Bloody Jack : Bloody Jack

  • by L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Bloody Jack
  • 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

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Sometimes it clicks

I've listened to well over a hundred audio books over the last few years and have noticed that once in awhile, the reader simply manages to become the character. Most of the readers are good, but every so often, reader and character click and something special results. Grover Gardner reading David Rosenfelt's books, David Aaron Baker reading Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas", Johanna Parker's perfect embodiment of Sookie Stackhouse in the Charlaine Harris books, and perhaps most of all, Katherine Kellgren as Jacky Faber in L.A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack." A perfect fit, a marvelous story, a wonderful performance. The story is excellent, but even if it were not, the performance itself would be worth hearing. This is the first performance by Katherine Kellgren I've heard, it will not be the last. Full marks for author and narrator.
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- Terry


This is a fast paced, entertaining, well written, very well narrated, adult book. Since Hungry Games (although this was written in 2003) it seems okay to have violence in teen books. This not only has violence, but attempted rape, discussions on Sodomy, menstrual periods, heavy petting and homosexuality. There are lots of corpses and body parts in glass jars and dissection of child corpses.. I loved this book and the main character, who is an orphan raised on the streets of 1700 London. The violence is necessary to the story, but I would hesitate to let anyone too young listen to this. I would think it would give kids nightmares and make them worry they might become orphans.

Enough can not be said about the narrator, Kellgren. She is great. She is more actor then narrator and she really brings life to the characters.

I will continue the series.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2007
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.