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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Audiobook

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

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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. 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.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Penelope is no stranger to mystery, as her own origins are also cloaked in secrecy. But as Agatha Swanburne herself once said, “Things may happen for a reason, but that doesn’t mean we know what the reason is—at least, not yet.

©2010 Maryrose Wood (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Smiball Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-04-13
    Smiball Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'll read the others"

    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.

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    Lee Mounds View, MN, United States 09-03-12
    Lee Mounds View, MN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Cute, but predictable, children's story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Mog Austin, TX USA 06-20-13
    Molly Mog Austin, TX USA 06-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

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    "Unbearable"
    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.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    CA mom 03-13-17
    CA mom 03-13-17
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    "Must listen!"

    This narrator is fabulous and she performs a story that kids and adults can enjoy together.

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    tjstree 03-08-17
    tjstree 03-08-17
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    "Kellgren gives another wonderful performance."
    What made the experience of listening to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place the most enjoyable?

    Katherine Kellgren's voice


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This one is her one of her best, in my opinion. I only picked this series because she is the narrator. I am definitely glad I did. It is a good read in itself, but Ms. Kellgren proves just how versatile her storytelling is. The voices that she chooses are perfect.


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    Amazon Customer 03-08-17
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    "A wonderful read!"

    My 8 year old and 5 year olds loved this book! The Ghost of Christmas!!!! Haha. The children are so likeable :-)

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    Alicia Wright 03-02-17
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    "AWSOME book"

    Whenever I think of this book I now know how good it is a fantastic book

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    Danica Newton New Mexico 02-08-17
    Danica Newton New Mexico 02-08-17 Member Since 2016

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    "we couldn't put it down! (figuratively speaking)"

    this book is a pageturner. the narration adds life to an already lively text. my kids and i listen to this on our drive to and from school every day - it had us laughing, excited, suspense filled, and delighting in the fantastic word play. even my 4 year old was so into it, that he was saying, "cassa-woof!" to himself as he played trucks the other day. five stars!

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    korinka 11-07-16
    korinka 11-07-16

    I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.

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    "Delightful, wauuuuu!"

    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!

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    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 11-05-16
    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 11-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A 'My Fair Lady/ Mary Poppins' mix"
    If you could sum up The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place in three words, what would they be?

    very "British" vocabulary


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    her voice was well suited to interpret the authoritative but kind Mary Poppins like nanny and the snobbish, unfeeling aristocrat parents and their society


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the story ended almost in mid sentence - a bit of a let down - even for a 'series'


    Any additional comments?

    might not be appreciated by North American children

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    Anstruther, United Kingdom
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    "Engaging and funny story for the family"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My eight year old daughter and I were enormously entertained listening to this on a long road trip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny with an inspiring brave, up-for-everything main child character. Addictive language (which we're still using).


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Very julie Andrews-esque voice when being narrator (my daughter and I enjoyed this but it irritated my husband). She does fabulous voices for all the characters, especially the wolfishness of the children.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The occasional americanisms (gotten, sidewalk) jarred a little in a story set in a past Britain but this a very minor niggle for a cracking story that was brilliantly performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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