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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling | [Maryrose Wood]

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

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.
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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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    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 02-11-15
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, I'm a Seattle native, former ESL teacher and Spanish interpreter. I'm into photography, mycology, nature, camping, art and music.

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    "Unexpected fun!"

    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.

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    Janet Tarasovic Richmond, VA 01-31-15
    Janet Tarasovic Richmond, VA 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Jane Austen for kids (and their elders)"

    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.

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    Simon 01-22-15
    Simon 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, narrator excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place the most enjoyable?

    Katherine Kellgren was brilliant in bringing these quirky characters to life.


    What other book might you compare The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to and why?

    Not sure, something about interesting / quirky orphaned children perhaps?


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

    We could write a book about that ... She was brilliant!


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

    Yes definitely. It was always a rush to turn it back on when we got into the car.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed by 2 parents and 7 year old son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KARA 08-27-14
    KARA 08-27-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Fun series to follow"

    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.

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    between these days 08-12-14
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    "Love the story, hate the narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Pamela United States 12-29-13
    Pamela United States 12-29-13

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    "Charming, funny story"

    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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    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. Caldwell 04-27-13
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    "Could not even get half way through this one"

    This was not worth the time I spent trying to listen to it. The story was awful in itself but add the narrator and it was an awful listen. I do not recommend it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa K. Adams 01-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book for all ages!"
    What did you love best about The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place?

    The story and reader kept me spellbound throughout the book. I am eager to acquire the next book in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teenage Miss Lumley (Lumeroo) was captivating as the protagonist and narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I like the full book title minus the book number and hope that a screenplay or made-for-television mini-series is in the works.


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    K. Uddu 12-30-12
    K. Uddu 12-30-12
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    "annoying characterization"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book itself is a fun work for youth.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Somebody who would not have howled nearly as much. It was grating on my nerves from the first, but it became intolerable. I switched to kindle versions for the next books in the series and I found that there was not nearly as much howling or whining written into the text itself and that it was the interpretation of the narrator.


    Do you think The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, there is still much left unfinished after the third installment.


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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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