The Long and the Short of It

  • by Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by Zara Ramm
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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.


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- Mrs S

Ignore the doubters, well worth a listen

This is a worthy investment purely for the last story, Zara Ramm is the voice of the motley St Mary's crew and although I have the previously published Ebola it was a pleasure to hear them read in their oh so familiar voices.
Jodi Taylor has been asked by many readers to put together a collection of her short stories and it is patently obvious from the description what the book contains so I cannot comprehend those who complain at buying this version only to criticise the fact it is an anthology of previously published works. It's like buying a box of eggs and getting home to complain the box contained eggs not oranges!
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I love these stories and hope there are many more to come. Well written with humour and an enviable comradeship by Jodi Taylor the characters are brilliantly brought to life by Zara Ramm, invest your credit wisely and enjoy a trip up and down the timeline in excellent company.
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- sopranogirl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios