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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, here comes the final book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood.

Unhappy Penelope Lumley is trapped in unhappy Plinkst! Even the beets for which Plinkst is inexplicably famous fail to grow in this utterly miserable Russian village. Penelope anxiously counts the days and wonders how she will ever get back to England in time to save all the Ashtons - who, she now knows, include herself and the Incorrigible children, although their precise location on the family tree is still a mystery - from their accursèd fate.

Her daring scheme to escape sends her on a wildly unexpected journey. But time is running out, and the not-really-dead Edward Ashton is still on the loose. His mad obsession with the wolfish curse on the Ashtons puts Penelope and the Incorrigibles in dire peril. As Penelope fights her way back to her beloved pupils, the three brave Incorrigibles endure their gloomy new tutor and worriedly prepare for the arrival of Lady Constance’s baby. Little do they know the danger they’re in!

In this action-packed conclusion to the acclaimed series, mysteries are solved and long-lost answers are found. Only one question remains: Will Penelope and the Incorrigibles find a way to undo the family curse in time, or will the next full moon be their last?

©2018 Maryrose Wood (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Fiona Hardingham narrates the final Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place audiobook with exuberance, charm, and impeccable timing.... Hardingham deftly incorporates a wide range of accents and voices, including those of chilling villains, distracted fathers, and ridiculous ladies of leisure. Listeners will be completely engaged by her comedic timing, which adds piquancy to Wood's witty repartee and over-the-top puns. A thoroughly satisfying conclusion and delightful listen for all ages." (AudioFile)

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Excellent conclusion to a clever series!

To start with the author's work... Maryrose Wood has come up with a very witty, clever, and fun series here! I have really loved every minute of getting to hear the story of the Incorrigible Children, Miss Lumley. There have been so many fun & funny twists and turns along the way, and this final book doesn't disappoint. I know this series is considered children's lit, but it's such a smart body of works that I (a 33 year old woman) loved it. These books would be loved by anyone from about 7 to 97! Kudos to Ms Wood.

Now, that said, I move on to the narrator(s). I originally came to these books through the narrator of the first 5 books in the series, Katherine Kellgren, who is one of my all time absolute favorite narrators. Her works are PHENOMENAL! (Seriously, if you liked this series, check out the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, also narrated by Katherine Kellgren, it's awesome.) So, when I first started started listening to this book, I was like, "Wait a minute, this isn't Katherine Kellgren! Why would they replace her??" Then I googled it & found my answer. Katherine Kellgren died of cancer in January. 😢 (A real loss to recorded books of the future!) So, we get to listen to this last book with the narration of Fiona Hardingham instead. I say get to because she really did a great job with this book, especially having such big shoes to fill! Of course, some of the voices were a bit different & some words were pronounced slightly differently, but overall she did a great job of making it a relatively seamless transition between narrators. And, I will say that not only does Ms Hardingham's work stand up well next to Ms Kellgren's, but it's obvious that she is also a talent unto herself.

Now, I think it's right back to the beginning for me so that I can relive the entire series in order again, now that I finally have the last book. And, I'll get to hear Katherine Kellgren's amazing voice again. ❤

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-30-18

Great completion of a marvelous children's series!

Katherine Kellgren, who narrated the first five novels in this series, died on January 10, 2018 before Book 6 was ready for audio production. Fiona Hardingham was selected to replace Kellgren with THE LONG-LOST HOME and she does a nice job, but no one can fully replace the best and most talented audiobook narrator ever.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series in written for children ages 8 to 10. I'm 75 years old and I have six grandchildren currently ages 8 to 19 with whom I have enjoyed my second childhood taking them to see age appropriate movies and reading/listening to the books they read. Since five of them are ages 13 to 19, I mostly listen to YA fiction they are currently reading these days, but my 9 year old granddaughter is interested in books for the 9 to 12 age range and we have enjoyed reading and discussing this series. The series is absolutely marvelous; I have enjoyed every minute of the 45 hours of the six novels combined. There is no doubt that I will continue to listen to children's books after my grandchildren age out of the age range.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is certainly one of my favorite series for children. I recommend it for people of all ages.

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good ending to a great series

This book was a satisfying conclusion to a really delightful series. Fiona Hardingham was a great narrator. She did an expert job of duplicating Katherine Kellgren's voices from the previous books. I felt like she carried over Maryrose Wood's tone from the previous books.

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first performer much better

we love this book! The series is fantastic. It is Well written, there's a heartwarming and moral story, and it inspires the imagination and in Deers the reader. However, the first woman who read the first five books was so tremendously better than the last performer. It was a great disappointment and really lowered our enjoyment of this last book do to the performer.

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THE BEST BOOK SERIES CLOSER I'VE EVER READ!!!

This book is sooooo heartwarming and conclusive that i'm reading the whole series over again! It's so full of mystery and fun that it's ready to burst! Fiona Hardingham did a great job acting for Katie but NO ONE and I mean NO ONE could ever step into Katie's shoe's and act the story out the way she did.

My thanks to every person that has put effort into making this master piece including Maryrose Wood and Fiona Hardingham

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Quite Entertaining

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Great ending to a great book. I did feel it lacked something that the other book have though. Mabey it is because Kathryn Kelgren is no longer with us. She was/is my favorite narrator. Fiona did a splendid job though. But, I do miss that slight edge Kathryn brought to the characters. Maybe I just feel as though the characters change because their voises are different. IDK. I love the story and the series which I own and listen to all the time. Bravo Maryrose. Although, if I could make one suggestion it would be to make a sequel. Please. I feel as though the end was a cliffhanger even though it wasn't intended to be. I want to hear of Simon's adventures as a pirate playwright. I want to know if Bertha ever really gets home. I want to know if Simon's and Penelope's love for eachother ever moves past the awkward stage and blooms to make them do something about it. Anyway, Thanks for a great time.

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I love it

I loved the whole series. I think the other books were better because I really liked it when Katherine Kellgren was narrating. These books are in my tops.

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  • Stacie
  • MIssissippi, United States
  • 12-10-18

A wonderful series, sadly comes to an end

My kids and I just found this series in October, and since then we have been “devouring” these wonderful audiobooks. And they are wonderful, with hilarious plot twists, mystery, mayhem and tender moments as well. By the time we reached this final book, the characters felt like family, so well written and preformed they were. And while Katherine Kellgren sadly passed away before this book was recorded, Fiona Harding did an excellent job. Yes, there were slight differences in the intonations of some of the characters , but others were almost identical, and truly, we got so absorbed in the story until you don’t notice the differences much. Thank you Miss Wood, for a perfect ending to this series. You answered all the questions we have been waiting to find out. Our only wish is to someday get another Ashton place story, as we will miss these characters.
This story is perfect for all ages, in our home a 9 year old, 18 year old college student, and there 40 something mama, all enjoyed the story greatly. You won’t regret giving this series a try.:)

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An Ode to Katherine Kellgren

I found this series because I was a Katherine Kellgren fan. I wondered who could possibly replace Katie as a reader- and it did seem to take longer than usual to have this final installment released. But Fiona Hardingham does a great job. She doesn’t try to be Katie but she also doesn’t change pronunciations much and keeps to the spirit of the books in her vocal rhythm.
This was a satisfying end to this charming series, although it made me cry when I heard the “acknowledgments“ section at the end.

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A little disappointed they changed the narrator

I was looking forward to the last book until I heard the narrator;s voice. I have found great joy in listening from book one. It has been a little difficult distinguishing which characters where talking. There is a huge difference and not as enjoyable. This narrator was good but would have preferred to finish off the book with the same narrator that I so fondly gotten to love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-18

Absolutely loved it!

Highly recommend this series.
Fun.
Fresh was of telling a story.
This particular book may be a bit scary... there is a wicked uncle who wants to kill the children... for a moment it seems as if he will succeed... my older kids were fine with it, but not the little ones.

As the author tells the story,
she stops and talks with you and gives quick English lessons.... and they are fun ones too!