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Christmas Past

A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 8.6
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational.

Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

'Tis the season to be jolly. It's also the season of goodwill towards all mankind.

Pity no-one told Max.

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • D
  • 26-12-2017

I wish I could give more stars than 5

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It’s 10pm Christmas Day and the relatives have gone home, the house is clean again, and no one found my stash of cookies. I started this story and fell in love with Max all over again.

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  • Cheryl
  • 10-01-2019

I Loved this Story

Max and Matthew and Leon
This tender and we'll written story - well just read/listen to it for a lovely tale that highlights exactly what Christmas is about

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  • Mrs. C
  • 18-04-2020

heartwarming

the narration was wonderful and, as always with Jodi Taylor's Christmas shorts, the story was divine. this one leaves you with a smile because "Mummy is awesome".

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  • Barbara Blanks aka StFlossie
  • 31-12-2019

Quick, pleasant listen

There's always humor in a Jodi Taylor story, even a short story. Nothing heavy about this one, but it's enjoyable. And I do enjoy Max's internal dialogues.

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  • TreasureHunter
  • 19-12-2019

I'm surprised ...

... that the BBC hasn't snatched up the St. Mary's Chronicles and turned them into an award-winning television series! Each one is a time travel treat!

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  • Paul R.
  • 21-06-2019

Glorious!!

This is ridiculously satisfying. The narrator, as always, was wonderful. A mother's story, her son's story and exactly what needed to happen.
I've listened to it at least a dozen times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2019

Now we know where Dickens got the idea!

Now we know where Dickens got the idea 💡! In fact I like 👍 this one better, especially the ending!!!!!

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  • bebe
  • 09-01-2019

Sweet little short story

This was a short and sweet story in which Max and her son Matthew go back in time to check on Mathew's fellow chimney sweeps in London. They take great Christmas presents and also deal with the horrible Mrs. Scrope who was so cruel to Matthew when he was a chimney sweep. The narrator, Zara Ramm is awesome as usual. My only complaint is that it cost too much to be only about an hour and a half long. I took away a star for that reason.

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  • Debbie Whittington
  • 29-12-2018

More!

A great follow up to the last story. Love the St. Mary's Christmas stories. I'm just ready for another full length novel.

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  • Hans L Erdman
  • 06-12-2018

I love Christmas at St.. Mary's!

...or wherever they are in time. Max is always a hoot, Leon is always as taciturn as ever, and this time nobody dies, at least while Max is there. I've listened to all of the Christmas short stories from Jodi Taylor's series, and they are always good. I won't use up a credit for a short story, but I'm willing to pay the cash price because it's worth it. Zara Ramm nails the narration every time, too. Just like Tiny Tim saying, "God bless us everyone!" Matthew's "Mummy is awesome!" maybe one of the best Christmas closing lines ever.

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  • Allan
  • 23-12-2017

Really enjoyed the story

Really enjoyed the story a bit like a twisted version of Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol

I happily recommend it 👍👍👍👍

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  • Angela
  • 04-01-2018

Too short

I enjoy all of Jodi Taylor's books but this I found a little too short.

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  • slow fan
  • 02-01-2018

Another good one

As always in this seires it's good story and much to short for my likening hope there will be a full book soon

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  • cheryl
  • 01-01-2018

A huge dose of Mushy

Fantastic listen to! I LOVE Jodis work anyway, but this short Christmas story was by far one of the niceset sweetest candy floss and candy cane flavoured with cherry sauce on the top stories ever! I thought at first it was going to be a re run of a christmas carol, but no, its much better than that. If you havent heard of Jodi Taylor yet you are missing out, and if you havent heard any of the short stories, then give this one a go, with a cup of tea, warm fire and cake, as its just perfect for a long winter evening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-2017

She did it again!!!!!!

Another great Christmas treat from Jodi Taylor. Max and the disaster magnets of St Mary's barge into trouble yet again.

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  • David
  • 23-12-2017

When's the next book due.

The only disappointment with reading this book is I have now read them all and have to wait for the next Jodi Taylor book.

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  • Prudence
  • 23-12-2017

AWESOME!

As usual, brilliant. Mums are the best. And we never get the last word. Magic!

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  • Julie
  • 05-01-2018

Another winner

A lovely short story which continues the St Marys series. Zara Ramms narration, as ever, is delightful and brings the characters alive. Looking forward to the next instslment

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  • nought
  • 29-12-2017

GreAt listen

Always enjoy st Mary's always interesting
.very well written with a touch of humour
Recommend

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  • Mrs Penny Giddings
  • 27-12-2017

Good seasonable story.

Great story, but wished we had been more up to date with all Max's adventures. love Max, she is so credible.

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