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Publisher's Summary

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odor.

In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

©1999 Lemony Snicket (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

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Woah

So these are great books and I love them dearly, but I have never appreciated them half so much as I do when hearing them read by Tim Curry. Curry's Olaf (or, if you like, Stephano) may well give me nightmares into my 80s. His reading of Snicket brought me to laughter and his Beaudelaire orphans very nearly brought me to tears. This, as I said, a wonderful book, but Tim Curry's reading of it makes it at least twice as good.

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  • Brianne
  • Reeds Spring, MO, United States
  • 06-15-17

My kids love it!

13 year old, 10 year old and 7 year old really loved listening to this series on a long road trip. This saved our sanity!!!

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Tim Curry and Lemony Snicket = brilliant

such a great story to listen to! Tim Curry does a brilliant job narrating. the story is dark and humorous, and curry captures it perfectly.

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Great story made better by Tim Curry's narration!

I've always loved Tim Curry as a performer. This was a real treat to get to have him read to me! He really brought everyone to life....very glad I got these books!

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My favorite in the series (so far)

So far I've read through book 9 and this has been my favorite. This part of the story really engages the reader and leaves you excited to see what happens next.

Tim Currys reading is icing on the cake.

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great

just wanted to read the book before watching the tv show and now I'm going to read all the books

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Tim Curry is amazing

Love Curry's character voices and interpretation. He really fits the tone of the book. It's the only audiobook series where I've never found the reader annoying or distracting. Quite the opposite: I couldn't read the books now without hearing Curry's voice in my head! So good.

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Fantastic!,but depressing 😘😩

I loved this book it was amazing!!! I felt so intrigued to every word that the orphans said. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that I found myself sobbing. But besides that it was great!

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  • J. Kihlken
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana United States
  • 03-17-17

Great for kids

Would you listen to The Reptile Room again? Why?

Yes! My boys were completely engaged in this story... They loved Tim Curry's narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The boys said the loved the adventure.

What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A great voice

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love it

loved it😍so much great but no spoilers. talented author. must read. don't miss out on the epicnessssssss

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  • René Signoret
  • 07-28-15

loved Tim Curry

this was my first audio book. I really loved Tim Curry. also I like the way Lemony Snicket wrote this book.

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  • Mrs. Dawn Stroud
  • 03-30-15

Amazing narration ..

Tim curry really brought this story to life with his fabulous array of voices !
Loved it ! Fantastic !
Dawn Stroud adult