As others have stated, the narrator and the book match wonderfully. As a fan of historical fiction authors such as Patrick O'Brian, I enjoyed this lighter look at the world of the sea. Jack is a terrific character and now I'm hooked and will have to listen to the rest of the series.
The Dickensian story of Jacky Faber in Bloody Jack is heartwrenching and joyous all at once, a truly enthralling tale. Katherine Kellgren's narration is beyond "wonderous good" - frankly she is the best narrator I've ever hoped to listen to.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I am a big fan of old fashion (late 1700 to 1800) sailing stories. This book is a bit different. Mary “Jacky” Faber, age 12, is a memorable protagonist and we get to see her grow up on board the HMS Dolphin. Mary’s parents and sister died of the plague in 1798. She joins a gang of orphans and learns to steal and beg to survive. Their leader, Charlie, is killed and Mary takes the opportunity to start a new life. She dons Charlie’s clothes, cuts her hair and gets a job as a ship boy on HMS Dolphin. She is hired because she can read. In this story HMS Dolphin’s assignment is to look for pirates.
The story covers the daily life on a sailing ship in the 1800s. This is a historical novel and Meyer has kept his characters in their setting with all the prejudices and stigmas of the period. The accents, dialects are also consistent with the time and occupations of the characters.
The audio version helps interpret the dialect the story is written in. I would not want to read this in book format. The narrator, Katherine Kellegren, brings Jacky to life, so much so, she seems to be Jacky. I understand this is a series and I am looking forward to listening to the next installment. Not sure how they will continue this series because of the ending of the book.
Katherine Kellgren is amazing in reading this amazing story. If you are looking for a great book that has been narrated in a fantastic way, then this book is for you.
I can't wait to listen to the next in this series.
The world through a childs eyes is a much more interesting place. The narrator Kathrine Kellgren, is perfect for this book, and reminds me of the girl that did the tell, in Thunderdome. I enjoyed the accent both displayed. The book is written for young people, maybe teens or tweens, but I am seventy one and I enjoyed it. It is a fiction that only a young imagination could dream up. But just suspend your disbelief and enjoy it. I have already downloaded the second in the series, Curse of the Blue Tattoo.
I love a spunky, independent, female character, so of course I immediately became attached to Mary "Jacky" Faber. I enjoyed listening to the narrator's street-English (Cockney?) accent for the main character. The author explored may issues that a disguised female would have aboard a ship filled with hundreds of male sailors. Plus, there are pirates! More action, adventure, and humor than The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I plan to listen to the sequels.
There are so many good things about this book, but the one thing that makes it the most appealing, is the fact that Jacky Faber is smart. It is easy to write a book about a dumb person because they can get themselves into terrible situations because they don't use their brain. That's why when a book is written about a smart person, it is a thing to be admired. A lot of thinking has to happen in order to put a smart person into a difficult situation. I like every single book in this series because it is exciting listening to how a smart girl thinks of solutions, instead of listening to how a dumb person makes problems.
I love pirate stories. As I am a young reader, I find it hard to search in my age group and not find books about little pirate kittens. I like more sophisticated novels, and I do NOT enjoy twilight. I found that I couldn't stop listening, and I found the style of writing strangely similar to Corneilia Funke in Dragon Rider. I adore the narrator and I will be getting more books read by her. I was overjoyed when I found out it was a series. It sounds just like me! And the idea of a girl prate on the high seas in 18th century London, It's more than perfect!
I initially had a hard time listening... but after a bit I got into the book. It was a fun listen, the second book in the series gets much better and interesting...
The narrator does an excellent job. I also enjoyed her singing.