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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

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.
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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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    Hallie L. 06-12-15
    Hallie L. 06-12-15 Member Since 2015

    What doesn't kill me ... Gives me XP.

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    "All the Noise"

    wonderfully read, awesome writing, but the background noise was unnecessary, mildly irritating, and at times made the reading hard to hear. A great performance but is go with the normal audiobook version if I had to choose again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Storey 06-01-15 Member Since 2015

    I just learned how to read, so I figured I'd just listen.

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    "good, but"

    everything was great, except the sound effects often drowned out the reader. the effects were much louder than the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-10-15
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-10-15 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Great story, but a terrible production"

    I really love this story; however, there was far, far too much background noise and voices that were supposed to enhance the experience. It had just the opposite effect and was very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 12-16-04
    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 12-16-04
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    "Yes!"

    Tim Curry! Lemony Snicket!
    This is as good as it gets!

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    Nigel Sandy, N/A, United Kingdom 03-11-05
    Nigel Sandy, N/A, United Kingdom 03-11-05
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    The quality of the recording is excellent, second to none. I can't see me downloading any more though, as I really didn't like the book. If anyone hasn't come accross it, (as I hadn't), this is a VERY depressing tome. Snicket cleverly paints a beautiful picture of childhood idyl, and then smashes it into a million pieces in one sentence, genuinely shocking the reader. Following on from that, things go from bad to worse for the primary characters, and I found myself feeling very down after listening to it. I shan't say any more as I don't want to give away the ending but be aware this is not a happy ending read.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle summers 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It's ok"

    It was a good story. I loved the narration and the other voices. I hope the other books in the series are a bit longer.

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    Kerri Dunn 05-18-16
    Kerri Dunn 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The best audio book ever"

    I love this audio book it is truly the best. I started it and didn't stop until I was done!!!!!!!

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    Just Nelson 05-17-16
    Just Nelson 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad audio"

    Love Tim curry. Hate the background behind his voice. The other actors sound lifeless and fake. The noises they make are cringe worthy.

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    Marvin 05-13-16
    Marvin 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rather short."

    What a great story. Amazed by the story and the voices made the mood just right. I personally thought it would be a longer even in the story but I guess not

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    hee 04-30-16
    hee 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "감사합니다 "

    감사합니다ㄱㄱㄱ 그리고 사신 ㄴㄱᆞ ㅅㄱㄴㅅ ㄴᆞㄷ 노 ㅈ ㅡㅡㅊ 녿 ㄴᆞ ㅂᆢ ㅂㄹㄷ ㅎㄴㄷ ㅅㄴ

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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