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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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    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.

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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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    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 40 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 12-16-04
    Donald 12-16-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes!"

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

    26 of 43 people found this review helpful
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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.

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    ActualPrincessKatie Phoenix, AZ 01-24-17
    ActualPrincessKatie Phoenix, AZ 01-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Series, Not so great performance"

    I love this series, but this reading in particular is hard if you have problems processing audio. Theres a part when Sunny just yells in the background while, as well as characters talking over each other. its not good, poorly balanced, and incredibly overwhelming.

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    David A Williams 01-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful! SFX and all!"

    Lots of folks didn't like the sound effects, but I actually enjoyed them. I listen to books while I run, and once I got used to them (took the first five minutes) it really helped me dive into the story!

    The most distracting section of sfx is probably the first five minutes anyway. With all of the beach and trolley sounds being unnecessary and overbearing. Let yourself get to at least Count Olaf's introduction before you make your judgement!

    Everything else was indisputably perfect.

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    K9Fanatic Nunya, USA 01-18-17
    K9Fanatic Nunya, USA 01-18-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Still if not more wonderful then when I was a kid!"

    Amazing Story, good for any age. Very funny and slightly dark humor! Tim Curry! Enough said.

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    Amazon Customer 01-18-17
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    "great audio book but,"

    My son, 9, liked the different voices and sound effects. The only thing I didn't like was that some times the sounds were louder than the narrators voice making it hard to hear what he was saying.

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    roz79 01-18-17
    roz79 01-18-17
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    "very impressed"

    I saw the series on TV and just had to get the book as there is scarcely an adaptation to screen which I have ever found to be better than a book! Great job by the author of introducing new words to kids. I am an adult looking for books that will engage young readers while teaching them. Will definitely read the rest !!!

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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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