Katherine Kellgren may be the best narrator I have ever listened to and I listen to many many books while I knit design samples. The story is fun. Jacky is a hoot and the subtle play with mores is wonderful. I love how Jacky becomes more and more aware of just how the female sex is put down and devalued.
Almost done with Book 2 so I downloaded Book 3 to not be without.
The main character is a gutsy girl, orphaned at a young age, who maintains her defiance and sense of adventure while masquerading as a male deckhand on a pirate ship. It's good pirate fun a girl who refuses to conform to anyone's image of who she should be other than her own.
My favorite sequence was the 'lost on a deserted island' adventures.
This book kept my interest as it was fast paced and entertaining. The narrator did a nice job with the accent. I will be gettting more books in this series.
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"A girl destined to be hanged is not likely to be drowned"
she is amazing! she reads the book with such believability and feeling! I felt as if Bloody Jack were actually talking to me and I was right there with her on the ship.
I laughed several times, feel tearful a few and excited and adventurous most times! Ready to take off with her on the ship!
Everyone should listen to this audio. If you make this ur first audio, it will most certainly not be your last! This series has 10 books! yay :)
I can't stop. Audiobooks are the diversion and comfort when I am alone, the excitement I don't have the time for, and scratch for that itch
How have a missed this book before??? I can I not love a book about a sassy girl who cannot keep herself from getting into trouble/adventures? No one can help loving Jackie, despite or because of her most relatable flaws. This book is a perfect marriage of character development, charm, whit, a bit of romance, and adventure.
It is a book that I could read over and over again, because I feel that I am right there experiencing the adventure. I rarely give a 5, and it is without a doubt worth five stars.
The book not only is a story about a girl coming of age and battling pirates, it is bloody hilarious.
If any Dads out there want to get a daughter (or son) eased into their Aubrey and Maturin collection: this book would be a good start.
Yes probably just to see if I enjoy it as much the second time.
It totally caught me off guard. It is not my usual genre and I picked it because of the reader and I thought Katherine Kellgren did a stellar job of the book and I will definitely be looking for more of her work.
My motivation for purchasing this book was to pass the time on a 5 hour drive to a conference. Not only did it keep me awake for the drive - I was waiting for breaks so that I could continue listening and was exited for the drive home so I could hear more of the story.
I'm just concerned that possibly it will be hard to live up to the expectations for audio books after starting with this one hahaha.
Probably not for many years anyway. I have a good memory.
Mary (Jack) She is a determined young lady with a stong sense of self preservation.
I liked everything about Katherine Kellgren's reading. She brings the story and characters to life with great vocal variety and energy. I am so picky about narrators and totally reject books I would otherwise enjoy except that I don't enjoy the reading voice. She is the main reason I read this book at all.
I love to re-read books with audible.
One of the best.
The big reveal!
Her characterization is astounding. Best I've heard, ever.
In the Navy!
This is the first book in a wonderful series, and one of those audio book productions in which the reader inhabits the characters, making the whole so much more than the parts. Katherine Kellgren has kept the voices consistent and fresh throughout all the books, and enlivens the stories with her lovely voice whenever Jacky is called upon to sing. L.A. Meyer is a very good story teller, and I was able to listen to the entire series one after the other without feeling the tarnish of repetition that can accompany the uninterrupted reading of a series.
I like young adult literature because it is less cynical than adult fiction can be. In the character of Jacky Faber, L.A. Meyer has created a female worth reading about. She is resourceful, irreverent, fiercely loyal, and she demonstrates a great deal of courage without being heroic. She is irrepressible with an admirable knack for living in the moment, which carries her through one trial after another.
I have read some criticism of the books for children because of her flirty ways and the types of violence she encounters as the books progress, but I can't see this being a problem for today's teens. As far as sexuality goes these books are quite wholesome. Jacky learns early what is at stake (in a very amusing sequence), and that can't be far outside the experience of even a pre-teen these days. And Meyer has provided Jacky with an admirable comfort in her own skin that must set a good example for young women today. As far as violence goes, these are adventure stories with extremely well drawn villains, so yes there is some violence, but it is only a small part of each story. The historical time Jacky lives through is difficult for women. Fortunately she is surrounded by a host of lively side characters who help her get through her more perilous adventures.
I found the combination of a ripping good tale, historical detail, engaging characters, and the best possible reader for the book, to be totally irresistible. And I couldn't wait to start the second in the series once I'd finished this one.