The Very First Damned Thing / The Chronicles Of St Mary’s, Book 0.5 – Audiobook Online

The Very First Damned Thing is a novella written by Jodi Taylor and serves as the prequel to The Chronicles of St Mary’s series. It is also referred to as Book 0.5 in the series. The story follows Dr. Maxwell (Max) and her colleagues at St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a secretive organization that conducts time travel experiments.
In this installment, Max is introduced as a historian with a passion for exploring the past firsthand. She is recruited by St Mary’s and quickly becomes enamored with the idea of time travel. Max joins a team of historians who embark on various missions to witness historical events as they unfold.
The novella begins with Max’s first assignment, which takes her back to witness the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD. However, things don’t go as planned, and Max finds herself in a life-threatening situation. She manages to survive but is left with a sense of guilt for not being able to save more people.
As Max continues her time – traveling adventures, she realizes that there are rules and protocols that must be followed to prevent altering history. However, she also discovers that there are individuals who seek to exploit time travel for personal gain or to change the course of history.
Throughout the story, Max faces numerous challenges and dangers while trying to maintain the integrity of historical events. She forms close bonds with her fellow historians, including her mentor Leon Farrell and her friend Kalinda Black.
The Very First Damned Thing provides readers with an introduction to the world of St Mary’s and sets the stage for the subsequent books in the series. It explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and the consequences of meddling with time.

The Very First Damned Thing / The Chronicles of St Mary’s, Book 0.5, Audiobook Online By: Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor reads the long – awaited prequel to her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to establish St Mary’s as we know it in a world still ravaged by destruction devastation of the civil war.

Ever wondered how it all started? It’s been two years since the last win at the Battersea Barricades. The war may be over, but for Dr Bairstow, who recently founded St Mary’s, the war has only just begun.

How will he assemble his team? Where will his funding come from? How was he able to break through the massive ranks of the Association for the Protection of Historic Buildings? How Stuff Is Stolen, a practical demonstration at the Stirrup Charge in Waterloo, student urine mixed with alcohol, a widowed urban guerrilla, a young man in interesting knitwear and four naked security guards, all combined to become the St Mary’s of the future?

The author read this herself and has a very nice voice. I enjoyed it, though I don’t know this series at all well. One thing, I was slightly disappointed by the mostly male cast of characters, with most women in roles as cook, nurse, healer, personal assistant, wardrobe department, and possible love interest. There’s a brief cameo appearance of a woman as university chancellor but she’s clearly a manic pixie dream girl as well. I guess this series was written quite some time ago. This aspect makes the work seem a bit dated. Other than that, it was great. I look forward to more.

This prequel may not be necessary but it is totally appreciated. Understanding a little more about the founding of St. Mary’s and the back stories of our much – loved characters are a treat and a gift. It is fitting that Miss Taylor herself read this, giving voice to her creations and showing us the heart of Dr. Bairstow. As well as Zara Ramm voicing Max, I quite appreciate Jodi as Edward Bairstow. Finished reading this after finishing book 11, I love how she put it all together.

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