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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.

With Dr Bairstow and Mrs Mack turning a simple visit to a street market into a public brawl, Professor Rapson inadvertently stowing away on a vessel bound for the New World, and Shakespeare himself going up in flames, it would seem that Max, of all people, is the only one actually completing the assignment.

©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Saint Mary's Meet Shakespeare

Where does The Great St. Mary's Day Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high... this was a lot of fun.

What did you like best about this story?

The circus-like farce in general. Each group of Saint Mary's staff with their own adventures.

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, she does an excellent job as usual.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This story was pretty light hearted ad I was laughing out loud several times.

Any additional comments?

This takes place after Lies, Damned Lies, And History and before And The Rest Is History. Contains some spoilers for Lies, Damned Lies, And history. Recommended.

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Wonderful short story - Absolutely Love the St Mary’s series !

Highly recommend The Chronicles of St Mary's series - always waiting for the next book or novella to come out !
A crazy good series - it’s a roller coaster ride with very funny & clever dialogue - & Zara Ramm delivers it beautifully - she is an amazing narrator !
Do yourself a favor & read the series . Actually I highly recommend anything by Jodi Taylor - the Frogmorton Farm books as well as the new series - White Silence !

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Fun Fun Fun

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.

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History, time travel and meyhem as it ought to be!

Jodi Taylor is an amazing writer her sense of timing and humor is outstanding! Zara Ramm brings to life the most wonderful characters.
the entire series based at St Mary's Priory is not to be missed!

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What a treat!!

My husband and I are big fans of the Chronicles if St. Mary’s series. We really like these “bonus” short stories because they fill in the gaps between the full books without giving anything important away plot wise between those books, and these adventures are always referred to in later books. This book was a real treat! All chaos, historical personages and fun add up to a rollicking good time - for the listener that is. Zara Ramm is the true voice of St. Mary’s, and her performance was excellent, as usual. But I will say that if you are only listening to these short stories because they are free or just a few bucks, you are missing out. For the most fun, do entire series in order.

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Great Saint Mary's story again

Very short tale with the same humor and amusement as other Saint Mary's. Wish it was longer but it does convey the whole tale.

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The Great St Mary's Day Out

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I adore The Chronicles of St Mary's. The St Mary's short stories are great fun but they're not as engaging, satisfying, and adventurous as the novels.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The end - well - I could see it coming. But that's alright too.

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I LOVE Zara Ramm's readings.

Was The Great St. Mary's Day Out worth the listening time?

The Great St. Mary's Day Out is a short story and a short listen: Yes, it's worth the time.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't start with this short story - but if you like Time Travel, English voices, adventure and tea - this is a fun story.

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Another fantastic St. Mary's Adventure

It's rare that I recommend the audio of a story over the printed book, but Zara Ramm and Jodi Taylor are the perfect pair. I hope these audio books keep going on and on. I can listen to them all day.

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The Great St. Mary's Day Out

Lots of fun, familiar Jodi Taylor characters, and a great creation of a trip to Shakespeare,s Globe Theatre.

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loved it

We enjoy this series and listen to it when we travel. Very very enjoyable. Great characters.

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  • English Country Life
  • 08-01-16

A classic St Marys featuring Bill the flaming Bard

If you could sum up The Great St. Mary's Day Out in three words, what would they be?

Lighthearted, classic, romp

Who was your favorite character and why?

A certain, Bristolian member of the security section is always my favourite character - becuase, well, the Gods love a trier

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The post romp interview in the directors study is always fun

Any additional comments?

Zara Ramm is simply the best narrator I have yet heard in 200 audiobooks

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • nicole
  • 10-09-16

Funniest St Mary's ever

I love all this series but this one really is a laugh a minute, don't miss out.

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  • Hevpais
  • 08-01-16

Brilliant!

Loved this story. Rip roaring tale full of energy and fun. Great to catch up on what happens after the huge events at the end of book 7 (no spoilers) and, as always, love Markham. Listened to it in one sitting, then immediately went back to the start and listened to it again. Can't believe how Jodi Taylor can cram so much into one short story. Favourite line? Possibly that Matthew is not to be used as a draft excluder. Naughty Jodi to stir up the mud again over Markham's status - trying to avoid spoilers again! Love, love, loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-16

Chaos reign s as usual

Max and the St Mary crew never fail . Always makes me laugh out loud which can be embarrassing when traveling to work.

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  • Jodie
  • 08-14-16

A riot!

The St Mary's short stories are every bit as good as the full-length novels, and always make me laugh out loud.

Zara Ramm's performance is terrific, too - I love her range of voices, which really add to the story, as well as helping the listener keep track of a lot of characters. This combination of writer and narrator is an absolute winner.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 08-09-16

5 stars - as usual!

What can I say! Yet another hugely enjoyable outing for the irrepressible 'in-mates' of St Mary's! I wait, with very little patience, for the next volume in this very endearing series! Zara Ramm brings them to life in her own, superb, fashion! These books would just NOT be the same without her!!

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  • Nicolas Jordan
  • 08-03-16

Another great story...only marred by being short.

Would you listen to The Great St. Mary's Day Out again? Why?

Bought on day of release - read the same day...as usual.Lots of references to previous stories, just spoilt by being FAR TOO SHORT.Roll on the next full length story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Bristolian...who else?

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent Narration. I found myself wondering how many accents she has to do in one short story?

Any additional comments?

Bring on the next one.....fast.

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  • Dominic
  • 05-25-18

st Mary's

I really like the st Mary's stories. Zara Ramm brings the characters to life as they rocket from disaster to disaster.

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  • JB
  • 03-03-18

Recommend

These Chronicles of St Mary's series are fantastic, very well narrated by Zoe Ramm.. If they ever made a film of these, then she is Max!

The premise of these stories is genius! Can't wait for the next one!
If you could visit any point in time, where would you go?

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  • Richie C
  • 12-16-17

Great Historiacal romp

Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favourite?

I want Max to be my favourite, but actually its Marham - love him!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud funny

Any additional comments?

I paid a full credit for this and its a very short story :( slightly annoying