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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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    Alexandra N. Hamilton Ft. Worth, TX USA 06-20-13
    Alexandra N. Hamilton Ft. Worth, 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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    korinka 11-07-16
    korinka 11-07-16 Member Since 2017

    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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    Mary Pat 08-22-16
    Mary Pat 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun!"

    I know this is a book for young readers yet, I so enjoyed the narrator in other stories I just had to try it out!
    It was fun listen! At first I felt that the new governess was being over melodramatic, then I remembered she was only 15 and this is very typical for the age!
    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a break from all the real life nonsense in the world, and loose yourself in whimsical fun nonsense of life at Ashton Place!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Fassano Fremont, CA United States 08-18-16
    Victoria Fassano Fremont, CA United States 08-18-16 Member Since 2013

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    "nutsaroo! I didn't want it to end!"

    Katherine Kellgren is one of my very favorite readers of Audio Books. she brings to life every time she narrates. this one is no exception. I particularly love the commitment she gives to each and every part even when it requires much howling. A true treat.

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    Phoenix Milligan Tacoma, WA 04-30-16
    Phoenix Milligan Tacoma, WA 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good for a Kid Who Likes Wolf Stories"

    My kid is obsessed with Wolves and loves stories about them. This story is about wolf children so it appeals to her. She also enjoys British narrators like the one in this story. The story is not to scary, which can be a problem for a sensitive child.

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    Madiantin United States 11-26-15
    Madiantin United States 11-26-15
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    "Absolutely excellent!"

    I hope Katherine Kellgren got paid a boatload of money for this performance because it was absolutely excellent. She nailed the whole thing so perfectly. The story itself was brilliant, and had us snorting with laughter on several occasions. The word "Mayyyheeeem" with raised fist has entered our family's lexicon.
    Looking forward to the next book.

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    Mstv01 10-16-15
    Mstv01 10-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderfully Executed; Fabulously Inventive Story!"

    Fun for 'kids' of sll ages. The narration by Katherine Kellgren was, as usual, outstanfing.
    She creates individual characters for the listener and tells the story so well, the intended by the author's people and word pictures come to life.
    I highly recommend and am looking forward to the next in the series.
    Also makes me want to own the hardcover books!

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