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The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II | [Maryrose Wood]

The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were.

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.

Despite Penelope's civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance's Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students.

But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards' bearskin hats, which drive the children wild not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children's and Penelope's mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways.

Spend some more time with the Incorrigible Children.

©2011 Maryrose Wood (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Margaret 04-23-12
    Margaret 04-23-12 Member Since 2003

    Audible addict since 2003. High School librarian who has found her bliss!

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    I adore this series! Wittily written, and matched with the perfect reader. Lemony Snicket, you've been topped.

    Can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna SPRING, TX, United States 04-24-12
    Brianna SPRING, TX, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Hidden Gallery in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, romantic, intriguing


    What other book might you compare The Hidden Gallery to and why?

    Unlike most books I read


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a full grasp of the characters. It is like a performance rather than a book reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a moment when Penelope is trying to ride an early bicycle with her eyes closed. She is trying to find the zoo by sense of smell. That actually isn't even the craziest thing that happens in the book. Hint: there is also an incident with singing pirates.


    Any additional comments?

    I still love the education in this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Allen, TX, United States 04-06-12
    Tina Allen, TX, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    The is one of the best narrations I've heard since joining Audible at the first of the year.


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    I love Katherine Kellgren's version of Lady Constance so so much. She really captures all of the characters and with such great inflection.


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    This is the first review I have written, but I am enjoying this rendition so much.

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    Anne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-20-12
    Anne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Sequel: Part 2 of the Incorrigible Children."

    Once again I enjoyed the exploits of the three children, originally raised by wolves, & their governess "Miss Lumley", or "Lumaroooo" as the children call her.

    However, read Part 1 before beginning this one, as it is a continuation of the original story. And, by the sound of the ending, there will be a Part 3 eventually, as the mystery of the children's, & their governess', origins have not yet been revealed.

    Their escapades in London are both interesting & funny, but possibly not quite as interest-holding as those of Ashton Place, in Book 1.

    Once again the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is superb in the various roles.

    A good listen.

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    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-09-11
    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic story well read"

    My family listened to this book on a long car ride. Mom, Dad, son (12) and daughter (9) all agreed it was a very good book; even better than the first in the series (which son didn't like at all, but the rest of us did). We loved the accents of the reader, which were still easily understandable over the road noise of the car. In fact, I am sure that this book is much better listened to than read, as the reader really nailed all of the qualities of the characters. I'm not sure how well the book would work as a stand-alone without having read the first one. It seems like there might be times that it would be hard to follow.

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    Mike 04-14-15
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    "Just as much fun as the first"

    Such a cute series - well read, well written ... just plain FUN-a-woooo!
    Looking forward to the next one.

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    Fitzwoman 03-28-15
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    "Another happy story of the Incorrigables"

    This second volume was very enjoyable, perhaps not as much as the first book, but still lots of fun. It skewers the Victorian aristocracy and continues the mystery of the relationships between characters. I do hope the next book(s) start to solve that issue, as I'm not sure how long it can be drawn out and still keep my interest.

    Once again, the narration was spot on with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor. The voices were done well, if a little annoying, but I think that was the object, yes?

    I will definitely continue with this series.

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    Love this series! Can't wait to listen to the next book. Perfect for story lovers of any age.

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    Amazon Customer New Brighton, MN 02-25-15
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    "An absolute delight"

    This series is on par with the classic Jeeves and Wooster series, if jeezes had been the narrator and if Bertie had been tripled, and raised by wolves. It is silly and whimsical and uplifting.
    The narrators style is pitch perfect for the series, and I'm terribly disappointed they have not produced the 4th audiobook, although I will endeavor to read them to myself in her voice.
    Truly a classic for all ages!

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    Alexandra 02-23-15
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    "A fun follow-up"

    I really enjoyed the second book in this series and I'm ready to get started on the third.

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