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And Now for Something Completely Different

Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Here's a question for you. What's the most exciting thing ever found in a fire bucket? 

And don't say 'fire' because you'll be wrong.  

Suppose - just suppose - it was the technology to take a pod to Mars.

Yeah, now we're talking!  

Every Christmas, for reasons which seem good at the time - especially after an eggnog or two - Max and the others leap into the nearest pod and indulge in their illegal Christmas jump. It's a tradition. This year, however, just to be different, they find themselves part of someone else's illegal Christmas jump. It's time to don a spacesuit and bring your own urine!

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Angi
  • 2018-12-31

OhMy! My Face Hurts from Laughter!

This along with all the other St. Mary’s books is absolutely wonderful! It’s full of both actual history and altered history. But the dialog is so spot on hilarious that my face hurts from laughter.

I happened to be listening to this while out shopping. That may not have been the best idea since I was of course wearing earbuds. The people out shopping that day kept giving me the strangest looks as I continued to burst out laughing as they passed by! I tried to apologize and show them my earbuds and tell them it was an audiobook but they did not care to hear that. So... oh well. I enjoyed it!!!

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  • j. humphries
  • 2019-02-18

BEST SERIES EVER!!!

as always Jodi comes through with humor and adventure with a dose of drama. The problem is she can’t crank the books out fast enough. I wish I had never started these books so I could experience finding them for the first time again!

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  • JGrace
  • 2018-12-29

A disappointment

This is a short story from Taylor’s ongoing time travel series. A very short story. Listening time came in just under 2 hours. Of the two hours, possibly 30 minutes held new material. I didn’t object when the author rehashed background from previous books in her preface, but when characters in the story reiterate exactly the same material, this was obviously padding to meet a required word count.
The actual story about an illicit ‘jump’ to the first human Mars landing was mildly entertaining. However, it suffered from the very tired, overused, body fluid jokes. And, it didn’t help that the author took the narrative voice away from Maxwell. Overall, a disappointment.

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  • Sandra Dee
  • 2018-12-30

You have to wonder. . .

whether to be afraid, (very afraid) or continue to marvel about the inventive mind of Jodi Taylor. Thoroughly entertaining short Christmas offering. Always a good value.

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  • Mike Mercereau
  • 2018-12-28

Fun diversion but abrupt ending

Loved this was released on Christmas day, ties in well to the story. The plot progressed nicely, but then...boom it ends.

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  • J. B. Taylor
  • 2019-10-05

One of Ms. Taylor's best

I wish this book was longer. The story was spell binding as was the preformance. I'm still laughing at the politician joke, one of her best.

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  • Sara E. James
  • 2019-04-19

Better than Battersea Barricades

I don't care for the ones where the story is mostly an interview rather than deep point of view action. We do get part of this story as actual action, so it's better than Barricades was.

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  • Bridget R Koontz
  • 2019-04-09

Great series

Laugh and cry! This is a great series! I can’t wait for the next book.

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  • laurie alyce
  • 2019-04-08

Again and again

There is nothing here to dislike. I will listen again and again. Joyful giggles mixed with nods of serious agreement creating satisfactory entertainment and enjoyment of each precious chapter. Sadly, there aren’t enough of these books, please write many many more and thank you for those I’ve enjoyed. One reading, one audiobook is not enough and they must be shared.

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  • Peter
  • 2019-03-22

Another triumph for Jodi Taylor!

Don't even try to start this series with this installment! But if you are already a fan of St. Mary's, this one will not disappoint!

It's "Something Completely Different" because it focuses as the primary characters on some characters we've met before, and Our Heroes appear in important, but ultimately, secondary roles while still being completely true to character. It's also not really a "Christmas story" like so many of the shorts are, but trust me, nothing is lost in the process.

Like every other installment of the series, it's a romp. Taylor manages to keep the series fresh every single time.