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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to listen to this recording because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put down this audio instantaneously, because of all the audios describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet.

This recording, I'm sorry to inform you, contains such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to record the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

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!
©2000 Lemony Snicket; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Snicket's tale lends itself to being read aloud, and what better person to do this than the author!" (AudioFile)

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Adult voices too loud, narrative too soft

It was great but the adult voices were so loud it hurt my ears. Yet, if I turned it down I couldn't hear the main narration, since that was so quiet.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Love it, but Tim Curry's gotta come back

I love every book of Snicket's as each one is very clever, original and unique in their individualism, but Snicket's calling does not lie in voiceovers. Tim Curry brought out a deeper gravitas in Snicket's books through his performance and I feel that it has been lost some with Snicket's voiceovers. I still recommend the book to anyone though, as the writing is incomparable!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fun, fun, fun

I had toyed with the idea of picking up these books on occasion at various places. After I heard the interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (on my 40th birthday no less), I had to give these a try. This not just kidstuff (although they are completely kid appropriate). These are so much FUN!!! My husband and I listen to them over and over and laugh our heads off. Misery loves company -- and I am hooked. I wouldn't START with this one (go ahead to the first book if you haven't yet), but in context it's great.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Terrible Volume Control

What made the experience of listening to The Miserable Mill the most enjoyable?

Another excellent story in the series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator, in this case the author, went from nearly whispering to yelling while switching between characters. It became downright tedious changing the volume so we could hear only to have our ears blown out when he'd switch to his foreman voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good book but Tim curry did a much better job

Good book but Tim curry did a much better job narrarating I hope in the next books Tim curry does the narrating

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love this series, don't love the narration

As always, I enjoy this Lenomy Snicket series. Unfortunately, I do not, and can't stress that enough, the narrator. I'm not sure why the narrator was changed but I can't wait to get through these few books to get back to Tim Curry's narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sir's voice will needle your nerves.

Would you listen to The Miserable Mill again? Why?

I would and I have many times, simply because I love this series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Miserable Mill?

The big "sword-fight" between Sunny and Dr. Orwell.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lemony Snicket?

TIM CURRY. A million times, TIM CURRY.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My only extreme reactions were to the narration, which was both "Ow, my freaking ears!" and "Why must he talk that way?! It's driving me crazy!"

Any additional comments?

The voice of Sir. Just, wow. I can't say enough how utterly annoying Sir's dialogue is to me. I know Daniel Handler is not a voice actor, so I've tried to be understanding. However, that loud, halting, jerking dialogue...it's just awful. I'm sure Handler was probably thinking that if he talked loudly and put the wrong inflections and emphasis on the words, it would make him sound funny and interesting. His intentions were good, but it just didn't work out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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a real page turner

I just coulf not put this addicting book down. When I hear the dialoge I truly put myself in the author's shoes. This book is amazingn exciting and full of drama. I woud recomend this to people who like mystery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The mill is not the only thing that will be miserable

My kids and I (ages 9 and 12) loved the 1st 2 books of the series and we liked the 3rd one ok, primarily b/c it was narrated by the author who is not nearly as captivating as the other narrator.

This one in particular had so many audio issues. I found myself turning it up, and then down, and then up again every few minutes as the intonation of the voices was not even. The story was not nearly as interesting either in this book. Predictable and
Did not progress towards the overall story line of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love the book, hate Snicket as the narrator

As some others have said, Snicket ranges from almost impossible to hear to yelling out the eardrums. Also, the loud music at the start of every chapter is obnoxious and also suddenly loud. This is particularly annoying, since that should have been noticed.

He also acts by Shatner-ing his way through dialogue. "You kids. Will do. As I. Say." It's not horrible, but it does throw things off a bit and takes me out of the story. He doesn't have a wide voice range (everyone at the mill sounds the same except the orphans and Sir and Charles) but that's okay, not everyone is Robin Williams, but it makes it a bit hard to follow for some conversations.

I love the story, and left my hardcopies at home when I moved out, so am building up my collection again. This may be a bit nostalgia, but I like the whole book. Even when I was younger (younger than Violet), I already knew most of the words they try to work out, but I like the slipping in of new vocabulary to kids, even if someone of it is a bit off. This series really makes kids think, which is nice. I figured out that anagrams are everywhere, so I would try to figure who Olaf would be before the kids did. The red herrings were fun too. There is just so much hidden and it's fun.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Megan
  • 07-28-15

Unfortunate performance

I'm sad to give this story a bad review because I love the series but it was almost unbearable to get through this volume. Lemony snicket is a great writer but I did not enjoy his performance at all. For one, his voice for the sir character was so halting and the inflection was all over the place, overall it was extremely hard to sit through. Second of all the volume control was whack, half of the book was spent whispering and half literary shrieking so be prepared to adjust your volume often. Wish audible had run curry reading this book because I love his rendition of other books in the series! Sorry lemony!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful