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.
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
I know this is a book for young readers yet, I so enjoyed the narrator in other stories I just had to try it out!
It was fun listen! At first I felt that the new governess was being over melodramatic, then I remembered she was only 15 and this is very typical for the age!
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a break from all the real life nonsense in the world, and loose yourself in whimsical fun nonsense of life at Ashton Place!
Katherine Kellgren is one of my very favorite readers of Audio Books. she brings to life every time she narrates. this one is no exception. I particularly love the commitment she gives to each and every part even when it requires much howling. A true treat.
My kid is obsessed with Wolves and loves stories about them. This story is about wolf children so it appeals to her. She also enjoys British narrators like the one in this story. The story is not to scary, which can be a problem for a sensitive child.
I hope Katherine Kellgren got paid a boatload of money for this performance because it was absolutely excellent. She nailed the whole thing so perfectly. The story itself was brilliant, and had us snorting with laughter on several occasions. The word "Mayyyheeeem" with raised fist has entered our family's lexicon.
Looking forward to the next book.
Fun for 'kids' of sll ages. The narration by Katherine Kellgren was, as usual, outstanfing.
She creates individual characters for the listener and tells the story so well, the intended by the author's people and word pictures come to life.
I highly recommend and am looking forward to the next in the series.
Also makes me want to own the hardcover books!