L. A. Meyer is an amazing author! Bloody Jack is fresh and entertaining as ever! Katherine Kellgren brings her skills to the table and delivers masterfully! With original and authentic accents Katherine helps bring to life the characters born in Mr Meyers novels. I personally fell in love with the heroine Jacky Faber and continue reading this book as well as all in the series and grow more attached as each word passes. To date I begin book 6 after reading the first five and recommend each and every one! I commend you Mr Meyer and Katherine K. for doing a masterpiece that has brought me much frustration on account of the insanely yet wonderful situations Jacky Faber goes through; but great satisfaction that the character's travels continue to change the world in which this fantasy thrives! Thank you for a most amazing read but more for the very heartfelt adventure that has brought actual laughs as well as tears to my own heart and eyes! I love the character Jacky Faber and will root for her in all her endeavers! Those who refuse to read these, well it would be a loss your soul cannot afford to suffer! ... Sincerely the dedicated Jacky Faber/ Katherine Kellgren fan... Brandy Autrey
Our entire family (mom, dad and two boys ages 9 and 11) thoroughly enjoyed this book. A tale of adventure that held our interest, wonderful narration, and some interesting historical detail regarding the life of a ship's boy. Perfect for a long family drive.
This series of books is so addicting and diverse, I can't even assign a specific genre. It would appeal to anyone (I wish my Dad could have read/heard this - he would have loved it more than anyone). I am 52 and I listen to this series on my way to work and back. Kellgren's varied accents are wonderful and Meyer's writing is interesting and never boring! He has a way of slipping in historical details and even some social commentary while keeping it so entertaining...oh yes he does!
This was a great lite adventurous listen. It had plenty of twists and turns and was an enjoyable little adventure story. Best thing of all was that it was based around a girl sailor, what could be better?
mostly ya fiction... mostly...
Great story and narration, meant for adolescents or teens, but very enjoyable for adults too!
I love not only this book, but the entire series. Wonderfully narrated by Katherine Kellgren, who's performance brings Jacky to life through not only voice, but also in song. While this may not be for young readers, it is age appropriate for 12 and up. The girl I nanny for (she is 12) is absolutely in love, as am I. We can both truly enjoy it, and I look forward to surprising her with the next in the series over her holiday break.
I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.
Bloody Jack read by Katherine Kellgren is a perfect matching of story and reader, for Kellgren IS Jack, the orphan girl who leaves her gang of London guttersnipes, cuts her hair and puts on boy's clothes, and joins the HMS frigate man-o-war The Dolphin as one of its new ship's boys and then experiences and learns more than she could have imagined about the sea, sailors, friendship, death, love, music, gender, and herself. As Kellgren reads Jack's narration, she convincingly changes her voice to suit the various characters who appear, among them cockney boys, Irish salts, lordly captains, pedantic Americans, French pirates, Jamaican merchants, and more. The story is fast-paced, savory, exciting, funny, and involving. The terrible sides of human nature are in evidence, too, including snobbishness, bullying, rape, and war. And Kellgren is there every step of the way, enhancing L. A. Meyer's prose with her enthusiasm and understanding. I'm looking forward to more of Jack Faber's sea adventures.
I think that says it all but this is the most entertaining historical fiction I have ever listened to. I am forty something but Katherine Kellgren captures my imagination and Jackie Faber is just such a joy to follow. I love how L A Meyer tackles some pretty harsh subjects with frankness, not sugarcoating history. At the same time you meet such amazing characters you end each book upbeat and wanting more.
My daughter and I commute quite a bit and are always listening to one audio book or another. This was a welcome change from the endless spate of fantasy she's been into of late. The history, action, adventure, humor and and feminism appealed to us both. Kellgren did a brilliant job and really brought the whole thing vividly to life.
I agree there are several tense moments and this is not for younger children. My daughter is a mature and well-read 11 year old, so the sexual and violent references actually made made for good points of mother-daughter discussion, but this is not a book the less mature.
This really isn't a children's book. The story was a great idea, but there were parts that some parents would find offensive for their children to listen to. If you are comfortable with your children watching PG-13 movies then you probably wouldn't have a problem with this book.