Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack

[being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy]

Audiobook CD - 2002
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Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Publisher: Roseland, NJ : Listen & Live Audio, p2007
ISBN: 9781593160944
Branch Call Number: YCD FIC MEY
Characteristics: 6 compact discs (8 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kellgren, Katherine


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MapleValleyEnumclawTeens Aug 30, 2014

Adventure! Gender-bending! Pirates! Katherine Kellgren is one of the best audiobook narrators around! She really brings the characters to life, especially bold and sassy Mary ("Jacky), our bold female lead. If you like strong female leads and adventure, check this series out! The author, L.A... Read More »

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DPLchandra Mar 14, 2018

Excellent narration of a wonderful book. Jacky stole my heart. Recommended for ages 12+.

sarahbru17 Sep 14, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Narration: 10/10
This was one of the most entertaining audiobooks I've ever listened too. The narrator got the accent spot-on and completely absorbed me in Jacky's story. I LOVE this protagonist. She goes through so much, and I root for her so strongly. Her story absolutely pulled me through by the front of my shirt, and I'm already leaping into book 2.

Sep 05, 2017

Mary Faber is orphaned after her parents & sister fall victim to the sickness that has been sweeping across London. She is taken in by a fellow homeless man & taught how to fend for herself. When an opportunity is presented for her to join Her Majesty's royal navy, she decides that having food & shelter in exchange for hard labor on the high seas is a fair trade. There's only one problem --- she's a girl. Girls cannot serve in the navy. Mary, however, does not see a barrier; she's sees a hurdle to be overcome. She makes herself up to look like a young boy & gives herself the name Jacky Faber. As expected, there are constant challenges being a woman among a ship full of men. She manages to keep her secret until one fateful day. She ends up stranded alone on an island, again having to figure out how to fend for herself. Just when things look pretty dire, she sees a ship on the horizon. It isn't the ship she was hoping for, in fact, it's quite the opposite of what she was hoping for. She describes her situation just before death to be the punishment she has so long deserved for all of her crimes. Is this the end of poor Mary "Jacky" Faber? Being book #1 in a series, of course it's not the end. Her fellow ship mates find her dangling from a hangman's noose, rescuing her just before death sets in. Now knowing the full extent of Jacky's situation (being a woman & in love with a fellow crew mate), they feel it's in everybody's best interest to leave her at a lovely finishing school for young women. Here is where we leave her...for now.

How could I not love a story about a young woman that overcomes all obstacles, even that of being a woman, to get what she needs/wants. She doesn't try to say she's truly a man, but rather she hides her womanhood out of sheer necessity in order to survive. When the time comes, she'll reveal herself. Of course this revelation comes about sooner than she had planned, but again she finds herself dealing with the situation at hand as best she can. I loved so many of the characters, but I especially loved Jacky. I am anxious to continue the series to see if she is able to reconnect with her true love & live out their lives together.

Age recommendation: 14 & up (indecent situations of males taking advantage of younger boys)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

Mar 18, 2017

This was such a fun read. I expected it to be a bit more tongue-in-cheek and less serious (along the vein of The Accidental Highwayman), but the occasional moments of true danger and true sorrow added to the power of the narrative. This book is in the nature of others I've read before it, and as well done: Plucky main character is able to narrowly avoid scrapes through their wits and some excellent timing, while remaining approachable and realistically flawed.

The narrative starts with Mary/Jack being only 10 years old or so, but the themes handled as it goes on are more YA than MG. Mary's voice is refreshingly honest (especially about herself) and she's got uncommon good sense, which makes her likeable and better at surviving her situation than I would be. Her attitude buoys some of the darker situations in the narrative, so that even when horrible things are happening the story doesn't feel "down". There's also a lot of improbable events, but it feels in line with the fantastical adventure tone of the story.

My one complaint about the book is how abrupt the ending was. When I listened to it I didn't realize this was a series at all, and the ending shocked the hell out of me. Now that I know there's several follow-up books (and I *will* be reading the second one, at least), the blow is softened but it still feels like there could have been a bit more of a tying up of loose ends, instead of ending in the middle of an emotional goodbye scene.

I listened to this on audiobook and I highly recommend, if you want to read it, that you do the same. The narrator's accent was perfect, and really made me feel immersed in the story. In all, I recommend this for people who like swashbuckling adventure stories, especially ones with female MCs.

Feb 01, 2017

An exciting adventure tale that will be of interest to both girls and boys. The audiobook narration by Katherine Kellgren adds so much to the enjoyment of the story. One proviso for young listeners: there is one scene in the book where a sailor tries to molest Jacky. When he discovers Jacky is really a girl, he's even more interested; Jacky stabs him with her knife, he falls overboard and drowns.

Mar 24, 2015

I was listening with my older kids in the car. We could not finish this book! Way, way to graphic about Sodomy & rape!! Too much gory details. The storyline also includes a cheap view of life, kids are disposible.

Won't be reading the rest of the series. Not for kids or ya!!!

Jan 10, 2015

Katherine Kellgren is a masterful narrator. Jacky is a great character and I look forward to listening to the rest in the series.

Dec 15, 2014

I've read this book before (many years ago), but listening to it as an audiobook was fantastic. I loved the way the reader captured the accents and really brought the story to life.
A great story and the beginning of what promises to be an exciting series of adventures.

Adventure! Gender-bending! Pirates! Katherine Kellgren is one of the best audiobook narrators around! She really brings the characters to life, especially bold and sassy Mary ("Jacky), our bold female lead. If you like strong female leads and adventure, check this series out! The author, L.A. Meyer recently (2014) passed away, so if you haven't read anything by him yet, now is the time! Note: Some content is mature in nature and may be best suited for a mature 13+ year old.

Jul 26, 2014

Audiobook: I listened to this book with my husband, my son, and my son's friend as we drove around Iceland. What a hoot! We all loved it and we'll be looking for Jacky's further adventures. It's got everything: the plague, body collectors, pirates, sea adventure, shipwrecks, and even a hang-gliding adventure:)

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sarahbru17 Sep 14, 2017

Sexual Content: Near-rape scene.

sarahbru17 Sep 14, 2017

Violence: Jacky is beaten on several occasions.


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Jul 26, 2014

After the captain commands a deck-top bath for all ships boys, singling Jacky out for the indecency of having lice: "Well of course I have nits, thinks I through all my fear and confusion. It's summer ain't it?"


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