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STORY (historical fiction) - The only thing accurate about the cover art for this book is the time period, which is during Britain's war with Napolean in the early 1800's. But the book is NOT serious. The main character is a feisty young female named Jacky Faber, whose spirit and adventures on the high seas will keep you in stitches. Also, Audible rates this for teens 11-13 -- so wrong! I don't think kids that age would enjoy this book, but whatever. My daughter is older than the target age group, and I still found the book exciting and a hoot!
To make things short, Jacky ends up owning her own ship and aiding Britain's war effort by privateering (pirating) off the French coastline. And, leave things to Jacky, she always gets in trouble and then finds a way to get back on top again. What a character she is, and in this book she is at her best -- back at sea!
PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren is amazing, one of my top two or three narrators. The performance alone will keep you entertained, even when she sings!
OVERALL - This is the third book in the series, and you really should listen to them in order. This book has a great ending, but it definitely leaves you wanting more. There is no bad language or sex, but there are sexual references. There are also battles at sea and fighting, but this is not a violent book - just lots of adventure and fun! I would recommend this for anyone at any age, I suppose, but I personally think listeners should be older than Audible's suggested 11-13. And I think this would appeal more to women than men. (At least my husband would want more violence, blood and guts and less girlie stuff).
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
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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!
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.