26 August 2013

Bloody Jack

A YA AudiobookBloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer is the story of a young orphan girl who dresses as a boy and gets taken on as a ship's boy by the HMS Dolphin just prior to the Napoleonic Wars.  This works fine as long as she's a starving 12 year old but as she gets properly fed and grows a little the deception becomes more difficult for her to continue.  When she starts to have feelings for 

Parts were hilarious (Jacky sneaks off to a whorehouse while on shore leave to get the facts of life explained to her) and parts felt very familiar as I so enjoyed the Aubrey/Maturin series.  The whole thing is in first person though and at times I got really annoyed with Jacky's style of speech.  Bits drifted over into stream-of-consciousness freak-outs occasionally and were hard to listen to.  Imagine listening to the thoughts of someone having a panic attack.  That's the writer, not the reader, though but it would have been easier to read (aka skim) in print.  So, while i may continue the series at some point, I think I will read it rather than listen.  a 5. 

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