Audiobook Review: The Unseen Guest

Audiobook Review: The Unseen GuestThe Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 6 hrs, 50 mins
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3
Published by Harper Audio on March 27, 2012
Genres: Adventure, Historical, Humor
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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three-stars

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were.

Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences-yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.

But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral's prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles' skills to find her.

The hunt for the runaway ostrich is on. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?

Well, dearies, I’m all caught up in this series now. I feel so accomplished. I’m behind on ever so many series. *pats self on head* *eats celebratory biscuit – without ketchup*

Why Did I Read This Book?
Though neither of the previous two made me fall in love with the series, the audiobooks are silly fun and quick to get through. They just have that special something that makes them rather a delight to listen to even if I’m not totally enraptured. I don’t suspect that makes sense to people who don’t listen to audiobooks, and maybe not even those who do, because I am rather odd.

What’s the Story Here?
In this installment, shit really starts to go down, which is pretty awesome. It all starts with an ostrich. No, really. Governess Penelope Lumley takes her three young charges on a bird-watching expedition on the grounds of Ashton Place and they spot none other than an Ostrich. In England. Just chilling. Needless to say, this is rather an odd occurrence. Turns out the ostrich arrived on the heels of Lord Frederick Ashton’s widowed mother for a reason. The widow Ashton will shortly be a widow and Ashton no longer, for she has plans to wed again, and her affianced has a scheme involving ostrich racing. As usual, hijinks ensue.

How are the Characters?
For the most part, the characters are quite what they have been. However, I am cheered at a slight hint of character development towards the end. Of course, it’s more common in series for younger readers to have characters go on lots of adventures without aging or changing, but that’s not really something I have much patience for now. Anyway, Penelope Lumley has taken a step towards adulthood as she deals with her feelings for Simon, considers her longing for her parents (who haven’t contacted her since they dropped her at school), and moves past her obsession with the Rainbow series of books.

And the Romance?
Simon Harley-Dickinson makes an appearance in this one too! Such a delightful chap. I’m fairly certain he’s my favorite character. Obviously, nothing’s happened yet, but Penelope is slowly starting to figure out what her feelings for him are, and I imagine he’ll be stopping by in the next installment as well.

Am I Going to Continue with the Series?
My initial thought just this morning before I finished was not to, as I thought three books without much real plot were enough. However, in the last hour or so, there were some awesome plot twists and Penelope did that aforementioned growing, so now I rather do want to find out what’s going to happen in the next volume, on audio of course.

How was the Narration?
Fantastic, as usual. Barks, howls, train whistles, the muffled sounds of someone trying to talk through a gag: Katherine Kellgren does it all with much aplomb.

Tl;dr – Book in a GIFfy:

2 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Unseen Guest”

  1. Does sound like a cute series. I wish I had your knack for audio books. I bow to your greatness 🙂
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  2. I am mesmerized by that GIF. I just keep laughing as I look at it. OMG. I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING.
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