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Roman Holiday

The Chronicles of St. Mary's
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3.5
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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
  • 2015-11-06

Quick trip to Rome without any trouble, Right

Very short story about the escapades of St. Mary that includes Rome, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, an asp and Malcolm and of course trouble. It will make an hour commute fun.

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  • jbn
  • 2020-01-16

Roman holiday

I like these short stories. I am looking forward to the other books in this series.

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  • Lora S.
  • 2019-12-27

A pleasant little diversion

A cute short story in the world of the St. Mary’s time travelers. While not the best book in the series, and somewhat less plausible that some of the others, even given the unlikely antics of the St. Mary’s crew, it is a pleasant little diversion nevertheless.

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  • Hollis
  • 2019-12-19

Insightful and hilarious

You can't help but to love the cheeky perspective on history and time travel that Jody Taylor exhibits in her writing. This short story is no exception.

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  • J McConnell
  • 2019-09-30

Love this series

Love the story plots, the characters and all the ‘fun’ the have. The length of the stories are perfect for my commute.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-22

fantastic book!! I love the characters!

I love the life and people in these books! Any time I can be in their world I am happy! Makes me happy!

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  • DiverseInterests
  • 2019-08-14

Another interesting short

This time the time traveling team heads to Ancient Rome and reveal unknown sides to the relationship between famous Cleopatra and Carpurnias, Julius Cesar’s mistress and his long suffering wife ... or was she?

As an audible... perfect for a single day round trip commute

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  • Barbara Blanks aka StFlossie
  • 2019-08-09

Not bad, not great

Not very amusing, but a quick listen, a bit educational, a bit fun. Cleopatra, asps, centurions. What else do you need? An oxen stampede? Oh yeah --that too.

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  • Paul B
  • 2019-07-14

Quick & Fun Little Listen!

Lots of great humor in this quick and fun little story. While not the most engaging plot, it's approach is utterly enjoyable. Welcome to you next chuckle.

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  • Shellie
  • 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.