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I've been a member of Audible for three years now and this is only the second time I have purchased books over and above my 2 credits a month. My credits went to the second and third books in the Jacky Faber series, Curse of the Blue Tattoo and Under the Jolly Roger, and when finished those mid month, I immediately purchased the fourth, the Belly of the Bloodhound.
Since I couldn't stop listening to how the Lawson Peabody girls were planning to escape the Bloodhound, sadly I finished it four whole days before new credits enter my account to continue my adventures with Jackie Faber. No worries, the fifth book, Mississippi Jack is downloading as I write and Ill have credits for book six.
Why am I telling this...to warn my mates that these tales will capture you and nothing short of good keel hauling will stop you from listening.
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STORY (historical fiction - 1800s) - I enjoyed the first three books in the series but, to be honest, things are getting a little formulaic and I was planning to give up on Jacky after finishing this last book in my library. Wrong! This one is my favorite so far!
Jacky and her friends from the girls' school are taken prisoner aboard the Bloodhound, a slave ship bound for Africa. While the circumstances are bleak, Jacky's incredible bravery and spunk keeps the girls alive and hopeful. I thoroughly enjoyed her resourcefulness and cleverness as she led them in survival and to their ultimate escape. Bravo, Jacky! (And you will absolutely LOVE the Christmas story Jacky tells to the girls one evening before bedtime).
PERFORMANCE - I always enjoy Katherine Kellgren's performances, and this one lives up to her reputation. She is a bit "over the top" with her accents and enthusiasm, but it makes for a great listening experience. I was able to listen to the whole book at 1.5 speed, as she reads a bit slowly.
OVERALL - Recommended for all listeners over about age 17. (As usual, I disagree with Audible's categorization of this as a book for teens). There is no sex, though there are a few slightly bawdy scenes. There is a bit of violence. I don't recall any cussing. The story stands alone, but each book in the series picks up where the last one ends, so you will miss that history if you start with this book.
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