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Where does My Name is Markham rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
My Name is Markham is the seasonal short story release from Jodi Taylor and part of her very successful St Mary's series of books.
In a slight twist, the story is told from Markham's perspective rather from that of Max and as a result we are now treated to a new reader, Piers Wehner, instead of Zarah Ramm who reads the other books in the series.
As with previous narrations of the series it is beautifully done. Having had a number of audio books ruined for me by flat story telling its is refreshing to have readers who can tell the story with interest and character.
As for the tale itself it is, I think, its the best of the Christmas Stories that Jodi has written to date. Full of humour, panto reindeer and the answer to who burned King Alfred's whilst allowing the reader a glimpse into what it would have been like to live in times past.
All the gang are included, and I will never be able to look at a plastic pouch of olives in the same way again.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
A little odd not to hear Zara's voice, but Piers has the same sense of timing and 'gets' the jokes just as well. And Jodi can't do anything wrong in my eyes... Her writing is just sublime and I adore the St Mary's series. May it continue forever!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up My Name is Markham in three words, what would they be?
Not. The. Best.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Markham, but really, he's the only character.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Not really - I am used to Markham being a bit more lively.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did, but it's so short, it would be difficult not to.
Any additional comments?
Since I have all the other St Mary's books in audible format, it was a given I was going to purchase this one too, but I have to admit to being a bit disappointed in it. Frankly, if this was my first "experience" of St Mary's, I wouldn't be looking another one.
It's not that the book or narration is bad, per se, it's just that the others are so very, very good. I can understand the selection of Piers Wehner to narrate, after all, Markham is a man and it appears the intention is Markham speaks! in his own voice!, and Mr Wehner certainly has a very nice voice ... but Zara Ramm has already given Markham a *very* distinctive voice - amusing, interesting and not the slightest bit boring. The accent she has chosen for Markham is understandable and unmistakable. Even without Max saying so, you always know when he enters the conversation.
Mr Wehner gives him little emotion, except at the end when Markham is whining, (and for goodness sake, what was *that* all about? Markham does. not. whine.) and it gets a bit droning on to be honest.
I have just now finished listening, and sadly, I can't really review the plot of this short story, because I don't remember it. It was raining, Arthur didn't burn the cakes and something about a dog in heat. (?) I think. I'm knitting a mindless project while listening, so I'm certainly not distracted, but I found myself drifting off into my own thoughts.The other books have had me laughing out loud at Markham's antics and quips, I would so love to hear what Ms Ramm would do with this. I have a feeling it could be very funny indeed.
I rated it four stars overall, so as to not "downgrade" it, but really, three stars is more in line with my opinion. It's average.
Buy the book, it's supporting a good cause, and it's not a bad book as such, just not as good as the previous ones.(And if Audible or whoever decides these things released a Zara Ramm version, I'd buy it in a heartbeat)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
A jaunt into the past by the St. Mary's crew; a really nice close encounter with a major historic figure; chaos and calamity with a happy ending – it must be Christmas! Well, it was when it was released, and it was in the story, at least.
By now, the crew of St. Mary's are dear old friends, and it's tremendous to get inside Markham's head for this go-round. (If Ms. Taylor ever gets bored, she could start from the beginning of the story and flip POV's – [book:Just One Damned Thing After Another] through Dr Bairstow's eyes, for example… Oo. That would be fun.
And this is fun. More fun than should be lawful. Chaotic, hilarious, moving, exciting – my lord, I love these books.
I was a little sad going into this because it wasn't narrated by Ms. Taylor's usual St. Mary's narrator, Zara Ramm – but she's Max, so that would be silly, so they got Piers Wehner. And … Someone, please, I'm begging you, find him many, many more books to read to me. I was going to say "books like this", but nobody does it like Jodi Taylor, and Jodi Taylor mostly uses Max's point of view, so he won't have much work there – but this man needs more books that let him be funny. More books, period. He's terrific. He was thoroughly in character, giving a little laugh here and there, putting in exactly the right pauses and inflections. Whoever is doing the casting for Jodi Taylor's audiobooks must absolutely love her, because every single book has been nearly perfect at worst. Although I've got every one of Jodi Taylor's books, I've never read a word she's written, just because of this. And I've loved every word.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful