Series Love! THE CHRONICLES OF ST. MARY’S by Jodi Taylor




The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1 and #4
by Jodi Taylor

Unabridged Audiobook
Zara Ramm (Narrator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Duration: each about 9 hours and 30 to 34 minutes
Print Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Accent Press (July 24, 2014)

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St Mary’s is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles.

Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don’t even make it to lunchtime.

The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they’re pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they’re finally forced to take refuge at St Mary’s – where new dangers await them.

As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary’s is in grim earnest.

Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary’s possibly survive?

So, make sure the tea’s good and strong.
©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios

  My Take Oblong

A while back I bought the first audio book in this series, JUST ONE DAMNED THING AFTER ANOTHER: The Chronicles of St Mary’s # 1, in a two-for-one sale, and then, recently I bought the fourth book when it came up in another two for one sale.

I have also downloaded two free short stories from Audible, When a Child is Born and Roman Holiday.

As I am a lover of historical stuff, especially at the grassroots, or what I like to think of as the anthropological level, I immediately enjoyed the idea of historians secretly going back to observe different things in history. IMAGINE!

The science of it is not explained and that is fine by me! It’s maybe a little steampunkish, but not really — it is more unclassifiable. I find it really fresh, it’s not time travel in a Dr. Who or Outlander way.  There are a lot of characters and it can be hard to track who gets killed, and when, especially in audio.

There are, particularly in A TRAIL THROUGH TIME, different realities too. So people who were dead before might show up alive.

It can be violent, exciting, tense and sometimes a little sad. 

In this book, A TRAIL THROUGH TIME, moral and ethical dilemmas, and overstepping one’s charter are examined.  It is also the perfect kind of second chance (This week seems to have had several books about second-chances) for Max and Leon. 

I adore Zara Ramm’s narration. Her voice is a little husky, not at all plummy but a very well-educated English accet.  She narrates the first person, past tense as Max, drolly, with just the right degree of humor, anger, or upset.  Zara is a new favorite in English accented narration — right up on the same pedestal as Davina Porter.   Her narration is, in a word perfect.

So far, in the audiobook format, because that is how I have experienced the books, I just LOVE this series. LOVE There are few series for which I feel so enthusiastic! The books I have heard so far are unputdownable. I know I have skipped a few and I also know there’s some sad stuff I will not like too much in the two stories in between. I also wish I had heard them in order for the best experience.  But for a fun, “boots on the ground” look at life in any number of time periods this is an awesome series.  HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!


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