I got the first book in the Bloody Jack series for my son, so he would have something to occupy his time on long car trips. After about a half an hour of listening to that delightful book, I myself was hooked. I must say that In the Belly of the Bloodhound might just be the best in the series. I found myself actually laughing out loud, and crying for the girls in their journey, not to mention I loved it so well, I could not fall asleep until it was finished. Going on three o'clock in the morning now, and I can sleep satisfied. This is most certianly worth the listen.
I love the Jackie Faber books and have enjoyed each of the books in the series. This one was my favorite since the first in the series. It brings the characters from the Lawson Peabody to the sea and allows for excellent character development, particularly of Clarissa Howell and her friends. The plot is more focused than some of the other books have been and seems to have more new elements than the second and third books in the series did.
This was my favorite book in the Bloody Jack series. I don't know if it was because of the book or the narrator that made it so good. That narrator made Jacky Faber come alive! Excellent!
Jacky Faber comes to life once again with a whole new saga! Jacky and her school mates are trapped in the belly of a ship, and the zany adventures continue, despite most of them being confined to one room! It is a testament to the author's creativity that she can craft such a gripping tale with such limited scenery. The characters are all too human and very realistically portrayed. The story of course, isn't plausible, but that's what a great story is all about - making the impossible happen and pull you along in the tale! And well, with Jacky, anything could - and does - happen. A great continuation of a fantastic series. Don't miss it!
I love the stories, the swashbuckling and the fact that women can be strong and do whatever it takes to get where they want to go. Katherine Kellgren is one fantastic story teller and singer.
Thank you to both the author and the narrator for weeks of fun.
I'm getting this series as a present for my early teens granddaughter too.
Her readings add so much depth to these books. You can tell she enjoys reading these stories. Definitely my favorite series.
Experience this one for yourself. You'll understand.
My apologies for the length of this review; a shorter one would be - boring, tedious, interesting, badly read, good narration - and it wouldn't make sense. So here's why I'd put all these adjectives.
This is the only book of the series I have listened to, and it's not a good one to start with. It took 16 chapters before the "real" story began and I struggled through what was, to me, an unbelievably boring 2 1/2 hours of Jackie getting back to Boston and meeting every single person who, presumably, had any walk-on part in one of the earlier books. Being very much addicted to other series, I expect that it would be a different experience for someone remembering all these people from the earlier books.
Another thing is that the writing style is, at times, quite tedious. Please, when about 30 girls walk into a room, I do not need to have the majority of them mentioned by name. Being told about songs Jackie performs, I do not need 4 of them sung to me or in another instance, the entire lyrics for a song. Although I must say that Katherine Kellgren has a beautiful singing voice, quite different from the voice she uses for the narration.
Getting back to the story, starting with chapter 17 I did like it. Apart from, at times, being slow in the telling, the storyline itself did capture me, and while I had to struggle to not give up during the first part, I didn't want to put it down once things started happening. Again, the way it is told annoyed me, but it's not a bad book. I must admit that I find it hard to explain my issues with the whole thing, and my ratings are going all over the place because there are things I hate about it and other things I really like.
The narration is good, in that it fits the characters and the setting. I didn't like it in itself, there's too much bated breah and excited whispering etc. going on, while at the same time I can't distinguish whether something is said or thought by Jackie, which makes the responses of others unclear (are they being polite but miffed, by what Jackie just uttered, or didn't she say it out loud and the other party are actually a bit unfriendly?). But, as I said, the narration fits the characters perfectly, and the main characters (Jackie, her adversary Clarissa, and Jackie's best friend Amy) are easy to recognize at all times. I love the different accents Katherine Kellgren gives characters.