Adventure on the high seas is totally a plot line I am attracted to. AND GIRLS DRESSING UP AS BOYS SO THEY CAN BE UNRESTRICTED BY GENDER? Indeed. Holla atcha girl! Bloody Jack: Being An Account Of The Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L.A. Meyer narrated by Katherine Kellgren is mostly a rocking experience.
Mary ‘Jacky’ Faber’s parents died of a disease and so she must survive on the streets by begging and doing odd jobs. Yet, Mary has her mind on the high seas. Due to circumstances that are best discovered in your own reading, Mary ends up dressing as a boy and calling herself Jacky in hopes of being picked as ship’s boy. Of course, she does get picked and it’s off to the ocean to fight pirates and see exotic places AND make BFFs.
The thing about Mary ‘Jacky’ Faber is that she’s earned. She cares deeply about her fellow ship’s boys and she desperately wants adventure. Plus, we really do get to see her grow and transform into a woman during Bloody Jack, yet she still retains her sense of adventure. And you guys, there’s a scene where she thinks she is dying after getting her first period, and ladies, IT IS PRICELESS.
Yet, Bloody Jack by LA Meyer is not without weakness. There are bits that are very info dumpy. For example, one part explains all the parts of the ship and tasks performed by different members of the crew. No joke, I was bored by that, it felt kind of like a lecture. Plus, I would have liked more nuance and depth to the bad guys.
The audiobook of Bloody Jack by LA Meyer is artfully done, though. Katherine Kellgren nails the cockney accent and the voicing of Jacky Faber to the point of legitimate emotions coming out in her narration. On several occasions my heart cracked open listening to Kellgren’s earnestness. She also does a mean Irish accent. And honestly? I’m not sure I would have loved the print version as much as I did the audiobook. The audiobook is produced by Listen And Live Audio and is 7 hours and 26 minutes unabridged. So what are you waiting for, ya scurvy cur? Check out the audiobook of Bloody Jack by LA Meyer today!
Disclosure: Purchased copy.