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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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    "Perfect narrator!"

    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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    Jill Olympia, WA, United States 03-05-12
    Jill Olympia, WA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Everyone will love this!"
    Would you listen to Bloody Jack again? Why?

    I bought this to listen to on a road trip-but my husband ended up stealing it! So fun and entertaining!


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    Carla 01-16-12
    Carla 01-16-12

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    "Great story and performance"

    Very enjoyable book. I just wish it had a part 2 so I could continue listening.

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    Terry Thompson, MB, Canada 01-03-12
    Terry Thompson, MB, Canada 01-03-12
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    "A cute, light story with adventure."

    I enjoyed Bloody Jack because of the adventure & the look into the life of 1700's England. I REALLY enjoyed Katherine Kellgren's narrations, she certainly held a good accent for the characters.
    I like the story line & how it could have happened, but I was a little let down by the ending (unless there is a follow-up book). Looking back I guess the ending does make sense as far as following the possiblities of the time, but I was looking for romance, not practicality, to win out.
    I would definitly read another book by this author and/or this narrator.

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    Fred petoskey, MI, United States 01-03-12
    Fred petoskey, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "very entertaing and informative"
    If you could sum up Bloody Jack in three words, what would they be?

    fast interesting real


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

    really a stand alone book


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

    bloody jack


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

    great story, makes you want to cheer


    Any additional comments?

    i was surprised by how much i liked the story and the reader was great

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    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 01-03-12
    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "very entertaing and informative"
    If you could sum up Bloody Jack in three words, what would they be?

    fast interesting real


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

    really a stand alone book


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

    bloody jack


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

    great story, makes you want to cheer


    Any additional comments?

    i was surprised by how much i liked the story and the reader was great

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    lisa metairie, LA, United States 12-29-11
    lisa metairie, LA, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved this book!"

    Excellent to listen to....I loved this audio book....IT was very good...very very good I love the story and the narrator

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    Audrey Chicago, IL, United States 12-23-11
    Audrey Chicago, IL, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the the best audio books I've ever heard"

    I'm very choosy, and spend a lot of time reading reviews before downloading any book from Audible. My fellow subscribers raved about this book; the story and the narrator, and they were 100% right. An exciting story, an engaging main character, vivid writing, and best of all, a wonderful voice actor/narrator who brings the story to life. Even her singing voice comes in handy with the snippets of song throughout the story. I was so relieved to see that this is 1st in a series and that I'll be able to see what happens next to young Jacky!

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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-12-11
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-12-11

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "One of the Best Sea Stories I've Read"
    Would you listen to Bloody Jack again? Why?

    This book was entertaining and correct from a sailor's point of view. I will listen to this story again. The sign of a great story is that you want to hear it often.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was plausible, It could have happened. I also liked the fact that the hero is a goirl.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kellgren brings a wonderful characterization to the story. I am blind but I think I have the perfect picture of what Jackie looks like and sounds like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not start out wanting to listen to the book all in one sitting, but it turned out that I did listen to the book all in one sitting.


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    Jeff 11-29-11
    Jeff 11-29-11

    Long time married couple who share this subscription and find it enriches our conversations. We listen while commuting, cooking, working out, and often drifting off to sleep!

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    "A Very Fun Listen"

    This book was recommended to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Katherine Kellgren does an amazing job narrating this story about a young girl who carries off a "great deception" as a salty sailor boy in his Majesty's Royal Navy. The story is classic and a lot of fun. The heroine, Jackie, is a wonderful character that I imagine young women would enjoy following.

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