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The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 | [Lemony Snicket]

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

What Members Say

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    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 03-01-05
    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 03-01-05
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    "This is no Harry Potter"

    I was so excited to hear this book, especially after reading all the other reviews, but I was sorely disappointed. As a matter of fact, I kept wanting to turn it off and I had to force myself to finish.
    I thought the story was too childish. There is a mystery the kids need to solve and you've figured it out immediately but you have to listen to them struggle through it for an hour and a half. Torturous! Also, there are sound effects added in the background that I found terribly annoying (like a baby crying for a full seven minutes!).
    If you are playing this for kids, it might be very entertaining for them, but if you're expecting an audio masterpiece like the Harry Potter series, you'll be disappointed.

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    hools Moss Beach, CA, United States 08-30-14
    hools Moss Beach, CA, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Stellar performance; great for tweens and up."

    This reading kept the attention of a very fidgety 10-year-old who "hates books", an almost 9-year-old who loves books, and a middle-aged parent for almost the entirety of what otherwise would have felt like a VERY long automobile trip. Thank you, Audible, Tim Curry and cast, and Lemony Snicket!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-14
    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!

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    "What a gem."
    Would you listen to The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording again? Why?

    YES! It was so brilliant- the writing is great and the performances just made it that much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book was a real treat. I laughed, I sighed- it was great. Even my husband, who is not an audiobook listener, came in to the kitchen one night as I listened to it and was prepping dinner, and even he became enthralled. I would highly recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michelle san tan, AZ, United States 10-10-13
    michelle san tan, AZ, United States 10-10-13
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    "I just don't find child abuse entertaining"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Just yuck, the book, and all the events in it totally creeped me out. However my 11 year old son loves these books


    What about Tim Curry and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry is spectacular, I didn't love the full cast method in this instance, I think it would have been better with just Tim. Count Olaf actually had a very nice soothing voice, which I thought was miscast, I would have preferred for him to sound much more treacherous!


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

    If you wanna know what happens to these poor kids...


    Any additional comments?

    I know this is an incredibly popular book series, I just don't understand why... I love listening to children's books with my 9 & 11 year old, but I can't think of one moment I enjoyed in this book. Disgusted by the evil adults in it, and frustrated by the others that refuse to listen to the children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elissa Sacramento, CA, United States 07-08-13
    Elissa Sacramento, CA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording to be better than the print version?

    I believe that the audio book adds something that cannot be in the print version. I enjoyed listening to the narration so much that I finished it in one sitting.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I would like to now!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did read it all in one sitting!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Dyersburg, TN, United States 02-25-13
    Ashley Dyersburg, TN, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book! Awesome character readings!"
    Would you listen to The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording again? Why?

    Yes! Enjoyed the storyline and the character voices were great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of the storyline. Easy to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 08-24-12
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "Great Kids' Book"

    Read this one to keep up with my students. I really liked the multi-cast reading of this book and wish others in the series were similar. This would be a great road trip option for the 7-11 age group and I love how the author uses big words and defines them for the kids. Would recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Wilmore, KY, United States 05-31-12
    Peter Wilmore, KY, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent cast & narration"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The full cast and Tim Curry.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It's quirkiness.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He is very engaging.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yes!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Hope to listen to more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ladon 05-08-12
    ladon 05-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Story and Awesome narrative performances"
    Would you listen to The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording again? Why?

    Yes, many times - it was amazing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yep


    Any additional comments?

    It was a really great listen - we listened to this book all the way from GA to CO and were never bored - just sorry when it ended and really sorry to hear that the second Lemony Snickets is unavailable in to audible listeners. Hope that changes soon - we'd love to hear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 05-01-12
    Elizabeth United States 05-01-12
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    "Tim Curry, Need I say more."
    If you could sum up The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording in three words, what would they be?

    Short.Sweet. Listen.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lemony Snicket before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any others yet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I quite enjoyed the scene where Violet made her grappling hook and made her way up the tower.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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