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  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  • A Christmas Short-Story Collection
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm, Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm,Lucy Price-Lewis
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Publisher's Summary

In the always eventful worlds of Jodi Taylor, it's never Christmas without illegal expeditions, riotous misbehaviour and stories you just can't put down . . .

This festive collection takes readers from Frogmorton Farm to Time Police HQ via the Institute of Historical Research at St Mary's in five (and a bit) short stories. A Bumper Bundle of Christmas tales collected together for the very first time.

Includes a Christmas message from the author herself and an exclusive new St Mary's scene, 'A Storm in a Teacup'

Why is Nothing Ever Simple? For once, this Christmas jump is perfectly legal - though that doesn't make it any less dangerous. It's Major Guthrie's last, and to the Battle of Bannockburn, no less.

The Ordeal of the Haunted Room Who wouldn't jump at the chance to experience an authentic Victorian Christmas? Complete with a murderous ghost and one terrifying night in a terrible storm.

The Toast of Time Max and Markham prepare for their very first Christmas away from St Mary's, sure to be full of Peace and Goodwill to all men . . . plus Fabergé eggs, legendary swords and a belligerent ram.

Santa Grint It all begins when the Time Police hold their first Christmas Party. Their most dangerous mission yet.

Joy to the World When things take a unseasonably tricky turn on Frogmorton Farm, only Thomas can step in to save Christmas day . . .

©2023 Jodi Taylor (P)2023 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Only one new short story

I was disappointed to download the audiobook to discover that with the exception of one story, the first, all the other stories are already available on audiobook. I feel a little ripped off by the publishers and audible.


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Perfect Christmas listen

I always love the st Mary’s Christmas shirts, and while I have heard most of these previously I loved the register all the same

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Stories from elsewhere

Bought this when I wasn't paying attention. I had already decided that I owned the stories and not to purchase - and then I forgot. There was one very short story to begin the collection and the rest were already published.

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  • Dave
  • 02-12-2023

The Most Wonderful Collection of the Year

Jodi Taylor has gathered together of excellent short stories that make you smile and warm your heart. If you don’t grab these, then you deserve a good kicking.

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  • Argon1
  • 08-12-2023

repeats of past storys

I love the author and the performance but I was looking for something fresh as far as the storys not a collection of old stuff

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  • Mountain Joy
  • 15-01-2024

Delightful Holiday Stories!

This is a warm and wonderful addition to the collection of Time Police and St. Mary's books. Thank you! it made my Christmas!!

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  • dnawarren
  • 09-01-2024

Nice introduction to St Mary's

This is a lovely collection of short stories. I have not read any books by Jodi Taylor before and these stories were a fun introduction to her broad cast of characters. I am intrigued by the snippets of life at St. Mary's and the Time Police and plan to continue to explore Ms. Taylor's future universe. The final story did not seem to connect for me. Laura Ramm was an excellent narrator. She made it easy to keep up with who was speaking and brought the stories to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2024

Love Jodi Taylor’s Christmas stories!

We got stories from 3 of her ongoing series. I knew nothing about the Frogmorton Farm series but will now listen to the first one

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  • Beth Doyle
  • 04-01-2024

Love it

As always it is great and so enjoyable. Surprise to see Frogmorten in here too

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  • F. Brown
  • 31-12-2023

Humorous, witty and touching

I am working in a foreign country at Christmastime, and listening to this book was like a visit with old friends, which made me giggle and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you as always, Jodi Taylor.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-12-2023

These are a few of my favorite things…

I love Jodi Taylor’s work. Her story telling is first rate. This collection of shorter works is so much fun. The annual Christmas story has become part of my family’s tradition. Keep up the good work!

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  • ScretSquirrl
  • 14-12-2023

Jodi Taylor does it again!

The collection of short stories is a great bite-size way to listen to Zara Ramm tell us more from the world of Jodi Taylor and the antics of the St. Mary's crew!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-12-2023

Thank you!

I have always loved St. Mary's Christmas stories and the fact that you put them all together in one package is a great Christmas gift. I say "thank you" because you have added a different short story that now has me intrigued and curious about another series. Jodi Taylor you are the best.

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  • Purple Snowdrop
  • 03-12-2023

nothing new this time

Sorry but this time I'm very disappointed
this is just a book of shorts that have been out on audible either as stand alone books or as part of other anthologies
the first story starts, then 10 or so minutes later starts again with a bit more tacked onto the end.
wish I had realised I would have given this one a miss as I have all of the included stories

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  • Dominic
  • 04-12-2023

disappointing

As i have all the stories as stand alone audiobooks i was disappointed that there weren't more new ones. As usual beautifully read and with an introduction but not really worth a credit i feel. All in all it was not a good buy for me

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  • Graham Middleton
  • 13-12-2023

No new stories in this compilation

What a shame. I like the stories but these have already been released as stand-alone books and was very disappointed that this Christmas release was simply a rehashed compilation of them. This is not what I expected from Jodi Taylor and can only presume that her publisher has pushed for it. I feel I have been conned into spending money as I pre-ordered. Sorry Ms Taylor this was a very bad mistake and I for one will not pre-order in future but wait to confirm the content. I have all books available on audible and was looking forward to a new listen!

I listened right through in the hope there would be new content but was totally disappointed. Am checking if I can get a refund.

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  • Tapaway
  • 19-12-2023

Disappointed

One whole credit for books I already have in my library - I work hard for my money and have enjoyed these books so much but don’t expect to pay for the repeat. Jodi Taylor, I Thankyou for our usual Christmas bonus but this one was just wrong.

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  • LMC
  • 16-12-2023

Repeats for profit?

if one is a fan, this is not worth a credit as likely already purchased.

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  • PNicholasR
  • 31-12-2023

not standalone stories?

I bought this under the impression that it was a collection of standalone stories. unless I'm very mistaken they are instead stories that only make sense if the reader has previously read the associated novels. To 'help' the narrator does give a long list descriptions of a host of characters, at the start of some of the stories, but they are so apparently random and tied with references to situations and other bizarre and unknown characters that it only serves to confuse. The quality of both the writing, and the narration, is obviously excellent but (for me at least) unless you are previously familiar with Jodi's novels it is a hopeless, disappointing, audio tome.
Sorry Jodi

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  • Lynda S.
  • 11-12-2023

Nice to hear them again

I have all the stories yet I enjoyed an evening with Jody and Zara as I made Christmas wreaths. Merry Christmas to all

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-2024

brilliant as ever

the only thing I dont like is that i have often already bought some of the stories. always worth another listen though and loved the mix of stories in this.

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  • Melissa edwards
  • 23-01-2024

Christmas theme with a modern twist

I read this book over the Christmas holidays and it is a collection of short stories. These stories are Christmas themed, but with a modern twist.

I must say, I did find these stories, a little hard to follow at times due to the list of characters that are given at the beginning of each story. I feel that there were too many characters in some of the stories to keep track of what was actually happening.

My favourite one of these short stories was the one that sat in Victorian times. I found this one, the most enjoyable. It was very interesting how Jodi Taylor managed to incorporate the aspects of a Victorian Christmas so completely.

Perhaps it was just me not being in the right frame of mind when reading this book, but as I had trouble keeping up with the stories, I wouldn’t rush to read another Jodi Taylor book.

I write this book 2 stars.

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  • Lilian
  • 22-01-2024

The variety of stories and the good length

Just the variety and the good length with the new characters and my old favourites that make me laugh🤗

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