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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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Publisher's Summary

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


    9 of 9 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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 07-29-15
    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 07-29-15 Member Since 2013

    road show junkie

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    "No one can get enough of Dr 'Max' Maxwell"
    Where does A Second Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Outstanding storyline & the narration is {pun intended} pitch-perfect. Zara Ramm IS Max; you can hear how much she loves her character as she bring her to life time & time again.


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

    The great cheese roll. I'd like to get my hands on one of those 'I survived' tee shirts. They could write 'duck' on the rear and make it an instant best seller. Followed by the 'Smurf' episode. I listened to both more than once as I started laughing so hard I could not concentrate initially.


    Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favorite?

    Max - hands down.


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

    Yes. I actually walked totally out of my way several times to get more listening time in. This needs to be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I THINK I purchased the first book, 'Just One Damned Thing After Another' during a special sale. It made such an impression on me that I wanted to hear more from & about Max. I already have book 6 on pre-order and starting to mildly panic as I am already starting Book 4 and it's only been a little over two weeks since I first met Max and the quirky crew at St Mary's. Max is such an identifiable and wonderful character; you just want her to be your friend/boss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gwenkz 01-20-15
    gwenkz 01-20-15 Member Since 2015

    gwenkz

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    loralou 11-03-14
    loralou 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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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 05-15-15
    Jessica 05-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this series!"

    This is a great series. If you have listened to the previous books, you will like this one as well. It has all of the really dark bits, the really funny bits, the craziness that is St Mary's. This one ended in a way that I'm not sure I like, but I believe that the next one will be amazing and will totally make up for it. Let me be clear, it wasn't badly written, it just went in a direction I wasn't prepared for. It is still Jodi Taylor writing a great story and Zara Ramm narrating in her most excellent and awesome way. Looking forward to starting the next one right away!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 03-08-15
    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-04-15
    Mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "These books are bloody good"

    Unputdownable. Exciting, well-written, characters you never want to leave. Great reader. 8 more words required. One two three four

    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 2015

    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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    8/26/15
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    "Another great 'read'"

    I love this series of books. It educates (I always feel the need to check out the true histories), it makes me smile and several times it made me cry. This book was no different!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TimE
    7/28/15
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    "You just want to listen to more"

    Another unpredictable but thoroughly captivating episode with unexpected twists and revelations. Need to have read / listened to previous to appreciate fully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Hamer
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    7/20/15
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    "Enjoyable, but a series of short stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but the friend needs to have previously listened to the earlier episodes.


    What other book might you compare A Second Chance to, and why?

    It compares with Dickens: as it is written in an episodic manner, with a series of cliff hangers and narrow escapes, followed by the next set up and cliff hanger.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The description of the fall of Troy. To say more gives away too much plot, but everyone knows that Troy fell.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Out of Africa, or out of time?


    Any additional comments?

    Horses feature, but so do dinosaurs, blue skinned megalith builders and huge wheels of cheese.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe O
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    7/15/15
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    "Ooh"

    Don't want give anything away. If you enjoyed the first two then repeat the experience with this next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    6/25/15
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    "Loving this series of books!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm romping through this series and can only say that the writing, storyline and narration is simply getting better and better. Nothing else is getting a look in, I'm onto book 4 and already have book 5 lined up. I will feel bereft when that's over and will need the new book as soon as it's released!
    What a wonderful joy it is to find something I don't have to say "good, but" about and only have to enjoy.
    This story is thoroughly engrossing and interesting, the writing is engaging and highly amusing often. The characters are well defined now and the narrator brings it all to life beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roobarb
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    5/14/15
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    "this made me cry"

    I cried twice!

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    5/14/15
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    "Unexpected twist"

    Builds on the earlier books with new twists and turns an enjoyable listen pushing the realms of time travel.
    The ending means you have to go straight out to by the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SHADOW smash
    5/4/15
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    "Another mind boggling tale of love and loss"

    Each book in the series gets more and more tangled in history and now time dimensions! Not a book to fall asleep with - you'll never find where you got to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy G
    4/28/15
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    "Keep them coming!"
    What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She does an excellent job of portraying a written character's sense of humour and it comes across very well.


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

    Definitely the ending as it was told really well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    3/26/15
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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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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