Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.
In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odor.
In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.
©1999 Lemony Snicket (P)2001 Random House, Inc.
So these are great books and I love them dearly, but I have never appreciated them half so much as I do when hearing them read by Tim Curry. Curry's Olaf (or, if you like, Stephano) may well give me nightmares into my 80s. His reading of Snicket brought me to laughter and his Beaudelaire orphans very nearly brought me to tears. This, as I said, a wonderful book, but Tim Curry's reading of it makes it at least twice as good.
So far I've read through book 9 and this has been my favorite. This part of the story really engages the reader and leaves you excited to see what happens next.
Tim Currys reading is icing on the cake.
We are really miserably enjoying the dreary unfortunate series of adventures. I prefer the full cast and sound effects of the first in the series but still really enjoy Tim Curry's performance as narrator Lemony Snicket.
I think I'll be humming the Reptile Room song from the beginning and end of the story for the next week! It's very catchy. As always, Tim Curry does a marvelous job with the narration, creating different voices for each character and playing into the narrator (Lemony Snicket's) part with wryness and humor. The sequel is possibly better than the first book, because you truly see how diabolical Count Olaf is, and the lengths he will stoop to in order to obtain the Baudelaire fortune. I wish I'd read it as a kid, but anybody who is a kid at heart will enjoy it. My only complaints are that, as an adult, the continuous vocab lessons get a bit old by book 2 and that I may have enjoyed it more if the animals were real species.
One of my favorites of the Unfortunate Events series. Tim Curry does an amazing job narrating, and the song that accompanies the book is sad and funny and just perfect for this story.
This series is a perfect road trip listen, for children and adults alike! Tim Curry reads Lemony Snicket fabulously, giving wonderful personality to the characters and cadence to the story. Highly recommend.
Loved book 2 in this series. I love how the story starts so happily and quickly turns dark. The children can tell Count Olaf is up to his old tricks, but the other characters have blinders on. Loved how Sunny's character develops and hearing her say real words. Such a fun relationship between Sunny and the Incredibly Deadly Viper. Looking forward to book 3!
"loved Tim Curry"
this was my first audio book. I really loved Tim Curry. also I like the way Lemony Snicket wrote this book.
"Amazing narration .."
Tim curry really brought this story to life with his fabulous array of voices !
Loved it ! Fantastic !
Dawn Stroud adult
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