now?


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Apart from the fact that she's changed Dr Barstow's (spelling?) accent, this narrator is very easy on the ear and a joy to listen to.


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

    Many. Oh so many. But to tell would be spoilerish.


    Any additional comments?

    We want the next one please !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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