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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

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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
Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album for Children, 2005
Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2001

"Tension-producing orchestral music, scene-setting sound effects, and most of all, Tim Curry's chocolate-voiced narration captivate the listener in this multicast production of the Lemony Snicket that started it all.... It's all good fun for listening children and their parents." (AudioFile)

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    Clara 02-24-17
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    "Great book!"

    I read the series when I was a kid, and really enjoyed getting to relive it via audiobook. I wasn't a huge fan of the full cast, though. I think I prefer single-performer works. Tim Curry is an excellent narrator, and the story was just as good as I remembered!

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    Amber O'Reilly 02-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Reliving my childhood, one book at a time. Thanks"

    Thanks to Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler, Tim Curry and the whole team! The sounds add a lot to the narration and I am glad I came back to the series I. this way as it is very comforting to be read to, although the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans are anything but comforting.

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    J. Rannings 02-21-17
    J. Rannings 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Even Tim Curry couldn't make this good"

    I remember reading the first few books of this series several years ago but couldn't remember what I thought of them. I think I wanted see how it was going to end but couldn't make it past the first few books.
    When I saw this Audible version with Tim Curry narrating on sale I figured I'd get it because everything Tim Curry does is great. I was wrong. His performance as well as the rest if the cast was great but could not redeem this story for me. I read and enjoy a lot of different genres but this book just bothers me with how Count Olaf treats the children. I was especially unhappy with the part where he tries to marry the oldest daughter, Violet, who is only 14. Then he talks about taking her home for their wedding night. Ick! He doesn't go into any detail but it still bothered me. I have read and enjoyed lots of books that made me uncomfortable but the idea of this part of the plot in a book meant for children just doesn't sit well with me.

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    Judah's Darling California 02-21-17
    Judah's Darling California 02-21-17 Member Since 2015

    Loving life on the Snake River!

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    "Woe for the Beaudelaires"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! I love having all of the cast portraying the different characters.


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

    Cant think of anything to compare this to... just a very fun listen that ends too quickly. Of course, you have to be brave enough to listen! LOL!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the marriage scene - Olaf is outsmarted again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile...I love this story!


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    WilRoSmith 02-21-17
    WilRoSmith 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Mischievously Marvelous!"

    The writing, reading and creativity of this novel is simply spectacular! Definitely will get all 13 audiobooks soon. I just hope that Snicket narrates as well as Tim Curry does.
    This audio is good for all ages and a great listen!

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    cheryl 02-21-17
    cheryl 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great beginning to great series!"

    I really loved this book! I found it interesting without being confusing! I would NOT recommend reading this at night, You may feel like Count Olff is coming behind you! Mildly scary so Take that in consideration. It's one flaw, so much words to be defined, which is great, but gets a bit boring, then you get used to it s you go on! Overall, it's a great next series after things like Harry Potter, (Please read ) And Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus, (Again, really great books) If you are wondering about more, check out common sense media, but make sure it's the book not movie or tv show which are a bit more intense!

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    Leslie W. Stewart III 02-20-17 Member Since 2015

    Personal development with American and global history and its' impact or contribution to "Our Peculiar Institute".

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    "Enjoyably short."

    What an enjoyable book. A great relief from the usual books I've been reading. And it's short with entertaining narration - so it was a great mind relaxer.

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    Anna 02-18-17
    Anna 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tim Curry"

    I mean, Tim Curry is the narrator, so YES, it's amazing. Such a great book.

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    Danny Jurado Villarreal 02-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome performance"

    I chose a 5 star rating because I thought the full cast performance was exceptional. The only thing I didn't like was that they didn't do a full cast narrative for the rest of the books! It was a tease for something that would have been great for the series as a whole.

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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!!

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