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The Long and the Short of It Audiobook

The Long and the Short of It: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's as they hurtle around history! The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time.

'When a Child Is Born': a jump back to 1066 to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror goes slightly astray.

'Roman Holiday': Max and her team become spectacularly involved with Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and a basket of confused asps.

'Christmas Present': an attempt to rescue lost historians involving an enraged pig and Boudicca herself.

'The Very First Damned Thing': discover the truth about the very beginning of St Mary's.

'Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings': a gun left behind in ancient Egypt and a race against time to prevent a catastrophe.

'The Great St Mary's Day Out': hooray! It's a happy holiday. For everyone except Max, the only one with her mind on the job.

'My Name Is Markham': Alfred, the cakes and Mr Markham. The Great British Bake Off it's not!

And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'.

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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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    kathy Ledyard, CT, United States 06-10-17
    kathy Ledyard, CT, United States 06-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved It! Jodi's Intros were great!"

    I loved the new story and fell in love with the previously released stories all over again. Jodi Taylor is my favorite author and she's never let me down.
    ps: read the description, this is a compilation of stories, with intros by the author a new story at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colonelswife 06-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love "The Chronicles of St. Mary's" !"

    Jodi Taylor never fails to disappoint ! Lovely new story , and the rest of the short stories previously published all in one place !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-10-17
    Anna 06-10-17
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    "Yes people it's a collection of shorts"

    Yes there is only one new short story. Yes you can buy it standalone for less if you are patient. However, I wanted all the shorts together so this book satisfies my needs. All the shorts together and one new story.
    The new one wasn't my favourite ever but it was still enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wiggiemomsi (Wiggie) Arcadia, CA USA 06-11-17
    Wiggiemomsi (Wiggie) Arcadia, CA USA 06-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Jodi Taylor Rules!"

    This compilation of Jodi's short stories in the world of 'The Chronicles of St. Mary's' is wonderful! Some people have complained because they 'didn't know' it was a compilation and not a brand new story (a new short story is included at the end), but this information was everywhere, and it is so unfair to dock such a talented and funny author because these people didn't read. Jodi Taylor deserves nothing less than 5 stars, as does the wonderful reading by Zara Ramm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 06-12-17
    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 06-12-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A Collection Of All The St Mary's Novellas"
    What did you love best about The Long and the Short of It?

    That the novella's are fairly self contained and without a lot of distracting side plotlines. They get right to the point with all of their action and humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long and the Short of It?

    I think that the Great St. Mary's Day Out, while having the least impact on the greater storyline, is absolutely hilarious and, in my opinion, the best of the bunch.


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

    Max with her inherent snarky-ness.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Spend a little time with the disaster magnets of St. Mary's between missions.


    Any additional comments?

    All great additions to the greater storyline. Most are fairly specific in where they place in the greater storyline. All very worthy additions, but even better if you know where they fit in.

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  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    6/11/17
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    "Poor reviews, but I loved it"

    I was prepared to be disappointed as this is re-issued short stories, but I wasn't at all. A lot of reviews are so angry as Jodi Taylor has already issued these stories and people think she is making a fast buck.
    The introduction says that she has put together these tales by request - specifically for a paper back edition - but each story has its own introduction and 'where the idea came from', I have bought every one of Jodi Taylor's books, but didn't feel that I was being ripped off with this, the stories hung together well, and it is easier to recap in the form that this has been issued - than if I had to search for and re-read the shorts.

    My only complaint, is one that I have made before - a minor one - Zara Ramm gets the pronunciation of wondering (wUndering) and wandering (wOndering) mixed up and it always takes me a moment to figure it out as she uses them wrongly. Apart from this Zara Ramm is a brilliant narrator for these books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    6/11/17
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    "Excellent It is so nice to have all the short stories in one place, not to mention all read by our favourite narrator."

    The new addition to the series is absolutely hilarious! Just what I needed to put a smile on my face after the succession of awful headlines we've been bombarded by lately. Thank you Jodie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • H. Paisley
    isle of man
    6/13/17
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    "Very unfair for people to complain"

    I find it extraordinary that people are complaining that this is a compliation of previously released stories. Don't they read the blurb???? It says quite clearly "The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time." It then goes on to say at the end "And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'." How could this have been made clearer? And to cap that, it is ridiculously easy to get credits back from Audible if a book isn't liked. Get your credit back and next time, read the description first and don't blame others for your own shortcomings!

    This book was issued primarily as a paper back for people who do not have Kindles or Audio after massive requests, because issuing short stories in paperback is not commercially viable. It wasn't intended to issue it in Audio also, but again, the fans asked for this. At the ridiculously low prices that these are available, neither the author nor the publisher is going to be retiring on the profits, for goodness sake!

    If are buying this because you want it, don't hesitate. The books are totally brilliant, the short stories in particular are fun, but if you haven't read the 'full' books they may seem a little disjointed as they are 'fillers'. The narrator is also fantastic and adds so much to the story by reading it so well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • koopasdaddy
    6/9/17
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    "Take Care! Rehash"

    This title is only worth having if you do not have the previously issued stories.

    Misleading description

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Diane Talks
    6/8/17
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    "So excited, then so disappointed!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Why would Jodi Taylor do this? An author with devoted followers and she releases a new book, book 9 in the series, and I find that it is just a rehashed series of previously published short stories!


    What could Jodi Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have actually written a new book!


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

    Zara Ramm is always outstanding.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, I feel misled by the way this book was presented,
    Sadness, I will miss all at St Mary's
    Disappointment because I feel compelled never to buy another book by Jodi Taylor.


    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • miss v n wisdom
    6/9/17
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    "wasted credit"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Own them all some of them are free or very cheap


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Taylor’s story?

    Only that I have them already


    What didn’t you like about Zara Ramm’s performance?

    I love her story telling


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed wasted credit and I brought 3 extra so I could get it on the day it came out


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • LSS
    6/21/17
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    "An irresistible heroine, history brought alive"
    If you could sum up The Long and the Short of It in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, historical and intelligent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Bairstow, his impeccable calm and class in the face of a great deal of chaos


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Everything, a marvellous narrator who really brings the joy and characters alive


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A jolly romp through history with an irresistible crew of characters


    Any additional comments?

    Just a fantastic collection of short stories from the world of St Mary's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • e
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    6/20/17
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    "this should NOT be called book 9 its misleading !"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    anyone who hadn't bought the all the series - my fault saw book 9 and got exited then realised I had already bought all the stories
    re name this to short stories


    What could Jodi Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not call it book 9


    Any additional comments?

    LOOKING FORWARD TO BOOK 9

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs S
    United Kingdom
    6/16/17
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    "All new introductions to the re-issued books"
    Where does The Long and the Short of It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This version of the short stories rank highly for me due to the all new introductions to each story. I already have all the previous short stories from audible and this is the icing on the cake.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long and the Short of It?

    My name is Markham. I enjoyed the stand alone version which was ok-ish but this version narrated by Zara Ramm had me laughing outright.


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

    She brings the whole thing to life and it seems (with a good imagination) that you can actually see events as they enfold, hence the hoots of laughter.


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

    I always enjoyed the early stories. See notes above regarding My Name is Markham. The new book to the series, Perfect Storm also had me laughing out loud ~ the nutters were at it again with great gobs of detritus flying in all directions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie C
    6/13/17
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    "A Cracking Listen"

    Although I already have the short stories, I purchased this for the new one 'A Perfect Storm' which is once again a hit from Jodi Taylor.
    A bonus is the introductions from the author to each story.
    Zara Ramms reading of the stories is once again superb

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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