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Bloody Jack Audiobook

Bloody Jack

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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.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Children's Titles - Ages 12+, 2008

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vi WA, USA 03-31-09
    Vi WA, USA 03-31-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, made better by audio!"

    This one of the best voice actors I have ever heard. She is not just an audio reader, but an actress, as she does all the voices, and includes the best drama in it. The story just keeps getting better with each installment. The second a bit slow, but the third more than makes up for it. If you have the chance to listen to this adventure story, you wont regret it.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 07-11-10
    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 07-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing vocals, brilliant book"

    The Dickensian story of Jacky Faber in Bloody Jack is heartwrenching and joyous all at once, a truly enthralling tale. Katherine Kellgren's narration is beyond "wonderous good" - frankly she is the best narrator I've ever hoped to listen to.

    8 of 9 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 2014
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-03-11
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-27-16
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-27-16 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "Yes, The Narrator is Really THAT Good."
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    Bloody Jack is a pleasant surprise of good fun. I am happy to have found a new series to loose myself in. This is a slight step away from my usual reading lists, and honestly, I only got the book because it was on-sale and all the reviews just raved on and on about the Narration. The story grabs hold almost immediately and there is hardly a dull moment to be found. Our Heroine is so likeable that you can’t help but root for her the entire way. But the true gem of this story is Katherine Kellgren (with due respect to the author). <br/><br/>Yes, Ms. Kellgren is THAT good! She does for Bloody Jack what Nick Podehl does for The Name of The Wind (which up until now has been my all time favorite performance of a book I have EVER heard). It’s hard to explain. I cringe at calling it “narration” as anyone who listens will immediately realize it’s something more. And no, it’s not a “Dramatization” – it’s more subtle than that. It’s a gift. That’s the only way I can explain it. Listening to Ms Kellgran read this novel was an experience – a 7 hour thrill ride through the streets of London, and over the perilous sea. <br/><br/>As a seasoned Audio Listener I can appreciate what I have stumbled across here. I am excited again to have found a series worth getting sucked into – and I plan to! <br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 11-04-14
    Joki Helsinki 11-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Narration"

    Bloody Jack is a book I definitely recommend getting in the Audible version. The narrator of this book does an incredible job bringing to life the different accents and personalities of 1780s England. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book half as much if I had read it.

    Story: Little Mary's family is taken by the plague, leaving her with no recourse but the streets, workhouses, or eventual prostitution. She joins a gang of street kids surviving on their wits, lucky enough to find a leader who doesn't abuse his members. But when the doctors need more cadavers for science, Mary soon discovers that they aren't above taking specimens right off the streets - cutting down the street kids. So Mary decides life as a girl is too difficult, boys have much more freedom, and takes on the identity of Jack. She signs on and sets sail on the HMS dolphin as a cabin boy. Life is tough on the lowest rungs of the ship hierarchy - and hiding her gender will make it that much more difficult for Mary Jacky Faber.

    Author Meyer does a good job of giving a pretty harrowing account of life in London for the poor and then the deprivations of ship life. It can be an incredibly depressing read as a result but the historical aspects and understanding the historical milieu do make it time well spent.

    Mary and her firends/shipmates are not necessarily admirable characters but they feel much more like real people as a result. I'm not quite sure I'd give this to my 11 year old to read but this would be a great book for older kids with a greater sense of the world and who could better handle the depressing nature of the story.

    As noted earlier, the Audible version of this is quite amazing. Really brings the era to life.

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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-04-12
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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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    Allison 06-15-11
    Allison 06-15-11 Member Since 2016

    I'm a middle school English teacher and mother of one teen girl. I tend to read paper copies of YA books and listen to books for adults.

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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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