Sunday, January 31, 2016

Children's Audiobook: The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood Book 3 of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

Read by Katherine Kellgren
Duration: 6 hours and 50 minutes

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?

My Thoughts: Another adorable book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series! I was hooked to the series because of the audio production. These audios really help bring the story come to life.

The story and characters were absolutely entertaining in this third book. This one was filled with many mysteries: a missing ostrich named Bertha and secrets about the Ashton family. Again, Penelope's character surprised me tremendously. Being only fifteen-years-old and the governess to the "wolf" children, she sure was a brave, strong, and very wise female character. I loved how she began to loosen up a bit in this book and joined the children in being a little bit more wolf-like. Next, the children always made me laugh. There were also many inferences to Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven and The Bells that had me grinning. The children simply loved yelling out, "Nevermore!" at the perfect times. This third book was absolutely fun to listen to.

The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, again did a fantastic job. She captured all of the characters perfectly. The only voice I disliked since the first book was Lady Ashton's. Kellgren screeched every time she read this character's part, which made me grind my teeth. It was necessary, however, for Kellgren to screech to help portray Lady Ashton's character to what it was. Kellgren also knew how to change the tone of her voice according to the scenes, which helped me stay interested the whole time. It was amusing to listen to Katherine Kellgren.

Overall, I've enjoyed this series as audios so far. There are a few more books in the saga, which makes me look forward to listening to them. These are absolutely fun children's books. I rate this third book: 

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