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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.

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

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    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 07-11-10
    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 07-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing vocals, brilliant book"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-20-09
    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-20-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Series.."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-04-12
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-04-12
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    "LOVED IT!!!!!! FANTASTIC LISTEN!!!!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-03-11
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Bloody wonderful"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allison 06-15-11
    Allison 06-15-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Bloody good fun!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Bayside, CA, United States 05-22-11
    Yvonne Bayside, CA, United States 05-22-11
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    "Smart People"

    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.

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    Bonita Exeter, CA, USA 03-24-10
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    "Bloody FABULOUS!!!!"

    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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Woburn, MA, USA 08-22-09
    Scott Woburn, MA, USA 08-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredibly Me!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David sandy hook, CT, United States 07-04-09
    David sandy hook, CT, United States 07-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic story! fantastic reader!"

    this is how audible books are to be done. it doesn't get better than this

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    Elizabeth Austin, TX, USA 06-09-09
    Elizabeth Austin, TX, USA 06-09-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Best female narrator in the biz"

    The narrator is truly phenomenal, making an okay novel a great listen. There is a scene involving attempted rape and may not be appropriate for some children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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