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Roman Holiday

The Chronicles of St. Mary's
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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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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A fun listen.

I was looking for a quick little story to listen to on my Friday commute. I really didn’t want to start a full-length book and then let it sit over the weekend. An hour and a quarter trip back in time to meet Julius Caesar and Cleopatra seemed like just the thing.

This was my first time-traveling adventure with the gang from St. Mary’s, and I have to admit, even though Roman Holiday is #3.5 in the series, I didn’t feel like I was out of the loop at all.

I loved the snarky, sarcastic attitude of the protagonist, and Zara Ramm’s performance complimented this attitude perfectly. I had a lot of great chuckles as I listened. I have since added Jodi Taylor’s other books to my wish list and I’m looking forward to more historical/hilarious adventures with her.

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  • Regina
  • SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States
  • 2015-11-06

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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  • Sires
  • South Point, Ohio
  • 2015-05-23

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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  • Shellie
  • FAIRHOPE, AL, United States
  • 2019-06-08

Meh

I don't even know where to start. The synopsis had me prepared for a historically accurate, educational book. When I realized that I'd jumped into something completely different than what I'd expected, I kind of started to enjoy it. But for the most part, I felt like the author assumed we were familiar with the team and the type of story, and therefore didn't bother with any of that pesky character introduction or development of the situation. The only part I actually enjoyed was when they were meeting Cleopatra and Caesar. Otherwise, I found it pretty meh.

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  • AvidReaderForLife
  • Delaware
  • 2019-05-13

Tried on a whim

I tried this book on a whim. It was free and I am always up for trying new book. I found that I truly enjoyed listening to this story. Its a different kind of book than I typically read or listen too. I enjoyed listening to the St. Mary's agents trip into the past. The details they used and way they told the story made you feel as though you were in Rome during the time of Ceasar.

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  • Nanny
  • 2019-01-05

lots of fun

The story was fun, light, and enchanting. As always, Zara never fails to draw you into each character.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2018-11-24

LOL Alert!

Read or listen to this one in private as you’ll be laughing out loud.
I know this short story is listed after A Second Chance in the series, but I think it should be read before.
The characters, the camaraderie, all have a level of familiarity that does not fit after.
And OMG! Mr Markham’s bosoms! The stampede! The arrival back!
Even if it’s out of the series timeline, I really appreciate the levity after the previous emotional wringer.
I’m surprised the narrator was able to read this as dead pan as she did - I would have been laughing all the way through!

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 2018-08-27

So Funny!

A very witty story about our St. Mary's historians going back to Rome to see Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. As usual, things do not go quite as planned. Jodi Taylor's writing is laugh out loud funny and Zara Ramm is a spot on fantastic narrator. She has perfect timing for performing the humor of the story. Taylor has an amazing imagination. This is a great short story.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2018-06-08

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
  • 2018-04-29

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
  • Washington State, United States
  • 2018-01-30

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.