A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The second book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.
Wherever the historians go, chaos is sure to follow....
Dispatched to Victorian London to seek out Jack the Ripper, things go badly wrong when he finds the St Mary's historians first. Stalked through the fog-shrouded streets of Whitechapel, Max is soon running for her life. Again.
And that's just the start. Max finds herself in a race against time when an old enemy is intent on destroying St Mary's. An enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself.
From the Hanging Gardens of Nineveh to the murder of Thomas a Becket, via an unscheduled dodo rescue mission, join the historians of St Mary's as they hurtle around History on more hilarious, hair-raising escapades.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 55 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 03, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #12,453 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#45 in Time Travel Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#159 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#193 in Time Travel Fiction
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This was another fun and crazy romp through time with Max and the rest of the St. Mary's gang. While I'm starting to get used to the break-neck speed with which things happen, it's still a little jarring just how quickly things move in this story.
My main complaints with this book seem to echo everyone else's...
What was up with Jack the Ripper? <spoiler>CLEARLY there was some kind of supernatural sci-fi thing going on there, but it was never explored. What was the creature? How did it BECOME that creature and how was it able to survive such injuries??</spoiler>
Also, the relationship between Max and the Chief is incredibly juvenile and over-the-top immature. <spoiler>I actually had to go back and check that I hadn't missed anything because I could not for the life of me figure out why she was destroying his car. SURELY it couldn't be because he turned her down for sex, could it?? Yep. Turns out that's all it was. And they spent months not speaking to one another all because of a huge miscommunication. It was so middle-school and childish.</spoiler>
Outside of those two things though, I really enjoyed the story and the places they went. I'm still mixing characters up and not quite remembering who is who, but I'll get there. I'm gonna start writing people down and marking who they are so I can keep track when I start Book #3. Maybe that'll make things a bit easier.
As in all the St. Mary's books, there are several adventures which usually culminate in them being interconnected. In this case the crew later journeys to a future version of St. Mary's where the facility has been compromised, and a finding there will take them back in time to, as the VOYAGERS! television series used to put it, get history back on track—in this case history being altered by a rogue force.
The books are a fast, usually fun mix of action, history, and the absurd (there are dodos in this book; don't ask why), plus following Max's growth from an earnest but maverick operative to a trusted figure—and a personal betrayal that hurts Max (and the reader) to the very quick. These books aren't meant as serious commentary on observers returning to past history; they are adventure books—and it must be mentioned, with adult themes—with a varied cast of eccentric characters. Try the first, and, if it's your cup of tea, journey on and enjoy—I sure have!
so-called historical adventure to another. The scenes were not fully captured. You never really feel that the characters are actually where they are supposed to be. Nor do you believe that they are safeguarding history. Unfortunately it never became a clear and compelling story. Hard to care about poorly realized characters. The author displayed only the echo of good writing. Not worth your time even during the current pandemic. More a jingle than a symphony!
Top reviews from other countries
I have just read the second and third books in the series and will after reading something completely different, buy the fourth and fifth books.
In a nutshell the books are formulaic. Same people, same tasks and same personality traits. But the time periods change and you could well meet someone who you know well or even intimately, but the situation deems that they don't know you.
You have a relationship with someone you meet in the works restaurant that dynamic changes drastically when you are thrown together in a historical hotspot for 6 months obviously.
Jodi Taylor has it all in this series – Humour, pathos, love and even the dreaded/not so dreaded S.E.X. personally I don't mind it in real life, but still at the age of 65 I am not 100% comfortable reading about it. Oh the other thing this series has is it's well written, Imagine you are in middle England today and as you turn the page you are suddenly in Prehistoric times. It would look like that on your personal timeline – but it is written well enough to not be so radical a change!
Max and her St Mary's friends continue to rampage their way through the timeline, surviving mostly unscathed (and if there are a few scars ... well, don't boys dig scars anyway?)
As with the first (Just one damned thing after another), I found A Symphony of Echoes gripping and extremely difficult to put down from start to finish. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
It's well worth paying for and having read it on my kindle I now want the paperback for my bookshelf.
Once again Max and the team from St Mary’s set out to right wrongs in the historical timeline and History is in no mood to make life easy for them. Can they survive Jack the Ripper, an attempt to end their future before they even get there, and will they survive a trip to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? History like space will do its best to kill anyone who ventures unprepared into its unmapped depths, and who can map the unknown.
This story has it all; trips to the future and the past, one of their own turned rogue, love, lust and betrayal. Part thriller, part romance, history, technology, and even demons, what more could you want. Heroes push boundaries, villains are really evil and the story rushes on at a pace to leave the reader breathless and gagging for a cup of tea, (no Historian can survive without TEA).
The characters grow more back story and become fascinating friends and foes. Join them in a romp through past and future but make sure not to leave anything which could alter the timeline or History will hit back with lethal force.