©1999 Lemony Snicket; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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.
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!
Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
YES! It was so brilliant- the writing is great and the performances just made it that much better.
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.
Just yuck, the book, and all the events in it totally creeped me out. However my 11 year old son loves these books
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!
If you wanna know what happens to these poor kids...
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.
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.
No I haven't, but I would like to now!
Yes, I did read it all in one sitting!
Yes! Enjoyed the storyline and the character voices were great!
The flow of the storyline. Easy to follow.
Avid reader turned listener.
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!
The full cast and Tim Curry.
He is very engaging.
Hope to listen to more in the series.
Yes, many times - it was amazing
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.
I haven't listened to any others yet.
I quite enjoyed the scene where Violet made her grappling hook and made her way up the tower.
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