Incredible work from miss Kellgren; it is the most immersive narration for an audio book that I have had the chance of listening. Her rendition is a work of art.
I have almost finished the Bloody Jack series; and I am impressed about the author's ability to create interesting plotlines and twist in every book. The characters grow through the books and are lovable. The story gives an immersion into 19th century living that I found to be educational. You learn about history, the way of living in those times, what they ate, and through the marvelous rendition of the narrator, get a feel for that period's music.
Try it; I would rate it as my favourite audio book series by a mile. Get ready for a truly immersive experience like few others. This is one of those stories that you would love to hear for the first time, many times !
Although I struggled with the performance, I did enjoy the story and the wonderful character of Jacky Faber. In some ways, the story was predictable, but it is redeemed by the endearing character of Jacky, her humor and antics.
One can't help but fall in love with Jacky Faber's character.
I am convinced I would have enjoyed the story considerably more if I had read the book instead of listening. While Katherine Kellgren is an accomplished narrator and has some fabulous performances, I found her performance of this story to be extremely distracting. Her accent for Jacky was terrible and so obviously fake and forced that it was grating. (This surprised me given that she'd lived in England and was surely exposed to real, albeit contemporary, accents typical of people in circumstances similar to Jacky's.) Her male voices made many of the male characters sounded like cantankerous old ladies. At times, it was very difficult to carry on listening. I persisted largely because of the positive reviews. The performance could have been improved with better accent work and more vocal range.
The story is worth the time to read it. If one can get past the performance, the story is worth listening to.
If I continue with the series, I will buy the printed books instead of audio books.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I appreciated the authors ability to describe tense and possibly gruesome events without delving into unnecessary graphic detail. I enjoyed the story, characters and narration.
Best narration ever! I couldn't get enough! The narrator became the character. This was a super story and I can't wait to get the next one.
I couldn't stop listening to it. It won me over in the first chapter and a day later I emerged from a world on the high seas. The protagonist is charming and the story moves at a rapid pace. It is a pretty standard sailor-style book, but in my mind there is no reason to mess with a good thing.
Katherine Kellgren is outstanding. I am not sure it gets much better than this. She truly brings Bloody Jack (and every other character) to life. The characters have, well, character. Vibrancy. Just so good.
This book starts out a bit sadly, but ends well, and the parts in between are well-written and performed. We listened to it as we drove across country and the Miles flew by. Recommended for any age.
You won't fall asleep listening to Katherine read this series of books. They are all very fun to listen to and also scary and even sometimes sad. And all with a little bit of history thrown in. Great reads and great on audio both!
This story kept me so involved that I could not stop listening. The author did a wonderful job of character development and telling the story. The narrator truly brought it to life!
This story was probably okay for teens. It was a bit shallow as an adult read. I am a fan of historical fiction and was disappointed. The premise was mostly plausible up to the last twenty percent of the book, but the execution was relatively thin. Viewing ship life from the perspective of a ship's boy is an interesting slant, but it was just lacking depth and stakes.
The performance also detracted from the overall listen. The interpretation was just a bit too dramatic and overdone.
Again, this is probably a good read for teens, but I won't be following the rest of the series.