I'm actually still listening to this, but I'm enjoying it so much I couldn't wait to give it a 5 star review. The energy is fantastic. This is a young adult story, and I'm certain well past that age, but the reader's performance is just SO brilliant, that I enjoy every minute. I listen in the car, and often find myself listening in the driveway to get to the end of the chapter.
It's hard to pick out one moment - I just enjoy to experience. Can't wait to find out wha trouble Jackie get's herself into next.
I've only ever heard Ms Hellgren in the first book of this series, but after writing this review, I'm going to look for more of her work. She's brilliant!
I haven't got to the end yet - but I love the dread, when you hearing Jackie getting into another difficult situation. There is nothing but heart in this character - not a hint of self-pity, plenty of humor, and a very generous spirit. You love every tricky situation, every character, every observation - and hearing Jackie triumph in the end. I find myself smiling through most of it. Simple entertaining fun!
Poor Jackie, she tries so hard to be a lady but she seems to keep botching the job over and over again.
This book takes up where we left her last, disembarking the ship and starting her stint in a school for young ladies.
She is a wee hellion and impulsive to boot, and she finds herself caned several times as a result of her naughty behavior.
Katherine Kellgren narrates and does a great job. She manages to make the voices sound like separate people as they should sound. It brings the story to life!
Pick up this book as a potential for some preteen boys. With the hero being a girl I doubt this would appeal to many boys and there are many sections of this books not suited to anyone younger than mid to late teens. Not age appropriate for my preteen family but as a middle aged woman I'm loving this series and looking forward to the next one.
The narrator is a joy to listen to and she adds a lot to the story. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys action, humour and little historical fiction. It's nice to listen to a story about a female hero without having to endure a romance novel. its just simply a fun read.
This series makes me smile and I look forward to the next time I can listen. The characters are lifelike and charming in their coming of age blend of childlike wonder and growing adult knowledge of the world.
I normally don't notice the narration unless it is really bad, or simply Amazing. Katherine Kellgren is Phenomenal, changing the accent of the main character and keeping all the other characters straight, singing songs from the time period, and casting enough emotion into the voices that you can't help but empathize with the characters.
I Highly recommend this series, good clean adventure.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (historical fiction) - This story takes place in Boston around 1803. Despite the name and the cover art, this is a fun, lighthearted series. In Book 1 we were introduced to Jacky Faber, a young orphan girl (about age 13) who poses as a boy to get a job on a Naval vessel as a ship's mate. In this book, Jacky has been sent to a girls' school in Boston to become a lady. She tries to hide her humble past and fit in, but her antics will keep you in stitches. (Like carrying a full chamber pot into a room full of guests and asking where to dump it, or whacking her bread on the dinner table to make the weevils come out!) Jacky tries to do the right thing but always finds herself in the middle of some kind of trouble. She is adorable and her antics will make you laugh, but she doesn't learn from her mistakes or listen to what others tell her. As soon as she gets out of one mess, she gets into another one. I found that frustrating after a while but, all in all, it's great fun and has a wonderful ending.
PERFORMANCE - There are a handful of narrators that I save my 5-star ratings for, and Katherine Kellgren is one of them. She does a great job of Jacky's Cockney accent as well as a multitude of other voices, and the emotion she pours into every sentence is just wonderful. She also sings a pretty good tune. Awesome job!
OVERALL - This is a fun, easy listen. Audible labels this series as Teens age 11-13, but there are topics in this book that are not appropriate for that age group. I'd recommend this primarily for mature female listeners. There's a bit of language that borders on profanity and some sexual innuendos. It's Book 2 in a fairly lengthy series. It can stand alone, but there are questions left unanswered that will keep you hooked enough to continue on to Book 3.
Katherine Kellgren is a joy, and it's wonderful to listen to her. This story is a continuation in the series and fairly predictable, but that's not the end of the world and doesn't make it a boring listen by any means - especially not with this great narrator. I have to say there's a fair bit of singing involved too, which she carries off wonderfully. I've decided, though, I don't like Jackie much.......not liking the protagonist of a story does put a different sort of spin on things and I find it doesn't happen often. I was much more sympathetic to Jackie in the first story in the series and liked her then, but I don't seem to like her nearly as much as she's facing new situations but still not really growing up and instead acting like her old self. Too bad, too, but I guess that's what some might like about her.
In this second installment, Jackie moves from ship to girls boarding school, but still manages to get into all kinds of sailor's scrapes. The book is fun to listen to with Katherine Kellgren at the performance helm. I can't even begin to explain how amazing her performance of this book is!
I imagine that this is a book for young adults, but the content, at times, seems a bit beyond that at times; I'd feel just a bit squeamish, as I would have in the previous book, about some of the parts of this book, but they are handled sensitively by the author and peformer.
Overall, it's a fun romp, and the more Jackie Fabre the better in my opinion.
Boarding school for pirates!
The narrator makes the story come alive. While the text make drag at times the narrator's ability to infuse the story with each personality, the anxiety of being a young teen, and the thrill of Jackie's exploits makes this a fantastic listen. I highly recommend the series especially with this narrator.
Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!
My daughter, after having read "Bloody Jack," was interested in reading more about Jacky, and by the middle of this book, she was hooked. Being a somewhat "slow" reader of conventional books, she loves the Audible versions. We go around mimicking "Jacky" phrases in our best impression of reader Katherine Kellgren's voice. I don't know how I could fathom reading (or listening) to another Bloody Jack book without hearing it in her voice!
Without giving too much away, the new character Amy Trevelyan is one of my daughter's favorite characters--plus the lovely sheepdog, Millie!
WARNING #1: If you have read/listened to "Bloody Jack" and are considering this book, you will probably be hopelessly hooked on the series. ENJOY!
WARNING #2: This book is definitely for ages 12+. Many scenes, while not being too graphic, are definitely not for younger kids.