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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
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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.

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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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    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.

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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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    Lux LA 01-07-16
    Lux LA 01-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Sound effects were a bit much"
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    This is a fun and quirky story. I read it years ago when it came out and wanted to hear the audio version. Tim Curry is excellent (as usual) and the rest of the cast was good, but the sound effects and background noise were very distracting. I prefer the later books narrated by Tim Curry alone. The whole series is wonderful, though.

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    jamesforever03 12-29-15
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    "Amazing book and narrators!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, i definitely would! I love how they bring the story to life and there is more than one narrator!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all three of the children the most! They were all so unique and different! They each had something different that i loved!


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

    I loved it! They made the story very interesting! I couldn't make myself pause it because they made it so intriguing!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Really, I loved every part! But, if I had to choose, I would definitely pick whenever the children had a conversation together, with no one else around. They tried to encourage each other, but they always told each other the truth!


    Any additional comments?

    His books are amazing and I will definitely be reading (and listening!) to the rest of the series!

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    S. Henderson 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, poor reading of it"

    The full cast thing is obnoxious, especially during scenes when there is a baby crying the whole time. But the book is good. Would not recommend this audio book.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 11-18-15
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Series Start"

    Tim Curry's narration was spot on and the sound effects added to the listening experience. This was an enjoyable story, with interesting characters and plot line. The narrator's gloomy perspective and warnings added to the enjoyment of this predicament! Looking forward to the orphans' next adventure!!

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    Huber Letona 07-28-15
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    "Nostalgia"

    The multiple audio enhances the experience and revives my love for the series even after 13 years!

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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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