After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston - under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy.
But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea. She thwarts the lecherous advances of a crazy captain, rallies the sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. But Jacky's adventures don't end there....
Soon she is being called a pirate, and there's a price on her head!
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I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This series is just plain adorable. Katherine Kellgren's narration is worth a credit on its own. She's marvelous as Jacky. Like a big bowl of ice cream, it's a great treat. But, it's not a meal. I've listened to the first three and I'm done.
As a break in the routine, I've thoroughly enjoyed listening - more because of Kellgren than the rather simplistic plot. But all the talk of mizzen masts and bowsprits makes me long for another listen to the whole Master and Commander series by Patrick O'Brian. With Patrick Tull giving voice to Stephen and Jack, it's a complete meal for sure.
First, a very excellent performance! Second, an exciting story and you can't help but love Jackie as much as those in the stories love her. This one is definitely a page turner, couldn't quit listening.
I wish Meyer would fix a couple of things:
1. Editing. There were three places where I was rolling my eyes impatiently at the seemingly endless detail about how seamen are trained and how the rigging is hung and how the ship is managed. So very, very, very much detail that I found myself wanting to do the audio-book version of skimming.
2. Screaming. Ms. Kellgren is very good but gosh how I hate the screaming. I'd be listening along, deep in some detail about foresails or Jackie's contemplation of something or other something and suddenly the narrator would be screaming in my poor, abused ears. I really didn't much appreciate it.
But, having said that...
Jackie Faber is a charming character. Her wit and courage and cleverness and girl-ness are extremely engaging. Everytime she'd go, "Wha...?" I could picture her incredulity or puzzlement and when she'd go, "Oh oh" I knew we were in trouble.
The other characters are interesting or funny or brave or smart or stupid or vile or sweet or charming and all develop depth as the stories proceed. I have grown very fond of many of them (especially Higgins) and I look forward to getting to know Jamie a little better now that things are ... um ... as they are.
As completely unbelievable as these tall tales are, I do enjoy them for sheer entertainment value. And if you ever have need to sail three-masted schooner, you'll feel like an expert.
Let me just say, I think kids will love this book, and that is who it is aimed at. However, as a somewhat snobby adult, I found this one a little lacking.
Most of the book has Jackie coming up with and then perfectly executing some pretty far-fetched plans, so there isn't much room for character development. (and Jackie is always best when things don't go as planned.)
I guess what I'm saying is that while fun, this book lacks some of the emotional depth of the first two. But that's okay as it seems done for a change of pace, to give this book its own personality, and the excellent ending provides an intriguing segue into the next book.
Great book to listen to on audio. Must listen to the previous stories. It is also good for long car rides and a fun story to listen to with pre teen and teenagers.
Have no idea since I have not read the book but will say the interpretation by the reader and voice inflection adds to the experience.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
This is an amazing series! The stories are fa fetched and crazy and of course the heroine always gets out of trouble. But I like to quote her famous words to myself..."Why can't I be Good? She is Rebellious and Raucous, wild, fearless, and just plain Bloody Jack! You will fall in love I promise." But you must start at the beginning so choose the first in the series and work your way down because much of the series is based on true historical lore.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I miss the character from the first book. Sure, it is natural and also good to have an interesting character progression. I always appreciate that. However, the author chose to move Bloody Jack into a ridiculous motherly role on the ship that is laughable, sad, and most unfortunately boring and predictable. What I had thought was going to be a fun series about an interesting young woman turned into a bland story that I've read zillions of times in various forms. Ho hum.
As throughout the series, the narration makes this book, Kellgren is again fantastic! I was happy to be back at sea, as the 2nd book was mainly about the girls' school and therefore restricted in scope. I fell in love with sailing life through Patrick O'Brian's series on audio, and it's great to have a female version.
This book has a lot in it, it maybe could have been 2 books as there are a couple of distinct parts. After while some of the action seemed repetitive but the narration always made up for it. I'll be moving on to the next volume!
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