First of all, I should admit that I am a grown woman who often enjoys listening to juvenile or young adult fiction, but I'm often disappointed by the quality of the writing. This story, however, is just charming. The narrator's asides are witty and Penelope Lumley, the governess from Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is a delightfully satirical heroine in the vein of Jane Eyre. I will say that for the sequels I switched to reading the print versions, because while Katherine Kellgren does do a great job with her narration, I didn't love her portrayal of the children. She was a bit too shrill with their howling and too growly with their dialogue. That said, while I was reading the subsequent books, I heard her voice in my head as the narrator, because she is spot-on for that particular voice.
The story and reader kept me spellbound throughout the book. I am eager to acquire the next book in the series.
The teenage Miss Lumley (Lumeroo) was captivating as the protagonist and narrator.
I like the full book title minus the book number and hope that a screenplay or made-for-television mini-series is in the works.
The book itself is a fun work for youth.
Somebody who would not have howled nearly as much. It was grating on my nerves from the first, but it became intolerable. I switched to kindle versions for the next books in the series and I found that there was not nearly as much howling or whining written into the text itself and that it was the interpretation of the narrator.
Yes, there is still much left unfinished after the third installment.
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.
Absolutely! It was engaging and led to deeper discussions about the mystery of the children's origins.
The humor is intelligent and Wood's plays on words are delightful. It is nice to listen to a book that is enjoyed by my (rather advanced) 8-year old and her grown-up parents as well.
I have not heard this performer before, but loved her. The accent really added a touch of authenticity and we understood her quite easily.
We particularly appreciated the progression of the characters. Ms. Lumley is spunky, but is also learning empathy for Lady Constance (who initially is dreadful.)
We would highly recommend this for families.
Yes. The whole story is creative, funny and mysterious. The characters are interesting and quirky.
The Sisters Grimm
Raised by wolves or raised as prey?
The Christmas party is halarious
Very entertaining read
It is very funny
I highly recomend this book for kids to listen to it's a nice length for a trip and it keeps their attention well.
The story itself is delightful, charming and hillarious, but it's the narrator that really makes it something special for me.
I loved the "Giddy-up Rainbow" parts and the ballroom scene with the squirrel.
The amazing voices she does for the different characters and especially the Incorrigible children just bring the characters to life for me. She brings so much emotion to them that you forget you're listening to what is essetially a little kids story.
I did not read the print version but the narrator was wonderful and made the funny parts really funny.
Cassio-woof! She was just funny.
Never heard her before.
Laugh and laugh
This book is satisfying on so many levels - the performance by Katherine Kellgren is top-notch and the twists and turns of the plot are always surprising. Even if you never read pony books when you were growing up, this is a fantastic ride (and don't forget that you'll have to get the rest of the books, too!).