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The Great St. Mary's Day Out

A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's.

Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.

With Dr Bairstow and Mrs Mack turning a simple visit to a street market into a public brawl, Professor Rapson inadvertently stowing away on a vessel bound for the New World, and Shakespeare himself going up in flames, it would seem that Max, of all people, is the only one actually completing the assignment.

©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 2017-05-08

Saint Mary's Meet Shakespeare

Where does The Great St. Mary's Day Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high... this was a lot of fun.

What did you like best about this story?

The circus-like farce in general. Each group of Saint Mary's staff with their own adventures.

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, she does an excellent job as usual.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This story was pretty light hearted ad I was laughing out loud several times.

Any additional comments?

This takes place after Lies, Damned Lies, And History and before And The Rest Is History. Contains some spoilers for Lies, Damned Lies, And history. Recommended.

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  • Colonelswife
  • 2016-08-01

Wonderful short story - Absolutely Love the St Mary’s series !

Highly recommend The Chronicles of St Mary's series - always waiting for the next book or novella to come out !
A crazy good series - it’s a roller coaster ride with very funny & clever dialogue - & Zara Ramm delivers it beautifully - she is an amazing narrator !
Do yourself a favor & read the series . Actually I highly recommend anything by Jodi Taylor - the Frogmorton Farm books as well as the new series - White Silence !

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  • Sherrie Oparka
  • 2019-06-09

wonderful

loved it, it was funny and had great multiple story lines simultaneously. didnt want it to end.

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  • Sandra L. Agus
  • 2019-04-15

The Great St. Mary's Day Out

Another fun novella! Lots of laughs! Dr. Bairstow, Max, Shakespeare, Hamlet, a ghost, and Markham! Along with other assorted disaster magnets. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • bebe
  • 2019-01-23

Chock full of fun

Jodi Taylor can pack a lot of action and fun into one and a half hours. She is a talented writer and a marvelous wit. This story is great - one of the best of her short stories. Taylor can paint a crystal clear picture with just a few words, but narrator Zara Ramm can really make those words zing. Her narration of the St. Mary's Chronicles stories is perfection.

In this story almost the entire St. Mary's gang have gone to England in to view in real time the performance of Hamlet in which the great bard William Shakespeare himself is performing the ghost. Almost all of them get into big trouble, including the head of St. Mary's who has gone to sit in the best seats in the house. Markham literally gets into the act. Great fun.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2018-11-29

Shakespearean level mayhem done St Mary’s style

Only the inmates, ahem, members of the St Mary’s team can create mayhem on a Shakespearean level when they take a group outing to 1601 London to see Hamlet performed at the Globe Theatre with The Bard himself as the Ghost.
What does it say when Max and Lingoss are the responsible ones, staying put and recording the performance? This includes a group headed by Dr Bairstow, Major Guthrie, Mrs Marks, and Mrs Enderby!
Ramm is commendable as narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-21

Another terrific adventure

Another terrific adventure in a fantastic series of terrific adventures! This is a series that never ever disappoints! One of my favorites of all time!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-18

Mr Markham is becoming my favorite. More Mham!

Another Markham Gem! The group chemistry is amazing. I would love to see the original books redone from Markhams perspective. he's so dynamic!

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  • Mike T.
  • 2018-07-25

St. Mary's is the dog's bollocks.

There's feelgood books and then there's feeling absolutely giddy with delight books. This short story is of the latter kind.
'Nuff said.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2018-06-07

Fun Fun Fun

I confess I'm binge reading this whole series. I fell in love with these characters and their craziness in book 1 and have never stopped loving them and I love the way the history is written into the stories! There is action to it that encompasses the reader. I love the series including the Novelas. It's a great combination of laugh out loud funny, historical fact and a teeny bit of drama and a fast read.