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The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording Audiobook

The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: The Bad Beginning may be, as Lemony Snicket reveals, a miserable tale, but it is a joy to listen to. This full-cast production is of the highest caliber, filled with orchestral music and chilling sound effects. I loved Tim Curry (yes, Dr. Frank N. Furter) as the infamous villain Count Olaf, and was charmed by the witty Baudelaire siblings, who rely on books to help them avoid the Count's treachery. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it. Unless you have an ear for such ghastly details as a tragic fire, a nefarious villain, itchy clothing, and cold porridge for breakfast, all narrated in chilly detail by the distinguished, and disturbed, Tim Curry with a team of talented readers, you would be better off listening to something else.

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

©1999 Lemony Snicket; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8+, 2005
  • b>Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album for Children, 2005
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2001

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    Diana - Audible NJ, United States 04-16-12
    Diana - Audible NJ, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2010

    "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket

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    "Books Will Save You"

    The Bad Beginning may be, as Lemony Snicket reveals, a miserable tale, but it is a joy to listen to. This full-cast production is of the highest caliber, filled with orchestral music and chilling sound effects. I loved Tim Curry (yes, Dr. Frank N. Furter) as the infamous villain Count Olaf, and was charmed by the witty Baudelaire siblings, who rely on books to help them avoid the Count's treachery.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dan United States 05-19-11
    Dan United States 05-19-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great start. Too bad about licensing.."

    I really loved this book. I decided to listen to it between bigger books as sort of a palette cleanser. Tim Curry is Lemony Snicket and a full cast reads the dialog. There are also nice sound effects and music so that it feels like a real radio play.

    Unfortunately as I looked to get the other volumes, Audible has not licensed all of the Tim Curry/Full Cast versions of these books. It's disappointing to go from a full production complete with voice acting, sound effects and Tim Curry to Daniel Handler dryly reading his own novels.

    So I will not be buying the rest of them until they can get all of the Tim Curry/Full Cast versions.

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Bronx, NY, USA 01-22-05
    Charles Bronx, NY, USA 01-22-05
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    "Wonderful!"

    Tim Curry's narration is positively brilliant, and the production values of this recording are first rate. All the voices, music and sound effects makes this a tremendous experience!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey SuttonUnited Kingdom 06-05-05
    Lindsey SuttonUnited Kingdom 06-05-05
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    "Brilliantly miserable"

    I had looked at this series in print, but it had not held my attention as an adult. I was surprised to find I really enjoyed this production of the book- a very high quality, witty, well thought out performance. All the sound effects were excellent, and alterations in the text made sure that the warnings not to listen/read to such gloomy material came across freshly as jokes.
    Aimed at children who are just developing a sense of irony, can be painlessly enjoyed by an adult in the same car.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BR mom 05-07-05
    BR mom 05-07-05
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    "Wickedly funny -- not just kid stuff"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angel 10-12-15
    Angel 10-12-15 Member Since 2013

    Just a nerdy girl who's an Audict. I like coffee, Star Trek, knitting, spinning, weaving, and Warcraft. But most of all? Books.

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    "Too noisy."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not wasted, but I'd have preferred spending the time finding a different version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself. The characters are fantastical and unpredictable and delightful.


    What three words best describe Tim Curry and Full Cast ’s performance?

    Too much background.


    Do you think The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes! Just... maybe edited slightly differently.


    Any additional comments?

    I love these books and I mean - it's Tim Curry! But all the noise in the background was REALLY off-putting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Materfamilias Southern California 08-25-15
    Materfamilias Southern California 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not like the sound effects"

    The sound effects are really distracting and annoying. Also, I am so far finding the story to really be just depressing and unenjoyable. Maybe I need to read the book for myself before finishing it on audible with my kids, but it's not what I was expecting and the sound effects make none of us want to keep listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-24-11
    Lilian Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-24-11 Member Since 2015

    I'm a librarian, knitter, crochetter... I love audiobooks because I can knit and "read" at the same time.

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    "The multi-voice recording is a pleasant surprise,"

    but it is unfortunate that the other books are not available in this format.
    I wish they would...
    I really love this series!!!
    It is very morbid, but is very funny at the same time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 03-29-06
    Julie 03-29-06 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow! What fun!"

    What a refreshing listen! Engaging and interesting, the characters really came to life for me through the full cast and sound effects. Though it is a sad, depressing tale, it is also very humorous. I would definitely suggest this book if you are looking for an escape from your day. I can guarantee you'll feel better about your own life situations after this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Baltimore, MD, USA 03-03-05
    Marsha Baltimore, MD, USA 03-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Be mindful of the age of your listener"

    I, as an adult, found it interesting. My seven year old son found the bad things that happen to the children disturbing. He especially had problems with the baby being bound and gaged and hung out a window. I am told in book #2 the same baby is threatend with having her toe cut off? An age recommendation would be nice.

    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    10/29/05
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    "brilliant"

    What a great tale, I could not stop listening all the while hoping that something pleasant was going to happen to the three orphans!! A must hear!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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