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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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missing letter to the editor again

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

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  • Anne
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada
  • 01-21-06

How much more can we take??!!

Things aren't getting any better, and the adventures continue for these resourceful unfortunates. In this book, Sunny has learned to walk, and we don't need all her words translated. As an adult listener hooked on this series when travelling with pre-teens, I find I enjoy these books at periodic intervals - otherwise they are too depressing. That said, the author's use of language had me laughing several times, and overlooking the wildly implausible situations, the stories are well-constructed. This one ended with a cliff-hanger, and I will be downloading "The Carniverous Carnival".....just as soon as I cheer up a little!

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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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hostile hospital

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.

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EXCELLENT reading, of another fun book by Snicket

I think Tim Curry was born to read these books. His voice is perfect for conveying the sense of doom and gloom that hangs over the unfortunate Baudelaire children. This is one of those kids books that adults can enjoy listening to nearly as much as kids do! I love his method of teaching children new words in a way that ties in with the story.

Highly recommended for kids, and also for adults who love kids stories.

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EXCELLENT reading, of another fun book by Snicket

I think Tim Curry was born to read these books. His voice is perfect for conveying the sense of doom and gloom that hangs over the unfortunate Baudelaire children. This is one of those kids books that adults can enjoy listening to nearly as much as kids do! I love his method of teaching children new words in a way that ties in with the story.

Highly recommended for kids, and also for adults who love kids stories.