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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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    Amazon Customer 07-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great performance"

    i thought the readers were excellent and the music was perfect. kept our little ones on the edge of their seats.

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    Phillip Frangules 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Tries to fix what wasn't broken"

    There are two versions of 'The Bad Beginning'. The first was done in its entirety by Tim Curry. The second, which is the only version available on Audible, retains Curry's narration but replaces the dialogue with different actors as well as adding sound effects throughout. This was a mistake.

    Tim Curry was a perfect narrator in the original book. There are some audiobooks that benefit from full-cast recordings but this is not one of them. Much of Curry's charm is lost in the omission. I might have forgiven this if they had kept Curry's Count Olaf; his performance as the sinister villain is in my opinion the definitive take on the character (it's a shame he was never able to portray the Count in live-action). Unfortunately, not only was Olaf 'recast' but whoever replaced him was not nearly as good.

    In addition I found the sound effects are unnecessary. If they had done it sparingly it might have been a nice addition but they are frequently used and become distracting. When I'm listening to an audiobook I don't need to hear a wailing baby in the background.

    Unfortunately, as stated before, the original recording is not available to purchase on Audible but if you are able to seek it out you should definitely listen to it.

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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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    Phil S. 06-04-17
    Phil S. 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the reading and narrative."

    Loved the added sounds and multiple voice actors. They really set the atmosphere for the story in an enticing way.

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    bebe South Carolina 05-20-17
    bebe South Carolina 05-20-17

    I love books - all kinds of books. My genre is "good book"

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    "If not for bad luck, would have no luck at all"
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    Cute little book. These children do have a very bad beginning of a most unfortunate life. There is a great deal of interesting action and people but nothing good happens at all to anyone - intentionally. However it is an entertaining book, kept my interest and was fun to hear. Usually sound effects put me off, but I did not mind them so much in this book. The narrator was very good and his style suit this book.

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    Yaneli Barrientos 05-02-17
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    Good story but I was not a fan of the theatrical audio. it distracted me from the story at times . excellent book though

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    Marco 05-02-17
    Marco 05-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "new voices"

    I loved this recording as a child. The new voices kinda ruined it for me.

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    Booky 04-18-17
    Booky 04-18-17

    I work at a glass blower supply company and love to listen to audio-books while performing my job. I am learning so much!

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    "Entertaining experience."

    How could you not love the wonderful voice of Tim Curry along with a full cast and soundscapes to complete the visual. A wonderful audible experience!

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