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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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    Elle OREGON 06-07-14
    Elle OREGON 06-07-14

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Perfect for Family Car Trips with Teens"

    Katherine Kellgren seems to be everyones favorite narrator and listening to this charmer of a story it's easy to see why. She puts life and excitement into a girls version of swashbuckling sailors vs. pirate books and carries the listener along on the wild ocean adventures.

    Although I've just listened to this first novel, there was so much background on Mary 'Jacky' s' life, prior to her life at sea, that I get the feeling it's important to read these books in order.

    Enjoyable, full of adventure and a bit of romance, harsh scenes of Mary's younger life as an orphan in London might make this too hard for a younger-than-10 child but I think it would be ok for 13 and above girls. And their moms. Good for the family car trips this summer.

    I'm on to the next episode in this already long series!

    Well worth your credit

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    Jeanette 05-21-14
    Jeanette 05-21-14
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    "Katherine is awesome; the story...not so much"
    What did you like best about Bloody Jack? What did you like least?

    I have loved every audible narrated by Katherine K so when this book came up as something I would like I jumped on it. We were going on a road trip so I thought my 9 year old would like the story. We both found it kind of boring. The voices were great but it after 3 hours we gave up on it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

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

    She was the best part. The only disappointment was that her Liam voice was exactly the same as Darcy from the Royal Spyness series. It was hard to separate the two characters.


    Was Bloody Jack worth the listening time?

    No. The "am I going to be found out" storyline ran thin.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 03-24-14
    Calliope 03-24-14
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    "Not just for teens.....a good story well read"

    Actually, it's a good story terrifically read - Katherine Kellgren (who I've enjoyed performing the Royal Spyness novels) has done an amazing job bringing the characters and their situations (fun, fear, nerves, panic, sadness, irony) to life. I do believe that this is better listened to than read, and I don't think I would have gotten past the first dozen pages if I had been reading the print version.

    I have no shame in calling this a swashbuckling tale of life on the high seas - though a cliche, it does fit this situation, and the book (almost) never seems like a cliche. One can clearly tell it's written for tweens, but it's good fun nonetheless and never seems juvenile, neither in story nor in language choice. It starts with 11 or 12 year old orphan Mary on the streets of London, who puts on a dead friends clothes to appear as a boy and manages (by virtue of being able to read) to get herself hired on as a "ship's boy" on a vessel of His Majesty's Navy. It ends, about 3 years later with her set off the ship in Boston, ready for installment 2 of the series. In between there are sailors and pirates, ships' chores and liberty in port, battles and Sunday's spent dancing jigs and learning to play the tinwhistle. Oh, and some parasailing and being marooned on an island. Just about the most you can stuff into 3 years of a young girl's life.

    1 of 2 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 2007

    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.

    1 of 2 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.

    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 2017
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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.

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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.


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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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