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A Second Chance

The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese. The long awaited jump to Bronze Age Troy ends in personal catastrophe for Max and just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse - it’s back to the Cretaceous Period again to confront an old enemy who has nothing to lose. So, make the tea, grab the chocolate biscuits, settle back and discover exactly why the entire history department has painted itself blue.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios

What the critics say

"Ramm deftly takes listeners through Taylor's temporal shifts, emphasizing Max's dry wit and sense of the ridiculous.... Ramm's smooth voice pivots to a tone of regret and loss as Max confronts the consequences of dabbling in time. Ramm portrays Max's complex nature in all its flawed humanity." ( AudioFile)

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Lovely!

Delightful, fun, romantic, witty. Every bit as fun as the first two books. Loved it from start to finish. #audibleone

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Love this series

The narrator adds so much to the story. You can just visualize what is going on. Such fun and fascinating stories. Actually learn some history many times.

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  • MJ
  • 2014-09-06

This series is just gettihg better and better.

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This series is fast becoming one of my favorites. I love the lead character, Max, for her snarky humor, and she is surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters at St. Mary's. There's humor, adventure, history (some interesting re-tellings and speculations) and romance.

Do yourself a favor and don't start with this book--go back to the first in the series, Just One Damned Thing After Another, and get to know these people from the beginning. You won't be sorry.

Zara Ramm does a wonderful job of narration--I will look for other books that she reads just to hear her interpretation of them.

Highly recommended! I can't wait for the next one, which is due out in print in January 2015. I'm hoping the Audible version won't be far behind.

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  • Jean the Urban Walker.
  • 2015-07-29

No one can get enough of Dr 'Max' Maxwell

Where does A Second Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Outstanding storyline & the narration is {pun intended} pitch-perfect. Zara Ramm IS Max; you can hear how much she loves her character as she bring her to life time & time again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Second Chance?

The great cheese roll. I'd like to get my hands on one of those 'I survived' tee shirts. They could write 'duck' on the rear and make it an instant best seller. Followed by the 'Smurf' episode. I listened to both more than once as I started laughing so hard I could not concentrate initially.

Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favorite?

Max - hands down.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I actually walked totally out of my way several times to get more listening time in. This needs to be a movie.

Any additional comments?

I THINK I purchased the first book, 'Just One Damned Thing After Another' during a special sale. It made such an impression on me that I wanted to hear more from & about Max. I already have book 6 on pre-order and starting to mildly panic as I am already starting Book 4 and it's only been a little over two weeks since I first met Max and the quirky crew at St Mary's. Max is such an identifiable and wonderful character; you just want her to be your friend/boss.

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  • loralou
  • 2014-11-03

New favorite author found!

Love this series this book was even better than the first one couldnt wait to read the second one finished the third one in a week ( which is a record for me) preordered the fourth one.
Sent to Troy her long awaited destinations causes her to make a everlasting life changing decision.

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  • Tom Coppler
  • 2015-10-16

Could not follow

What disappointed you about A Second Chance?

Taylor's jumping all over between past and present and different parallel time lines without any reason (did not have to be logical or possible) left me lost and very disappointing because I enjoyed books 1&2 and looked forward to the whole series.

Please someone tell me she gets back on tract so I can read the rest.

Has A Second Chance turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

Everything she is Max.

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  • Jessica
  • 2015-05-15

I love this series!

This is a great series. If you have listened to the previous books, you will like this one as well. It has all of the really dark bits, the really funny bits, the craziness that is St Mary's. This one ended in a way that I'm not sure I like, but I believe that the next one will be amazing and will totally make up for it. Let me be clear, it wasn't badly written, it just went in a direction I wasn't prepared for. It is still Jodi Taylor writing a great story and Zara Ramm narrating in her most excellent and awesome way. Looking forward to starting the next one right away!

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  • Sheryl
  • 2014-10-08

A series well worth reading

Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in the series. So, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't thrill me as much as the others. It started off very slow for me and I actually got a bit bored with all the details about Troy (but then, I'm not a history buff). This book just had a different feel to it and I missed the feel of the first two. The second half of the book picked up considerably for me (hence 4 stars instead of 3). I don't like some of the choices Ms. Taylor made and given the end am not sure why she made them in the first place. It was all a bit too heart-wrenching for me and then totally shocking come the final chapters. Regardless, I am still looking forward to reading the next book to see where the storyline goes. I adore these characters and the audio narration by Zara Ramm. I hope book 4 comes out in audio sooner rather than later.

Just a note- be sure to read the series in order and don't start from the middle. It really won't do the books justice.

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  • Robin
  • 2017-06-30

One of the best of this series

I love The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Funny, well written and very smart. This is one of my favorite installments. Doesn't matter if you're a teen or an oldster .... you will have a great listening experience!

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  • Gwen K.
  • 2015-01-20

Did anyone notice a change at chapter 16

What did you love best about A Second Chance?

I have enjoyed the first three books in this series and hope it continues for a long while. I love the combination of adventure and humor with a little romance.

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

I think Zara Ramm is a wonderful reader and I have enjoyed listening to her on the first two books and the first 15 chapters of this book, but as I was driving in my car today we switched to chapter 16 and to my ear there was a different reader. The voice was off and the cadence was different. I am still in chapter 16 so I do not know if this continues but I am interested to know if anyone else has experienced this, since I have not seen another reader credited and no one else has mentioned it.

Any additional comments?

I love this series and Zara Ramm and I hope she continues to read, voice act, not sure what the right word is, but she adds to the experience for me.

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  • S. S.
  • 2017-04-06

A Second Chance

I have enjoyed this series of books immensely. The narrator is what makes them so enjoyable. She does a marvelous job. This book of the series is not the best though. It's full of second chances. Maybe it's too full . At the end it felt like the author was trying to set up future storylines and like she had not been happy with some story decisions she had made in this book.

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  • john
  • 2016-05-24

Nice story but big plotholes

This is a really interesting story line with a unique device for getting into history. Unfortunately just when you relax and start to enjoy it the main protagonists do something completely out of line for their character yanking you uncomfortably out of the suspension of disbelief

1 of 1 people found this review helpful