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Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor.

Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

Question: At this potentially sensitive point in your political manoeuvrings, who are the last people you’d want crashing through the door, observing, recording, documenting...? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Roman Holiday - an epic, standalone tale set in Ancient Rome, 44 BC, featuring, in no particular order: an attempted murder; stampeding bullocks; Cleopatra, queen of the Nile; a bowl of poisonous snakes; a smallish riot; Julius Caesar; and Mr Markham’s wayward bosoms.

Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Sires
  • 23-05-2015

We Come to Observe Caesar Not to Bury Him

The time traveling scholars of St Mary's are sent to room at that moment when Caesar has installed Cleopatra in his wife's home. As usual things go wrong and they have to get themselves out of a very bad mess.

Only a novella (hour and less than a quarter long) it is well narrated by Zara Ramm who is very much the voice of this series in my view.

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  • Regina
  • 06-11-2015

Who would have known

Where does Roman Holiday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a short, so it is pretty good for a short.

What did you like best about this story?

How the story brings history to life.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the characters describe what the leaders look like and how they saved Cleopatra.

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

It is fun all the way through there are many moments.

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  • Bonnie
  • 08-06-2018

Snakes gone wild

The mission was to mill around outside Caesar's house in Rome to listen to the thoughts and feelings of the Romans, and possibly get a quick glance at Cleopatra VII or of Caesar but not go inside the house. Of course, our heroine, Max, a tough, clumsy, and sincere female in true St. Mary's fashion does go inside and finds herself running for her life along with the other time travelers from St. Mary's.

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  • Don McDonald
  • 29-04-2018

Terrific.

I chuckled all the way through it. Dry humor and the ability to draw pictures with words. Narration fits perfectly.

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  • Jessica
  • 30-01-2018

Funniest Outing Yet

I love this series to death and though I appreciate its more serious tones, the humor is always my favorite aspect of the stories. As such, this is probably my favorite St. Mary’s tale. It made me laugh about loud several times and endearingly managed to refer to “snake goo” twice.

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  • James & Cindy Jackson
  • 10-10-2017

Ancient Rome & St. Mary's - what could go wrong

The mission was to mill around outside Caesar's house, gauge the thoughts and feelings of the Romans around, and possibly get a quick glance of Cleopatra or of Caesar himself. They never meant to go inside. But of course, in true St. Mary's fashion, they do, and find themselves running for their lives... again. Roman Holiday is a light read with few details back to the overarching story, but it is an entertaining read. Zara Ramm is a wonderful narrator, perfect for Max, and I am glad that she is now also narrating the short stories.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Chelsea
  • 31-05-2017

Zara Ramm is a wonderful narrator

Any additional comments?

This fun, short book takes place during the events of book 3. It's a quick stand-alone story about Max and the gang jumping to ancient Roman. The mission was to mill around outside Caesar's house, gauge the thoughts and feelings of the Romans around, and possibly get a quick glance of Cleopatra or of Caesar himself. They never meant to go inside. But of course, in true t. Mary's fashion, they do, and find themselves running for their lives... again. Roman Holiday is a light read with few details back to the overarching story (ie. relationships), but it is an entertaining read. Zara Ramm is a wonderful narrator, perfect for Max, and I am glad that she is now also narrating the short stories.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 01-05-2017

Ancient Rome & St. Mary's - what could go wrong?

Would you try another book from Jodi Taylor and/or Zara Ramm?

Yes. A lot of fun!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The only thing that comes to mind is make it longer.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not a thing. Zara Ramm is the perfect choice for this series

Do you think Roman Holiday needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well this is a novella set between two other books in a series - so that is already there.

Any additional comments?

This was a mission mentioned, almost in passing, in the previous Chronicles of St Mary's novel. Now we see what goes wrong on this "simple" mission....because, you know, it's St Mary's so nothing can go according to plan.

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  • John C.
  • 20-04-2017

Roman Holiday

This is a great short story. A wonderful introduction to this series. I will be listening to more.

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  • missjmrw7296
  • 03-04-2017

Great Short.

I do enjoy the characters of St Mary's. Their romps through history are fun and interesting. Makes me wonder about our recorded history. Well, anyway, Recommended. Especially if you like fun reads.

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  • UsefulThings
  • 29-05-2015

Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

Another great short tale with our favorites from St Marys. These short stoties are always worth a listen and fit well into the main series.

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  • KT
  • 16-06-2015

Great fun

I really enjoy the Chronicles of St Mary's and this short story was a delightful bonus. Zara Ramm is the perfect reader too.

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  • Roobarb
  • 14-05-2015

Short and sweet

A total romp!

I love how there's sneaky references to other texts.

read these in order, this one's 3.5

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  • Amy G
  • 28-04-2015

Favourite short story of the series

What made the experience of listening to Roman Holiday the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed reading this and all the other shorts available which add even more depth to the St Mary's series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max is always my favourite for her witty remarks and funny one-liners.

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  • Lesley
  • 28-04-2015

A delightful taster of life at St Mary's

As usual a historic trip into the past does not go as planned. Funny and wonderfully narrated. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Carien
  • 08-04-2015

A murderous plot

As always, the narration is excellent. When I read the novels I hear them in this exact voice in the back of my mind, too.
Who would have guessed St Mary's would outwit even the great Roman army? In typical chaos, of course...

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  • Steph H
  • 22-12-2016

Fun little dip in

Great little short story from this series. Very funny and well read.

On to the next one!

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  • Christine Siobhan barber
  • 12-11-2016

Roman holiday

Brilliantly funny and a great way at looking at history. Wouldn't it be great if you could go back in time for a holiday?

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  • MikeP
  • 29-09-2016

Amusing farce

Enjoyed this short story, a funny farcical tale beautifully read. A good use of an hours commute.

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  • Mrs
  • 07-09-2016

Sorry....boring...

Maybe just my taste but I didn't get very far into it before I stopped listening.

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