Listen to the sequel, Curse of the Blue Tattoo.
©2003 L.A. Meyer; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.
The Dickensian story of Jacky Faber in Bloody Jack is heartwrenching and joyous all at once, a truly enthralling tale. Katherine Kellgren's narration is beyond "wonderous good" - frankly she is the best narrator I've ever hoped to listen to.
I initially had a hard time listening... but after a bit I got into the book. It was a fun listen, the second book in the series gets much better and interesting...
The narrator does an excellent job. I also enjoyed her singing.
The world through a childs eyes is a much more interesting place. The narrator Kathrine Kellgren, is perfect for this book, and reminds me of the girl that did the tell, in Thunderdome. I enjoyed the accent both displayed. The book is written for young people, maybe teens or tweens, but I am seventy one and I enjoyed it. It is a fiction that only a young imagination could dream up. But just suspend your disbelief and enjoy it. I have already downloaded the second in the series, Curse of the Blue Tattoo.
Bloody Jack is a book I definitely recommend getting in the Audible version. The narrator of this book does an incredible job bringing to life the different accents and personalities of 1780s England. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book half as much if I had read it.
Story: Little Mary's family is taken by the plague, leaving her with no recourse but the streets, workhouses, or eventual prostitution. She joins a gang of street kids surviving on their wits, lucky enough to find a leader who doesn't abuse his members. But when the doctors need more cadavers for science, Mary soon discovers that they aren't above taking specimens right off the streets - cutting down the street kids. So Mary decides life as a girl is too difficult, boys have much more freedom, and takes on the identity of Jack. She signs on and sets sail on the HMS dolphin as a cabin boy. Life is tough on the lowest rungs of the ship hierarchy - and hiding her gender will make it that much more difficult for Mary Jacky Faber.
Author Meyer does a good job of giving a pretty harrowing account of life in London for the poor and then the deprivations of ship life. It can be an incredibly depressing read as a result but the historical aspects and understanding the historical milieu do make it time well spent.
Mary and her firends/shipmates are not necessarily admirable characters but they feel much more like real people as a result. I'm not quite sure I'd give this to my 11 year old to read but this would be a great book for older kids with a greater sense of the world and who could better handle the depressing nature of the story.
As noted earlier, the Audible version of this is quite amazing. Really brings the era to life.
Katherine Kellgren is amazing in reading this amazing story. If you are looking for a great book that has been narrated in a fantastic way, then this book is for you.
I can't wait to listen to the next in this series.
I'm a middle school English teacher and mother of one teen girl. I tend to read paper copies of YA books and listen to books for adults.
I love a spunky, independent, female character, so of course I immediately became attached to Mary "Jacky" Faber. I enjoyed listening to the narrator's street-English (Cockney?) accent for the main character. The author explored may issues that a disguised female would have aboard a ship filled with hundreds of male sailors. Plus, there are pirates! More action, adventure, and humor than The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I plan to listen to the sequels.
There are so many good things about this book, but the one thing that makes it the most appealing, is the fact that Jacky Faber is smart. It is easy to write a book about a dumb person because they can get themselves into terrible situations because they don't use their brain. That's why when a book is written about a smart person, it is a thing to be admired. A lot of thinking has to happen in order to put a smart person into a difficult situation. I like every single book in this series because it is exciting listening to how a smart girl thinks of solutions, instead of listening to how a dumb person makes problems.
I am a 57 year-old female and I am LOVING this series. Everything you could want in a book and more. Clearly this author knows and loves all of the classics, as well as the Shirley Temple movies. The performer, for that is what she is, is quite possibly the best I've heard in the 7 years I've been downloading books from Audible. A must-listen for young and not-so-young alike. Bravo!
I love pirate stories. As I am a young reader, I find it hard to search in my age group and not find books about little pirate kittens. I like more sophisticated novels, and I do NOT enjoy twilight. I found that I couldn't stop listening, and I found the style of writing strangely similar to Corneilia Funke in Dragon Rider. I adore the narrator and I will be getting more books read by her. I was overjoyed when I found out it was a series. It sounds just like me! And the idea of a girl prate on the high seas in 18th century London, It's more than perfect!
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