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And Now for Something Completely Different

Short Story
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (327 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Here's a question for you. What's the most exciting thing ever found in a fire bucket? 

And don't say 'fire' because you'll be wrong.  

Suppose - just suppose - it was the technology to take a pod to Mars.

Yeah, now we're talking!  

Every Christmas, for reasons which seem good at the time - especially after an eggnog or two - Max and the others leap into the nearest pod and indulge in their illegal Christmas jump. It's a tradition. This year, however, just to be different, they find themselves part of someone else's illegal Christmas jump. It's time to don a spacesuit and bring your own urine!

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Angi
  • New Orleans, Louisiana United States
  • 12-31-18

OhMy! My Face Hurts from Laughter!

This along with all the other St. Mary’s books is absolutely wonderful! It’s full of both actual history and altered history. But the dialog is so spot on hilarious that my face hurts from laughter.

I happened to be listening to this while out shopping. That may not have been the best idea since I was of course wearing earbuds. The people out shopping that day kept giving me the strangest looks as I continued to burst out laughing as they passed by! I tried to apologize and show them my earbuds and tell them it was an audiobook but they did not care to hear that. So... oh well. I enjoyed it!!!

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BEST SERIES EVER!!!

as always Jodi comes through with humor and adventure with a dose of drama. The problem is she can’t crank the books out fast enough. I wish I had never started these books so I could experience finding them for the first time again!

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You have to wonder. . .

whether to be afraid, (very afraid) or continue to marvel about the inventive mind of Jodi Taylor. Thoroughly entertaining short Christmas offering. Always a good value.

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Another triumph for Jodi Taylor!

Don't even try to start this series with this installment! But if you are already a fan of St. Mary's, this one will not disappoint!

It's "Something Completely Different" because it focuses as the primary characters on some characters we've met before, and Our Heroes appear in important, but ultimately, secondary roles while still being completely true to character. It's also not really a "Christmas story" like so many of the shorts are, but trust me, nothing is lost in the process.

Like every other installment of the series, it's a romp. Taylor manages to keep the series fresh every single time.

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I love all of Jodi Taylor's books and stories

I love all of Jodi Taylor's books and stories and this is no different. New setting, but that's a welcome thing because it'll always be entertaining. Would love to get a series on the Time Police!! Zara Ramm fabulous as always, and we get a new accent in this story. Now the wait for another St. Mary's begins....

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Thank you, Jodi!

Another wonderful Christmas short with nothing to do with Christmas.Well, not really! But sort of. Love the new characters. And I'll never think of space exploration the same way again!

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Once again

The combination of Jodi Taylor and Zara Ramm once again delighted me as always. There were several times I laughed out loud and I smiled the whole time.

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Definitely different (in a good way)

Another wonderful selection by Jodi Taylor. This one is about the balance of power between St. Mary’s and the Time Police ... interesting. Looking forward to the next installment of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s!

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thank you Jodi for the Christmas gift<br />loved it!

loved the story, thanks, can't wait for the next book, loved Pinky and Commander Hay I

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A disappointment

This is a short story from Taylor’s ongoing time travel series. A very short story. Listening time came in just under 2 hours. Of the two hours, possibly 30 minutes held new material. I didn’t object when the author rehashed background from previous books in her preface, but when characters in the story reiterate exactly the same material, this was obviously padding to meet a required word count.
The actual story about an illicit ‘jump’ to the first human Mars landing was mildly entertaining. However, it suffered from the very tired, overused, body fluid jokes. And, it didn’t help that the author took the narrative voice away from Maxwell. Overall, a disappointment.

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  • Mike T.
  • 12-25-18

Different - yes, but still hilarious.

Well, not completely different. The irrepressible irreverent St Mary's humor is there. And lots of it. I also have a new understanding for the Time Police and their headaches in keeping the unruly St Mary's antics in check. :-) A light read. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Not to be missed if you like the St Mary's series.

Zara Ramm - fantastic narration as usual.

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  • l gould
  • 01-02-19

brilliant

Jodi Taylor has penned another mini masterpiece. Her stories never disappoint and great narration from Zara Ramm.

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  • Millie
  • 01-01-19

Brilliant

Had me sitting on the edge of my seat.
Then laughing out loud
Thoroughly enjoyed this story as I have all of the series

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  • Mr S Rawlings
  • 12-29-18

Another large helping of St Mary's craziness

If there's anything you can always rely on when the St Mary's gang are involved it's that disaster and comical antics are never far away. This particular short story was very much in the same vein as the rest of the series but told from a slightly different perspective in which the events are being retold after the fact in a heated discussion between the heads of the Time Police and that of St Mary's.

Try not to be eating or drinking anything that you're likely to choke on as you read these stories as there's a lot of comical mishaps involved. I'm a big fan of this book series and they always make me smile.

Keep 'em coming, Jodi. Loved the performance by Zara, too. She brings the story and the characters to life. Looking forward to the next one already.

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  • J. Watchorn
  • 03-04-19

Quirky characters in abundance

Hilarious as always. Just loved the new zany character of Director Pinkerton, she seemed quite normal ( and very brave) in the last book she was in but now she's as mad as the rest of them. Its the way she makes astonishing statements as matter of fact. I'd like to hear more of this lady. She's obviously still as brave to stand up to the time police, who in this book merit quite a lot of sympathy.

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  • Val
  • 02-28-19

And now for something completely different

I have all of the St Mary books and have enjoyed them all, save this one. I found it a bit muddled and I missed the normal group. Looking forward to the summer book.

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  • joomla girl
  • 02-05-19

Superb silly and exasperating

Fluttering flag you say? - brilliant Jodi - absolute gold as always!! About to read Izzy’s book ......

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  • David G
  • 01-04-19

Amusing short story

I've never read (or listened to) a Jodi Taylor book before and, I realise that she has a series that this book belongs too. It is a great read and written in a very easy to listen to style. Slightly bonkers but very amusing.

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  • Lotte
  • 01-04-19

Never let’s you down

As usual, i wish there would be more. Jodi and Zara are a combo made in heaven. I simply love and listen to everything that is released. Keep going girls.

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  • fatwomble
  • 12-30-18

Not your usual St. Mary's

Not Christmassy, Max isn't the lead character and most of St. Mary's done feature. As advertised then. Had to go out for a run with a bought of man flu so I had an excuse to finish it.

I'd like to hear more from Director Pinkerton, she's a great character.

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  • annelan
  • 01-14-19

all ways look forward to this series<br />

Love the funny,querky leap of imagination this gives, SO refreshing. I Look forward to each book and love the narration.