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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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    Marsha Baltimore, MD, USA 03-03-05
    Marsha Baltimore, MD, USA 03-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Be mindful of the age of your listener"

    I, as an adult, found it interesting. My seven year old son found the bad things that happen to the children disturbing. He especially had problems with the baby being bound and gaged and hung out a window. I am told in book #2 the same baby is threatend with having her toe cut off? An age recommendation would be nice.

    36 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Hill 01-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Meh - the tone is off. The TV show does it better"

    Should have a Wes Anderson cell to it but this is too almost, English, Oliver Twist toned.

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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-10-15
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-10-15 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Great story, but a terrible production"

    I really love this story; however, there was far, far too much background noise and voices that were supposed to enhance the experience. It had just the opposite effect and was very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-24-11
    Lilian Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-24-11 Member Since 2017

    I'm a librarian, knitter, crochetter... I love audiobooks because I can knit and "read" at the same time.

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    "The multi-voice recording is a pleasant surprise,"

    but it is unfortunate that the other books are not available in this format.
    I wish they would...
    I really love this series!!!
    It is very morbid, but is very funny at the same time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Sandy, N/A, United Kingdom 03-11-05
    Nigel Sandy, N/A, United Kingdom 03-11-05
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    The quality of the recording is excellent, second to none. I can't see me downloading any more though, as I really didn't like the book. If anyone hasn't come accross it, (as I hadn't), this is a VERY depressing tome. Snicket cleverly paints a beautiful picture of childhood idyl, and then smashes it into a million pieces in one sentence, genuinely shocking the reader. Following on from that, things go from bad to worse for the primary characters, and I found myself feeling very down after listening to it. I shan't say any more as I don't want to give away the ending but be aware this is not a happy ending read.

    22 of 36 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 12-16-04
    Donald 12-16-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes!"

    Tim Curry! Lemony Snicket!
    This is as good as it gets!

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    Zachery S. 06-19-17
    Zachery S. 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This was amazing"

    I love this and I can't wait to hear more of the story. The full cast performance is the best thing I have ever heard.

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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 06-10-17
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 06-10-17 Member Since 2014

    Avid Listener of books at 1-1/2 times the normal speed. Trying to make up for all those boring high school teachers that could not reach me.

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    "Loved Lemony Snicket"

    This is my first exposer to the series of books, i do hope they do others this way also. I did wonder about the darkness of the subject matter, guess this appeals to today's children. I liked the clever ending and look forward to more books done this way in the series.

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    jessicaandnate 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My kids and I loved this!"

    We already started on book 2! This kept the attention of myself and my six kids, ranging in age from 3-13.

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