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And the Rest Is History

The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots Director Bairstow, Leon Chief Farrell, Mr. Markham and many more as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's Institute (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

You think you're having a bad day? Max is trapped in the same deadly sandstorm that buried the 50,000-strong army of the Pharaoh Cambyses II, and she's sharing the only available shelter for miles around with the murdering psychopath who recently kidnapped her and left her adrift in time.

She's no safer at St. Mary's. Tragedy strikes not once but several times, and with no Leon, no Markham, and no Peterson at her side, Max's personal life slowly begins to unravel. From the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Hastings, and from Bayeux Cathedral to the Sack of Constantinople, Max must race through time to save the ones she loves.

©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the critics say

"A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice...readers will be impatient for later instalments." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Taylor has written a madcap and very funny hodgepodge of a novel whose pacing and humour is reminiscent of a Simon Pegg-Edgar Wright film." ( Booklist)

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A good story but difficult to get through

I am a fan of this Jodi Taylor series. I like the plucky, imperfect heroine and the cast of characters as they careen through the plots of this series of books. I ordered 'The Rest is History' and 'An Argumentation of Historians' together, and by mistake, I listened to the 'Argumentation' book first. This is the best way to do it, and I recommend that everyone listen to 'Argumentation' first--It gives the reader an advantage in perspective that makes the dark plot of this book endurable and more enjoyable.
There's really nothing wrong with the plot or the story, but it is dark enough that the story brings the reader too close to the tragedies of life that most of us are enduring or will soon experience. I listen to these books to escape from all that! ;-)
First-rate reading from Zara Ramm, as usual! Keep up the good work, Jodi--I look forward to volume 10.

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  • Alyssa
  • 2017-05-31

Darkest St. Mary's Yet...

Do not read this one if you're not in an okay place, because it is a roller coaster with more downs than ups. As usual, even the most depressing observations are given with a sarcastic and witty tone which we all know and love. The violence as well as the depressing moments have all been turned up for this one though, and it can be quite rough at times. I look forward to the next installment!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 2017-04-22

Max Is Able To Recover In Spite of Everything

Whew! I read this book with the same enthusiasm I've read the other seven in this series and all the books written by Jodi Taylor. I must say that they one had me feeling very lost midway through when Clive Roman showed up and then disappeared again. The Time Police are the ones who interfered in what was to be a mutually agreed upon surrender of Clive to Max. Instead they show up and Clive takes off in his pod but not until he threatens Max with 'I will kill everyone you love but you will live to suffer.' how awful is that? I worried all through the book that Leon was gone forever but learned a great deal about the Battle at Hastings and how William the Conqueror became King of England. It is always amazing to me how a historian like Jodi Taylor can write such books with such humor. What starts out as an unhappy set of circumstances turns out to be okay in the end. Read these books in order, you need to know the characters from the first book to understand the significance of things in each subsequent book. Book 8 wraps up some things left hanging in earlier books. It is a great read and a great listen. The narrator is terrific and is the voice of St. Mary's. Zara Ramm is wonderful!

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  • Lori Harmon
  • 2017-04-19

Don't stop reading

I love St Mary's and the whole series. I didn't love this book. It was sad and gloomy until the end. I needed a good laugh but found myself crying. Hope the next book is a bit lighter

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  • Margaret
  • 2017-05-04

Liked it, but a little too gory overall.

I love the series, but this one dwelled on the horrible details of war and gross elements of the past. The balance between fun story, historical details and entertainment was off this time, but not too bad. I just didn't enjoy this as much as the previous stories. I still look forward to the next installment.

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  • Saundra
  • Thronton Co 80241
  • 2017-04-23

Amost could not bare to listen to the first few chapters

What was my favorite author trying to do? I mean really! I can tell you this edition of St Mary's team of Time Traveling historians put me through the worst anguish and laugh out loud glee! At first I just had to stop, jump ahead to the future , calm down, get frustrated again, jump again . Finally realized ; hey ! This is time travel. Went back to the agony and road along to discover the ecstasy. Can Mathew foretell the future?
I can not wait for the next edition!

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  • Sheryl
  • 2017-05-09

Disappointing installment for this fan

As usual, I listened to this on audio. Zara Ramm does an excellent job narrating, as always. Unfortunately, I was not as enamored of the story itself and many of Ms. Taylor's choices. Until the last hour or so this book was headed towards 2 stars. Obviously, given the very high reviews, most fans do not agree with me. I have given the other full-length novels in this series 4 or 5 stars (mostly 5), but I was disappointed with this one. Needless to say, I was not happy with many of the things that happened in this book. I don't need a book to be 100% happy, but I felt like Ms. Taylor went overboard with this one. Since I don't want to include any spoilers, I won't get into any details on that front. On top of all of that, I felt like this book was missing the usual St. Mary's humor and charm. There were a few light-hearted, funny moments, but overall, it was lacking. I can honestly say that, despite the story partially redeeming itself in the end, this was the first time I did not enjoy the ride of listening to/reading a St. Mary's book. I hope the next one is back to normal St. Mary's fun and hijinks.

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  • Kiki Gee
  • 2017-04-18

How does Jodi Taylor do it?

Most series, by book 8, get stale, and little routine. Jodi Taylor just absolutely knocks it out of the ballpark each and every St Mary's installment. The storyline, the characters, the dialogue, they are all spot on. And she leaves room for more. This time though, and I will NOT give spoilers, she has left massive room for a super cool twist to the regular St Mary's Chronicle to absolutely skyrocket this series even further than we could ever imagine. My only regret is that I started listening the day it came out and am through with it, and now have to wait a year for the next one. Good thing poor Jodi is being chained to writing desk, as she usually will have a short story about an event and a particular St Mary's character between series books. Our only hope!

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  • Elise Johnson
  • 2017-04-14

I hate this book

Hate it. First I can only give it 11 out of 10 stars. The second reason, this being the day after it was released, I will have to wait a year or eternity till book 9 comes out, time travel not really being a reality.

I can't tell you without a massive spoiler alert, any thing else. Buy the book.

And the world went black.

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  • Kimberly Gunter
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 2017-06-18

Series Fatigue

This book is classic Jodi Taylor; the history lessons are embedded in witty dialogue and pithy one-liners. If you're expecting closure to what has been a great series, you may want to reframe your expectations.

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  • RenRyan
  • 2017-04-19

Tear Jerker

I love this series but don't appreciate having my heart toyed with that way. :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • starlyte
  • 2018-10-23

Tears and horrid of histories

Not as hilarious, but suspense, sadness and reality smacks Max ful from time. Great listening.