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Roman Holiday

The Chronicles of St. Mary's
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3.5
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,202 ratings)
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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.

Question: At this potentially sensitive point in your political manoeuvrings, who are the last people you’d want crashing through the door, observing, recording, documenting...? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Roman Holiday - an epic, standalone tale set in Ancient Rome, 44 BC, featuring, in no particular order: an attempted murder; stampeding bullocks; Cleopatra, queen of the Nile; a bowl of poisonous snakes; a smallish riot; Julius Caesar; and Mr Markham’s wayward bosoms.

Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Regina
  • SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States
  • 11-06-15

Quick trip to Rome without any trouble, Right

Very short story about the escapades of St. Mary that includes Rome, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, an asp and Malcolm and of course trouble. It will make an hour commute fun.

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  • Sires
  • Burlington, Ohio
  • 05-23-15

We Come to Observe Caesar Not to Bury Him

The time traveling scholars of St Mary's are sent to room at that moment when Caesar has installed Cleopatra in his wife's home. As usual things go wrong and they have to get themselves out of a very bad mess.

Only a novella (hour and less than a quarter long) it is well narrated by Zara Ramm who is very much the voice of this series in my view.

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Another interesting short

This time the time traveling team heads to Ancient Rome and reveal unknown sides to the relationship between famous Cleopatra and Carpurnias, Julius Cesar’s mistress and his long suffering wife ... or was she?

As an audible... perfect for a single day round trip commute

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Not bad, not great

Not very amusing, but a quick listen, a bit educational, a bit fun. Cleopatra, asps, centurions. What else do you need? An oxen stampede? Oh yeah --that too.

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Quick & Fun Little Listen!

Lots of great humor in this quick and fun little story. While not the most engaging plot, it's approach is utterly enjoyable. Welcome to you next chuckle.

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  • Shellie
  • FAIRHOPE, AL, United States
  • 06-08-19

Meh

I don't even know where to start. The synopsis had me prepared for a historically accurate, educational book. When I realized that I'd jumped into something completely different than what I'd expected, I kind of started to enjoy it. But for the most part, I felt like the author assumed we were familiar with the team and the type of story, and therefore didn't bother with any of that pesky character introduction or development of the situation. The only part I actually enjoyed was when they were meeting Cleopatra and Caesar. Otherwise, I found it pretty meh.

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Tried on a whim

I tried this book on a whim. It was free and I am always up for trying new book. I found that I truly enjoyed listening to this story. Its a different kind of book than I typically read or listen too. I enjoyed listening to the St. Mary's agents trip into the past. The details they used and way they told the story made you feel as though you were in Rome during the time of Ceasar.

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lots of fun

The story was fun, light, and enchanting. As always, Zara never fails to draw you into each character.

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LOL Alert!

Read or listen to this one in private as you’ll be laughing out loud.
I know this short story is listed after A Second Chance in the series, but I think it should be read before.
The characters, the camaraderie, all have a level of familiarity that does not fit after.
And OMG! Mr Markham’s bosoms! The stampede! The arrival back!
Even if it’s out of the series timeline, I really appreciate the levity after the previous emotional wringer.
I’m surprised the narrator was able to read this as dead pan as she did - I would have been laughing all the way through!

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 08-27-18

So Funny!

A very witty story about our St. Mary's historians going back to Rome to see Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. As usual, things do not go quite as planned. Jodi Taylor's writing is laugh out loud funny and Zara Ramm is a spot on fantastic narrator. She has perfect timing for performing the humor of the story. Taylor has an amazing imagination. This is a great short story.

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  • UsefulThings
  • 05-29-15

Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

Another great short tale with our favorites from St Marys. These short stoties are always worth a listen and fit well into the main series.

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  • KT
  • 06-16-15

Great fun

I really enjoy the Chronicles of St Mary's and this short story was a delightful bonus. Zara Ramm is the perfect reader too.

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  • Roobarb
  • 05-14-15

Short and sweet

A total romp!

I love how there's sneaky references to other texts.

read these in order, this one's 3.5

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  • Amy G
  • 04-28-15

Favourite short story of the series

What made the experience of listening to Roman Holiday the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed reading this and all the other shorts available which add even more depth to the St Mary's series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max is always my favourite for her witty remarks and funny one-liners.

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  • Lesley
  • 04-28-15

A delightful taster of life at St Mary's

As usual a historic trip into the past does not go as planned. Funny and wonderfully narrated. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Carien
  • 04-08-15

A murderous plot

As always, the narration is excellent. When I read the novels I hear them in this exact voice in the back of my mind, too.
Who would have guessed St Mary's would outwit even the great Roman army? In typical chaos, of course...

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  • Steph H
  • 12-22-16

Fun little dip in

Great little short story from this series. Very funny and well read.

On to the next one!

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  • Christine Siobhan barber
  • 11-12-16

Roman holiday

Brilliantly funny and a great way at looking at history. Wouldn't it be great if you could go back in time for a holiday?

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  • MikeP
  • 09-29-16

Amusing farce

Enjoyed this short story, a funny farcical tale beautifully read. A good use of an hours commute.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-07-16

Sorry....boring...

Maybe just my taste but I didn't get very far into it before I stopped listening.

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