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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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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 03-25-14
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Award-winning author and narrator. 'Nuf said!"

    STORY (historical) - First of all, I totally disagree with the categorization of this book as "Teens Ages 11-13" The main characters in the story are teens, but there are mature themes which make it more appropriate for adults. The main character, "Jacky," is a young orphan girl who must survive on the streets of London until a dear friend is killed, she takes his clothing and sets off in search of a better life disguised as a boy. Her life as a street urchin is pretty dark and depressing. Jacky gets a job as a ship's mate aboard a seagoing vessel, which is where the adventures begin, but there are still some scenes with sexual undertones which I wouldn't consider appropriate for 11-year-olds.

    I also think the title is a bit misleading. Jacky gets the nickname "Bloody Jack" because she happens to kill an unworthy individual in self-defense and another in a battle with pirates, but the story is actually a touching coming-of-age story that is mixed with lots of fun and adventure. It's a light, easy listen once Jacky becomes a ship's "boy." The ending is good, but definitely leaves the door open for the rest of the series.

    PERFORMANCE - Amazing! Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite narrators. I was undecided about this series until I noticed she was the narrator. She gives every character a different voice and accent and they're all wonderful. There's even a toothless pirate, and you can literally "see" him when you hear her portrayal. (She also reads the Her Royal Spyness series.) You must hear her to believe how good she is.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5 stars) This is Book 1 of the series, and you should listen to them in order. As I mentioned above, I would recommend this for high school age and above. Guys and gals would probably both enjoy the adventures of Jacky and her crew.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin MADISON, WI, United States 03-08-13
    Robin MADISON, WI, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great fun and amazing narration!"

    As others have stated, the narrator and the book match wonderfully. As a fan of historical fiction authors such as Patrick O'Brian, I enjoyed this lighter look at the world of the sea. Jack is a terrific character and now I'm hooked and will have to listen to the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 01-23-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Rollicking Good Time"
    What made the experience of listening to Bloody Jack the most enjoyable?

    Without a doubt it is the performance by Ms. Kellgren. She does not just read the story but gives a one woman performance that is out-of-this-world great.


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

    The many accents, emotions and even songs bring the story to life. I am pretty sure I would not be enjoying Book 3 right now if I had just read Book 1. The story is good but this is definitely a time where the audio performance makes a good book irresistibly great.


    2 of 2 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 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-03-11
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2006
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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 upstate NY 06-15-11
    Allison upstate NY 06-15-11 Member Since 2008
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlin Bakersfield, CA, United States 11-27-09
    Caitlin Bakersfield, CA, United States 11-27-09
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    "Not for younger kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

    Very entertaining. I was concerned at first, because it's from teen lit, and the book does insinuate towards topics that may not be appropriate for younger kids, and I thought it would turn to more elicit scenes, but it didn't. I would say it's pretty safe for 14 year olds and up. It has quite a few swear words(Not more than you would hear in a pg/pg-13 movie though), and insinuations about genitals and menstruation, but the terms were pretty innocent, and somewhat necessary, considering she's a girl posing as a boy in a sailor's world. The book also addresses some dark matter, such as orphans dying in the streets, hangings, and molestation/rape(attempted, but not explicit). With that being said for the parent's who are trying to decide if it is appropriate for their children, I'll move on.

    As a mature adult, tired of the vampire series, and yet still in love with a good story, I thoroughly enjoyed Bloody Jack. I love the character's blatant honesty. At first I found the narrator annoying, but it didn't take more than ten minutes for me to start enjoying her as well. The story, though it seems to meander some if you were to plot it on a line, glued me to my seat even in it's meandering ways, and it's waywardness made it more believable. To the right audience, this book is good innocent fun.

    2 of 2 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 2003
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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!

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    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-20-09
    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-20-09 Member Since 2004
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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.

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