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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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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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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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I didn’t think I’d like the Tim curry narration but it’s much better than the actual author

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Really enjoyed the story, would like multiple voices performing again and a better Violet one.

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A brilliant series

Didnt read this series when I was younger and as a college student I still like it. Despite it being below my reading level its refreashing to get a decent plot line along with recapturing the nostalgia of stories where adults are complete imbeciles. The performance here is top notch as well, with different voices ebgaging you in the story.

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Over 5 stars!

Such a great book! I recommend the series to everyone and the narration is great. Also watch, the series on Netflix.

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A Tragic Continuation.

This book, and it's performance were so well done that I fell into a great sadness. The melancholy, the word melancholy here means "so sad and depressing that it haunted my nightmares," tale is a golden example of a well written story. Mr. Curry lends his talents once again, and again it adds a certain soul that most others could not. I highly recommend it.

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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