It goes without saying that the book is wonderful, but I am amazed at how much it is enriched by the great narration. I listened to it on a long car trip with my husband and 13-year-old son and we were completely engaged. I'm sure we'll listen to it again.
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.
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