This is a review of the audio book. I usually listen to these in the car and as people drive past me, they see a crazy middle aged woman laughing her head off as she's driving. Really, if you are suffering from road rage, start listening to this series. You'll find all sorts of excuses to drive around, just to listen to the many exploits of Jacky Faber. Well, I got sick of paying the ridiculous prices for gas in my neck of the woods so I decided to listen to Jacky's story on my MP3 player instead. I think that I listened non-stop for 2 or 3 days and this morning I couldn't help myself - there I was talking back to the audio book! OK, crazy middle aged woman - I know you are thinking that. But here's the thing: L.A. Meyer's series is incredible and along the way you actually learn about things. What strikes me about this series is the incredible cast of characters. The author intersperses historical characters along with his own fictional characters to make a wonderfully entertaining story. While reading this series, I have also travelled (1800's style) from England to the Caribbean, to the coast of France, Spain, and England, to Boston, and in this installment from Boston to New Orleans via the Mississippi. Jacky Faber is one of the most endearing female characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I love how she can leave a trail of suitors behind her and amass many friends and supporters along her voyages. I also feel for Lt. Jamie Fletcher, Jacky's true love and how the two always seemed to miss each other at every port of call.These are really long books and I highly recommend the audio version as the narrator does all sorts of voices and really brings Jacky's character to life. This series is suitable for young adult readers and older. Highly recommended.