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.
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,
©2001 Lemony Snicket; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"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)
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.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
The rest of the series. Lewis Carroll.
Yes, but would rather have Tim Curry.
1. Ruining Christmas December 17. 2. We're very concerned. 3. Darkening theaters December 17.
Please release an additional audiobook with Tim Curry for all of the Snicket narrations so people have a choice.
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!
Tim Curry. Perfection.
The whole series is very good.
The drama of the Baudelaire children
The suspenseful ending
It makes you both laugh and cry
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.
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.
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