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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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    victoria 03-14-15
    victoria 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful."

    It was just as good if not better than reading the book itself. Excellent! I recommend it very very much.

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    Megan Desrosiers 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome story!"

    My 5 and 7 year olds say: "we liked the characters and the story. It made our road trip fly by!"

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    Craig M Wilson 03-06-15 Listener Since 2003
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    "A wonderful story for family car trips"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording to be better than the print version?

    This is truly an immersive audiobook. There are several excellent narrators and background soundtrack that contributes to making this one of the best audible experiences I have had.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this with my wife and 10 and 12 year old daughters on a car trip headed to the ski mountain. They wouldn't let me pause it and were eager to start it back up again the moment we got back in the car for the trip home. At about 2 and a half hours, the length was perfect as an introduction to audio books for them. The story itself is humorous and unpredictable, if not a bit creepy, but overall very entertaining.

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    Trish 02-02-15
    Trish 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

    Love to read!!

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    "Great read to get students reading a series!!"

    Passed my expectations! My students loved the music and sounds effects.
    Lots of them have started the series!
    Thank you.

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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 01-30-15
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Bravo Performance!"
    If you could sum up The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, light read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine, Violet, is certainly a hero to root for! I think children would enjoy this audio.


    What does Tim Curry and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The drama and music were so professionally done and I doubt that I would have enjoyed a flat performance with one narrator.


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    Dan Merrell 01-23-15
    Dan Merrell 01-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect"

    Outstanding. Great cast performance, music, sound effects, etc. A must own. Now off to see the movie again and listen to the next in the series.

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    Debra 10-29-14
    Debra 10-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I Guess I am in the Minority..."
    Any additional comments?

    I love Lemony Snicket and his books. This one is a very dark tale but he does warn you! Teachers should preview this book before letting students read it because of the questionable content.

    As for the production, I realize I seem to be the only one but I found the music and sound effects very distracting.

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    hools 08-30-14
    hools 08-30-14
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    "Stellar performance; great for tweens and up."

    This reading kept the attention of a very fidgety 10-year-old who "hates books", an almost 9-year-old who loves books, and a middle-aged parent for almost the entirety of what otherwise would have felt like a VERY long automobile trip. Thank you, Audible, Tim Curry and cast, and Lemony Snicket!

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    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-14
    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!

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    "What a gem."
    Would you listen to The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording again? Why?

    YES! It was so brilliant- the writing is great and the performances just made it that much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book was a real treat. I laughed, I sighed- it was great. Even my husband, who is not an audiobook listener, came in to the kitchen one night as I listened to it and was prepping dinner, and even he became enthralled. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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    michelle san tan, AZ, United States 10-10-13
    michelle san tan, AZ, United States 10-10-13
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    "I just don't find child abuse entertaining"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Just yuck, the book, and all the events in it totally creeped me out. However my 11 year old son loves these books


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

    Tim Curry is spectacular, I didn't love the full cast method in this instance, I think it would have been better with just Tim. Count Olaf actually had a very nice soothing voice, which I thought was miscast, I would have preferred for him to sound much more treacherous!


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

    If you wanna know what happens to these poor kids...


    Any additional comments?

    I know this is an incredibly popular book series, I just don't understand why... I love listening to children's books with my 9 & 11 year old, but I can't think of one moment I enjoyed in this book. Disgusted by the evil adults in it, and frustrated by the others that refuse to listen to the children.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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