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.
©2015 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.
I always look forward to Jodi Taylor's books about St. Mary's, and I think this will be one of my favorites. It's lighter than the last couple entries have been, but as always it contains the perfect mix of adventure, pathos and especially understated British humor.
Zara Ramm does a brilliant job of making Max and all her colleagues (co-conspirators?) come alive.If you're new to the series, start at the first book. You won't regret it!
The layering of humor with edge of your seat adventure makes this book a winner. The humor keeps the sadder parts of the book from being too overwhelming, besides being laugh out loud funny. Additionally, Zara Ramm is the perfect voice for the main character, and she does the other characters beautifully, too.
The humor is the best part of the book. I was laughing out loud within the first two paragraphs, and there were many moments throughout the book when I really let loose and laughed. The baby mammoth part, for example, was so funny.
There was no one favorite part, but the baby mammoth episode, as well as the witty banter back and forth between many of the characters, is just priceless. However, I could go on and on for "favorite parts"; it is just that kind of book.
Humorous adventures of don't-call-it-time travel, pod people.
This is my absolute favorite series of all time. What's more, my husband, who has hugely different reading tastes than I do, loves it. It's got something for everyone, well marinated in that witty, snarky British humor that I love.
I've never read any of the series all have been the audio editions. Zara Ramm brings the characters to life.
Since I have no desire to spoil a section of the book I will simply say Mary, a pink blanket and of course the rock went through the window
The entire series makes me laugh out loud.
This book takes Max through the education of a new group of St Mary's trainees. As such, it's a bit episodic with various time periods offering chances for disaster. You learn new things about some of the continuing characters. Zara Ramm's narration as always is fantastic.
Believer in what you can't see
Wow, baby Mammoth
Sikes great new character, feisty, intelligent and willing to do anything to help
Zara Ramm does a great job with both male and female voices which is really important.
The whole scene that involved Joan of Arc, terrifying.
This would be a great movie series or animated series, but only if they leave the book alone and don't rewrite it.
The whole series is more of a series of delightful incidents that are (brilliantly) strung together by an ongoing story arc. But don't read the book for the long-term plot. Read it for the joy of each crisis that St. Mary's gets into and scrapes their way out of. It's a roller coaster from start to finish - and each mission stands out like a jewel in its setting.
Has to be Max, because she pulls it all together. But that doesn't mean that the other characters are any less of a joy. Taylor does a brilliant job of creating characters that really fit into the whole "inmates running the asylum" that is St. Mary's.
Fully consistent with all her other performances - and since her past work sets that bar high, that's definitely praise. She takes just the right tone for the series.
Just try this series. You won't regret it. Unless you like deep, dark, and brooding Serious Fiction. Strap in and enjoy the ride.
I liked the storyline in this latest installment for its ability to reach down and find something new. The characters have matured, the setting is already established, but there is something new. It is my favorite bubblegum literature de jour. in fact, I think I may re-listen to them all.
!I'm a big fan of Audible! Really enjoy listening to books, newspapers, and interviews on my ipod/iPad/iMac/iPhone.
I've read them all and love them all, but this is the best in the series. I can't count how many times I laughed out loud, or how many times I got a little misty. All-around fun book. Well worth your credit. Waiting with baited breath for the next installment.
Say something about yourself!
If you are looking at this review, it is undoubtedly because you have read or listened to the first five books of the series. If you have not read them, stop what you are doing and immediately purchase Just One Damned Thing After Another. I warn you that you have many hours of enjoyment ahead of you.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong lives up to the previous books in the series. Zara Ramm's narration continues to be the ideal complement to the satirical writing style of Jodi Taylor, bringing to life wonderful and irreverent characters. Max is a true Wise Ass that is hard not to love. If you are reading or listening to this book in a public place or a library, be warned that you will likely burst out laughing, and you may get some odd looks from the people near you.
"Another great read"
Another great adventure with St Mary's As it says in the title what could possibly go wrong Everything but there is nothing wrong with this book Very enjoyable and addictive I can listen to Jodi Taylor's books over and over Great narration from Zara Ramm
Never mind Hogwarts I want to go to St Mary's
Zara Ramm brings these fantastic stories vividly to life. I'm gutted that there's only one more to go!
"Another great story"
As well as the history you always get a good story with this series.
Now going to listen to the next book, thank you
I truly think that I may be in love with these ladies. Ms Taylor writes just the most wonderful stories that are a marblecake of wry humour, intrigue, and history. Ms Ramm then bakes that cake to perfection. There are no two other people that I'd rather spend my evenings with!
"A great story"
And the narrator's voice is convincing. only 4 stars for performance because I noticed the occasional mispronounced word.
"Solid Jodi Taylor"
Another instalment in the chronicles of St Mary's. Slightly better than the last couple as more of a return to comedy and less love story.
Nicely sets up a couple of more books from St Mary's with some intrigue and deception
Formulaic as ever but no less entertaining for it. Worth a credit
Typically good narration from Zara Ramm
"Deja Vu All Over Again"
I have enjoyed this series, but this is my last book, there isn't enough development of plot or characters we are stuck with the same jokes the same inevitable disasters, the only thing that is fresh is the historical moments where Jody Taylor shines and refreshes the stories we all know with her brilliant storytellers language and ideas, but lamentably is not enough; a formula has to have enough flexibility to develop and some surprises in it, not just a surprise at the end to hook you for the next instalment it should be an invitation not a disclosure on the last page every time.
I loved the reimagined history, but got tired of the infantile repetitive jokes, also if every trip ends with a similar outcome, you stop being emotionally invested, it is just a boring deja vu.
"another good story."
loving this series. funny, sad, exciting all in one book. like others who have listened to the story before me, I couldn't put it down.
zara ram adds so much to the listening pleasure of the book.
"Another great chapter in the saga."
Highly recommended. Great story, exceptionally well read. The first person narrative does lend itself well to the audible format.
Another great story from st Mary's. I'm enjoying them so much. Just the right mix of light heartedness.
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