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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,

This audio is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful audios in the world.

There are many pleasant things to listen to, but this audio contains not one of them. Within it are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to hear about such things.

I have sworn to research this story, and to record it as best I can, so I should know that this audio is something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Don't miss the rest of A Series of Unfortunate Events or Audible's exclusive interview with Lemony Snicket!
©2001 Lemony Snicket (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Tim Curry is in his element performing Lemony Snicket. He offers abundant vocal impersonations, including real-sounding children; the excitement of squeaks, screams, and groans; and then, soothingly, a clear, warm narrative voice. Ideal for children and parents with imagination and a sense of the absurd." (AudioFile)

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Ugh, a cliffhanger!

This book just proves how vicious Count Olaf and his henchmen are. It's just brutal what they consider doing to Violet.
Despite the dastardly plot, there are still numerous, hysterical parts in this book. The VFD aspect of the plot is evolving and I'm just loving these books. Onward to the next book, hooray!

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Tim Curry Rocks Snicket

Love the Unfortunate Events series, and this one doesn't disappoint! If you love the series, despite the harrowing travels of these poor orphans, then listen to this book. Worth every penny just to hear Tim Curry's amazing voice. He truly brings a book to life like no other!

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The Hostile Hospital

This was a very good book . Even though the Vilot,Klaus,and sunny's lives are unfortunate I have a very good feeling that everything will turn out okay.👍

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  • K8e
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 12-08-17

another tragic chapter

this book really leaves you on a cliff ready for the next book! I love Tim Curry's narration!

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Loved it

it was amazing i liked the narriators voice,i had an actull copy of it but i couldent finish it but this made it finishable

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The Hostile Hospital

I think that this book is really good. It has a lot of big words which I like. This is a good book.

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Superb kids books... Perfect reading

My eight-year old son (and his parents) have been increasingly gripped by the series. By this stage, as we approach the denouement (a word which here means...), no longer just on long car rides. Tim Curry's narration is also just perfect.

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Best one yet!

This book was the best one yet! Very different, and wonderfully full of twists and turns! Tim is amazing, per usual, and this series is really getting good!

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missing letter to the editor again

like the past few books this one was missing the letter to the editor :(

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Hostile Hospital to be better than the print version?

It was great to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hostile Hospital?

Just after Violet's anesthetic has wearing off & the children are trying to think of a plan to get out of the hospital without being burnt to a crisp or being noticed by a bunch of people.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they are in the library of records and Count Olaf's girlfriend was trying to kill two of the children and capture one.