©1999 Lemony Snicket; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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.
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
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!
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.
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.
I love Tim Curry and will listen to anything and everything by him. I will try another book when my daughter is older.
We are going to listen to the Unabridged Homer for children next.
We didn't like it at all. The storyline is depressing and the adults are mean. No favorites.
Love multi voice books. Just not this one. No follow up needed.
Perhaps better for kids a little older and more jaded.
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