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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (894 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maryrose Wood Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780062120724
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Katherine Kellgren is spot-on as governess Penelope Lumley…Sounding more like an ensemble than a single narrator, Kellgren is as adept at handling the swashbuckling voice of famous explorer Admiral Faucet as she is at the throaty barks and growls of the Incorrigibles…Her fast-paced narration is flawless.”

    AudioFile

  • “Told with the same good humor, delicious wordplay, and sly mystery of the previous books…Continues to be one of the cleverest series around.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With a plucky British accent, Kellgren brings the right amount of madcap energy to this twisted Victorian-era tale…Kellgren also excels with the broadly comical supporting characters, none of whom would seem out of place in an Oscar Wilde play or Downton Abbey episode.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Fans of Maryrose Wood’s series will enjoy the sometimes rambunctious action, exaggerated characters, and unique humor of this book, which ends with unsolved mysteries and the promise of more adventures.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Deliciously melodramatic…Along with gleefully pitching her plucky protagonist into one crisis after another, punctuated by authorial disquisitions on similies, rhetorical questions, contagious punning, and other linguistic follies, the author slips in a few more seemingly significant Clues to the Ashtons’ curious history…Still howling good fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Told in lively fashion with hints of Lemony Snicket.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Best Female Solo Narration

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/19/2014

    " I love the satire and cleverness in these books. Penelope Lumley is a great heroine. I wonder if an 8-12 year old would have the appreciation for the satire aspect of the story. I would hope so. It's the most enjoyable part! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/3/2014

    " Fun and Quarky! I didn't realize I was reading #3, though! I will have to go back and read the other 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Clark | 2/2/2014

    " Another entertaining yarn from Maryrose Wood and the Incorrigible Children! I did enjoy this Colonial-era romp to Parts Unknown, though it does show some signs of being a bridge from the first part of the series to what lies ahead. It was still well worth the read and I'll be looking forward to the next installment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/2/2014

    " Still very funny and well-done. The reader is amazing. I've heard the hard copies have illustrations, but even with that, I can't imagine it being more fun than he audiobook. I liked seeing more of the mystery revealed, and all of the Lemony Snicket-esque asides were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kornela | 1/31/2014

    " The Incorrigible children--Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia--are back! Along with their plucky young governess Miss Penelope Lumley, the Incorrigibles return to Ashton Place after a brief (and colorful) stint in London. But things are about to get exciting here too. Lord Fredrick's long-estranged mother, the Widow Ashton, decides to visit on the spur of the moment. The Widow is unsure whether to marry Admiral Faucet (pronounced "Fa-say"!) and wants to consult her son about what she should do. Admiral Faucet is a seasoned world traveler. His latest destination was Africa, where he bought a none too bright but extremely fast ostrich named Bertha. It is the Admiral's intention, with the helpful assistance of Widow Ashton's money, to start up an ostrich racing business and make a fortune. However, when Bertha escapes into the dense woods surrounding Ashton Place, it's up to the Incorrigibles (and their governess) to track her down. But once the children go back into the woods, the place in which they were raised for so many years, will they want to come back out? This was a really fun story and a great addition to the series. It's just as funny and clever as the other books, filled with wild shenanigans and unexpected turns of events. But be warned: Wood obviously plans to continue the series indefinitely and only teases you with answers to the ever-increasing mysteries in the books. Patience, grasshopper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/30/2014

    " I think I liked this one the best of the series, but are these really children's books? Too many spoilers to argue the point. This one had the funniest asides and the most adventure of the series thus far. I am just sad there are more to come, as I want to read more, but fear my patience with a series ends at three. Oh well, bring on number 4! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/17/2014

    " I just love these witty, easy to read books. It's like Nanny McPhee meets Series of Unfortunate Events style. I love her style of writing and the little facts the author puts in to tie it all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/17/2014

    " The kids and I finished listening to this book, and once again, we enjoyed the storytelling immensely! The different voices for the characters and the miscellaneous noises/howlings going on - great fun! The kids liked the POE and PIE and had fun creating their own acronyms. And, we enjoyed the lesson on synonyms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 12/15/2013

    " I'm losing steam on this one, but hoping the next one brings me back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Child960801 | 12/14/2013

    " So good. However, these books raise way more questions then they answer. The children have a chance to visit their old home and an unexpected visitor shows up at Ashton Place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Petro-Roy | 11/29/2013

    " 4.5 stars. So, so clever, both for adults and children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elevetha Houre | 11/22/2013

    " Humorous. Cute. Fun to read. Mystery. Wonderful protagonist. Lovely. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 11/22/2013

    " This entry in the series lags a bit behind the first two, but still enjoyable. It is getting a bit aggravating more answers haven't been revealed thus far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/23/2013

    " This is a clever series, but it feels too clever and even a little smug. Also, you've got to throw your readers a bone every once in a while and provide some answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 9/29/2013

    " love it on audio. love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 9/26/2013

    " Love this series! Smart, funny, well-written. The audio books are very well done, too. Highly recommended for age 9 and up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 6/28/2013

    " Fun, although this felt a *bit* like a placeholder in the series. Only a couple of new facts in the mystery were revealed, and I'm getting impatient to get on with it already!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Hawn Smith | 5/12/2013

    " Great book for kids and interesting for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula J. | 1/23/2013

    " Anxiously awaiting book four, as we have all enjoyed this charming series of audiobooks so much. Cassowoooof! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie | 1/9/2013

    " The series continues and does not disappoint. All the major players are back with a few new faces thrown mixed in including an ostrich! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 12/5/2012

    " Yet again, another delightful adventure for Penelope and the children. Ms. Wood still leaves you hanging at the end of the book, and so we will have to wait for book IV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Takaki | 12/3/2012

    " The style of writing is what makes this book so mich fun. Can't wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/26/2012

    " This is the best one yet. I can't think of a more effective combination of humor and genuine creepiness. Both a parody of and a great example of the gothic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Edinger | 10/11/2012

    " Really enjoyed this. My blog review here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keir Bridges | 6/3/2012

    " I love, love, love these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 5/12/2012

    " Cute as always, if maybe suffering a tiny bit from middle book syndrome. So many mysteries! but so little actually resolved. Lots of set-up for the future. Which I'll certainly listen to, because I do love these characters. "

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About the Author
Author Maryrose Wood

Maryrose Wood is the author of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, a continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. In addition to writing, she has taught fiction writing and playwriting and is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.