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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,

You are presumably looking here for clues to the shocking conclusion of this terminal audiobook, or the ending of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you listen to the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the end of the end, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope. This audiobook is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the previous 12 volumes, you probably can't stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.

It has been my solemn occupation to complete the history of the Baudelaire orphans, and at last I am finished. You likely have some other occupation, so if I were you, I would click away from this page at once, so the end does not finish you.

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!
©2006 Lemony Snicket (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8-11, 2007

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Fascinating

If you aren't blown away by this book, you might need to go back and enjoy reading the full series now that you have heard the ending. All the clues come together. We find out who Lemony Snickett is and who the woman he loves and has been looking for is, and how this ties in with the orphans.

Of course, it doesn't resolve the whole series because there will be more stories with Kit Snickett's daughter + the Bodelaire orphans.

I have loved reading and listening to this whole series to my 8 year old- and the best part was, he didn't want to listen to the last 45 minutes of book 13, because he couldn't stand the thought of it ending.

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Awesome to make a long car ride more tolerable!

We downloaded about half of the series and have driven through most of the east coast. Even if you've read the books with your child, the audio book is enjoyable enough to listen to again. Plus it's something everyone (including adults) in the car can enjoy. The only issue is that the sound volume is slighly inconsistent so we had to frequently adjust the volume on the stereo.

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Tim Curry makes a dreadful end nearly enjoyable

I topstarred this b/c Tim Curry is so amazing. It's not his fault Handler is so committed to a formulaic schtick whose charm wears thin. But the books are a bit of genius because everything that annoys me about them is also what made me fall for the series in the first place. Slyly jabbing at children's readers vocabulary building, moral dilemmas and shifting perspectives, ridiculous repetition and the classic "adults are so stupid and never believe children" of children's media to ludicrous extremes, and the occasional line which is just perfectly placed in the created mood and resonates as A Very True Thing.

In the end, the books are about the nature of people and the nature of storytelling vs. "real life." This is one of those books that improves as you take it apart and you see how things fit together under the gooey layer of schtick, but while you're experiencing it you can't help but entertain the notion that the author is a hack and the ending is a cop-out.
Tim Curry is amazing and listening to the books is more entertaining than reading them, although you do miss out on some things: the illustrations, and if I remember rightly in one of the books there is a gap of several pages, several blank pages creating a white space of suspense. I believe in the audio it's interpereted as a very long dramatic pause. So it's kind of a radio drama trick taken into a book for dramatic effect and transfered back into the audio, terribly meta. ;p
But the experience of it when you are holding a book halfway done in your hands and seeing blank pages is different from having to pull your ipod out of your pocket to confirm you've still got four hours (or whatever) of audio left differs. And sometimes you miss out on Sunny's puns/wordplay babble because they work better on the page.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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All good things must come to an end.

As a family we listened to all the Lemony Snicket books. Although it has been a few years, my children who are teens still remember these books. If you have a long drive your kids will sit there and listen to these books for hours on end. Since you will be trapped in the car with them, you will also have to like books. I enjoyed listening just as much as they did. I remember when we finished this book, my kids were quite sad that they would be no more. The ending was slightly weird and it seems as nothing was really resolved.


We liked the Tim Curry narrations better than the author narrations.

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Epic.

I feel I have been on an epic journey. I started with "All the Wrong Questions" books and I'm glad I did this. I feel it gave a depth to the "Unfortunate Events" series that otherwise would have been lacking.
I'm in a weird headspace now with so many characters, themes, plot points swirling around in my brain. This is not a "happy" book although it is a hysterical one. It reminds me of a line from a musical,"You're so "nice." You're not good, you're not bad, you're just nice. I'm not good, I'm not nice, I'm just right. I'm the witch. You're the world. I'm the hitch, I'm what no one believes, I'm the witch. You're all liars and thieves like his father. Like his son will be, too. Oh why bother? YOU'LL JUST DO WHAT YOU DO."
Even the altruistic volunteer, watching, observing, making a plan based on careful assessment, and with true eagerness, wanting to better the world... gets everything wrong.
We, the human race, have such good intentions, but we get tossed into the arena and even if we have a concise battle plan we just swing away, mucking everything up. Oh, but the real pisser is there is good, true goodness in us. Their is love, kindness, valor, wisdom,empathy and on the rare occasions we get it right.....sublime.
So many thoughts.....what a series.

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Amazing experience! Fantastic read!

I Absolutely love this book! Even though the topic is slightly depressing I was on the edge of my seat listening the entire time! This book is amazing! All the books in the series are amazing! It takes me back to a time of mystery and refinement! Even though I am only 13, and probably too old for these books, I find them truly entertaining! I highly encourage anyone that is considering getting this book to DEFINITELY get it!

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The End (the amazing book.)

I think Lemony Should decently write a few more. He has a lot of talent so I also think he should write a different series like A Series Of Unfortunate Events and make a lot of them!

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I love it<br />

I was sprized with be it is
and count olf
and kitsniket
and Friday
I love it and the rest of the books I would recommend this series

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great stuff<br />

good stuff
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I need more unique words

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Not the climactic ending I'd hoped

I disliked the characters from grim grotto, and I disliked the anti-climactic ending in "The End". Besides that, a fantastic book series.