Sunday, November 30, 2014
Audiobook: The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrible Children of Ashton Place) by Maryrose Wood
My Thoughts: What a delight it was to hear about Penelope and the three Incorrigible children again. I very much enjoyed the first audiobook in the series and I could not wait to continue listening to their adventures in this one. This second book was not perfect but it too was a wonderful joy ride.
The story continued on from where it left off from the first book. Miss Penelope Lumley (Lumaloo) and the three children were relocated to London. While listening to their move to the big city, I began to imagine all these wild occurrences that were going to happen because the children were not as "civilized" since they still acted like wolves. I found myself smiling at all the troublesome things that Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia got themselves into. At the same time, I found it very adorable on how much they learned about manners and how educated they were becoming with the help of their governess, Miss Penelope. It was wonderful to see how much Penelope had influence the children.
As enjoyable as this book was, my complaint about it was that it all felt confusing and the ending was not as satisfactory. There was so much going on in this book that I felt that all the events began to jumble together and not make much sense. A few times I found myself wondering what the problem in the story was because I kept forgetting what the point was. Also, with all the things that were happening it seemed that it was building up to a grand finale. However, the ending fell short. If anything, it only peaked my interest to some unanswered questions and new twists.
The audio presentation was again superb! Katherine Kellgren continued being the narrator in this audio and like the first one, she did an excellent job! I loved her enthusiasm and her portrayal of all the characters. I especially loved how she pronounced the words that the children said because it made it much easier to vividly imagine how these children were. Ms. Kellgren is a very talented narrator.
As a whole, this was a wonderful audiobook. The story was not as polished as the first one but it was highly enjoyable. I am looking forward to listening to the third book. I rate it: