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The Austere Academy Audiobook

The Austere Academy: A Series of Unfortunate Events #5

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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school.

Don't.

For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives. Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night reading my history of these three hapless youngsters into a microphone, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night's sleep. In that case, you should probably listen to something else.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Don't miss the rest of A Series of Unfortunate Events or Audible's exclusive interview with Lemony Snicket!

©2001 Lemony Snicket; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's a pleasure to hear an author read his own creation. One gets to hear the story just as the creator would like it heard. Each inflection, babble of baby Sunny, elongated word, or character introduction is Snicket's own, with all the import he would like it to have. This is a listening delight." (AudioFile)

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    Leon 03-07-05
    Leon 03-07-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Tim Curry did a much much better job"

    Okay, Lemony Snicket did a great job writing this series of books, but the narration stuff isn't the same story. His tone is way too flat(except the dramatization part). Tim Curry in the first episode did a fantastic job. Snicket should stick to writing, the narration is far from perfect.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-17-14
    John S MA 01-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Hours of peace and quiet in the car"

    As a family we listened to all the Lemony Snicket books. Although it has been a few years, my children who are teens still remember these books.These books are classic. One of the best attributes is that you and your children can learn some big new words. Its great for vocabulary building. If you have a long drive your kids will sit there and listen to these books for hours on end. I guarantee it. Since you will be trapped in the car with them, you also have to like books. I enjoyed listening just as much as they did. They turn long drives into a pleasurable experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Spertus 01-18-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Sometimes the author isn't the best narrator"

    While the author-narrator did an outstanding job voicing the villains, his other reading abilities (for the main characters and narration) do not match the professional narrators I've grown used to. As for the story, if you've read the first three books, you know what you can expect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nik Bear Brown Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-24-12
    Nik Bear Brown Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Book, so-so narration"
    Would you listen to The Austere Academy again? Why?

    Lemony Snicket is a great writer. A Series of Unfortunate Events is a great, fun series. Snicket’s narration is OK, but doesn’t compare well to Tim Curry. They should release an additional audiobook with Tim Curry for all of the Snicket narrations so people have a choice.


    What other book might you compare The Austere Academy to and why?

    The rest of the series. Lewis Carroll.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lemony Snicket’s performances?

    Yes, but would rather have Tim Curry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    1. Ruining Christmas December 17. 2. We're very concerned. 3. Darkening theaters December 17.


    Any additional comments?

    Please release an additional audiobook with Tim Curry for all of the Snicket narrations so people have a choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Crawford Dallas, TX 02-17-17
    Lindsay Crawford Dallas, TX 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Where's the Tim Curry version?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! BUT I came back here to buy the Tim Curry version after listening to the rest of the series. This is a big disappointment after hearing his readings!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lemony Snicket?

    Tim Curry. Perfection.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Francisco NAUCALPAN, Mexico 02-06-12
    Francisco NAUCALPAN, Mexico 02-06-12
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    "Excellent story to share with your kids"
    Where does The Austere Academy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The whole series is very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The drama of the Baudelaire children


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The suspenseful ending


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes you both laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    Highly commendable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BR mom 05-07-05
    BR mom 05-07-05
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    "Hysterically funny and mysterious to boot"

    I had toyed with the idea of picking up these books on occasion at various places. After I heard the interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (on my 40th birthday no less), I had to give these a try. This not just kidstuff (although they are completely kid appropriate). These are so much FUN!!! My husband and I listen to them over and over and laugh our heads off. Misery loves company -- and I am hooked. If ever you need a pick-me-up, this series is the way to go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Simpher-Benwell 03-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book worstest preformence evar"

    Blah blah God story blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bad preformence boo pity Bopity

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    sonia 02-26-17
    sonia 02-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good story but literally painful for the ears"

    in case you're listening with headphones, be warned that this narrator actually yells when a character yells in the story, instead of merely saying the words with more emphasis

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    Granger Williams 02-06-17
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    "Obnoxious and Intoxicating"

    Every character in this story besides the Baudelaire siblings and the Quagmire triplets are absolutely obnoxious and rest somewhere on a spectrum between snarky and repulsive. Saying this, I still find Snicket's 5th installment of the orphans Series of Unfortunate Events to be thoroughly intelligent and enjoyable.
    While I despise almost every character in this book, not excluding the oblivious representative of Multuary Money Management; Mr. Poe, I absolutely appreciate their placard of adversity for our three main characters. If it were not for the vile living situation, or the utterly unfair and contradictory rules set by the mocking Vice Principle Nero, or the tedious night exercises imposed by Mr. Olaf himself in poor disguise as a gym teacher, than our protagonists would not have been able to stretch their wit and innovation to their fullest potential.
    Lemony Snicket can write a very easily digestible yet enthralling story, and I'm looking forward to catching up on the rest of his dreadful accounts of the Baudelaire orphans very unlucky and unfortunate situations against the vile Count Olaf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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