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Publisher's Summary

St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles.
Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime.The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they're finally forced to take refuge at St Mary's - where new dangers await them.
As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary's is in grim earnest. Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary's possibly survive? So, make sure the tea's good and strong.
©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios
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By Linda on 01-26-15

Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, and yes. I love this series. Get book 1 and start the mad adventure of Max, Peterson, Leon and the other crazy historians at St. Mary's. You have to read it to know. Every story is a different adventure. The pod is their mode of transport like Dr. Who uses a phone booth.

What other book might you compare A Trail Through Time to and why?

Dr. Who comes to mind with the spinning phone booth winding up somewhere else. At least the pods are programmed for their destination.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not a particular one but I do like the History Muse who shows up to tell Max to get on with her next special tour.

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

And the world goes white....just before you land somewhere else.

Any additional comments?

These books are exceptionally good. They are light with minimal sex scenes for those who prefer fantasy, and you don't really miss them. Max and Leon do 'get together' but you don't have to suffer through it with them. These are just good fun books for those who can suspend reality and enjoy fantasy.

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By Stephanie on 11-18-14

The best book yet!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

While I loved all the books so far in the series, this is by far the best one to date! This has the history, action, and St. Marys' at its unique and courageous finest. Historians are the BEST "action warriors!" This book has a well rounded set of; awkward romance, action, historians in action, civilians saving the day, bravery, and cheeky humor as always with the St. Marys' crew!

What did you like best about this story?

The mixture of action, history, and a more indepth view of the staff and their courageous nature under "fire" from outside forces. Plus I like that it has a "real enemy" also that you believed could overcome the St. Marys' crew at any time....the suspense and inquinuity of St. Marys' was the best.

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think she does a good job, but I think the book itself also would stand on its own. The really nice part is that she doesn't get in the way of the words...she lets them speak on their own. I do think she could add some inflection on occasion to make the funnier items more prevalent..but she does a great job overall.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fight between the St. Marys' teams and the "enemy" was one I really loved...the courage, the ingenuity, the loyalty, and moxie....fantastic combo!!

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a GREAT READ, and HIGHLY recommend it. I let a friend listen while we were on a car ride and now she's hooked...she loved the history and romance, I loved the action, humor, and interpersonal relationships within the St. Marys' team.

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By Mike Murphy on 11-18-15

Max grows up in her new world

At the end of “A Second Chance”, I was more than a little unsure where this series was going. I enjoyed the book, even the harrowing section about the fall of Troy, but the ending, which took Max into an alternate universe, seemed a little weak. I’d been concerned that the ideas had dried up and St Mary’s was no longer going to be part of the story-line.

I needn’t have worried. “A Trail Through Time” actually boosts the series: some of the gloom and doom of the old St Mary’s is lifted without diminishing its anarchic character and recalcitrant nature; Max is delivered from life in the office to spend more time in a pod – well, actually, more time running away from people and things that are trying to kill her; and we get to visit London during the Black Death and again during a seventeenth century Frost Fair, Pompeii during the great eruption and Egypt at the time of the heretic Pharaoh, Akhenaten.

There are new set of bad(ish) guys – the sinister, black-clad Time Police – and a new, but still familiar, St. Mary’s.

What held everything together for me was the way Max embraced her second chance. She doesn’t take it for granted and she doesn’t get off easily but she commits herself to her new world with her usual passion, bravery and wonderfully dry and quintessentially British humour. We learn more about the darkness of her childhood and see her tested to her limits. She comes out of it stronger and somehow more grown up but without being any less of a walking hurricane.

“A Trail Through Time” reinvigorated the series for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what Max gets up to next.

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By Sheryl Mason on 11-12-14

It's still St Mary's

Pre-ordered this and seriously was counting the days till it was released. Jodi Taylor didn't fail to deliver again. A fast paced romp (including PJ's) through time, then some serious storylines.

I'm a bit disappointed that Zara Ramm has dropped Dr Bairstow's accent (slight Scottish, I think - I'm a New Zealander and don't pick between Scottish and Irish well). Still, she still reads the books with an understanding of pace, suspense and emotion.

I hope there will be more of these books. I fell in love with the first one and haven't been able to stop listening to them. I tried to listen to this in one sitting and sadly fell asleep almost right at the end (just at the interesting fight) so I had to finish it today. Jodi Taylor left it open ended enough for there to be more books and I hope her muse doesn't fail her.

People have complained about plot holes in these books but I've found that Ms Taylor is quite adept in filling them in (not always in the same book). Let's face it, time travel allows the filling of plot holes.

More please.

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