The Characters were obviously different.
We listened to this book while driving. When we got home, we came into the house and did not turn on the TV. We listened to the book.
I liked the variety of situations that Jack encountered. It was not clear which women in his life would be his mate until the very end.
I ripped through this one, and then immediately picked up more of this series. I can't express just how terrific this book was - I have made others listen to the incredible performance by Katherine Kellgren. The story was fantastic all by itself, but the narration was what made this book and series come to life. The indomitable character of Jacky Faber is impossible not to like, with her sense of drama, showmanship, cleverness and unfailing loyalty. The descriptions of maritime life in the 1700's is vivid and believable, while the series of events Jacky tumbles through is so impossible, I just had to shake my head and enjoy the ride. And it's a wild ride - one you won't regret "hopping aboard" and joining Jacky in!
Elle AKA PlantCrone..I'm an organic gardener, quilter, volunteer and elder who enjoys different genres from biographies to si/fi to fantasy
Katherine Kellgren seems to be everyones favorite narrator and listening to this charmer of a story it's easy to see why. She puts life and excitement into a girls version of swashbuckling sailors vs. pirate books and carries the listener along on the wild ocean adventures.
Although I've just listened to this first novel, there was so much background on Mary 'Jacky' s' life, prior to her life at sea, that I get the feeling it's important to read these books in order.
Enjoyable, full of adventure and a bit of romance, harsh scenes of Mary's younger life as an orphan in London might make this too hard for a younger-than-10 child but I think it would be ok for 13 and above girls. And their moms. Good for the family car trips this summer.
I'm on to the next episode in this already long series!
Well worth your credit
I have loved every audible narrated by Katherine K so when this book came up as something I would like I jumped on it. We were going on a road trip so I thought my 9 year old would like the story. We both found it kind of boring. The voices were great but it after 3 hours we gave up on it.
She was the best part. The only disappointment was that her Liam voice was exactly the same as Darcy from the Royal Spyness series. It was hard to separate the two characters.
No. The "am I going to be found out" storyline ran thin.
Actually, it's a good story terrifically read - Katherine Kellgren (who I've enjoyed performing the Royal Spyness novels) has done an amazing job bringing the characters and their situations (fun, fear, nerves, panic, sadness, irony) to life. I do believe that this is better listened to than read, and I don't think I would have gotten past the first dozen pages if I had been reading the print version.
I have no shame in calling this a swashbuckling tale of life on the high seas - though a cliche, it does fit this situation, and the book (almost) never seems like a cliche. One can clearly tell it's written for tweens, but it's good fun nonetheless and never seems juvenile, neither in story nor in language choice. It starts with 11 or 12 year old orphan Mary on the streets of London, who puts on a dead friends clothes to appear as a boy and manages (by virtue of being able to read) to get herself hired on as a "ship's boy" on a vessel of His Majesty's Navy. It ends, about 3 years later with her set off the ship in Boston, ready for installment 2 of the series. In between there are sailors and pirates, ships' chores and liberty in port, battles and Sunday's spent dancing jigs and learning to play the tinwhistle. Oh, and some parasailing and being marooned on an island. Just about the most you can stuff into 3 years of a young girl's life.
Live in Cocoa Beach Florida. Am a videographer and photographer.
I have not yet read the print version of Bloody Jack although I have downloaded to my Kendell. I just can not imagine the print version being nearly as good as the audio (which for me is true of most books). Katherine Kellgren was fantastic in her portrayal of each an every character.
Comparing Bloody Jack to other books, I would say Oliver Twist in style and Robinson Crusoe for content.
Mary (Bloody Jack) was my favorite character but I liked Charlie a lot, even though he appeared only briefly early in the book he showed character and bravery by standing up to those who had all the power and in his own right was a leader with compassion.
There were so many moments in this book that moved me it is not possible to point to just one.
This was a book that I could not put down and spent every moment that I could spare listening to it. At the end,I just did not want it to end.
I have never given a book five stars in each category, this was my first.
This book keeps your interest throughout with its never ending twists and turns. But there is some depth to the protagonist and every event is based solidly on historical research. The performer is not just a narrator but a true voice actor. I loved this listen!
Jacky aka Mary of course. Everything that happens is from her point of view, and its handled very well, with you following every action and emotion.
The voices that the actor does suit perfectly and are not overdone. She even sings a bit here and there.
I cried with emotion a few times in the car, just amazed at what the young lassie went through.
Downloaded #2 The Curse of the Blue Tattoo.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
This book was over way to quickly, I wanted more (so I'm off to download the next book in the series). If you want to get lost in a fun story set upon the high seas, this is the book for you. The performance was so good that it was like listening to someone telling their own story.
It wasn't perfect... many of the characters were very stereotyped. However, the main character was so atypical that it made up for the rest of the typical cast of characters for the most part. But, introducing some additional non-standard characters would have made a really good book, great. Also, the book should have been longer (I can't believe I said that, but it's true). I know this is a series and I'm sure I will get to know the characters very well in other books, but there were lots of parts of this book that went by way to quickly.
I happen to love books about ships, sailing, military, pirates, adventure, and plunder. I think one of the things I like about this combination is that you can't just walk away from a ship (or the military) and I like to see all of the inter-personal threads unwind as people are forced together in these kinds of environments, especially when matters of treasure and life-and-death fighting is introduced into the mix. It brings out the worst and the best in humankind. I mean really, what more can you want?!
She's the tomboy I always wanted to be.
The female Huck Finn with her great adventures.
Her many different accents and beautiful voice for singing. Meyer is very descriptive in his writing so when Kellgren is speaking for that person your given such a perfect picture in your minds eye.
My extreme reaction would have to be that I wanted to listen to more and soon. Laugh yes. Cry no.
What a fun adventure to live through Bloody Jack!
Professional puppeteer, audio book narrator, author.
Jackie Faber, the main character, thinks that she isn't very brave, but she very much is.
She has an amazing voice and makes each character distinct, not just in sound but in emotional range. This is beautifully acted.
I usually listen while I'm driving or doing work with my hands. I found myself doing extra cleaning so as to not stop listening.