posted at Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 AM | Audiobook Reviews, Middle Grade
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 5 hrs, 58 mins
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2
Published by Harper Audio on February 22, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Historical, Humor, Mystery
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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. . . .
Man, I love short audiobooks. They make me feel so accomplished. Also, how adorable is this cover? Quite accurate too.
Why Did I Read This Audiobook?
Because I’m working my way through the series. Also, they’re conveniently available on Overdrive on my iPod, which just makes life so easy.
What’s the Story Here?
Miss Penelope Lumley gets a letter from her former teacher, asking if she can meet in London. Miss Lumley asks Mrs. Ashton whether she may go, and the whole of Ashton Place decamps for London to escape the repairs being done on their home. The Incorrigibles and Miss Lumley promptly make a new friend, Simon, and receive a creepy prophecy from an old fortune teller. The Incorrigibles are in danger, and only Miss Lumley can save them! Meanwhile, there will be much gadding about London.
How Are the Characters?
The story continues to be much more about Penelope than her young charges. Everything’s really pretty consistent to the first book. There’s not much in the way of character development, and it’s more about the funny situations everyone gets into along the way. Perhaps the best “character” is the travel guide for London that Miss Lumley brings with her, which is not particularly helpful but results in much hilarity. For example, the directions to the zoo are to smell for elephants, which leads to Penelope riding a velocipede with her eyes closed, much like Meg Ryan at the end of City of Angels.
How About Romance?
There’s a romance a-blooming! Penelope definitely has a crush on Simon, the bard, and the feeling does seem to be mutual. I’m not entirely sure how old he is, but he’s definitely a sweetie, and just as nonplussed by the children’s odd behavior as Penelope herself is, so they could be perfect for one another. Of course, he lives in London and she does not, so odds are stacked against them.
Will I Be Continuing with the Series?
Of course. Only one book to go! I’m hoping the third volume really gets into what’s up with Frederick Ashton, because he’s definitely got something odd going on and I want to know what precisely it is. I have some theories, and I must see how it all plays out.
How Was the Narration?
I continue to be impressed with the spirited narration of Katherine Kellgren. She really just goes for it. Animal sounds of any sort are performed with gusto. Howling, cawing, barking, she does it all happily.
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