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Alexandra N. Hamilton

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

Ft. Worth, TX USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 3 reviews
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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Unbearable"
    Overall
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story asides are ponderous and the little cleverness is cloying.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Maryrose Wood? Why or why not?

    Sure, but in book form. That way I can skip over the sound effects.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Was The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Better to read this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unseen Guest: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences - yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her. But hers is not the only family mystery to solve....

    Alexandra N. Hamilton says: "Completely insane"
    "Completely insane"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    What was most disappointing about Maryrose Wood’s story?

    So freaking random. Completely implausible scenarios. Unlovable characters. Indiscernible plot. No real progress on the mystery carrying through from book to book. I wonder how many books Wood expects to write and how she plans to dribble out the little bits of story.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    She's too pompous sounding, and too absurd in her characterization. She reads too loudly, compared to other audiobook readers. Also her timing is rushed.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Headache.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother. Read it with your eyes if you can.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

    Darrin says: "Fantastic story well read"
    "Goes nowhere"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Hidden Gallery?

    The whole story was directionless with RANDOM characters that were, I guess, supposed to drive plot, but didn't. The whole story I kept waiting for there to be a point.


    What was most disappointing about Maryrose Wood’s story?

    It seemed to have little direction. Completely random, apparently important, characters show up and then disappear never to return. The heroine is a total flake, and Wood keeps hinting at a deeper mystery but gives little of that story. It gives the impression that she doesn't have it planned yet.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less screeching, howling, braying, and barking. Also fewer sound effects. Kellgren read the whole performance at a pace appropriate for the climax of an adventure story, which threw off the pacing of the tale. It is exhausting to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I got a headache. Also I mostly felt irritated.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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