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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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    Lee Ann Mendel Ft. Worth, TX USA 05-29-09
    Lee Ann Mendel Ft. Worth, TX USA 05-29-09
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    "Wonderful!"

    What a great book, the narration is excellent! You will be captured in the adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-15-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars."

    Pretty good story for young adults, but the narrator’s cockney accent hurt the book.

    The story begins in London with Jacky an orphan girl surviving with other kids who steal food to survive. She wants a life on the sea, so she dresses as a boy and gets hired on the British ship Dolphin. Most of the rest of the book is her time on the ship with everyone thinking she is a boy. The ship’s mission is to hunt and attack pirate ships. Jacky does several brave and smart things. She’s a fun story. I liked the last line in the book. Jacky is saying to herself “And I’ll try to be brave, but I never was really very brave.” I’m thinking oh yes you were. You were the bravest of them all.

    Sadly the narrator Katherin Kellgren hurt the book. I enjoy a little cockney accent once in a while, and it did fit the character Jacky, but it was very unpleasant to listen to for an entire book. I was desperate for someone with a generic American accent. Or an upper crust British accent would have been ok. But cockney - an entire book - nooooo. She says “beh ah” (for better) “li oh” (for little).

    Genre: young adult adventure

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Texas, United States 03-18-14
    Kathleen Texas, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Little Romance - It's an Action/Adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to Bloody Jack the most enjoyable?

    Let me say up front that this is not a Romance!!! Though a very good story, don't be mislead! See additional comments below. With that said:

    Katherine Kellgren's narration! She really nailed the characters. And the story had just the right amounts of humor, melancholy, and action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary/Jack was my favorite character. She took every situation practically head on; especially the older she got.


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

    Terrific tongue in cheek humor brought to life.


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

    19th Century high seas adventures complete with seaman, pirates, and a girl masquerading as a ship's boy.


    Any additional comments?

    This really does not belong in the romance section. Though a delightful story, it's 90% adventure (probably for young adults or older children) and 10% - or even just 5% romance. Don't let the way this story was categorized mislead you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randolph Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-16-14
    Randolph Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2005

    Live in Cocoa Beach Florida. Am a videographer and photographer.

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    "Best book I have listened to in a very long time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Jack to be better than the print version?

    I have not yet read the print version of Bloody Jack although I have downloaded to my Kendell. I just can not imagine the print version being nearly as good as the audio (which for me is true of most books). Katherine Kellgren was fantastic in her portrayal of each an every character.


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

    Comparing Bloody Jack to other books, I would say Oliver Twist in style and Robinson Crusoe for content.


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

    Mary (Bloody Jack) was my favorite character but I liked Charlie a lot, even though he appeared only briefly early in the book he showed character and bravery by standing up to those who had all the power and in his own right was a leader with compassion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many moments in this book that moved me it is not possible to point to just one.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book that I could not put down and spent every moment that I could spare listening to it. At the end,I just did not want it to end.

    I have never given a book five stars in each category, this was my first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laura Eugene, OR, United States 02-26-14
    laura Eugene, OR, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.

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    "I Loved It So Much I Bought It AFTER I Heard It"

    So I got this out of the Oregon audio book library originally. After borrowing the first 3 books in the series, I had to join audible to get them as the library didn't have them. After listening to one after another, I realized I needed to OWN them all, so I bought the early ones as well. For the first time in my life I just Re-Listened to a book (this one) and am now starting on #2.

    Why? Jackie makes me realize you can keep on keeping on no matter what the circumstances if you take stock of your situation, make the best of it, and occasionally throw in a little heartfelt prayer for your mates. If you are a complete square, you won't like these books, but if you appreciate all kinds of people from all walks of life, you and Jackie, will have a lot in common. She does try to be as good a girl as she can, but sometimes circumstances require a slight loosening of standards. These are best not read to children under 13, I would say--as that is Jackie's age more or less by the end of book 1, but she manages to squeak through one situation after another with "her immortal soul" more or less intact.

    Katherine Kellgren, the narrator, is AMAZING. Book after book she keeps the characters lively and her voices consistent. Her voice is clear, no popping ps, no spittle-y tongue smacking, and always beautifully accented and articulated, and as heartfelt as Jackie herself could ever desire.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Lawliss 04-20-11
    W. Lawliss 04-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not worth the credit"

    The story line is not very well developed and the narrator's accent is fake and rather grating.

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    Jessica Boynton Beach, FM, United States 09-23-10
    Jessica Boynton Beach, FM, United States 09-23-10
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    "Not Quite"

    The plot was uneventful and the narrator's accents were terrible, really terrible.
    The story seemed promising, so I was pretty disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 06-18-10
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 06-18-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very dark"

    With all the reviews, I couldn't believe how dark this was. I only got to chapter 2 and then stopped. Children dying, children getting hanged? No thanks. Would not listen to this myself, forget about my kids.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becki Layton, UT, USA 03-21-10
    Becki Layton, UT, USA 03-21-10
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    "Awful! Not for children!!"

    There is an actual attempted rape scene in this book! It is very open about sodomy, rape and brutal beatings. I would never let my children read this!

    2 of 23 people found this review helpful
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