Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long.
On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.
Jacky wouldn't dream of going down without a fight, but the delicate Lawson peabody girls are in over their heads. Although Jacky will use anything in her arsenal to help her well-heeled classmates, she isn't so certain they will find the strength and courage needed to survive. But if she can convince them to trade petticoats and propriety for her daring escape plan, the girls just might become their own rescuers.
©2008 LA Meyer; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
I've been a member of Audible for three years now and this is only the second time I have purchased books over and above my 2 credits a month. My credits went to the second and third books in the Jacky Faber series, Curse of the Blue Tattoo and Under the Jolly Roger, and when finished those mid month, I immediately purchased the fourth, the Belly of the Bloodhound.
Since I couldn't stop listening to how the Lawson Peabody girls were planning to escape the Bloodhound, sadly I finished it four whole days before new credits enter my account to continue my adventures with Jackie Faber. No worries, the fifth book, Mississippi Jack is downloading as I write and Ill have credits for book six.
Why am I telling this...to warn my mates that these tales will capture you and nothing short of good keel hauling will stop you from listening.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
yeah right, I said Bloody Jack #4 would be the last Jacky Faber for me for at least a little while but I cannot resist. I am downloading #5 as I write this. These stories are just too great. They are beautifully written and skillfully - no, masterfully narrated by Katherine Kellgren. You want fun, excitement, beauty and compassion in a story, the life and times of the irrepressible Jacky Faber are just what the doctor ordered.
This is yet another fantastic book in the "Bloody Jack" series. The second I finished #3, I rushed in to get this one. Be warned though: there is quite a bit more sexual content in this book than in the others. The girls are to be sold as sex slaves, and one is judged as "a fine specimen to warm a sultan's bed." While no sexual activity actually takes place it is mentioned in the book frequently.
As usual the narration of this book is out of this world and makes the adventures of "Bloody Jack" so much more exciting than just reading it. I think everyone should hear this series instead of read it!
I got the first book in the Bloody Jack series for my son, so he would have something to occupy his time on long car trips. After about a half an hour of listening to that delightful book, I myself was hooked. I must say that In the Belly of the Bloodhound might just be the best in the series. I found myself actually laughing out loud, and crying for the girls in their journey, not to mention I loved it so well, I could not fall asleep until it was finished. Going on three o'clock in the morning now, and I can sleep satisfied. This is most certianly worth the listen.
Not the jaguar of L.A. Meyer's series but certainly a top notch breed of it's own. An interesting twist I never expected, a wonderful refocus on the evolution not just of Jackie but of her classmates. I can't wait for the next book! Kellgren as always a treat of a narrator. (Could there be a more perfect lady for this role?)
My apologies for the length of this review; a shorter one would be - boring, tedious, interesting, badly read, good narration - and it wouldn't make sense. So here's why I'd put all these adjectives.
This is the only book of the series I have listened to, and it's not a good one to start with. It took 16 chapters before the "real" story began and I struggled through what was, to me, an unbelievably boring 2 1/2 hours of Jackie getting back to Boston and meeting every single person who, presumably, had any walk-on part in one of the earlier books. Being very much addicted to other series, I expect that it would be a different experience for someone remembering all these people from the earlier books.
Another thing is that the writing style is, at times, quite tedious. Please, when about 30 girls walk into a room, I do not need to have the majority of them mentioned by name. Being told about songs Jackie performs, I do not need 4 of them sung to me or in another instance, the entire lyrics for a song. Although I must say that Katherine Kellgren has a beautiful singing voice, quite different from the voice she uses for the narration.
Getting back to the story, starting with chapter 17 I did like it. Apart from, at times, being slow in the telling, the storyline itself did capture me, and while I had to struggle to not give up during the first part, I didn't want to put it down once things started happening. Again, the way it is told annoyed me, but it's not a bad book. I must admit that I find it hard to explain my issues with the whole thing, and my ratings are going all over the place because there are things I hate about it and other things I really like.
The narration is good, in that it fits the characters and the setting. I didn't like it in itself, there's too much bated breah and excited whispering etc. going on, while at the same time I can't distinguish whether something is said or thought by Jackie, which makes the responses of others unclear (are they being polite but miffed, by what Jackie just uttered, or didn't she say it out loud and the other party are actually a bit unfriendly?). But, as I said, the narration fits the characters perfectly, and the main characters (Jackie, her adversary Clarissa, and Jackie's best friend Amy) are easy to recognize at all times. I love the different accents Katherine Kellgren gives characters.
Katherine Kellgren totally is Jacky. Her narration makes the series!
I can't help comparing it to the other books in the series. The events, which I won't give away, seem harder to believe than in previous books, even those where Jacky commands a ship. They also might be more disturbing to young readers as the threat to Jacky and her friends is more graphic than in other books.
Interactions between Jacky and Clarissa show the development of their friend/enemy status. Clarissa gets to steal the show a couple of times.
Never underestimate the power of girls!
You need to read or listen to the series in order to really appreciate it and you have to hear it by Katherine Kellgren. Print would be a poor substitute!
Katherine Kellgren nails it again; however, I found that I wanted the girls to take over the bloody Bloodhound and be done with it. It was a good story, but it did drag on a bit. Cannot be missed though!!!!!
I practically sobbed near the end of the story. Jacky Faber is one special girl!!!!
Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!
This installment of the Bloody Jack series is one of the most creative I have read. The girls of the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls are thrust into a situation where they must rely solely on their wits and each other. New alliances are formed, previously unknown skills are mastered, and more is leaned about Jacky's life on the streets of London as an orphan. Warning #1: You will laugh out loud many times throughout this book. Warning #2: You will probably cry, too. Warning #3: If you love to hate Clarissa Worthington Howe, look out!
I love the stories, the swashbuckling and the fact that women can be strong and do whatever it takes to get where they want to go. Katherine Kellgren is one fantastic story teller and singer.
Thank you to both the author and the narrator for weeks of fun.
I'm getting this series as a present for my early teens granddaughter too.
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