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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

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    Susan Winter Springs, FL, United States 11-22-11
    Susan Winter Springs, FL, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Tim Curry Makes This"

    Tim Curry is a wonderful narrator and he brings this book to life. He's the perfect Lemony Snicket

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 07-08-11
    Holly ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 07-08-11
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    "Great children's novel"

    This is one of the best children's novels I have "read" in a long time. It is also the audiobook best audio book I have ever listened to. Having a full cast made it feel like an old radio show. It was wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-07-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Cleverly unique"

    A really fun listen that was different from everything else put out on pop culture today. Well-written, the narrator did an excellent job and overall, I was really impressed. Two thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie StaffanstorpSweden 02-11-09
    Leslie StaffanstorpSweden 02-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Very entertaining"

    Excellent story!

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    M. Thomas 01-24-09
    M. Thomas 01-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun book withy Beautiful multivoice recording"

    This was a simple fun book with a beautiful performance. The multiple readers make single reader books pale in comparison.
    For those who have trouble believing the author he is not kidding that there is no happy ending. Much the same as a Harry Potter book has no happy ending. Events within the book are wrapped up but evil still lurks and is not ultimately defeated. However, I would not classify the ending as a downer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iitanyia GWYNN OAK, MD, USA 02-16-07
    Iitanyia GWYNN OAK, MD, USA 02-16-07
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    "Very entertaining"

    The performances were exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Forgettable Woman Rochester Hills, MI 06-30-12
    Forgettable Woman Rochester Hills, MI 06-30-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Dreary, awful, and depressing"

    Tim Curry was wonderful, as was the entire performance, but this book is one that I will neither listen to again nor read. It was dreary and depressing the entire way through. Tiny glimmers of hope were offered up periodically and then quickly squashed. The innocents struggle futilely to emerge victorious and are frustrated at every turn by the sociopathic bad guy. It's frankly too much like real life to be an enjoyable read. In addition, I don't know if it's supposed to be a children's book, but it reads rather like one, far too simplistic in its character development. It's a terrible book and I don't recommend it to anyone.

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    Jane United States 12-29-11
    Jane United States 12-29-11
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    "Thumbs down from my seven-year old"
    Would you try another book from Lemony Snicket and/or Tim Curry and Full Cast ?

    I love Tim Curry and will listen to anything and everything by him. I will try another book when my daughter is older.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    We are going to listen to the Unabridged Homer for children next.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry and Full Cast – was your favorite?

    We didn't like it at all. The storyline is depressing and the adults are mean. No favorites.


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

    Love multi voice books. Just not this one. No follow up needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps better for kids a little older and more jaded.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlyn Peru, IL, USA 01-01-05
    Caitlyn Peru, IL, USA 01-01-05
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    "Great"

    Great Great Great Great Great Great GGreat Great Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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