John David Hickey and Dylan Spevack Willcock | You Don't Know Jack

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You Don't Know Jack

by John David Hickey and Dylan Spevack Willcock

Two of Montreal's finest storytellers tell the tales of Jack, the boy who continually seeks his fortune despite the giants, ghosts, and doctors that he meets along the way (includes a 75 page book and a CD).
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introdduction
1:50 $2.00
2. Jack the Hunter
2:58 $2.00
3. Jack's Tall Tale
14:22 $2.00
4. Jack and the Silver Sword
12:14 $2.00
5. Jack Cures the Doctor
9:22 $2.00
6. Jack and the Haunted House
6:18 $2.00
7. The World's Greatest Thief
4:42 $2.00
8. Farewell
0:32 $2.00
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
About the Book/CD

You probably know Jack as a mountaineer of beanstalks, but have you heard about his roles as story spinner, world-renowned hunter, or thief? There's more to wily Jack than you ever thought possible, but now you have the chance to hear and read the REAL story behind Jack! Honest!

Unlike many other storyteller CDs, You Don't Know Jack also comes with a book, complete with illustrations. The stories are written to be read and told to be heard; the written version is not a word-for-word transcription of the CD, which means you can appreciate both on their own merits!

So if you get the book/CD, it's like getting a two-for-one deal! This is tiny tome of classic tales that appeals to all your senses (if you're adventurous enough!).

About the Storytellers

Dylan Spevack-Willcock

Dylan Spevack-Willcock is a storyteller from Montreal. He has told to audiences around North America. He has told regularly at the Ottawa Storytelling Festival. He has also been the English Quebec Representative for Storytellers of Canada since 2001.

Dylan is particularly fond of Stories from the American south, as well as from the British Isles and Japan. He has told stories to audiences of all ages, and likes using puppets when telling to young children. He also likes telling to adults, however, and is currently putting together a set of stories from the Mabinogion (a Welsh epic).

John David Hickey (aka Hobbes)

John David Hickey has been performing as a storyteller for over 12 years, telling fables, folktales, and legends in various festivals and events in Quebec and Ontario. He lives in Montreal, but is originally from Quebec city.

Dave is an engaging teller who makes good use of his acting experience to add a theatrical spin to his stories. His strong stage presence keeps his listeners on the edge of their seats as he weaves his tales of mystery, adventure, and laughter.

He wears his love of a good story on his sleeve; you can see that he's enjoying telling you the story as much as you'll enjoy hearing it.



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Simply Fantastic
I love fairy tales and this is a wonderful little collection of them all about one famous character, Jack. I am a teacher and the book is a wonderful little gem to have in the classroom. My kids love listening to the stories on CD while they eat their snack and I've listened to it so many time that I have them memorized. This comes in handy since I'll reward the kiddies with me telling the story with actions and voices and I'm always mean enough to time a cliffhanger just before the bell to leave them coming back for more :) And having the book is great because I can prepare lessons, have the kids read it for themselves and have discussions about the stories. I love this book and would highly recommend it to anyone! Can't wait for the next collection to hit the shelves!


A commuting help!
I commute day and night and I used to listen to the radio to take my mind off of the 1h travel. Since I have bought this cd, I have listened to it many times a week in my car and, every time, I get transported to another world. Snow and wind don't exist anymore, but the characters that I encounter with each telling have become friends. The stories are well told and, because of the quality and professionalism of the storytellers, I can say that I have participated in all the adventures told and met all the heroes. This cd is a gift to all who want to marvel at who we are and what we can recapture both from when we were young as well as now. I strongly recomment it.

Terrie Gra-auga

You Don't Know Jack
Refreshingly entertaining! We are lucky enough to have been able to attend the launch and were blown away by the energy coming from these tales! The cd is a popular gift to all ages of family and friends.

Greg S.

If only you could watch him too
The charismatic duo share their jack stories in a way that keeps the reader/listener entertained with enough intellectual creativity to give them pause for thought as well. While no discredit to the cd included I've had the pleasure of seeing JD perform live, which is really the true experience.

Keep chasing your dreams guys!