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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

What Members Say

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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 08-24-12
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "Great Kids' Book"

    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!

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    Peter Wilmore, KY, United States 05-31-12
    Peter Wilmore, KY, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent cast & narration"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The full cast and Tim Curry.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It's quirkiness.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He is very engaging.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yes!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Hope to listen to more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    I h8 ppl 05-08-12
    I h8 ppl 05-08-12
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    "Wonderful Story and Awesome narrative performances"
    Would you listen to The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording again? Why?

    Yes, many times - it was amazing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yep


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 05-01-12
    Elizabeth United States 05-01-12
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    "Tim Curry, Need I say more."
    If you could sum up The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording in three words, what would they be?

    Short.Sweet. Listen.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lemony Snicket before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any others yet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I quite enjoyed the scene where Violet made her grappling hook and made her way up the tower.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Xochitl DORAL, FLORIDA, United States 04-18-12
    Xochitl DORAL, FLORIDA, United States 04-18-12
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    "Flawless execution, enjoyable listen."
    Where does The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far the best audiobook I've listened to


    What other book might you compare The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording to and why?

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene at the beach


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The movie's been done, so nothing new to say


    Any additional comments?

    Most recommended, even for those hardcore readers like myself, that feel somehow threatened by audiobooks, this one's so easy you won't care you're actually not reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scraps 12-10-11
    Scraps 12-10-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.

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    "I got it for Tim Curry but loved it for itself"

    This is a wonderful story, supposedly a kids' story but really good for family and adult audiences as well. The narration performance is superb. My only complaint is I cannot seem to get the whole series from Audible...

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    Susan 11-22-11
    Susan 11-22-11 Member Since 2002
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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

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    Holly ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 07-08-11
    Holly ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 07-08-11 Member Since 2015
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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 2010

    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!

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    Leslie StaffanstorpSweden 02-11-09
    Leslie StaffanstorpSweden 02-11-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Very entertaining"

    Excellent story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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