This was a cute story and a good start to a series. I didn't care for some of the voices the narrator used, specifically the one she used for Lady Constance. I will likely read the other two rather than listen.
I would recommend this book for children or young adults. The story has a resourceful heroine who is compassionate. The book does a pretty good job of teaching empathy without (generally) beating one over the head with its moral.
The book is clearly a starting of a series, with several cliches: an orphan with a mysterious past who is resourceful, clever and good; allusions to the children being related to their governess; rich people using children cold-heartedly for their own amusement; a secret that not even the main character knows, and mysteries within the house... If you dont mind the "formula" of the book, it is generally a clever book, and well performed.
Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
The story asides are ponderous and the little cleverness is cloying.
Sure, but in book form. That way I can skip over the sound effects.
Less screeching, less urgency. All the voices are squawking, nasal, and braying. It would be fine if it made sense for the characters, but Kellgren uses the same voices for many of her other book performances. The voices of the children in the story don't sound like children, they sound like parrots on helium. It's headache inducing.
Better to read this one.
Katherine Kellgren's voice
Yes. This one is her one of her best, in my opinion. I only picked this series because she is the narrator. I am definitely glad I did. It is a good read in itself, but Ms. Kellgren proves just how versatile her storytelling is. The voices that she chooses are perfect.
this book is a pageturner. the narration adds life to an already lively text. my kids and i listen to this on our drive to and from school every day - it had us laughing, excited, suspense filled, and delighting in the fantastic word play. even my 4 year old was so into it, that he was saying, "cassa-woof!" to himself as he played trucks the other day. five stars!
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
This book is great, full of humor, lovable characters, a few latin phrases and of course, howling :) I loved it, and I suppose kids may too.
Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator with an amazing range of character voices. It was a pleasure to listen to her performance.
But I warn you - if you're getting this book, get the next one as well. The first one ends on a cliffhanger and the suspense is killing me, houuuuu!
very "British" vocabulary
her voice was well suited to interpret the authoritative but kind Mary Poppins like nanny and the snobbish, unfeeling aristocrat parents and their society
the story ended almost in mid sentence - a bit of a let down - even for a 'series'
might not be appreciated by North American children