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©2003 L.A. Meyer; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.
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
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.
Mary/Jack was my favorite character. She took every situation practically head on; especially the older she got.
Terrific tongue in cheek humor brought to life.
19th Century high seas adventures complete with seaman, pirates, and a girl masquerading as a ship's boy.
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!
Live in Cocoa Beach Florida. Am a videographer and photographer.
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.
Comparing Bloody Jack to other books, I would say Oliver Twist in style and Robinson Crusoe for content.
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.
There were so many moments in this book that moved me it is not possible to point to just one.
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.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
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.
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!
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.
The voices that the actor does suit perfectly and are not overdone. She even sings a bit here and there.
I cried with emotion a few times in the car, just amazed at what the young lassie went through.
Downloaded #2 The Curse of the Blue Tattoo.
The plot was uneventful and the narrator's accents were terrible, really terrible.
The story seemed promising, so I was pretty disappointed.
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.
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!
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