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  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,909 ratings)

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Lies, Damned Lies and History

By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
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Summary

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me.

As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Another gem

I'm always sorry to finish these st marys stories. A new novel often means I revisit previous novels with much enjoyment and then re read the new one. More more more (stamps feet and wishes Brits could carry off screaming Bravo)

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Another winner

Engaging story, plenty of action - Jodi Taylor pulls it off again. Narration is, as usual, excellent.

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The history of decline and commercialisation


Here we go, I will probably offend many Jodi Taylor fans with what I will write, but it must be said, book five was a stretch of plot and humor book seven is just regurgitated pulp, she has nothing new to say, the adventures in the past are repetitive at best and the humor is puerile, not giving the characters any chance to grow or develop. In a crime story at least you get a new crime, here we go into the past it all turns into a mess, we return to make a mess again then fix the mess and a small development in Max’s relationship, end of the book.

Jodi Taylor is a very good writer stuck in a contract, she needs to expand on a period or find a plot that is less constrictive by the need to run around and act stupid, Max by now should be more interesting with some depth of character not just the “ I am a historian” line to explain all her shortcomings; nerdiness is cute for one or two books, more than that is just laziness. Her period descriptions are excellent and interesting but they never last or go into any complication that is purely violent or juvenile.

I bought this book on sale and I would not recommend paying full price, you are getting a commercial product to satisfy demand but not the soul.



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  • 15-06-16

Run out of steam

This series had such promise but seemed to run out of steam after the first few books. I have stuck with it but to be honest it feels like the same thing over and over again. The writing is good and the humour is great but there seems to be little direction over the series and no bigger plot. Without spoiling the events of the last few chapters this seems to be tagged on almost like an after thought. Shame as I had such high hopes after reading the first book.

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Enjoyable

More a series of linked short stories than a novel but a very enjoyable listen for all that.

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Great books for all to enjoy.

If you could sum up Lies, Damned Lies and History in three words, what would they be?

Books for all.

Any additional comments?

Thought i would leave another positive review for your collection.
Thank you Jodi for an excellent series, which i'm sure,could have only been written by somebody quintessentially British.Zara does a great job with the narration, a marriage made in heaven and long may it continue.

I very nearly didn't purchase as it all sounded a little whimsical, how wrong i was, i would urge all who are thinking of starting the series to take a leap of faith, you won't regret it.

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Close calls and generous lies

This was possibly the most terrifying book in the series. It one this to be flung into the world of dinosaurs and left for dead or to be chased up and down the timeline by Time Police, but to risk the lives of so many people, including an unborn child had me stop a few times.
Taylor has outdone herself this time.
I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers but can I just say that the Time Police have never been a welcome sight, until now.
I am keen to know what happens to the other Leon, that threat still scares me, and what will happen to Clive Ronan? It is a cliffhanger that I am both keen to find the answer to as well as dread to pursue...
Zara Ramm was fabulous as ever. I cannot imagine any of the stories without her voice in my head.

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Brilliant as usual!

Jodi Taylor is one of my all time favourite writers. She has an amazing ability.
I don't think I have ever read a book where I felt so there with the characters it is truly an amazing. I have run through every emotion whilst reading this book including panic! Lol
Wonderful book!!

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Lovely but running on empty

I have a great affinity for St. Mary's and the characters that populate it and it's environs. Jodi Taylor has me laughing out loud which can be rather inconvenient on a cramped long haul flight where most around me were sleeping up until that point.

However, despite my warm happy feelings of being back in the world of St. Mary's I can't help noticing that the author has forgotten to include a plot. Funny and lovable characters paired with intelligent, witty and at times hilarious dialogue can only stretch so far.

I hope Jodi Taylor will have a plot for her beautiful creations to tackle in their next outing.

Zara Ramm is the perfect narrator. Pure joy to listen to.

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Another brilliant installment

Enjoyed yet another St Mary's yarn!
We have grown to love the 'Max' Zara Ramm so brilliantly portrays.

I recommend this series to anyone wanting a well written, fun, entertaining, easy listening book.

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  • janet
  • 07-05-16

Why do her books have to end????

I truly feel so immersed in St. Mary's world that when the books are over I feel I have been shoved out of a Pod into a strange time/place and all I want to do is yell DOOR, fall back in, say 'Initiate Jump ".. And let the world go white.

Honestly, I am a constant Audible book listener 24/7 365 and when I see a St Mary's book come up on the pre order list, I am practically hopping on one foot until the moment it becomes available. I might actually have yelled at my phone to HURRY UP (but as there are no witnesses except my dog, I will deny it).

In other words, I strongly recommend this series. The characters, world building and plot are all exemplary.

Note to Jodi Taylor... Please write faster.

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  • Peggy Preiss
  • 07-05-16

Trouble?

Wanted to stretch out this new book as long as possible but couldn't stop listening and laughing.

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  • SChalen
  • 09-05-16

Surviving History One Jump At A Time.

What did you like best about this story?

This installment had lots more close calls, a shifting of power and as usual tons of tea drinking. While our trio of Max, Petersen and Markham have had better days, we know they will make it right somehow in that St. Mary's fashion. The ending is a WALLOP and I can't wait for the next installment.

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

I thank Jodi Taylor for creating these characters but Zara Ramm brings them to life. She's added tenderness, charm and humor to Max and the rest of the gang at St. Mary's. Ms. Ramm is perfect.

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

My anxiety levels flew with the last few chapters but in good St. Mary’s style at the end I had a good laugh.

Any additional comments?

It's always a privilege and an honor to follow the gang at St. Mary's on a new adventure. Then enjoy the entire series from the beginning because Max's insights to weight gain, tea drinking and finally married life are not to be missed.

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  • Brenda Spiva
  • 14-05-16

I love this combination!

Jodi Taylor and Zara Ramm are the perfect paring in this romping historical/ science fiction/ mystery/thriller/ romance series. Great fun. And history lessons to boot! What's not to love.

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  • Gr
  • 28-05-16

Wishing you give a review 6 Stars

Funny, bawdy and full of sarcasm. Jodi Taylor’s writing, Zara Ramm narration and typical St. Mary's antics do not disappoint. Max leads her merry band of misfits through time like a proverbial bull through a china shop. All my favorite characters are here, Markham and Peterson and some new faces. The only thing that I can say I disliked is that it was over way too soon.

If you ever want to introduce a friend to audible, a sure fire way to win them over is to provide them a gift written by Jodi Taylor.


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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-16

Yet another amazing story from Jodi Taylor!

I'll keep it short. Max causes her same mischief and gets out of it spectacularly! A few tears and a satisfying ending!

By far my favorite series!

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  • J.R. Snyder
  • 31-05-16

Possibly the best book in the series yet

If you are a fan of St. Mary's, then you are likely to enjoy this book immensely. All of the best features of the series are strongly present, the historical episodes are fascinating, and all our our beloved characters are in rare form. I have enjoyed the full series, but this volume is my favorite to date. I look forward to the future, the past, and everything in between with St. Mary's.

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  • AB530
  • 26-05-16

Excellent, as always!

Couldn't put it down. I am continually impressed with Taylor's ability to create new situations and develop characters even further.

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  • pinkzebra
  • 13-05-16

Bite my nails in suspense or pee my pants laughing

Would you consider the audio edition of Lies, Damned Lies and History to be better than the print version?

I have read and or listened to all of Ms. Taylors St. Mary's books and I really prefer listening to Zara Ramm bring Max to life! Her skills are amazing and I feel through her voice acting, I get to hear and experience life at St. Mary's

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lies, Damned Lies and History?

Um... the tumbler equation was well...so Max!!!! Ms. Taylor really puts a visual of the coronation and the subsequent actions of the queen into the readers mind and paints a picture with her words that brings "history" to life.

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

She has a very pleasing voice that builds the action seemingly without effort and delivers the humor so dead pan it is amazingly perfect.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

We're St. Mary's. Our pods smell like cabbage, we love our tea, and we never leave anyone behind.

Any additional comments?

I can't imagine how difficult it would be for a writer to keep her characters fresh, funny, and yet so true to form. The St Mary's books are very well written full of mischief, suspense, humor and great relationships.

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  • alex isackson
  • 25-05-16

OMG each book is better that the last one

This book was awesome ! So many twist and turns. You cannot put it down !! Go Max!

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