A Symphony of Echoes : The Chronicles of St Mary's

  • by Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by Zara Ramm
  • Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches. But they must also confront an enemy intent on destroying St Mary's - an enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself to do it.

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Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book

After finishing the first book in this series I went ahead and bought the second. The second novel is a bit episodic, but because of the nature of potential time travel paradoxes the various plot lines all come together in a maddening but entertaining conclusion.

Based in the near future UK, St Mary's Time Travel institution, has a number of traditions, one of which is that a Historian (time traveling variety) gets to choose his or her last jump into the past before their retirement. In this case Maxwell, with her friend Kal Black, have set out to visit the London of Jack the Ripper on the night that Mary Kelly is mutilated and killed. Black is retiring from active duty. That night has a most surprising conclusion. But it's not by any means the conclusion of the book.

It's not a soft and fluffy book although at points I thought it was quite funny. It also has some pathos (that's where one star disappeared because I thought that particular character was a bit of a red shirt, although the author may redeem herself later considering how convoluted time travel plots can be.) There is also some sheer horror.

The narrator is, as I thought with regard to the first book, excellent. I'm hoping that she will also be reading the third book when it comes out on Audible.

I did wonder if the dodo birds were a nod to Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels.

I also bought the third novel on Kindle although it was not yet out on Audible. I would definitely suggest that these books be read in order. Now I'm jonesing for the fourth book.
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- Sires

Witty and fun

If you could sum up A Symphony of Echoes in three words, what would they be?

Fun time travel


Who was your favorite character and why?

Max of course. I love her sense of humor and wit. She's a lovable smart ass.


What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

Yes, very much


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

Yes, but I did save the last hour for when I got home from work.


Any additional comments?

The author and narrator together tell a really entertaining story. The quick pace is a relief. We don't have to listen to tedious descriptions of a month long research team. It's just research this before we go on our mission, then... We jumped to the past.

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- C. lewis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios