Friday, April 29, 2011

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (audio) by L.A. Meyer,

Description from Goodreads:
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 eighteenth-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....

I really sorry I didn't start this series sooner.  It is pretty awesome and Jacky is a great character and one of my new favorites.  While the book certainly doesn't shy away from the bad things that can happen to children, it doesn't get too carried away in that department.  Jacky is in some pretty deep trouble during parts of the book and she doesn't come away scot-free.  But it makes her character realer somehow and I liked that about this book.  It was nice to see a diverse cast of characters and how the characters have individual personalities.  Jacky is a showboater, so to speak, and with that comes a lot of trouble.  It was funny to see how she handled the onset of puberty and how she furthered The Deception.  She is a crafty and ingenious character, that's for sure. 

8 hours

I am really enjoying Katherine Kellgren as a narrator.  This is the third book I've listened to with her as the reader.  I was not a fan of her in The Red Pyramid, but I really enjoyed her The Mysterious Howling and I loved her in as Mary "Jacky" Faber. It just goes to show that sometimes it is just the source material and not the narrator.  I love her voice as Jacky and I think she does a great job with the accents and distinguish the characters.  Jacky is a great character and Kellgren brings her to life in a wonderful way.

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  1. I'm still experimenting with audiobooks. I never imagined the voice of the narrator would be more important than the book itself, but it makes a huge difference.

  2. @Alexis - The voice of the narrator is not more important than the book itself. It's just that a good narrator can often make a mediocre book better.
    My point was that I didn't like Kellgren in The Red Pyramid because I just didn't like the book, but at the time I wasn't sure if it was her or the book. But I've liked her in the other audio books that I have heard with her.

  3. ooh I like these kind of books. I never heard of this one before, well at least I think I haven't. Sounds fun. ;)

  4. I had no idea Kellgren did The Red Pyramid. I may have to listen to that one now. I haven't read it yet and it's one I've been meaning to. Glad you're loving Jacky, she's such an amazingly colorful character!


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