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.
Katherine, of course, is amazing to listen to! I thought the last book dragged a bit and questioned whether or not to get this one and I am so glad I did! Very exciting!!! I could barely stop listening!!!!
This is a great action adventure series. The characters are creative. The narrator is excellent. It's fun. It's imaginative. Great entertainment from the very first book to the very last book of the series.
It is a story for young adults, but the performance is SO engaging I just live this series! Can't wait to tuck into the next one!
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.
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