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When a Child Is Born

A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2.5
Length: 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

The time-travel series that everyone's talking about.... Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's is back with a short story.

It's Christmas Day 1066, and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think.... However, history seems to have different plans for them, and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what history is up to.

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.

©2013 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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History comes alive!

Just a wonderful short story! You get pulled in quickly and I hung on every single word!

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  • Oenophile
  • 2015-04-07

Alternate Magi

Very cute feminist version of the Christmas story.

Max succeeds in spite of herself. Again.

A brief,but enjoyable, gem.

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  • Heather Garrison
  • 2017-03-28

Another Damn good story --LOL

What s fun little short this was!! I do so enjoy this series! Great read!

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  • diana
  • 2015-09-04

Cute

A nice heart-warming Christmas detour. History is always in charge, no matter what Historians think they are or aren't doing.

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  • Katie
  • 2015-05-22

Comes after #2

Where does When a Child Is Born rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly good, for how short it is.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Taylor? Why or why not?

Absolutely- loving this series.

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

Well paced, and character voices continue to improve.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure- It's very short!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-09-13

Yet another resounding success for Jodi Taylor

The tales of St Mary's are told with humour and compassion. This story gives all those aspects plus a really good yarn. Read by Zara Ramm with her lovely dry inflections leave me laughing out loud.

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  • Mike T.
  • 2016-08-13

Short but sweet.

As close to feelgood as a St. Mary's story has come. Very likeable.
Flawless narration by Zara Ramm as always.

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  • T. Pannell
  • 2016-07-06

I'm Addicted!!!

I can't get enough of St Mary's!! HBO where are you? I love the characters and Max most of all. The narrator is top of the line!!!

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • 2016-06-15

Silly, Silly, Silly but good though

It's a treat. And a different Christmas than you can imagine. Lovely story.
I haven't had a St. Mary's book I haven't enjoyed thoroughly.

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  • Regina
  • 2015-11-06

Who would have guess

What other book might you compare When a Child Is Born to and why?

All of the St. Mary's series

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

Good job, believable.

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

No, it was just interesting how each event effects the next.

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  • Glenecollins
  • 2015-06-11

Good short well read

A good "twist in time" tail. Z z z z z z.z.s z z z z

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  • starlyte
  • 2018-10-11

Lovely story

A beautiful and fascinating little talk, linking passed actions, or should I say accidents, from the user crew led by Max, to our resent day lifestyle. We take so much for granted, without taking into account how the actions of an I'll known historical figure has changed the foundations of the lives we are privileged to lead. A good lesson in precursors and results. Very nicely told with a cunning twist, and as amusing as always.