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  • A Catalogue of Catastrophe

  • Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 13
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (749 ratings)

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A Catalogue of Catastrophe

By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
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Summary

Book 13 in the internationally best-selling Chronicles of St Mary's series.

For fans of Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club series, Jasper Fforde and Doctor Who.

Finally—finally!—Max has that nice office job she's always wanted. The one with no heavy lifting and no one tries to kill her. Well, one out of two's not bad....

Punching well above their weight, Max and Markham set out to bring down a sinister organisation founded in the future—with a suspicious focus on the past.

Max's focus is staying alive long enough to reunite with Leon and Matthew, alternately helped and hindered by St Mary's—who aren't always the blessing they like to think they are.

But non-stop leaping around the timeline—from witnessing Magna Carta to disturbing a certain young man with a penchant for gunpowder—is beginning to take its toll. Is Max going mad? Or are the ghosts of the past finally catching up with her?

©2022 Jodi Taylor (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Jodi Taylor is quite simply the Queen of Time. Her books are a swashbuckling joyride through history." (C. K. McDonnell)
 

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  • 01-05-22

Fire-truckingly brilliant.

5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the performance and this gives 5 stars overall.

If you haven’t read the previous stories you won’t be disappointed and if you have this is up there with the rest of them.

Thank you Jodi & Zara.

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Excellent

The most exciting series you will ever read. Marvellous. Entertaining. Addictive. & very very well written.

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Not similar to other books

The characters were all as lovable as usual but I didn’t find the story line exceptional.

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Ever enjoyable!

I love my excursions into St Mary's and history. New twists and familiar characters.

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excellent!

loved this book and the new way Max's life is developing, please ,please how long do i have to wait for the next book ??

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Brilliant!!

You never disappoint Jodi Taylor, absolutely fantastic,
loved it from start to finish,
I didn't want it to end, roll on you next book .

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Not my favourite one

As others have said, Max seems to have changed a bit and has a harder personality which isn’t quite as likeable. It also ends with a proper cliffhanger this time. As usual, Zara Ramm is exceptionally good throughout.

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superb

absolutely loved it when is the next one ??
must listen to the Time police again now

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Another brilliant instalment

Absolutely wonderful. Both the story and the narration. I can never get enough of St Mary’s, saved this one for my holidays and it was well worth it. If you have never listened to St Mary’s, do yourself a huge favour and start at the beginning, many hours of blissful listening await.

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St Mary's is back!

This is one of my favourites in the series to date, it was such good fun!

As usual, the narration was excellent.

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  • 20-04-22

Always fun, but...

I love Jodi's work, especially this series and Markham is one of my favorite characters. I must admit that I awaited this pre-order with mixed emotions. since leaving St Mary's, I've found Max's adventure less engaging and a shade too dark. Sadly, I found this book to be the sane; it drags a bit and is definitely more depressing than the early series books. There are definite moments of comic brilliance and Max's is generally her beloved sarcastic self - though a bit too mean at times. Markham is less his funny, accident prone self. There's also periods of focusing on duller story elements that feel like filler.

While I am still a St Mary's devotee, and would assuredly buy any future books, I do think this is one of the weakest.

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  • Anthony
  • 14-04-22

Sorry can't listen anymore returning

I started this book and an hour into it and I just wanted to stop listening but I kept going, after a few more hours I'm done. I gave up on this series it's turned into scooby and the gang,

I would like to have answers to why the muse of history is involved in st Mary's, what is the point of the series, are any plot lines going to be resolved.

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  • Sandra L. Agus
  • 17-04-22

Just Awesome!

This book was non-stop action. I absolutely loved it! Jodi has the most amazing talent for wild fiction! The Time Wars are beginning! So much happens it was hard to keep up! And what was going on with Max? So many flashbacks! I'm glad we don't have to wait for the answer. I can't wait for the next book!! Love Zara Ramm's narration!

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  • sherri
  • 02-05-22

Overwritten

It's not easy to keep a series going when development of the main events of the primary characters' lives and personalities has pretty much ended. Taylor keeps the interest going with new conflicts, but in some ways this book reads like fan fiction, an exaggeration of itself. The humor of the books often relies on Max's speculations and opinions; in this book they're not very funny because they go on and on with pointless "maybe this" and "would that" at every action point, both slowing the action and becoming irritating.
When an author becomes successful and has a guaranteed fan base, the writing often gets sloppy, the books longer and longer with filler that a good editor should cut. Or that a wise author should cut. I hope Taylor doesn't continue on this road with the St. Mary's series.

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  • stella
  • 16-04-22

This series is comfort food meets crack

I finished the newest St Marys roughly 7 seconds ago and I’m already having withdrawals. Jodi Taylor, you are a gift!

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  • Lena ramonova
  • 15-04-22

Brilliant, As usual.

Loved it. As always, finished it in one listen.... Now have to wait for more.... Give me more🤗
pretty please 🙏

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  • rlsmmi
  • 15-04-22

Another great adventure!

Jodi and Zara never disappoint...except as soon as I'm finished with the new book, I already want more.

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  • danis1947
  • 18-06-22

Love this series!!!!!

Love the adventures of Max. Leon, Markham and Peterson. Great way to shift placement of the group. The ending chapters were “The Best”!! Oh my gosh… the Time Police?

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  • Mountain Joy
  • 15-11-22

Fantastic!

Best St. Mary's yet! I absolutely love it! I can't wait for the next one.

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  • lucinda
  • 01-11-22

don't listen to this book until the next's out!!

great book, Wonderful series. just do yourself a favor and wait for the next one before starting this one.