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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • De : Jodi Taylor
  • Lu par : Zara Ramm
  • Durée : 9 h et 30 min
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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Just One Damned Thing After Another

De : Jodi Taylor
Lu par : Zara Ramm
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    Description

    The first book in the best-selling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.

    Time Travel meets History in this explosive bestselling adventure series.

    'So tell me, Dr Maxwell, if the whole of History lay before you...where would you go? What would you like to witness?' 

    When Madeleine Maxwell is recruited by the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research, she discovers the historians there don't just study the past - they revisit it.

    But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And she soon discovers it's not just History she's fighting....

    ©2013 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars

    Really enjoyable

    A very amusing but also touching story, with a nicely researched historical background. The reading is perfect too, which together lead to a most enjoyable experience, as well as an overpowering driving force to go on to the next collection of the adventures of Max at St Mary's. Max is a super lady, someone who I'd hate to anger, but I'd give anything to have as a friend. The characters are that real... at the end of the tale you don't want to leave them for too long. Fantastic stuff, don't miss out!

    • Global
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      5 out of 5 stars

    Such fun!!

    The main character Max is just perfect!
    I am just sad to have finished the saga!

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Sires
    • 13/04/2014

    Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

    In case this bothers a reader: this is a first person point of view story. It also contains some (brief) sex and adult language. Probably I wouldn't have even thought about either factor except someone had rated it as one star because it wasn't CLEAN enough. I really hate that term applied to books, unless someone if referring to the condition of the pages rather than the content. The setting is the UK at some near future point in time.

    Any way, the heroine, a woman who has completed her doctorate in history, is recruited by an old teacher who once at a pivotal moment in her life provided guidance, into a time travel project. There's lots of action and adventure as she has to cope not just with being sent back to dangerous time periods, but also with problems from the future.

    People who enjoy Connie Willis' time travel books or Kage Bakers novels of the Company might enjoy at least this first book. It's complete in itself although it is part of a series. It's also science fiction rather than romance.

    I would also point out that despite the enthusiasm of what I assume are fans, that Taylor hasn't yet reached the skill level of the other authors I have mentioned. If it were possible to give half stars I would give the story 3.5 stars. On at least two occasions the author dumps a load of information on the reader rather than feeding it bit by bit. Luckily the narrator, who I do not think I've encountered before, was able to wend her way through it. I'm not sure how I would have reacted had I been reading the print version at those points-- probably put it down for a while. But I'm sure I would have gone back because I've developed a bit of soft spot for the heroine.

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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Annissa
    • 06/06/2014

    Does what it says on the tin

    This was a moderately enjoyable read. I must admit that it made my historian's heart beat a little bit faster to read about historians living and exploring historical events. However, the characters in the story never really came alive for me. Motivations and personalities never really seemed to gel and when I finished the book I still felt like I didn't know anyone in the book, not even the protagonist. I prefer character-driven stories, and this was very much action-oriented. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea, either. I also had difficulty understanding the time span of this book. What I thought had been a few months had actually been five years and I wonder if I wasn't paying attention or if the passage of time was really glossed over. That said, the story held my interest, even with little nitpicky criticisms I had about plot points, and I don't regret the purchase. However, it isn't likely I'll pick up Book 2 in this series.

    Zara Ramm did a good job narrating the book. While she did do accents, she didn't give characters distinctive voices. That, in addition to the aforementioned issues I had with characterization, plus the occasional nickname bandied about, made it difficult for me to tell some characters apart from one another.

    This is a fun read, but I would only recommend it to people who want to enjoy a little bit of bubble gum reading.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Kathy in CA
    • 15/08/2014

    Adventures in Time Travel!

    I know there are folks who buy a book because of its cover. I got this one because of its title--I just couldn't resist it! Besides, time travel is 'in' right now and often can be very entertaining.

    Over all, I found the story enjoyable and a fun read. The heroine is surprisingly able and competent to handle herself in difficult situations and to save the day for her colleagues. I found this a bit incongruous with the narrator's particular British accent, in that I just could not imagine someone who talked like that punching someone in the face or being rough and tough enough to carry the story. Yet, Max was just that kind of heroine. I guess you just can't judge a book by its accent!

    In contrast to a previous reviewer, I enjoyed this book much more than Connie Willis' two World War II time travel books, which I found very unsatisfying and frustrating. Jodi Tayor's character, Max, has actual relationships with other characters and all these characters are more developed. I found Max's adventures in time travel into the past much more engaging. The Willis books, while expertly researched, were pure drudgery for me.

    If you love time travel books and are happy with a very British sounding heroine, this book will be a fun read for you. Go for it!

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Sara
    • 16/07/2015

    One Disjointed Story Line After Another

    I tried this book because of all the favorable reviews here on audible and all the positive comparisons to Connie Willis' collection of books. I have enjoyed the the first two books in Willis' time travel series very much and hoped for more along that genre with this series. That was not to be. To me, this book had tons of potential--but in the end the story was too light weight, the action jumped around too much and the characters became blurred and vague.

    At first, I liked the narration as Hamm's voice was pleasant--but as the reading progressed everything started sounding the same. Flat and monotone --no matter what action was occurring at the time. I agree with another reviewer that it felt like a long string of TV episodes. In the end it wasn't enough to hold my interest. I gave up due to sheer boredom. Can't recommend.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Matthew
    • 16/06/2014

    A female thriller for all listeners

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, maybe not for everyone, but certainly fans of scifi/thrillers with a serious comedic spin. Taylor writes in an almost stream of concious manner, and Zara Ramm brings authenticity and wonderful humour to the narration.
    There is just enough adult themes to temper the humour, and although it does require a bit of a stretched belief model, I do recommend it.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Max ( our hero ) is difficult not to cheer for, and engages us all the way. The bad guys are not very well crafted, at least in this first book of what I hope is a long series.

    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She sparkles. Humour, drama, authenticity, and consistency. What's not to like?

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am not creative enough to get this one nailed.

    Any additional comments?

    This is the first of what promises to be a classic series of funny/serious/scifi time travel thrillers, in classic British style. There is a slight "chick lit" aspect to the offering, but it is highly enjoyable for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have downloaded the sequel already. Highly recommended.

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      3 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Rachel
    • 27/06/2014

    Connie Willis mixed with Jasper Fforde

    Before listening to the book, I thought it sounded an awful lot like the time traveling series by Connie Willis. Willis' books are so good--and I've gone through them all--that I thought I'd try Taylor's. The voicing (as well as, probably the accent) and the odd sorts of things that happen remind me of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. The story reminds me of Willis and, sometimes, Fforde.

    Unfortunately, both Fforde and Willis write better books than this one. Taylor's time traveling seems to be a rough copy of Willis' but with less rationality or logic. It may be silly to ask for logic when talking about science fiction, but I felt too many things in this booked happened that way because it allowed the author to easily dispatch a problem she had written in.

    A lot happens in this book and it seemed really too much to handle carefully in one book. We are introduced to the main character, her life, her introduction to St. Mary's her first mission, second, etc, on through 5 or so years of her adventures before we even get to what might be the big adventure. But because of our fast paced introduction, we never really get to know most of the supporting characters particularly well. Things happen, then we're suddenly rushed past the results and the unsatisfactory explanation and we're racing on to the next event.

    In Connie Willis' books, she gives us all the information we need to understand why things are happening in this future world and why they can't happen another way. We understand character motivation and the movement of the narrative is towards some significant events. Reading Willis I felt satisfaction in the resolution of conflicts or crises. Reading Taylor I just felt vaguely annoyed and vaguely entertained throughout. I also felt like several things that maybe were supposed to be surprises were telegraphed far ahead of time--or I'd read them before from another author. Or maybe they were just cliches.

    Oddly, though I guessed a few secrets/surprises early on, while I listened there were several times when I missed the actual revelation of the secrets. The character had a mysterious something (no spoilers), then the event finished and later the character talked about how surprised she was by the revelation of the mysterious something. But when did anyone actually reveal the mysterious something? I didn't hear it--and I was listening with full attention. It happened at least twice.

    As to the Fforde comparison, the zaniness and non-stop action seem similar (and there is a mention of bringing back the dodo). Fforde's writing is a zany, enjoyable ride. This book left me feeling uncomfortable throughout, asking three sorts of questions: How did that happen? When did they tell us that key bit of info? and Did Taylor actually steal these ideas from other authors?

    The narrator was fine, but some differentiation between character's voices would have helped me keep track of dialogue in one or two spots where, even afterwards, I couldn't tell who was speaking.

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Peter
    • 29/06/2015

    Plot had great promise

    Any additional comments?

    This book was a terrible disappointment. The general concept behind the story really excited me. It could have been fabulous if not for the way it was written. The sarcastic main character is annoying and shallow. All the characters are shallow. This is the sort of book that Hollywood might turn into a fast paced action thriller focused on special effects. If thats your thing, than you might like this book. The narration was fine but couldn't overcome the lack of depth to the story.

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Pamela
    • 02/02/2015

    Less than expected

    I had high hopes for this book, but it's far less interesting than its premise. If, like me, you're interested in the idea of somebody being able to explore historical periods, this is NOT a book for you. Though the characters travel back in time, we don't actually get any interaction with historical figures or even much description of the times or places. There is a lot of silly Adventure Story plot, but very little about time travel or English history.

    Worse still, the protagonist is annoying, and her character doesn't make sense. She's supposed to be a PhD in History, but she acts like a simpering and rather foolish teenager, even though she's a grown woman and, so we are told, a gifted scholar. A lot of the characters' interactions are straight out of a YA story about a high school for magical time-traveling teens, but, again, we are supposed to believe these are all intelligent adults. Zara Ramm's reading is perfectly competent, but the character is so annoying I found myself disliking her performance.
    I suggest skipping this one.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Sheryl
    • 13/04/2014

    Fantastic, original and unique! A must read

    Wow! What an excellent and original book! I am so glad that I took a friend's recommendation and read this book. I switched between the kindle version and the audio and I honestly can't say which I enjoyed more. The narrator is wonderful and the book is a delight. It was well-written and exciting and kept me up late into the night reading/listening. I didn't want it put it down. I cannot wait to read/listen to the next one.

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      2 out of 5 stars
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      2 out of 5 stars
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      1 out of 5 stars
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    • Margaret
    • 18/11/2014

    Lightweight imitation of Connie Willis

    After listening to the compelling stories and narration of Connie Willis' time traveling historians, I couldn't get into this flippant imitation.

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    • BikerJoe
    • 10/11/2016

    Chick Lit Science Fiction

    Unfortunately this novel does not live up to the expectations created by the generally extremely positive reviews. It is after all very light fare. Some parts are entertaining enough, the prose is simple and a good match to the vivacious, bubbly main character and of course there is ample sex and action, but overall, it remains chick lit. The time travel makes it look like science fiction, but Jody Taylor does not make a serious effort to avoid all the inconsistencies and flaws the plot presents. She expects the reader to overlook all of that and simply enjoy the story.

    I had a hard time finding this enjoyment, because the narrative descends to the level of dime novels at times. A typical example, Max, the female historian and main character is in the car with her boss, Chief Leon Farrell, on the way back to the office. Out of the blue she offers to give him the best blow job ever. He is so shocked that he hits a tree and they immediately have passionate and wild sex on the hood of the car.

    What really made me dislike the book, is the careless attitude the main characters display, when colleagues and friends die during accidents or in enemy attacks. Some of these scenes are pretty gory and a harsh contrast to the generally flippant style of the story.

    The story itself is full of surprises and takes a couple of unexpected turns. Max starts her first job as a historian at St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research. No big surprise, not academia, but something completely different, outraging and adventurous is expecting her. The historians explore the past in contemporary times, they practice time travel. Of course the risks are high, history will fight back and kill, if the rules are broken. But this is not all of it, terrorists got hold of this technology as well and use it for their own purposes.

    The plot sounds interesting enough, but the story telling is flawed. It is not only the holes and contradictions in the concept of time travel, it is also the sketchy characters and the superficial storytelling, which turned the book into a big disappointment for me.

    If you want to read outstanding books with a similar subject, try Connie Willis. She will not disappoint you, especially, when you start with “Doomsday”.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • anouk15
    • 03/11/2017

    Loved it

    Never wrote a review before but just could not resist for this one. I absolutely loved everything about it. A great story, exciting, fun, lovely, keeps you on your toes but at the same time makes you feel cosy and yearning for a cup of tea. I listen to it mainly while out running and sometimes get so caught up in it, that I forget all about how exhausting the exercise is. And the speaker is absolutely brilliant. Fits the story perfectly and I could not imagine this being read by anyone else. Do yourself a favor and listen to this story!

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 09/02/2021

    Sehr unterhaltsam und temporeich

    Man kann etwas über Geschichte lernen und hat jede Menge zu schmunzeln - es kommen höchstens ein paar Tote zuviel vor.

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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Janette D.
    • 29/09/2020

    Half-assed

    Started out relatively entertaining. But half-assed world building & logical inconsistencies made it not worthwhile.

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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Mali
    • 04/10/2019

    Sprecherin hat es eilig

    leider liest die Sprecherin so schnell, dass ich Schwierigkeiten habe, alles zu verstehen, trotz B2-C1

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Jumilaa
    • 20/02/2019

    Loved it

    great story, wonderful speaker, I really loved her voice. I am not a native speaker, the possibility to reduce the speed suited me fine. I look forward to hear more books read by Zara Ramm

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