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  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We Come to Observe Caesar Not to Bury Him

  • By Sires on 05-23-15

Snakes gone wild

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The mission was to mill around outside Caesar's house in Rome to listen to the thoughts and feelings of the Romans, and possibly get a quick glance at Cleopatra VII or of Caesar but not go inside the house. Of course, our heroine, Max, a tough, clumsy, and sincere female in true St. Mary's fashion does go inside and finds herself running for her life along with the other time travelers from St. Mary's.

  • No Time Like the Past

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 5
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St. Mary is back with a bang…St. Mary’s has been rebuilt, and it’s business as usual for the history department. But first there’s the little matter of a 17th-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, leaving the fate of the Western world hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Taylor Does it Again!

  • By DarleneL on 04-22-15

Jodi hits it out of the park again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Jodi hits it out of the park again with interesting history, non stop action, adventure, romance, laughter, tears, pain and joy.

  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

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."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great visit with the St. Mary's historians

  • By MJ on 08-30-15

If it's St. Mary's is HAS to go wrong!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I looked at the title and just shook my head before I ever opened the book. If it's St. Mary's is HAS to go wrong! (always in a fun and funny way) I love these books. In this episode Jodi adds five new trainees. Now that HAS to add some ciaos to the mix and, as expected, it's funny. Jodi Taylor makes history, time travel, and romance come alive. She has it all in this series. I can't stop binge reading.

  • The Mermaid Catches Her Mate

  • A Nocturne Falls Universe Story
  • By: Jax Cassidy
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Luna Matsya is a local celebrity as a trendsetting hairstylist, but she’d prefer to spread her fin in a nice body of water rather than make a big splash around town. She’s starting to believe that her ability to live and walk among mortals is more of a curse rather than a blessing. Especially now that the flashy tent from a touring magic show is blocking her lake. Where’s a mermaid to swim when the slightest mistake can put her in the spotlight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MERMAID AT HEART

  • By JEAN on 08-04-18

Don't waste your money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The other Nocturne Falls books have been fun but I was quite disappointed with this one. It was too disjointed and did not hold my attention. I actually kept nodding off. Don't waste your money.

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 354

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could give more stars than 5

  • By D on 12-26-17

Touching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Max takes Matthew back to early Victorian England to help the two little boys who were chimney sweeps alongside him. This is a sweet novella-not funny like the rest of the St. Mary's series-but VERY enjoyable!

  • Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

It’s Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max’s obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they’re right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt, and it’s up to them to retrieve it before anyone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that’s not enough, someone (Max) has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It’s hot, they’re running out of supplies, they can’t find the gun and it’s all going horribly wrong. Again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic for fans of the series

  • By Sheryl on 05-02-16

Always funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Once again Jodi Taylor puts Max in the middle of a mess up. What makes this book enjoyable is character development. The reader learns to care about Max and the other regulars. These books are enjoyable reads and always funny although this one is a little on the slap stick side.

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  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do her books have to end????

  • By janet on 05-07-16

Never a dull moment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This series makes history fun and brings the time periods to life. Mishaps, mistakes, misfortune and a baby born. Another good read by Jodi Taylor will keep you turning the pages and wondering what else could go wrong. Anyone new to the series should start at the beginning; these are not standalone books. They are funny; have plenty of action in a way you have never enjoyed history before; the characters are relatable; and the series never gets stale.

  • The Great St. Mary's Day Out

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's. Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saint Mary's Meet Shakespeare

  • By Richard S. Swol on 05-08-17

Fun Fun Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I confess I'm binge reading this whole series. I fell in love with these characters and their craziness in book 1 and have never stopped loving them and I love the way the history is written into the stories! There is action to it that encompasses the reader. I love the series including the Novelas. It's a great combination of laugh out loud funny, historical fact and a teeny bit of drama and a fast read.

  • And the Rest Is History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkest St. Mary's Yet...

  • By Alyssa on 05-31-17

A one's a tragedy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I confess I'm binge reading this whole series. I fell in love with these characters and their craziness in book 1 and have never stopped loving them and I love the way the history is written into the stories! There is action to it that encompasses the reader.

This book, however, is darker than the earlier books but is still fast paced with lots of historical detail and a wonderful cast of characters but this one made me cry. Thus, I did not love the book. I read this series in part for its craziness. It is funny and light-hearted. This was one tragedy after another. I don't like tragedy and desolation. There is enough of that in the real world.

If you have never read any of the St. Mary's books, start with the first one and you won't be able to stop until you finish.

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Zara Ramm

  • By Lesley G on 01-27-17

Out of sync with the rest of the series

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Markham cannot substitute for Max and be historically interesting and funny. Also, where is "History"? I would purchase more books in the series but not without Max. She is the glue of St Mary's Chronicles. I usually laugh my way through the books but I found myself nodding off through this one. Don't waste your money.