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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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    Sandi LIMA, OH, United States 11-24-11
    Sandi LIMA, OH, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2014

    Glorious Books!

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    "Not what I expected... much better!"

    I chose this book because I love Katherine Kellgren. I was unsure of what I wanted to read next, so I just picked a book. I was so pleased! I didn't expect the book to be very interesting, but it really was. The storyline was well developed, the characters were round and interesting, and the emotional journey was complete. I laughed, I cried, I sat at the edge of my chair... It was great! Katherine Kellgren had excellent accents (at least as far as I'm concerned) and took the story to it's full potential. I would recommend this story to anyone! Warning: there are a lot of issues that may not be appropriate for younger listeners/readers.

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    Bettyjo 11-22-11
    Bettyjo 11-22-11
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    "Highly entertaining"

    Story was highly entertaining and unexpectedly insightful into turn-of-the-century England (1800). I liked it so much, I am listening to the next book in the series.

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    Daniel Virginia Beach, VA, United States 11-02-11
    Daniel Virginia Beach, VA, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story and great narration"

    I downloaded this book for shear curiosity. I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained by the book and also by the amazing job of the narrator Katherine Kellgren. She is amazing and totally brings the book to life. Of all the audio books I have downloaded this book and the other books in the Bloody Jack series have been the best. I have been listening to all the Bloody Jack books and have loved them all so far, I am in the middle of the 3rd book now and am looking forward to hearing the rest. Great job.

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    Jennifer Katy, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Jennifer Katy, TX, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this story and Jack!"

    Great coming of age story in the worst circumstances. Can't wait to read the second book!

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    Heidi Napa, CA, United States 10-21-11
    Heidi Napa, CA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "WOW!!!"

    What a fabulous series of books, I really enjoyed Bloody Jack...but that is just the beginning...Curse of the Blue Tattoo is also good...but it REALLY gets going with Under the Jolly Roger...I laughed...so loud...my husband kept coming in the room to see what I was doing...

    Where have these books been, and why havent I heard of them before??? This should be a HUGE series with lots of followers...there is stuff for everyone in these pages...now granted...my favorite character is not Jacky, that is not what snared me into the series, it is all of the people around her...they are the ones to follow...I could not wait for the 9th book to come out on audible...I had to buy the hardcover version...

    I highly recommend these books for anyone who enjoys YA.

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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 10-14-11
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Jack to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot, coming of age in a strange world, history.


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

    The characters came alive. Katherine Kellgren just became one of my


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more.

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    Noell San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 09-20-11
    Noell San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected..."

    The story itself is rather interesting, and I love the narrator;however, I was a bit disappointed in some of the content (men trying to force themselves on the main character). It was supposed to be for young adults and that kind of shocked me when I began listening to it.

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    Carol J. Johns 09-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm hooked"

    Bloody Jack had me hooked within minutes. The story is delightful and I can't wait to listen to the second book. I felt like I was right there with the orphans, scrapping for a living. And I felt like I was in the basket with Jackie as she drifted over the Caribbean with a tree hanging below. I could just about taste the coconut stew she made on the island. "But don't eat the turtles." Fun! Katherine Kellgren's narration is masterful. I loved the Irish brogue she gave Liam, and how she changed the voice of Jamie as he matured.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 08-28-11
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Fun Story"

    the narration was a hoot. Recommended for those who want some good clan fun...and a little blimey

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    Amazon Customer 08-09-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great for young and older audiences"

    The book was captivating with interesting detail about sailing that showed that there was a lot of research that went into the writing of this book. This is a book that I would be comfortable having my 9 year old daughter listen to (even though I might have to explain buggery..). I like how the book addresses the issue of being a girl in this time (late 1700's) and gender bias. The narrator has a wonderful voice, both speaking and singing, and effortlessly switches between male and female voices. There are poetic quotes included in the story which I love as well as historical reference (for example Napolean and the French Blockade etc.).

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