I have now finished 4 of the Bloody Jack series and cannot put them down. Even tho they are intended for young adults, they are so entertaining and imaginable to keep even this 64 year old engaged. Sheer fun. Never a dull moment. The narrator is great, too.
I listen to a lot of books through my MP3 player. I drive thousands of miles a Month. I stumbled upon this series of books just a few weeks ago, while looking through the Award Winners section of Audible. In just a couple weeks, I've gone through 4 of these books. L.A. Meyer knows how to weave a tale. The Narrator is outstanding in her performance of ever character. She keeps every character their own. These stories are Highly Entertaining! You'll Laugh, you'll Scream, you'll Cry, you'll Sing! It's amazing at how the Author brings true History within the story and such depth to every part of the books.
I Highly Recommend this series.
I read speculative fiction, YA, mysteries, entertaining nonfiction, & occasionally, heavier literature. I want it well written & literate.
Vivid, enthralling, and entertaining.
Dicken's boys, David Copperfild and Oliver Twist because the heroine is an orphaned waif from the same era, but this book combines them with a penny dreadful novel: plot driven exciting heroic and over the top.
Jackie Faber, of course. Jackie is audacious, fearless, funny, over the top, and a great hearted.
Oh the reader! She is so very vivid in her reading, and characterization There are probably holes and rough parts to this novel, but who would notice, because we are busy being swept along by her memorable Jackie.
Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!
Wow! This "teen fiction" is entertaining for everyone--and I can safely say this is WAY better than a lot of the other popular teen fiction out there. The tale of Bloody Jack had two 40-something adults, a 14- and a 12-year-old listening and laughing through a multi-state road trip. Within the first few chapters, you will have a mental image of "Jacky" that only enhances the listening experience. Not only are her adventures unique and exciting, but Jacky is as clever and resourceful as they come, especially for an orphan who grew up on the street, and unapologetically honest with herself, even when she finds herself lying to others. Even after you get to know her, she will surprise you. And don't even try to predict what will happen next in this story, because you will probably be wrong. By the way, the amazing Katherine Kellgren is now my favorite reader, (and I've heard some good ones). Not only does she give Jacky a spunky personality, but she gives voice to variously accented characters, and she can sing beautifully! You will hear many traditional songs during your listen.
We have graduated to the second book in the series, and can't wait to come back for the rest. We got this book "for the kids," but the 40-something parents are now listening on their own, and the kids are inspired to read the print version.
Warning: There are some "mature" themes in this story, so this is definintely for the 13+ crowd, or the very mature 12-year-old. It is not extremely graphic, but the author does not sugar coat either. Could be some teaching moments, actually. The language is rather clean, considering the cast is full of sailors, and euphemism and allusion abound in order to make the serious topics comical Still highly recommended!
I've read about four of the "Bloody Jack" books. Although they are aimed at the young adult female market (which I am so very far from being, other than female), I have to say I love them. I recommended the series to a male colleague, who bought them all after reading the first book. It's just good, old-fashioned rip-roaring fun, with a feisty young female character who is hard not to love. Katherine Kellgren delivers a marvelous cockney accent for Jack, and as Jack encounters people from many parts of the world, Kellgren is reliably wonderful with accents and making each voice unique. (With the exception of Scots accents, which she just cannot believably do--but this is a forgivable flaw in someone who is so very listenable overall.) I highly recommend this series to anyone who reads for pleasure and enjoys a good verbal romp.
Katherine Kellgren brings Bloody Jack to life with humor and intelligence, and beautifully conveys the gamut of emotions as the story wends its way from London to the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. We listened to it in the car with our 15 year old and two 12 year olds (all boys) and everyone was enthralled. It isn't every book with a female protagonist that boys this age will be excited to read.
The beginning of the story is very dark, and I might have been uncomfortable listening to it with much younger kids. The early chapters were compelling and provide an important backdrop to the story, but I was expecting only the kind of seafaring tale that begins a few chapters into the book. Not a criticism, just a head's up to families with younger or more sensitive kids - there's a lot of trauma early on, though nothing graphic.
I have recommended this to friends, and my family looks forward to listening to the next book in the series.
I bought this to listen to on a road trip-but my husband ended up stealing it! So fun and entertaining!
I enjoyed Bloody Jack because of the adventure & the look into the life of 1700's England. I REALLY enjoyed Katherine Kellgren's narrations, she certainly held a good accent for the characters.
I like the story line & how it could have happened, but I was a little let down by the ending (unless there is a follow-up book). Looking back I guess the ending does make sense as far as following the possiblities of the time, but I was looking for romance, not practicality, to win out.
I would definitly read another book by this author and/or this narrator.