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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages Up to 8, 2014

Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.

©2013 Lemony Snicket (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Gorgeous

It's true that this is not quite as good without the pictures, but he does what he can to compensate. As always, Gaiman's narration is perfectly perfect in every way.

Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman are a match made in heaven. I can't think of many others who can so perfectly articulate imperfect kid logic.

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Love it

We already had the physical book but when I saw that this was read by Neil Gaiman I bought it. I’m so glad I did. My son listens to it at least twice a day. Once before his nap and again at night before bed. The story is cute and Neil Gaiman is a great reader.

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Who could be afraid of the dark

I’m sure the printed version is full of cool pictures. When the short story starts with Neil Gaiman reading it, you sat scared. For a 6 minute book it’s still cool to listen too. It’s a bummer the copyright information at the end is as long as the book.

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The Dark

The Dark is a great book. It shows you how things we are afraid of can be nicer than we think.

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My introduction to Lemony Snicket, and so great!

What made the experience of listening to The Dark the most enjoyable?

I first found out about this because Neil Gaiman was narrating, and I enjoy his narration every time, but I have to say that what made the book the most enjoyable was the humor and the handling of the subject matter, the way that children were assumed to be competent, and able to handle themselves. Neil was a great narrator for this because his own work reflects these kinds of themes as well.

What did you like best about this story?

This was funny, a little tongue in cheek but in a way which shows children to be capable, competent, and in a way their own best friends.

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

YES. Tons of them. This is honestly one of my favorites, because I could tell Neil's and "Lemony"'s values are relatively in line so they worked together to create a great audio experience. Because of this I went on to listen to other Lemony books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to give spoilers! But it was very imaginative.

Any additional comments?

After this I went on to read The Lump of Coal which I also highly recommend! I am not really a fan of his series work but the first book of the Unfortunate Events series is also very well done, as it won a Grammy. (Audiobooks are not usually up for Grammys!) It is a great production narrated by Tim Curry.

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nothing without the fabulous pictures. fortunately, we've got the hardback too. Smallboy loved it though.

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Gaiman reading a Snicket gem

Listened to this one several times. Gaiman is a wonderful narrator. And Snicket turns Dark into a living, breathing spooky thing that lives in the basement. A big yes on this one.

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Love this!

This a great little story and with Neil Gaiman's voice. . . . Awesome!
My daughter absolutely loves this and of course so do I.