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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

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YOU'RE NOT WHERE YOU WERE, AND YOU NOT WHERE YOUR

GOING, SO PAY ATTENTION
I know, I am not being OPTOOMUCHSTIC by saying you will greatly enjoy this book. You want to read book one first, which I loved, but I liked this book even better. The story is sweet, silly, funny, LOL and a must. I can't wait for my granddaughters to get old enough to listen to books without pictures. When they can read they will each get copies of this series. All five books for all five granddaughters. This is a book for all ages. Yes, I am talking to you so don't get the WHO ME, SYNDROME.

THE FULCRUM OF FORTUNE
No matter your age you will also benefit from the wisdom of the SWANBURNE ACADEMY for POOR BRIGHT FEMALES of which PENELOPE is a graduate. This book also brings us even more mysteries than the first. Who are Penelope's parents, who are the kids parents, where they dumped in the woods or stolen, are their werewolves at Ashton Place and more. DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE SUPERNATURAL? This book also gets a little more mysterious.

THE MOOD IN THE NURSERY HAD BEGUN TO CURDLE
I was almost in HIGH DUDGEON when I clicked INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN series and only two books popped up, but when I clicked MAYROSE WOOD, I found Audible had five of the books. I will be purchasing those books.

TEN PARTS TALKING IS HALF AS MUCH AS ON PART DOING
KELLGREN really makes this story come alive. Just as book one, she is very animated.

TIME WILL TELL, BUT ONLY IN HINDSIGHT, AS TIME IS NOT TALKING RIGHT NOW.

59 of 68 people found this review helpful

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Too good for kids!

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I adore this series! Wittily written, and matched with the perfect reader. Lemony Snicket, you've been topped.<br/><br/>Can't wait for the next one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-22-17

Delightful Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place!

Book II is at least as good as Book I which I recently reviewed. This is a continuation of the experiences and adventures of governess Penelope Lumley and her three young charges, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia. Maryrose Wood wrote this fabulous 6 book series for children, but I'm not being optoomuchistic (the author's word for when one is being too optimistic) to say it can and will be enjoyed by everyone who listens to it regardless of age. Book VI, The Long-Lost Home, is not available at Audible but will hopefully be when it is released in June 2018. The series is set in Victorian England. American actress Katherine Kellgren narrates with her flawless regional British accents.

Audible shows only the first two books as the series. To see all five currently available books in the series search Audible for Maryrose Wood.

I recommend this series for everyone regardless of genre preference. But listen to the books in order! I wish I could award this series 20 stars.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Brianna
  • SPRING, TX, United States
  • 04-24-12

A guidebook for entertainment

If you could sum up The Hidden Gallery in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, romantic, intriguing

What other book might you compare The Hidden Gallery to and why?

Unlike most books I read

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

She has a full grasp of the characters. It is like a performance rather than a book reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

I still love the education in this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina
  • Allen, TX, United States
  • 04-06-12

Great Narrator!!

Where does The Hidden Gallery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The is one of the best narrations I've heard since joining Audible at the first of the year.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

I love Katherine Kellgren's version of Lady Constance so so much. She really captures all of the characters and with such great inflection.

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This is the first review I have written, but I am enjoying this rendition so much.

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  • Anne
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-20-12

The Sequel: Part 2 of the Incorrigible Children.

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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  • stephanie
  • greenville, nh, United States
  • 02-09-16

The greatest book ever!!!!!!!

This was an amazing adventure with the Incorrigibles and Miss Lumly, with an even deeper story than the last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Darrin
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
  • 08-09-11

Fantastic story well read

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.

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Wonderful story

Loved it! I found myself not wanting to stop listening! And now that that I've finished I can't wait to get to Book #3!

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Fantastawooo

This book/series is one of the most creative and addictive books I have ever read. The characters are very creative and the story is the most crazy, fantastic, and all in all the most fantastic series labeled as a children’s book or as the incorrigibles would say fantastawoooo