Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales.
Not one to give in to self pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to "better" their position - resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity. Will Jacky find herself a founding mother of New South Wales, Australia? Not if she has anything to do about it!
L. A. Meyer received a master of fine arts from Boston University, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lives in Corea, Maine. Katherine Kellgren has recorded over 60 audiobooks including Bloody Jack, which won an Audie Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, and ForeWord magazine's Audiobook of the Year.
Spend some more time with Bloody Jack.
©2011 L. A. Meyer (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
The whole series is brilliantly played by the narrator.
As in any long running series there are bound to be disappointments, and this series at it's best is remarkable indeed. Still I found the story which was merely ok was lifted by the brilliant characters.
Jacky Faber herself is a great creation an unconventional warm-hearted heroine capable of violence and mayhem when required, she constantly fights her own self-interest in favour of her many colourful friends.
They don't make films like this anymore.
I would seriously recommend starting the series at book 1 (Bloody Jack), unfortunately in their wisdom audible have not got the first 2 books in their library I got them from iTunes!
"I decided to write one review...."
...for the entire series. Buy it Buy it Buy it!!!! Jacky Fabor is a character to end all characters. Pippi Longstocking, Anne of Green Gables and Huckleberry Finn all rolled into one. I must admit I was quite surprised to find the author was male. The entire series was swashbuckling fun from start to finish and pure joyful fanciful escapism. I hated to see the series come to an end.It is good to know there will be more and I can hardly wait. KUDO's to Katherine Kellgrin!! She is absolutely incredible what a talent!!! I truly believe her narration made for an incredible audio book. I am not surprised that two books from this series won 2010 Audie Awards.
Still love these books even after listening to eight. The Wake is one of the best in the series, never getting slow and keeping the action going.
Right near the top. It's not the prose or the story (which are good) so much as the fantastic performance by the narrator. It's pure entertainment that makes you taste the salt air and feel waves. If you are interested in nautical history or tall ships, if you like historical fiction, early 19th century in particular, you should try this series. Start with Blood Jack and enjoy.
Ms. Kellgren is a one woman tour-de-force. There are so many, many characters, accents, regional nuances and languages in the series and she manages to not only capture them but make them real.
She IS Jacky Faber.
I definitely did. However, I'm getting pretty nervous because there are only two books left in the series!
"Jacky is growing up!"
Another fine book and inspired dramatic narration. One thing that LA Meyer does with Jacky is to tell her story in the historical context (much of it accurate) of the times she lived in. I'm not sure why people think this is a young adult book per se besides having a youthful main character. I has many adult themes and looks at the world through Jacky's eyes seeing the good and bad of life played out. The sexual innuendoes are gentle and the violence is not gratuitous. Be sure to start with book #1 and you'll be hooked!
"What a team!"
L. A. Meyer and Katy Kellgren are simply an unbeatable combination. I wait for the audio books to come out because I think Ms. Kellgren's performance adds so much to the stories. I am never disappointed.
I was worried about this one, because I didn't like Rapture of the Deep very much (seriously- the cock fights, the "Brother Rabbit" stories? So boring).
I'm happy to report that I needn't have worried, because the 8th installment of Meyer's adventure saga does not disappoint. The action, drama and comedy are nonstop, and often unexpected (and shocking, in the case of at least one act of violence that had me gasping in horror). Some of my favorite recurring characters were back, and we finally get to see Jaimy in on some pirate action - finally proving, in my opinion, that he is a worthy companion for our Jacky (I've often found him a bit stodgy in the past).
I especially liked the Author's note at the end, where it is revealed that many of the characters and parts of the story are from actual history, inspiring me to immediately head to the computer to do some research. It's great how much one can learn about history from listening to this series. Bravo, Mr. Meyer.
Katy Kellgren is, once again, MAGNIFICENT.
This is the best one since Jolly Roger and Bloodhound. As Jacky would say, "I wish you the joy" of this audiobook!
"Watch out--this one not YA"
Have loved, loved, loved the Bloody Jack series. Beware with #8, though, if you are providing the books to young adult readers, as the content/tone in this one has jumped, in my opinion, from what I would consider young-adult material in books 1-7 to adult material here. Much more overt presentation of bawdiness, violence, cruelty, victimization. A surprising and not particularly welcome turn.
"Please sir, may I have another??"
I loved it! I love them all! I know very little of world history. If I knew more, I know these books would be even better, if that was possible. From the little I do know, it is fun to hear the names and to have Jackie spending time with these characters. It makes you feel like you know a little secrect and you are, in a small way, involved in these historical moments in time. Not only are these books fun all on their own, they give you a idea of what was going on all over the world, a much larger point of view of the time period. I hope they just keep on going until Jackie is old and grey! Thanks for writing such great books and choosing the PERFECT narrator for them!
"adventure all around once again."
loved it. also loved the commentary at the end that shows there was a Jacky, maybe not a pirate, but...
"Best read series ever"
Katherine Kellgren has won awards for her narration of this series and she deserves every one. This particular book is fun because it includes historical characters from Chinese Pirates to Early Australian Political leaders.
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