©1999 Lemony Snicket; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
What doesn't kill me ... Gives me XP.
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.
I just learned how to read, so I figured I'd just listen.
everything was great, except the sound effects often drowned out the reader. the effects were much louder than the story.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
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.
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.
Tim Curry is fabulous. The story is fun and creepy. Our family - ages 5,9 and 12 plus adults - are all enjoying the it.
The background effects are VERY distracting, my kids even commented on it. In some parts it is even hard to hear the characters speaking because of bells clanking, etc. Then the part with the baby crying and wimpering and whining is AWFUL. It is an adult making baby sounds and we all - grown ups and kids - just wanted it to stop!!!
full cast productions are usually fantastic, but the way the editing was done in this, with some scenes layering one or two ambient sound effects that aren't music I've the narration made it difficult to understand any of it. I had to rewind several times to tree listen to those parts, which after a few go round was physically painful. I got the basic idea abd had to press on, eventually.
I absolutely love the series and wanted to share it with my partner since they had never read them before. This was the only version of the 1st book and so we had to get it to start off on the story. IMPOSSIBLE to get through with the unnecessary sound effects and background noise. It may not bother others, but the screaming and crying baby sounds that seemed to last an eternity were headache-inducing. I loved Sunny when I was reading about her and wouldn't mind a description of her crying, but I did not want nor need to hear a screaming baby that lasted for what seemed like hours as background noise while the narrator continued telling the story.
The crying baby.
I love Tim Curry, I would have loved if he could have just read the story.
Anger that there was not another version that was just a voice-readover.
Audible also wouldn't let me return this book, so I lost a credit on a book I could not even enjoy.
I've listened to this whole series before, not the full cast version. It was really hard for me to listen to this version because I feel like the sound effects are way too loud and distracting. The full cast was okay, but I prefer the other versions.
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!!
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