I am smitten with Katherine Kellgren's ability to be so many characters effectively. She switches seamlessly between the characters and has an immense range where the voices are concerned. The story, itself is superb and original in it's arrangement. This audio book was worth every cent and I plan to continue the series.
Having thoroughly enjoyed "Bloody Jack", I quickly jumped at the chance to read this book when I saw it on sale.
Bottom line up front: It's a good story, but not as good as "Bloody Jack". This may be unfair, given how solid the first of the series was, but I think it is an accurate assessment.
While Bloody Jack would be more gender neutral, specifically in that it could be enjoyed by all sexes, I think this story moves firmly into the female domain. In this regard, it gives young girls a solid heroine to follow and end enjoy. This isn't to say the story isn't fast paced and enjoyable, but I think it won't appeal to as broad of an audience.
Outside of gender categorization, the story itself isn't quite as engaging as "Bloody Jack". There's still lots of excitement, and the story provides a great illustration of the prejudices suffered by females two hundred years ago, but it isn't as gripping as the inaugural book.
Katherine Kellgren remains one of the best narrators out there, and her performance here is flawless. She really brings the story to life and her performance itself is worth purchasing the audio version.
I can highly recommend this to the YA audience, especially females, but it also worthy of a listen by a more mature reader.
Absolutely! The narrator of this book is the very best of the couple hundred I've heard.
Without a doubt it was the horse race -- again the narration made it seem like you were right there watching the race. I was driving and actually did a 'lil seated jig when they crossed the finish line.
She doesn't just read the words from the page, she "acts" the dialog. Even though I can't see her, I can picture the scenes just from her voice inflections. And I love that she does different voices for the various characters.
Yes. I was lucky enough to have several lengthy driving trips in a short period so I could listen to it often (really -- did I say lucky to have long driving trips???)
I love this series not only for the great narration but also for the fantastic characters and storylines.
Love this whole series. It's exciting and suspenseful and also teaches you a lot about history. I find myself looking up the historical events, people and places all the time. I am an older woman in my 50's and really enjoy Katherine Kellgren's reading of the books. She really brings them to life. But they also make a good read.
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!