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A Trail Through Time Audiobook

A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

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St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles.

Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime.The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they're finally forced to take refuge at St Mary's - where new dangers await them.

As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary's is in grim earnest. Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary's possibly survive? So, make sure the tea's good and strong.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • Stephanie
    West Monroe, LA
    18/11/14
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    "The best book yet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I loved all the books so far in the series, this is by far the best one to date! This has the history, action, and St. Marys' at its unique and courageous finest. Historians are the BEST "action warriors!" This book has a well rounded set of; awkward romance, action, historians in action, civilians saving the day, bravery, and cheeky humor as always with the St. Marys' crew!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mixture of action, history, and a more indepth view of the staff and their courageous nature under "fire" from outside forces. Plus I like that it has a "real enemy" also that you believed could overcome the St. Marys' crew at any time....the suspense and inquinuity of St. Marys' was the best.


    What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she does a good job, but I think the book itself also would stand on its own. The really nice part is that she doesn't get in the way of the words...she lets them speak on their own. I do think she could add some inflection on occasion to make the funnier items more prevalent..but she does a great job overall.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fight between the St. Marys' teams and the "enemy" was one I really loved...the courage, the ingenuity, the loyalty, and moxie....fantastic combo!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a GREAT READ, and HIGHLY recommend it. I let a friend listen while we were on a car ride and now she's hooked...she loved the history and romance, I loved the action, humor, and interpersonal relationships within the St. Marys' team.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Bowie, MD, United States
    26/01/15
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    "Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, and yes. I love this series. Get book 1 and start the mad adventure of Max, Peterson, Leon and the other crazy historians at St. Mary's. You have to read it to know. Every story is a different adventure. The pod is their mode of transport like Dr. Who uses a phone booth.


    What other book might you compare A Trail Through Time to and why?

    Dr. Who comes to mind with the spinning phone booth winding up somewhere else. At least the pods are programmed for their destination.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not a particular one but I do like the History Muse who shows up to tell Max to get on with her next special tour.


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

    And the world goes white....just before you land somewhere else.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are exceptionally good. They are light with minimal sex scenes for those who prefer fantasy, and you don't really miss them. Max and Leon do 'get together' but you don't have to suffer through it with them. These are just good fun books for those who can suspend reality and enjoy fantasy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Janie
    Michigan
    15/11/14
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    "Purely delightful"

    I have fallen in love with the Chronicles of St. Mary's and I am 100% positive that Zara Ramm is half the reason. It is deeply British humor that shines with her pitch-perfect rendition of the subtle (and overt) humor in this series. The stories are fun, funny, action-packed, creative and wholly enjoyable.
    Although I loved this book (#4), it was, in fact, my least favorite because of [[[[SMALL SPOILER]]]] the fact that this other dimension is just enough "off" that you're not sure where "old friends" stand and who our main character really is,[[[[END SPOILER]]]] Having said that, however, I still loved the book and the performance. Definite cliff-hanger for book #5.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • loralou
    CORUNNA, ON, Canada
    10/12/14
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    "Best series this year"

    Fast paced, best narrator, best storyline. Witty. Laugh out loud funny. Edge of your seat drama, love story, historical history book. Love this series. best one this year!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Esther Stephenson
    Smyrna, TN
    23/01/15
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    "Wonderful"

    I want more but I am glad for a short breather between books. This is a wonderful series to read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Greta
    Kittery Point, ME, United States
    10/01/15
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    "Fantastic series!"

    All of the books by Jodi Taylor are absolutely marvelous. Entertaining and packed with action. And Zara Ramm has become one of my favorite readers. Please keep them coming ladies!! I can't get enough of St. Mary's.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    22/01/15
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    "Love love love!"

    This series of books is a little bit campy but I don't care at all. I love them!! The descriptions of the different historical periods, settings, and costumes are stunning. The narrator is really great. She brings amazing life to each voice and they all seem to be different.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M. C. Reed
    New England
    11/01/15
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    "This story renews with each book!"

    I keep thinking there can be no more to tell, but even though the main characters have no peace in their relationship, they keep going like the energizer bunny- more lives than you can imagine!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen
    Chesterton, IN, United States
    6/09/15
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    "Silly, Lovely"

    These are such odd books and a bit disjointed, just by time stream. But they are so much fun and so tongue in cheek. They're just a delight and are even more so as the series goes on. Enjoy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    20/01/15
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    "Fun series!"

    I loved listening to all the books in this series. The dry humour in the writing and the great narration made these a joy. I hope there are more books coming soon!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Mike Murphy
    Switzerland
    18/11/15
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    "Max grows up in her new world"

    At the end of “A Second Chance”, I was more than a little unsure where this series was going. I enjoyed the book, even the harrowing section about the fall of Troy, but the ending, which took Max into an alternate universe, seemed a little weak. I’d been concerned that the ideas had dried up and St Mary’s was no longer going to be part of the story-line.

    I needn’t have worried. “A Trail Through Time” actually boosts the series: some of the gloom and doom of the old St Mary’s is lifted without diminishing its anarchic character and recalcitrant nature; Max is delivered from life in the office to spend more time in a pod – well, actually, more time running away from people and things that are trying to kill her; and we get to visit London during the Black Death and again during a seventeenth century Frost Fair, Pompeii during the great eruption and Egypt at the time of the heretic Pharaoh, Akhenaten.

    There are new set of bad(ish) guys – the sinister, black-clad Time Police – and a new, but still familiar, St. Mary’s.

    What held everything together for me was the way Max embraced her second chance. She doesn’t take it for granted and she doesn’t get off easily but she commits herself to her new world with her usual passion, bravery and wonderfully dry and quintessentially British humour. We learn more about the darkness of her childhood and see her tested to her limits. She comes out of it stronger and somehow more grown up but without being any less of a walking hurricane.

    “A Trail Through Time” reinvigorated the series for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what Max gets up to next.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sheryl Mason
    Auckland, - New Zealand
    12/11/14
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    "It's still St Mary's"

    Pre-ordered this and seriously was counting the days till it was released. Jodi Taylor didn't fail to deliver again. A fast paced romp (including PJ's) through time, then some serious storylines.

    I'm a bit disappointed that Zara Ramm has dropped Dr Bairstow's accent (slight Scottish, I think - I'm a New Zealander and don't pick between Scottish and Irish well). Still, she still reads the books with an understanding of pace, suspense and emotion.

    I hope there will be more of these books. I fell in love with the first one and haven't been able to stop listening to them. I tried to listen to this in one sitting and sadly fell asleep almost right at the end (just at the interesting fight) so I had to finish it today. Jodi Taylor left it open ended enough for there to be more books and I hope her muse doesn't fail her.

    People have complained about plot holes in these books but I've found that Ms Taylor is quite adept in filling them in (not always in the same book). Let's face it, time travel allows the filling of plot holes.

    More please.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Geraldine
    27/07/15
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    "Lighthearted jolly good listen"
    Where does A Trail Through Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    St Mary's what fun - a really enjoyable fast paced humorous series with a wonderful female lead.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • elly gausden
    London, United Kingdom
    31/01/15
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    "The reader makes stupid errors on some words"

    Generally the reader is great but sometimes mis-reads a simple word, obvioulsy just in error, but also can't pronounce some others at all. Pyroclastic flow become proclastic and there's other. Overall she's fine but it does throw you out of the moment a fair amount.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • diva bubble
    frinton on sea uk
    23/01/15
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    "good read."

    As always I enjoyed this book. The tangles that Madeline Maxwell gets herself into are delightfully improbable. This book is a little more violent than the other books but I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    5/10/15
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    "I am addicted"

    I love this series. This one is a bit of a hodgepodge of stories woven together rather than one great adventure but equally as enjoyable as the others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    5/09/15
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    "Death cannot be the end!"

    Max is on her last adventure across the tide of time before taking on a promotion. But she is an historian. Nothing quite goes to plan!

    St Mary's is on danger and Max is in the middle of it all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D. Monticelli
    UK
    2/08/15
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    "A fun romp accross time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This whole series of books are just outstanding... how is it I had not heard of this series prior to the recommendation from Audible. Both my hubby and I are now hooked and consumed the first 4 books at a rate of knots.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a fun if slightly irreverent look at what time travel could be like. Borrows more than just a little bit from shows like Dr Who. But by the same token I think it has enough uniqueness to become4 its own TV show eventually. We would certainly watch it!!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    20/07/15
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    "So so good"

    I am addicted to Jodie Taylor's stories. Such a light hearted way to look at history through the ages. There a few places I would love to go to with the team dreams dreams

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stacey
    26/06/15
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    "A good listen but not the best in series"

    After book three the story of this one was a little disappointing but still a good listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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