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And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'.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
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"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs S on 16-06-17

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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Hevpais on 13-06-17

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.

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 10-06-17

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By D on 10-06-17

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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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