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And the Rest Is History Audiobook

And the Rest Is History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

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.

The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots Director Bairstow, Leon Chief Farrell, Mr. Markham and many more as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's Institute (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

You think you're having a bad day? Max is trapped in the same deadly sandstorm that buried the 50,000-strong army of the Pharaoh Cambyses II, and she's sharing the only available shelter for miles around with the murdering psychopath who recently kidnapped her and left her adrift in time.

She's no safer at St. Mary's. Tragedy strikes not once but several times, and with no Leon, no Markham, and no Peterson at her side, Max's personal life slowly begins to unravel. From the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Hastings, and from Bayeux Cathedral to the Sack of Constantinople, Max must race through time to save the ones she loves.

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What the Critics Say

"A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice...readers will be impatient for later instalments." (Publishers Weekly)
"Taylor has written a madcap and very funny hodgepodge of a novel whose pacing and humour is reminiscent of a Simon Pegg-Edgar Wright film." (Booklist)

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    Elise Johnson 04-14-17

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    "I hate this book"

    Hate it. First I can only give it 11 out of 10 stars. The second reason, this being the day after it was released, I will have to wait a year or eternity till book 9 comes out, time travel not really being a reality.

    I can't tell you without a massive spoiler alert, any thing else. Buy the book.

    And the world went black.

    32 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Harmon 04-19-17
    Lori Harmon 04-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't stop reading"

    I love St Mary's and the whole series. I didn't love this book. It was sad and gloomy until the end. I needed a good laugh but found myself crying. Hope the next book is a bit lighter

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 04-22-17
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 04-22-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Max Is Able To Recover In Spite of Everything"

    Whew! I read this book with the same enthusiasm I've read the other seven in this series and all the books written by Jodi Taylor. I must say that they one had me feeling very lost midway through when Clive Roman showed up and then disappeared again. The Time Police are the ones who interfered in what was to be a mutually agreed upon surrender of Clive to Max. Instead they show up and Clive takes off in his pod but not until he threatens Max with 'I will kill everyone you love but you will live to suffer.' how awful is that? I worried all through the book that Leon was gone forever but learned a great deal about the Battle at Hastings and how William the Conqueror became King of England. It is always amazing to me how a historian like Jodi Taylor can write such books with such humor. What starts out as an unhappy set of circumstances turns out to be okay in the end. Read these books in order, you need to know the characters from the first book to understand the significance of things in each subsequent book. Book 8 wraps up some things left hanging in earlier books. It is a great read and a great listen. The narrator is terrific and is the voice of St. Mary's. Zara Ramm is wonderful!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Saundra Thronton Co 80241 04-23-17
    Saundra Thronton Co 80241 04-23-17 Member Since 2017

    Now, a retired anthropologist with the time to listen to books as I weave, quilt and crank out functional fabrics for fun :)

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    "Amost could not bare to listen to the first few chapters"

    What was my favorite author trying to do? I mean really! I can tell you this edition of St Mary's team of Time Traveling historians put me through the worst anguish and laugh out loud glee! At first I just had to stop, jump ahead to the future , calm down, get frustrated again, jump again . Finally realized ; hey ! This is time travel. Went back to the agony and road along to discover the ecstasy. Can Mathew foretell the future?
    I can not wait for the next edition!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris T. 04-21-17
    Chris T. 04-21-17
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    "Quite Dark"
    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous writing, as always! However, this book was considerably darker than previous ones in the series. I have no illusions that history is/was pretty, but some of the violence was a bit too graphic for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    christina 04-21-17
    christina 04-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "please write faster!!!!"

    I love this serious, but hate having to wait so long for the next one. I never thought I'd find a series with history, time travel & wicked humour.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kiki Gee 04-18-17
    Kiki Gee 04-18-17

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    "How does Jodi Taylor do it?"

    Most series, by book 8, get stale, and little routine. Jodi Taylor just absolutely knocks it out of the ballpark each and every St Mary's installment. The storyline, the characters, the dialogue, they are all spot on. And she leaves room for more. This time though, and I will NOT give spoilers, she has left massive room for a super cool twist to the regular St Mary's Chronicle to absolutely skyrocket this series even further than we could ever imagine. My only regret is that I started listening the day it came out and am through with it, and now have to wait a year for the next one. Good thing poor Jodi is being chained to writing desk, as she usually will have a short story about an event and a particular St Mary's character between series books. Our only hope!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 04-17-17
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 04-17-17 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Aaaarrrrggggg!!!! ๐ŸŒœ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ“๐ŸŒš๐ŸŒ“๐ŸŒ›โ›ˆโ˜€๏ธ"

    I love this book Series! I love Jodi Taylor and the narrator and everything, everything about these people, who seem so alive to me. This book does not change that for me.

    But this part of their story is quite a bit more bleak than typical. I think that it's transitional and necessary and, heavens, I get the darkness considering the state of the word today. So just prepare yourself that this part of the series is going to make your heart ache a bit more than normal, though you can absolutely trust Ms. Taylor to get it right. It's just that, I think this is one of those in between books where we need the next book fairly quickly, and, please, with More Sunshine. Please. (I rather NEED some good escape from the bleak world I live in over here in 'merica. Especially now.)

    But I still loved it, and can't wait for the next. Particularly a sweet Christmas story. Or maybe even Something before hand, say, A Mathew Or Leon or etc etc Birthday Party offering??? Pretty Please, Ms. Taylor?!? ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’

    (If this review helped you, please make sure and "like" it).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kwdayboise (Kim Day) Boise, Idaho 04-28-17
    kwdayboise (Kim Day) Boise, Idaho 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Taylor keeps getting better"

    There are writers who, when I take on their books, I know will make me roll up my sleeves and do some serious brain work. And there are others that are brain candy. Or more like a sorbet you have after a meal course to "cleanse the palate". Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St. Mary's is like that. This isn't to say that they are without content but the characters and dialogue are so much fun that the experience feels more like dessert.

    St. Mary's is a facility for time travelers that allows historians to go back in time to record historical events. Some of their funding is managed by discretely burying historical artifacts where they can be "discovered" and sold in modern times. The series from the start has been narrated by Madeleine Maxwell (Max to her friends) from her first day at St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research through all her time traveling adventures, loves, losses, and drinking bouts with the closed society within the confines of St. Mary's.

    And these are not Peabody and Sherman travels. Every one of the eight books has gone into great detail on historical events as Max and fellow historians look over the shoulder of historical figures to describe the on-scene action. In this volume the historians visit The Battle of Hastings along with some of the events leading to the Norman Conquest. The action also takes them to the Sack of Constantinople. Other books have imagined the hanging gardens of Babylon, the Cretaceous Period, and World War I. Some have been events I'd never heard of before, like King John's lost treasure.

    There is a love interest from the future: Leon Farrell who, after several books of romantic ups and downs, Max has married. And an evil figure from the future: Clive Roman, who appears here worse than ever. And the Time Police, who dog St. Mary's at every turn.

    Jodi Taylor manages to mix humor, history, and adventure into a series that is comfortable for its familiarity. And Taylor has been prolific. The first book in the series came out in 2013, so she's averaging two books per year and that doesn't count the free books for several holiday stories.

    I never miss a new book in the series and have never been disappointed in one. If anything Taylor has gotten better at bringing characters to the edge of total disaster and saving them in the nick of time. I suppose, given the theme of time travel, you could read the books in any order, feeling like a time traveler yourself and thinking "I know where this is going and you don't ... yet."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shilo Angel o'fallon, mo, United States 04-20-17
    Shilo Angel o'fallon, mo, United States 04-20-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Wow..."

    I loved this one... get ready for an adventure on an emotional roller coaster of a ride, that includes several laugh out loud moments!!!

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    4/16/17
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    "Another enthralling episode...."

    Loved it.
    Wept a lot. Smiled a lot.
    When is Book 9 due ????

    As usual I listened from start to end in one go; unable to wait till tomorrow to finish it.

    Zara Ramm is a five star narrator and brings Jodi Taylor's story to life, giving the characters dimension.

    Excellent work.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • karin
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    4/16/17
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    "oh wow!!!!"

    I love this series sooo much and this was right up there as my second favourite in the whole series!!! The first book will always be my favourite. Zara narrates amazingly and is the voice of Max (And a brilliant Markham too!). Exciting, gripping, funny, emotional and so much fun. When is the next one out ?!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • KipSoton
    4/16/17
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    "Another brilliant episode"

    Full of every emotion. I cried and smiled.

    Couldn't put it down.

    Can't wait for the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stacey
    4/15/17
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    "brilliant as always"

    i love all these books. they arent literary masterpieces but funny and they always end too soon...especially this one

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    4/15/17
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    "The Best yet"

    From start (max's worst day) to finish this is a fast paced, rollercoaster of a novel, full of one liners mixed with sadness and joy. The place of historical events in contemporary time visited where - Ancient Egypt, the lead up to the Norman Conquest and the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings, and finally the Fall of Constantinople.

    A cracking read and real page turner, in an audio way

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gryfynn
    Stockholm, Sweden
    4/16/17
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    "Jodi Never Disappoints!"
    If you could sum up And the Rest Is History in three words, what would they be?

    emotional, side-splittingly funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Jody Taylor writes a story that is both incredibly funny yet also exceptionally emotional and at times very difficult to read. Her work satisfies my need for something that both makes me laugh uncontrolably and cry like a baby.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It's hard to choose because there are so many great ones, but the tea party in the grounds is probably my favourite. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just read it! Zara's naration is incredible, so that aspect of the series will not disappoint.


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

    without spoiling anything, I really loved the scene where Max is sitting on the stairs and suddenly she is surrounded by almost the entire staff of St Mary's while they all await Leon's return. It's just a beautiful display of solidarity, and written so well. I wish I worked there.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so hard to write about this book without giving anything away. Chances are if you read the previous 7 books, you will read it anyway, but if you haven't, then you really need to start from the beginning. Don't start from here as the jumping around in time will really lose you. This series is however one of the most rewarding I have ever read, so give it a try!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sophiesticate
    4/19/17
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    "excellent plot line, fast paced,great narrator"
    If you could sum up And the Rest Is History in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, tragic, compelling.
    read the series in order for maximum enjoyment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard one, as all the characters bring something to the book, but as always, Max wins out...the main character who has her fair share of trauma and tears


    What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldnโ€™t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent narrator


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CAGE
    4/19/17
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    "Warning! Tissues will be needed,"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the whole series to anyone, but of cause, read in order.


    What other book might you compare And the Rest Is History to, and why?

    There is no other quite like this one. Yet again Jodi Taylor has taken us on a rollercoaster of emotions and then added more. I cried and laughed and cried again whilst still learning amazing facts about historical events. Why weren't my history lessons made this interesting?


    What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldnโ€™t experience if you had only read the book?

    I could not imagine anyone else reading these books now, she is for me the voice and character of Max.


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

    Luckily I chose a day when I was alone and free to listen, I could not sleep until I was done!
    I'm now exhausted and contented


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    4/17/17
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    "Excellent series"

    I really enjoy this series, I love the subtle (and not so subtle) humour, however, this book also ventures into some more serious areas.

    I feel that Jodi Taylor briings history to life, not just facts - but she puts a different spin on the events. I like all of the characters and really feel that I know them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Linington
    4/14/17
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    "Why is Dieter not German this time??!!"

    My least-enjoyed installment of the series to listen to, although still very good. Strength of Jodi's writing and Zara's narration is evident as some parts were heart wrenching and difficult to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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