Under The Jolly Roger | LA Meyer | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To This Book?

I am forever and always a fan of Jacky Faber, main character of the Bloody Jack series, so I knew that I had to listen to book three, Under The Jolly Roger: Being An Account Of The Further Nautical Adventures Of Jacky Faber by L.A. Meyer. You see, these books are about a girl who dresses as a boy so that she can be a sailor, and well, in this one that happens to both good and bad ends. Basically, I listened to the next book in the series because I was in desperate need of a guaranteed good listen and I just know that Katherine Kellgren, the narrator, can deliver the goods, especially when it comes to the Bloody Jack series.

Under The Jolly Roger by LA Meyer | Good Books And Good Wine

What’s The Story Here?

Okay I feel like a deep breath and maybe a nap afterward when it comes to explaining the plot of LA Meyer’s Under The Jolly Roger. Y’all, this plot is kind of complex and convoluted, fair warning. Right-o. The book opens and Jacky has just escaped The Lawson Peabody School For Girls. She finds herself working aboard the Pequod assisting the Captain and working with his wife. In London, she meets up with her old gang only to discover that one of her best friends is forced to work at a wash house for a bad dude. Then, Jacky ends up dressing as a guy to go see her love Jaimy, when she sees him with ANOTHER GIRL and she rages. Unfortunately, in her rage she is put into a press gang and forced to work aboard the HMS Wolverine. She tells the Captain that she is a girl hoping that will get her off the ship, only the Captain has got other ideas for her. OH AND THEN IT GETS ALL WEEKEND AT BERNIES UP IN HERE. LOL. And there’s a letter from Jaimy. And some spicy characters to come. It is super tiring writing about this book, but honestly it’s a fantastic read overall.

Let’s Talk A Little About The New Characters?

My brain and memory are kind of a little slow this morning as I drink my coffee and type my review, also it’s been months since I have listened to this book, so it will be kind of hard to remember the side characters. OH! One of the crew members aboard the HMS Wolverine is named Robin and he’s super nice and there’s an almost marriage at one point and I got a bit attached.

OH OH OH, and I can’t say too much, but there is another girl character who reminds me a bit of Jacky in that she is spicy and willing to cross dress to get what she wants. Like, I think this girl has much more attitude than Jacky.

OHHHHHHHHH and there is also a blast from Jacky’s past and at first you think he’s like a drunk or a bum or something, but then you meet this character and are like WOW, CONTEXT! It’s awesome.

How’s The Narration?

I love that I always put this question even though for some audiobook narrators the answer is always the same. Katherine Kellgren perfectly embodies Jacky Faber in her narration of Under The Jolly Roger by LA Meyer. She sings. She has accents. She does different character voices. She is flawless with her narration. The audiobook is 14 hours and 44 minutes long. However it goes pretty fast. It is produced by Listen & Live Audio, Inc. If you need a great series to get into, PICK THIS ONE.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

weekend at bernie's

Weirdly appropriate, given the plot.

Disclosure: Purchased My Own Copy

Other reviews of Under The Jolly Roger by LA Meyer:

Unabridged Andra – “EXTREMELY full of action and adventure
The Introverted Reader – “This series is a blast
Books Are A Garden – “very memorable

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I’ve heard really good things about this whole series but have yet to pick up a copy. What is wrong with me? The whole Weekend At Bernie’s concept in this story makes me laugh — and now I want to read it!
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