The Mysterious Howling

The Mysterious Howling

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010 | Unabridged
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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 holi-day 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."From the Compact Disc edition.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307711236
Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: Kellgren, Katherine
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mnlakegirl
Jan 03, 2016

Delightful! Kellgren, the reader for this audio book, is outstanding!

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Lucchesa
Sep 29, 2014

This is probably a charming book to read, but it is an absolutely first-rate audiobook. The narrator is brilliant, from her first howls, issuing mysteriously from the barn - certainly some wounded animal must be in there! - to the varied accents of the characters that announce their place on the social ladder and suggest their innermost motivations. And the book has a huge heart, plenty of tidbits to delight older children like my 11- & 13-year-old sons, and a great deal of humor. We are all completely enamored of brave governess Penelope, the three semi-civilized children who are doing their best not to consume small rodents as snacks, and even poor, manic, half-deranged Lady Ashton. We are well into book two now and are enjoying the heck out of it as well. Owoooh!

JCLBarbaraL Jul 16, 2014

Beautifully read by Katherine Kellgren! The smart, patient, level-headed, but loving governess, Penelope Lumley, works miracles with the three darling "Incorrigibles", realizing immediately that they simply need care and understanding to develop into "normal" children after having been raised by wolves. Penelope defends the children against the curiosity and evils of the other adults who visit Ashton Place, as well as the young, dim-witted Lady Constance, who can't be bothered with the challenges of caring for these "wild" children her husband insisted on adopting. The story ends without tying up several mysteries, leaving the reader to long for the next installment (The Hidden Gallery).The narrator injects humorous asides explaining some vocabulary and hyperbole and occasionally compares situations from the 19th century with those of today. A fun, mysterious, read for middle graders who enjoyed the wit of Lemony Snicket in his Series of Unfortunate Events.

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