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Bloody Jack

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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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    Douglas R. Stone Hartford, CT USA 12-31-13
    Douglas R. Stone Hartford, CT USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2006
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    "One great event after another"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book keeps your interest throughout with its never ending twists and turns. But there is some depth to the protagonist and every event is based solidly on historical research. The performer is not just a narrator but a true voice actor. I loved this listen!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacky aka Mary of course. Everything that happens is from her point of view, and its handled very well, with you following every action and emotion.


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

    The voices that the actor does suit perfectly and are not overdone. She even sings a bit here and there.


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

    I cried with emotion a few times in the car, just amazed at what the young lassie went through.


    Any additional comments?

    Downloaded #2 The Curse of the Blue Tattoo.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia J Colorado 09-21-13
    Felicia J Colorado 09-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo, Ms. Kellgren!"

    Katherine Kellgren absolutely made this book for me. "Bloody Jack" is a well-written, well-plotted historical adventure, but Kellgren's performance transformed it into something truly special. She brought color and nuance to Jacky’s world, pulling me right onto the deck of the HMS Dolphin. I could hear the roar of cannons, the swell of the sea and the music played by the sailors in her voice. I can’t imagine experiencing this book in any other way.

    Set at the turn of the 19th Century, “Bloody Jack” uses the familiar trope of a girl dressed as a boy to experience a man’s world, but the appealing heroine, diverse cast of characters and spot-on pacing made the story fresh and exciting.

    Mary “Jacky” Faber escapes a dismal life as a London street urchin by fast-talking her way on board a British man-of-war headed out to sea in pursuit of pirates. Because she can read and write, she is assigned to help the tutor who instructs the young midshipmen and ship's boys. As performed by Kellgren, Jacky's voice conveys her wonder at the sights and workings of the ship, terror in battle, and later in the story, the overwhelming joy of young love. She comes fully alive in Kellgren's telling – smart, resourceful, self-deprecating, tender-hearted yet practical.

    Much of the humor and dramatic tension in the story comes from Jacky's efforts to maintain her disguise – first because she does not think through all the implications ("What about the call of nature, you twit?") and second because she begins to fall in love with another ship's boy, Jamie Fletcher, who comes from a respectable family fallen on hard times. Jacky struggles very believably to choose between the freedom of being a boy – able to climb rigging, visit taverns on shore leave and explore opportunities denied to women – and her desire to live as her true self. (She also discovers, later on, what is meant by the phrase "feminine wiles" and how to use hers to advantage.)

    Jacky also learns hard lessons about grown men who bully those they perceive as weaker, and about abusers who victimize children to satisfy their twisted desires. The HMS Dolphin is a microcosm of humanity itself, with all of the good and evil of men represented on its decks. Much of the story was quite dark and brutal, showing the hardships sailors endured and how cheaply life was sometimes held.

    I greatly appreciated how the characters behaved in ways both true to their times and to their own experiences. (For example, Jamie at first turns up his nose at the daily ration of horse meat, while the malnourished Jacky wolfs it down as if it’s the best thing she’s ever tasted.) By the story's end, many of the characters - from the unflappable Captain Locke to the passionate but prudish scholar Mr. Tilden to the kindly "sea dad" Liam Delaney - seemed like old friends.

    This book has it all: adventure, excitement, humor, pathos and tenderness – all vividly rendered by Kellgren. I am looking forward to joining Jacky on the rest of her adventures in this series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 08-06-13
    Paul 08-06-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "You can't just walk away from a ship!"

    This book was over way to quickly, I wanted more (so I'm off to download the next book in the series). If you want to get lost in a fun story set upon the high seas, this is the book for you. The performance was so good that it was like listening to someone telling their own story.

    It wasn't perfect... many of the characters were very stereotyped. However, the main character was so atypical that it made up for the rest of the typical cast of characters for the most part. But, introducing some additional non-standard characters would have made a really good book, great. Also, the book should have been longer (I can't believe I said that, but it's true). I know this is a series and I'm sure I will get to know the characters very well in other books, but there were lots of parts of this book that went by way to quickly.

    I happen to love books about ships, sailing, military, pirates, adventure, and plunder. I think one of the things I like about this combination is that you can't just walk away from a ship (or the military) and I like to see all of the inter-personal threads unwind as people are forced together in these kinds of environments, especially when matters of treasure and life-and-death fighting is introduced into the mix. It brings out the worst and the best in humankind. I mean really, what more can you want?!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna Midland, TX, United States 05-31-13
    Ronna Midland, TX, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful imagination!"
    What did you love best about Bloody Jack?

    She's the tomboy I always wanted to be.


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

    The female Huck Finn with her great adventures.


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

    Her many different accents and beautiful voice for singing. Meyer is very descriptive in his writing so when Kellgren is speaking for that person your given such a perfect picture in your minds eye.


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

    My extreme reaction would have to be that I wanted to listen to more and soon. Laugh yes. Cry no.


    Any additional comments?

    What a fun adventure to live through Bloody Jack!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Robinette Kowal Chicago, IL 05-29-13
    Mary Robinette Kowal Chicago, IL 05-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Professional puppeteer, audio book narrator, author.

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    "Beautifully narrated"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackie Faber, the main character, thinks that she isn't very brave, but she very much is.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She has an amazing voice and makes each character distinct, not just in sound but in emotional range. This is beautifully acted.


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

    I usually listen while I'm driving or doing work with my hands. I found myself doing extra cleaning so as to not stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jesse Towson, MD, United States 05-11-13
    jesse Towson, MD, United States 05-11-13
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    "SPEECHLESS!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have. forced a friend of mine at work to listen to the performance alone. Katherine is truly amazing. I am a Fantasy Nut by reputation. Katherine alone has led me to two categories all by herself. She alone has made my last month of listening a 5 book adventure.


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

    Katherine has the ability to make each and every character a unique and genuine experience. I can close my eyes and see the scene before me like never before.


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    Raquel 03-31-13
    Raquel 03-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pirates and Puberty"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Jack to be better than the print version?

    In this case yes. I think the narrator did a fantastic job with the voices. She had a jaunty and fun accent that emphasized the nautical feel of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bloody Jack was of course. I'm now an adult but this story is so great for females who long to read about adventure on the wild seas. It was really interesting to read about Mary aka Jackie's transition from girl to boy to girl.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a lot to choose from. Ultimately my favorite scene was when Jackie got her first meal on The Dolphin. Her excitement, pleasure, and contentment with a full meal was palpable. She and the others seemed so pleased with such questionable cuisine (it might have been horse meat, but one is never quite sure) that it made me smile.


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

    Yes. I listened to it on a 400 mile drive and I was reluctant to leave the car when I finally arrived at my destination. I wanted to know what would happen to Jackie!


    Any additional comments?

    If you want fun and entertainment and hints of depth, then I definitely think this book fits the bill. It's a great adventure book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Sheridan, IN, United States 02-26-13
    Leslie Sheridan, IN, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Only the begining of the adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to Bloody Jack the most enjoyable?

    The narration was the big seller for me. I've read the book before, but Kathrine Kellgren's narration just brought the whole thing to life.


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

    Now that would be telling, I wouldn't want to spoil things for new readers/listeners. I will say that I enjoyed the bit with the kite.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've bought things she's narrated just because she narrated them. She's really good in this book and just gets better in the sequels.


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    john Binghamton, NY, United States 02-10-13
    john Binghamton, NY, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun listen!"

    This book is a joy. May be a bit young for fussy readers, however, Katherine Kellgren brings this book and Bloody Jack to life. I can't say now many smiles and chuckles it brought me. I recommend this book highly and hope Katherine becomes a very rich woman because of this performance.

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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 01-14-13
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 01-14-13

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    "Totally Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not sure I would recommend this to a friend because it is geared more for teens I believe. However, It was a very fun read and I had all of the remaining books in my wish list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacky is the STAR. The girl has pluck and is very energetic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where she is transported (I don't want to give away any of the plot) to the deserted island.


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

    Orphan of the High Seas


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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