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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Sarah 09-11-17
    Sarah 09-11-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Really cute, great book"

    This was a good book, and although Kellgren is very loud in the entire production, I got used to it. Kellgren also recorded the Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer, and she has a moderate tone of voice in those recordings. The production was also a bit fast, but I was able to fix that via audible's speed change. The actual story itself was really good, I'll definitely be listening to the entire series. I found myself looking forward to listening to it all day. Great book, really cute.

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    kayster 07-18-17
    kayster 07-18-17
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    "Great family read (the whole series!)"
    What did you love best about The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place?

    We have read all of the available books in this series and are anxiously awaiting release of the final installment. It's cleverly written and fun to listen to on car trips or at home. We have been drawn into the world of the young and earnest governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, her worthy alma mater and its founder's pithy sayings, and the children she comes to teach at Ashton Place.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator is terrific!


    Any additional comments?

    Each book covers a relatively short period of time. One could be frustrated by the slowness of the plot, but the characters and engaging writing style will win you over.

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    rwiser 06-05-17
    rwiser 06-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    This book and narration is wonderful. My whole family enjoyed it! I highly recommend it!

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    Linda 05-27-17
    Linda 05-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Exciting adventure for family road trip."

    The story was very intriguing and exciting. The performance was amazing and kept even my 3 year old boy entertained.

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    R. Comire 05-24-17
    R. Comire 05-24-17
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    "Such a fun story!"

    This is an enchanting tale for all ages. Narrator makes it even better with her engaging story telling talent.

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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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