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Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3 | [L. A. Meyer]

Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. 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.
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In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage.

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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    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 11-02-10
    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Best book in the series (so far!)"

    I absolutely LOVE this series, and especially this third book. I have to admit I got a bit annoyed with Jacky when she was landlocked in the second book, but in Under the Jolly Roger, she is back at sea, and the story is the most exciting one yet (and I think the best in the series, having now listened to all of them up to Book 7, The Rapture of the Deep). There were parts that had me cheering out loud and clapping, or covering my mouth in horror as I listened to this on my commute and around the house. Kellgren continues to dazzle with her narration -she one of the best narrators out there, and in fact is definitely more of an actress than a reader. Each book is a real performance, and it's like I'm watching a movie in my head while she reads. It's amazing how well she even does the male characters - I forget that I'm listening to one female doing all the parts - it feels like a full cast.

    I had no problem waiting a month for my new credits between the first and second book, and the second and third book, but when Under the Jolly Roger reached it's breathtaking conclusion, there was no possible way I could wait, and ended up buying the fourth book sans credits, and it was well worth it, as I've now listened to the third and fourth books twice each.

    Don't hesitate to buy this audiobook - it is Jacky Faber at her most resourceful and brilliant, and the entire cast of characters is fantastic - from the loyal Werewolves, to the wonderful and trusty Higgins (I wish I had my own Higgins!!), to the gaspingly evil villain Captain Scroggs. The final scenes of the book are easily the most beautiful and dramatic of the entire series thus far. This book is not to be missed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Dupre 04-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "I can't stop listening!!"

    I had ignored this series despite my love of Historical and particularly Nautical Fiction (I count Dewey Lambdin and Dan Parkinson two of my favorite authors) due to the fact that it was considered a young adult title. Boy was I wrong for ignoring it. this series grabs you by the ears and makes you want to continue listening to the adventures of this plucky waif who makes the most of any situation. This is one series where I literally could not stop listening. A lot has been said about Katherine Kellgren's reading on this series and she deserves every bit of praise she has received, she breathed life into all of the characters until you couldn't help but feel you were listening directly to their voices and feeling their emotions. This is one series that I will not be deleting off my computer, as I know I will want to listen to it again someday.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew DALLAS, TX, United States 02-04-13
    Matthew DALLAS, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This whole series was made for audio"

    While in no danger of winning any pultizers, this whole series of audio books is a pleasure, and the performance is wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Louisivlle, KY, United States 06-20-09
    Celia Louisivlle, KY, United States 06-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Jackie (And Series) Spectacular!"

    Love the entire series but I'm going to take this book to note just how wonderful a narrator Miss Kellgren is. Her energy, dynamic voice acting, and wonderful singing voice pull you into the story. You won't want to put this 'Book' down!

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    Janine Cary, NC, United States 12-31-12
    Janine Cary, NC, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "FANTASTIC!!!"

    Can I give the narration and the book a total of 15 stars instead of just 5 for each category - Overall, Performance and Story?

    Absolute perfection!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 03-13-11
    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 03-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Narration and a great story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, although despite my rating of 5 stars it could have been a little better. The beginning is a little slow and there are a couple coincidences which seemed a little far fetched. The part which takes place aboard the Wolverene ( the major part of the book) is absolutely fantastic. This and the excellent climax at the end make this a 5 star book. I had some concerns about the parts aboard the Emerald, where the book seemed to take a turn. It didn't make much sense that nobody fires back, for that would have caused a real moral problem, wouldn't it? The low point is when Jackie gets a politically correct sermon about racial slurs. While I agree wholeheartedly that racial slurs are bad, it was out of place and if the author wanted to make this point it should have been done through plot and not a speech.
    That said, I will give this book 5 stars because the complaints are really quite minor and I enjoyed this as much or more than any book I have every listened to.
    I recommend this book for any age but I caution that if this book were a movie there is a disturbing and important scene which would push the boundaries of a PG13 rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyra Spokane, WA, United States 09-07-10
    Kyra Spokane, WA, United States 09-07-10
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    "omg can't wait for my credits to post!!!!"

    So I finished this in less than a week. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, for some reason I didn't like the way it was heading after book 2. But again I was so into the whole story line within the first 2 chapters.
    But here I sit for another 17 more days before I can have more. I have now ran out of credits and don't want to listen to anything eles I have in my library and I have a few that I still need to listen too, I will have to make do.
    The narrater is so good. I feel it when she gets all crazy my heart rate goes up. I love how these are so full of passion and umf in the voice, and I just love these books. My husband thinks I am crazy I go around pretending to be proper lady; eyes hooded, chin up, teeth apart, lips together and of course with the accent to lol. He laughs at me, he is not even sure what I am doing but its all fun to me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Huntsville, AL, United States 01-18-10
    Helen Huntsville, AL, United States 01-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Simply marvelous - very entertaining!"

    As soon as we finish listening to one, we get the next. A great favorite at my house. The ***ONLY*** reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because at times when the action gets exciting, the narration gets a bit overwrought and a wee bit screechy for my taste, but it's rather a small flaw in otherwise top-notch narration. Hooray for Jacky Faber!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-04-14
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2007

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Like a big bowl of ice cream."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-15-13
    Julia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks.

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    "The Return of the Motherly Female Lead"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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    "Maybe the best audio performance I have heard"
    What did you like most about Under the Jolly Roger?

    I don't want to specifically focus on Jolly Roger, but the whole series starting with Bloody Jack, (which I had to get from ITunes unfortunately). I believe this series is not just for one targeted demographic but simply pure entertainment. The characters are so well drawn and the situations go from realistic to madcap to extremely disturbing. Not many authors now in the mainstream take such leaps.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Obviously Jacky Faber is a fantastic creation never better or more humorous than in The Curse of the Blue Tattoo, but great value in all the books. She is sympathetic but not simple.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes The incorrigible Children of Ashton place, she is the best performer I have found by a country mile.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jacky rescuing Judy from a horrible situation I suppose, the whole episode shone a light on the kind of goings on at that usually overly-romanticized time.


    Any additional comments?

    Only to say that I find it odd audible only has book 3 and the odd book after, surely book 1 would be the place to begin!

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    "Great entertainmemt for the whole family"

    Bought this for a long car journey with the whole family, We didnt want to get out at the other end.

    Fast pace great adventres, very funny would highly recomend.

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  • Edna
    Luton, United Kingdom
    8/7/11
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    "Jolly Jack"

    What can I say. I love all these books. Jackie makes me laugh, cry and want to shake her.

    Though I must say the adventures of our Jackie and her love for her James Fletcher, are bad for the nerves.

    Highly recommended series of books. I will recommend them to my grandchildren when they are old enough to read them. They will make a brilliant change from the usual sex/swearing/killing novels that are packing the bookshop shelves.

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