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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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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.

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  • Audie Award Winner, Children's Titles - Ages 12+, 2008

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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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    Judith Marietta, GA, United States 05-26-11
    Judith Marietta, GA, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Adventure Book"

    The printed books are outstanding, and somehow Katherine Kellgren makes them even better in her reading. Few books offer this much adventure, especially for girls. The entire series is a must for young (above 12 unless you want to have to explain things) and old. This is a series I will have waiting for my granddaughter when she getting older.

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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 05-14-11
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 05-14-11

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "More than I expected"

    I'm not sure what caught my eye about this book, but something in the description sounded fun. This book made me laugh and cry, and I could barely put it down. The accent, especially at the beginning, is very thick, but understandable, and it's part of the story. As Jacky ages, her accent slowly becomes more easily understood. The narrator does an excellent job of that. She also does an excellent job of giving each character their own voice.
    The first couple of chapters are a little hard to get through, as you have to adjust to the accents and some of the orphan-slang words, but it is *well* worth the effort. The book left me ready to see what else the author has written!

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    Jeanne 05-11-11
    Jeanne 05-11-11

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    "This book should have a warning."

    This book, no this whole series should have a warning label, “Do not start to read this book if you need to do anything at all before it is done”. I innocently started reading this book last week and am now on book four. I can’t stop reading and now I am even starting to speak like Jacky. It’s really embarrassing when someone asks me a question and I respond in a cockney accent. The narrator for this series is probably one of the best I have heard and sings beautifully also. I really feel that I am right there with Jacky on her adventures. I have to go now because the book is calling me again. I wrote this during the download as that seems to be the only time I am not reading. You have been warned!

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    Adventure lover 05-03-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listening"

    I loved this story (also the second one) and am looking forward to hearing all of this series. The action is ongoing, and Jackie, the main character, is charming. The reader, Katherine Kellgren, is fabulous. She uses a wonderful cockney accent that definitely enhanced my listening experience. I would strongly recommend this book.

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    Brandy Carlsbad, NM, United States 03-10-11
    Brandy Carlsbad, NM, United States 03-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliantly Masterful!!!"

    L. A. Meyer is an amazing author! Bloody Jack is fresh and entertaining as ever! Katherine Kellgren brings her skills to the table and delivers masterfully! With original and authentic accents Katherine helps bring to life the characters born in Mr Meyers novels. I personally fell in love with the heroine Jacky Faber and continue reading this book as well as all in the series and grow more attached as each word passes. To date I begin book 6 after reading the first five and recommend each and every one! I commend you Mr Meyer and Katherine K. for doing a masterpiece that has brought me much frustration on account of the insanely yet wonderful situations Jacky Faber goes through; but great satisfaction that the character's travels continue to change the world in which this fantasy thrives! Thank you for a most amazing read but more for the very heartfelt adventure that has brought actual laughs as well as tears to my own heart and eyes! I love the character Jacky Faber and will root for her in all her endeavers! Those who refuse to read these, well it would be a loss your soul cannot afford to suffer! ... Sincerely the dedicated Jacky Faber/ Katherine Kellgren fan... Brandy Autrey

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    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 01-19-11
    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 01-19-11
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    "Great family adventure"

    Our entire family (mom, dad and two boys ages 9 and 11) thoroughly enjoyed this book. A tale of adventure that held our interest, wonderful narration, and some interesting historical detail regarding the life of a ship's boy. Perfect for a long family drive.

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