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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Absolutely. Ms. Kellgren added a lot of dimension to the tale. Her accents and pace were perfect.
I laughed out loud many times.
This is a strange but very fun story about a plucky young governess in Victorian England. Her charges are unique but she tackles their education with gusto, constantly reminding herself of her own background and her mentor's advice. We know there is a mystery and are given small hints throughout, although many questions remain to urge us to read the next books in the series. I've already continued and hope the remaining volumes are as entertaining as this one.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
Fantastically strange novella, took me quite by surprise!
Wonderful narration, especially the children's voices, but all of it was funny and clever, with characters richly portrayed, this book really had me cringing at the "mother and father"'s behavior, cheering for Penelope and really caring about the future of the three kids.
This would be a great story to share with a school age child.
I bought this for my grandkids and thought I better preview it first. I was immediately hooked by the story, the Jane Austen style and tone, and the amazing reader, who does children who don't speak exactly right, howling wolves, imperious aristocrats, an upright governess, and the rest of the cast with just the right theatricality. Wonderful for both grandmothers and their grandkids, who will get not only a great story but a humorous look at what used to be expected of children.
Katherine Kellgren was brilliant in bringing these quirky characters to life.
Not sure, something about interesting / quirky orphaned children perhaps?
We could write a book about that ... She was brilliant!
Yes definitely. It was always a rush to turn it back on when we got into the car.
Thoroughly enjoyed by 2 parents and 7 year old son.
I thought this story was pretty cute. Even though its a light and easy listen, it still has enough depth to keep you interested, focused, and eager to follow the series. I really enjoy how the characters developed throughout the chapters and also how there was always an air of mystery to most of them.
Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite performers, so in my eyes she cant do wrong. She has enough personality, talent, and spunk to carry this series and I really look forward to listening to her narrate the rest of the Incorrigible's as well!
As for an age group, I don't really know if this would be the best story for little kids, just because it has lot of whit and humor which may go over their heads. Im in my 30's and enjoyed listening to it while I worked on a project, so I'd definitely recommend it for an older audience. Again, very light, but a very well developed story and plot with enough depth and that hint of mystery to keep you attention and interest.
Kellgren's over-the-top performance was tiring. While I liked the range of voices that she used for the many characters, there was very little range in volume. Kellgren is all loud, all the time verging on over acting. It's not a theater - you don't need to project to the back row.
My kids all loved the book and we'd definitely read more, but we'll be adding Katherine Kellgren to our "never again" list of audiobook narrators.
First of all, I should admit that I am a grown woman who often enjoys listening to juvenile or young adult fiction, but I'm often disappointed by the quality of the writing. This story, however, is just charming. The narrator's asides are witty and Penelope Lumley, the governess from Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is a delightfully satirical heroine in the vein of Jane Eyre. I will say that for the sequels I switched to reading the print versions, because while Katherine Kellgren does do a great job with her narration, I didn't love her portrayal of the children. She was a bit too shrill with their howling and too growly with their dialogue. That said, while I was reading the subsequent books, I heard her voice in my head as the narrator, because she is spot-on for that particular voice.
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The story asides are ponderous and the little cleverness is cloying.
Sure, but in book form. That way I can skip over the sound effects.
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.
Better to read this one.
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