I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to listen to this recording because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put down this audio instantaneously, because of all the audios describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet.
This recording, I'm sorry to inform you, contains such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.
I have promised to record the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.
With all due respect,
©2000 Lemony Snicket; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Snicket's tale lends itself to being read aloud, and what better person to do this than the author!" (AudioFile)
I had toyed with the idea of picking up these books on occasion at various places. After I heard the interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (on my 40th birthday no less), I had to give these a try. This not just kidstuff (although they are completely kid appropriate). These are so much FUN!!! My husband and I listen to them over and over and laugh our heads off. Misery loves company -- and I am hooked. I wouldn't START with this one (go ahead to the first book if you haven't yet), but in context it's great.
It was great but the adult voices were so loud it hurt my ears. Yet, if I turned it down I couldn't hear the main narration, since that was so quiet.
As some others have said, Snicket ranges from almost impossible to hear to yelling out the eardrums. Also, the loud music at the start of every chapter is obnoxious and also suddenly loud. This is particularly annoying, since that should have been noticed.
He also acts by Shatner-ing his way through dialogue. "You kids. Will do. As I. Say." It's not horrible, but it does throw things off a bit and takes me out of the story. He doesn't have a wide voice range (everyone at the mill sounds the same except the orphans and Sir and Charles) but that's okay, not everyone is Robin Williams, but it makes it a bit hard to follow for some conversations.
I love the story, and left my hardcopies at home when I moved out, so am building up my collection again. This may be a bit nostalgia, but I like the whole book. Even when I was younger (younger than Violet), I already knew most of the words they try to work out, but I like the slipping in of new vocabulary to kids, even if someone of it is a bit off. This series really makes kids think, which is nice. I figured out that anagrams are everywhere, so I would try to figure who Olaf would be before the kids did. The red herrings were fun too. There is just so much hidden and it's fun.
When the narrator spoke, he was very quiet and you had to turn the volume way up. Then when the characters spoke, they were extremely loud and blew out the speakers. The volume level of this Audio book need to be kept level because it was extremely difficult to listen to.
The story line however was great. I have been very pleased with all the previous Audio books in this series.
I love every book of Snicket's as each one is very clever, original and unique in their individualism, but Snicket's calling does not lie in voiceovers. Tim Curry brought out a deeper gravitas in Snicket's books through his performance and I feel that it has been lost some with Snicket's voiceovers. I still recommend the book to anyone though, as the writing is incomparable!
As always, I enjoy this Lenomy Snicket series. Unfortunately, I do not, and can't stress that enough, the narrator. I'm not sure why the narrator was changed but I can't wait to get through these few books to get back to Tim Curry's narration.
in case you're listening with headphones, be warned that this narrator actually yells when a character yells in the story, instead of merely saying the words with more emphasis
I would and I have many times, simply because I love this series.
The big "sword-fight" between Sunny and Dr. Orwell.
TIM CURRY. A million times, TIM CURRY.
My only extreme reactions were to the narration, which was both "Ow, my freaking ears!" and "Why must he talk that way?! It's driving me crazy!"
The voice of Sir. Just, wow. I can't say enough how utterly annoying Sir's dialogue is to me. I know Daniel Handler is not a voice actor, so I've tried to be understanding. However, that loud, halting, jerking dialogue...it's just awful. I'm sure Handler was probably thinking that if he talked loudly and put the wrong inflections and emphasis on the words, it would make him sound funny and interesting. His intentions were good, but it just didn't work out.
Namaste ~ Nicole
My daughter and I have really enjoyed the Lemony Snicket series, but the author reading his books has done the stories a disservice. I didn't expect him to be able to do different voices for the characters, but his voice volume control is terrible.
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