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Bloody Jack | [L.A. Meyer]

Bloody Jack

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.
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Publisher's Summary

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life...if only she doesn't get caught.

Listen to the sequel, Curse of the Blue Tattoo.

©2003 L.A. Meyer; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Children's Titles - Ages 12+, 2008

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    Roxanne Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 08-12-12
    Roxanne Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 08-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "My first audio book and I will never forget it"
    Would you listen to Bloody Jack again? Why?

    Yes probably just to see if I enjoy it as much the second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It totally caught me off guard. It is not my usual genre and I picked it because of the reader and I thought Katherine Kellgren did a stellar job of the book and I will definitely be looking for more of her work.

    My motivation for purchasing this book was to pass the time on a 5 hour drive to a conference. Not only did it keep me awake for the drive - I was waiting for breaks so that I could continue listening and was exited for the drive home so I could hear more of the story.

    I'm just concerned that possibly it will be hard to live up to the expectations for audio books after starting with this one hahaha.


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    Deborah Corvallis, Oregon, United States 08-09-12
    Deborah Corvallis, Oregon, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not just for young adults"
    Would you listen to Bloody Jack again? Why?

    Probably not for many years anyway. I have a good memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary (Jack) She is a determined young lady with a stong sense of self preservation.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about Katherine Kellgren's reading. She brings the story and characters to life with great vocal variety and energy. I am so picky about narrators and totally reject books I would otherwise enjoy except that I don't enjoy the reading voice. She is the main reason I read this book at all.


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    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 06-22-12
    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 06-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to re-read books with audible.

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    Where does Bloody Jack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloody Jack?

    The big reveal!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her characterization is astounding. Best I've heard, ever.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In the Navy!


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    Kate 06-06-12
    Kate 06-06-12
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    "Grand adventure - not just for teens."

    This is the first book in a wonderful series, and one of those audio book productions in which the reader inhabits the characters, making the whole so much more than the parts. Katherine Kellgren has kept the voices consistent and fresh throughout all the books, and enlivens the stories with her lovely voice whenever Jacky is called upon to sing. L.A. Meyer is a very good story teller, and I was able to listen to the entire series one after the other without feeling the tarnish of repetition that can accompany the uninterrupted reading of a series.

    I like young adult literature because it is less cynical than adult fiction can be. In the character of Jacky Faber, L.A. Meyer has created a female worth reading about. She is resourceful, irreverent, fiercely loyal, and she demonstrates a great deal of courage without being heroic. She is irrepressible with an admirable knack for living in the moment, which carries her through one trial after another.

    I have read some criticism of the books for children because of her flirty ways and the types of violence she encounters as the books progress, but I can't see this being a problem for today's teens. As far as sexuality goes these books are quite wholesome. Jacky learns early what is at stake (in a very amusing sequence), and that can't be far outside the experience of even a pre-teen these days. And Meyer has provided Jacky with an admirable comfort in her own skin that must set a good example for young women today. As far as violence goes, these are adventure stories with extremely well drawn villains, so yes there is some violence, but it is only a small part of each story. The historical time Jacky lives through is difficult for women. Fortunately she is surrounded by a host of lively side characters who help her get through her more perilous adventures.

    I found the combination of a ripping good tale, historical detail, engaging characters, and the best possible reader for the book, to be totally irresistible. And I couldn't wait to start the second in the series once I'd finished this one.

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    J. IRVINE, US, Canada 05-04-12
    J. IRVINE, US, Canada 05-04-12 Member Since 2005

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    "wonderfully entertaining"

    I have now finished 4 of the Bloody Jack series and cannot put them down. Even tho they are intended for young adults, they are so entertaining and imaginable to keep even this 64 year old engaged. Sheer fun. Never a dull moment. The narrator is great, too.

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    Dean 04-28-12
    Dean 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Audie Award Winner Worthy of the Award"

    I listen to a lot of books through my MP3 player. I drive thousands of miles a Month. I stumbled upon this series of books just a few weeks ago, while looking through the Award Winners section of Audible. In just a couple weeks, I've gone through 4 of these books. L.A. Meyer knows how to weave a tale. The Narrator is outstanding in her performance of ever character. She keeps every character their own. These stories are Highly Entertaining! You'll Laugh, you'll Scream, you'll Cry, you'll Sing! It's amazing at how the Author brings true History within the story and such depth to every part of the books.
    I Highly Recommend this series.

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    Elizabeth Decatur, GA, United States 04-20-12
    Elizabeth Decatur, GA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2015

    I read speculative fiction, YA, mysteries, entertaining nonfiction, & occasionally, heavier literature. I want it well written & literate.

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    "Guilty, addictive pleasure"
    If you could sum up Bloody Jack in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid, enthralling, and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Bloody Jack to and why?

    Dicken's boys, David Copperfild and Oliver Twist because the heroine is an orphaned waif from the same era, but this book combines them with a penny dreadful novel: plot driven exciting heroic and over the top.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Jackie Faber, of course. Jackie is audacious, fearless, funny, over the top, and a great hearted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh the reader! She is so very vivid in her reading, and characterization There are probably holes and rough parts to this novel, but who would notice, because we are busy being swept along by her memorable Jackie.

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    bup 04-10-12
    bup 04-10-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Great adventure"

    Every kids dream to be a pirate!!
    This story seems to fill that need with a very vivid picture

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    Paula 04-10-12
    Paula 04-10-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!

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    Wow! This "teen fiction" is entertaining for everyone--and I can safely say this is WAY better than a lot of the other popular teen fiction out there. The tale of Bloody Jack had two 40-something adults, a 14- and a 12-year-old listening and laughing through a multi-state road trip. Within the first few chapters, you will have a mental image of "Jacky" that only enhances the listening experience. Not only are her adventures unique and exciting, but Jacky is as clever and resourceful as they come, especially for an orphan who grew up on the street, and unapologetically honest with herself, even when she finds herself lying to others. Even after you get to know her, she will surprise you. And don't even try to predict what will happen next in this story, because you will probably be wrong. By the way, the amazing Katherine Kellgren is now my favorite reader, (and I've heard some good ones). Not only does she give Jacky a spunky personality, but she gives voice to variously accented characters, and she can sing beautifully! You will hear many traditional songs during your listen.

    We have graduated to the second book in the series, and can't wait to come back for the rest. We got this book "for the kids," but the 40-something parents are now listening on their own, and the kids are inspired to read the print version.

    Warning: There are some "mature" themes in this story, so this is definintely for the 13+ crowd, or the very mature 12-year-old. It is not extremely graphic, but the author does not sugar coat either. Could be some teaching moments, actually. The language is rather clean, considering the cast is full of sailors, and euphemism and allusion abound in order to make the serious topics comical Still highly recommended!

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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 03-16-12
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 03-16-12 Member Since 2007

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    "I Love Bloody Jack"

    I've read about four of the "Bloody Jack" books. Although they are aimed at the young adult female market (which I am so very far from being, other than female), I have to say I love them. I recommended the series to a male colleague, who bought them all after reading the first book. It's just good, old-fashioned rip-roaring fun, with a feisty young female character who is hard not to love. Katherine Kellgren delivers a marvelous cockney accent for Jack, and as Jack encounters people from many parts of the world, Kellgren is reliably wonderful with accents and making each voice unique. (With the exception of Scots accents, which she just cannot believably do--but this is a forgivable flaw in someone who is so very listenable overall.) I highly recommend this series to anyone who reads for pleasure and enjoys a good verbal romp.

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