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And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'.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

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.
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Book Details

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