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
Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
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.
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.
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.
I got a headache. Also I mostly felt irritated.
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.
Great story and had read it before but it was hard to take this reading as the voice got on your nerves after a bit - kids didnt seem to mind though!
Enjoyable, romantic, intriguing
Unlike most books I read
She has a full grasp of the characters. It is like a performance rather than a book reading.
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.
I still love the education in this book.
Audible addict since 2003. High School librarian who has found her bliss!
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!
The is one of the best narrations I've heard since joining Audible at the first of the year.
I love Katherine Kellgren's version of Lady Constance so so much. She really captures all of the characters and with such great inflection.
This is the first review I have written, but I am enjoying this rendition so much.
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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