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  • Time Police, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Doing Time

By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing the Time Police, the brand-new series by international best-selling author Jodi Taylor - an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary's series. Perfect listening for fans of Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde. 

A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity - and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history. 

And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs.

Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future - their own.

This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew - arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything. 

©2019 Jodi Taylor (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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"Inventive and entertaining...a fast-paced and fun first book in what promises to be an excellent new series." (Culturefly)

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Extreme fatshaming

I couldn’t get past chapter 5. Listening to intentionally derogatory descriptions of a family of fat people is honestly devastating and sickening, especially considering they’re a poor family of a “criminal”. Extremely disappointing.

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fun light read

enjoyed all except the rudeness about fat people, who are all stupid apparently, other than that a fun read

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Love it

I was initially worried a new series would take away from St Mary’s, instead it complements it beautifully. Looking forward to the next time police adventure.
Jodi Taylor, due to life challenges I thought I had forgotten how to laugh. You have helped me find my laugh and I smile often when I see something which is so in character for one of your great books.

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Jodie Taylor is just right for this time.

If you're a St Mary's fan then you've already bought and read or listened to this and - like me - are no doubt glad for having done so. As an 'establishing' book of a new series, it carries lots of promise and more than a passing resemblance to what we've known and loved. The three main characters are are wonderfully flawed, laughably endearing and guaranteed to make a fabulous team into the future - and the past. The story and the decisions of the characters stretch credulity in the regular Taylor way but the story galumphs along like a favourite Labrador searching out a biscuit - you know where it's going better than it does but you also know there will be a satisfying conclusion.

This sort of gentle, humourous distraction is perfect for these anxious, isolated times. Thanks Jodi and Zara!

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Brilliant!

The Time Police from the inside! All the mayhem and humour you could wish for. Three great new characters to follow as they learn new things about themselves and the world of history. I enjoyed every bit of this and the narration was superb!

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moderately entertaining but lacks substance

Vague, surface level discussion about institutional entrenchment and systemic bigotry but doesn't contribute anything meaningful to the conversation. Time travel is also surface level, not explored in depth. Crime drama element is also two dimensional. Full of tropes and clichés but doesn't reach deeper. Fine for light entertainment but not remarkable or memorable. Lots of missed opportunities and overall falls pretty flat.

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A light hearted fun listen

This was a 'page turner.' A light adventure with good characters and some laughs

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Wonderfully wrought and presented, British humour

I used to wish I qualified for Hogwartz
Now that I'm all grown up I want to join the Time Police

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Fantastic

Thank you Jodi for such great entertainment, adventure and laughs. Zara, never stop reading Jodis books. Keep them coming!

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Perfect light entertainment

i found this fun story and characters. wholesome and entertaining. great listen without too much baggage.

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